BIF801 - Bioinformatics II

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Subject Title
Bioinformatics II

Subject Description
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will: have an appreciation of the basic problems facing bioinformatics scientists, the roles that bioinformatics plays in the solution of these problems, a basic understanding of bioinformatics methodologies, and skills using available bioinformatics analysis tools. A group project in the design and creation of a novel bioinformatics tool is a major component of this course (Independent Group Project).

Credit Status
Credit Status:

One credit towards the Bioinformatics (BIF) Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program.


All first semester BIF subjects, as listed in the Seneca Bioinformatics curriculum.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1)    Demonstrate experience with an Independent Group Project (IGP) to develop a major bioinformatics tool for an outside collaborator, following the software development life cycle and using project management skills.
a.     IGP Proposal Presentation and Defence
b.     IGP Progress Report Presentation
c.     IGP Program Code Review and Defence
2)    Demonstrate a working knowledge of commonly used databases that house bioinformatics data related to DNA and proteins, including understanding how the data is stored, accessed, and inter-related with other databases and tools.
3)    Demonstrate the ability to choose and use an appropriate analysis tool for various DNA and protein analyses, including visualization analyses associated with large sets of data.
4)    Perform molecular structure prediction (RNA, DNA, protein), and understand the results as they relate to the associated theories and methodologies available.
5)    Demonstrate the ability to understand biological problems in terms of bioinformatics solutions, and to be able to design and implement bioinformatics solutions.
6)    Demonstrate the ability to address bioinformatics related problems from various disciplines, including research, development, manufacturing, quality, regulatory, marketing, software development, software testing, and technical writing.
7)    Apply the principles involved in project management, including document management, reporting, scheduling, collaboration, time estimation, and time management.
8)    Demonstrate a working knowledge of the software development life cycle, including design control, documentation, version control, testing and bug tracking, debugging, implementation, and support.
9)    Successfully communicate the knowledge and skills necessary to attain employment for at least one bioinformatics specialty.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.