Applications of Bioinformatics

BIO30009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

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 module the learner will be able to:
ULO1Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of the structure, biochemical properties and roles of nucleic acids, proteins, other biomolecules and the principles of gene function and regulation.
ULO2Conduct a variety of computer-based exercises where the above theoretical knowledge can be applied to diverse analyses of genes and proteins from diverse organisms.
ULO3Develop and demonstrate some key skills in the use of selected computer programs and databases for searching, recording, analysing and comparing nucleic acid and protein sequences, and reporting own results.
ULO4Discern the sciences of genomics, transcriptomics other ‘omics’ technologies and databases whereby vast amounts of molecular data can be obtained, deposited and analysed, to understand the areas of functional significance as well as patterns of evolution.
ULO5Assess and reflect on the role of bioinformatics in diverse areas such as health and medicine, agriculture and the environment.
ULO6Record scientific observations correctly and interpret these critically and accurately.