BIO 255 - Bioinformatics and Computer Applications in Biotechnology

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

Covers basic computer concepts and Internet skills and uses a software suite, which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to demonstrate skills as they are applied to biotechnology. Introduces students to basic online tools and resources to retrieve and analyze biological data, such as DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, structures, functions, pathways, and interactions. Includes hands-on sessions to allow students to become familiar with these resources and their navigation and applications.
(2 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to prepare students to be successful entry level laboratory technicians by teaching and reinforcing their computer skills, including the navigation and adept use of biological information databases. Computer skills are requisite in most of the upcoming careers in the knowledge based economy, and this course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to use office management programs, send netiquette appropriate emails, and use the online bioinformatics databases and tools to mine for information relevant to biotechnology.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

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Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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