Professor Stephen J. Willson
office: Carver 411
Orientation to the area of bioinformatics and computational biology. For students considering a major in BCBIO. Specializations and career opportunities. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.
The class is scheduled to meet W 12:10-1:00 in Morrill 2015 for the first 8 weeks.
The first class is Wednesday, August 28, 2013 and the last class is Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
MTWThF 1:10 - 2:00 in 411 Carver.
Please also feel free to make an appointment if the office hours are inconvenient for you, or just chance dropping in at my office.
The course is offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only. There are no exams nor homework. Attendance will be taken at each class. Students who miss a class must make it up by writing a short paper on the subject of the missed class.
There is no homework.
Tentative syllabus (subject to change):
- What is bioinformatics and the nature of the major?
- What services does the university provide?
- What are careers in bioinformatics like?
- How does DNA determine the shape of proteins?
- What are phylogenetic trees?
- What are alignments of DNA?
- How do you tell which genes are expressed in which cells?
Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.
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Last updated August 23, 2013.