Applications of Bioinformatics

BIO30009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

Extending from the fundamentals of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, this unit intends to provide the students with an exposure to the interface between biotechnology and computer science. This field is now an essential aspect of biotechnology, and relates to rapid and extensive computer-based analysis of the genetic information of organisms, for purposes such as analysing the structures and roles of genes and proteins, comparative and evolutionary studies, disease detection and drug design. The topics covered provide a strong foundation for diverse research and development opportunities.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Identify and assess the structural properties of nucleic acids, proteins and other biomolecules using industry-standard computer tools
2. Taking a systems-level approach and the sciences of ‘omics’ technologies, use technology to discern diverse biological complexities and their related challenges
3. Assess the role of bioinformatics to reflect on diverse areas such as health and medicine, agriculture and the environment
4. Record scientific observations correctly and interpret these critically and accurately