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Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching Course Overview

Presession

  1. Create Bioinformatics Biography
  2. Configure My NCBI account for the course
  3. Install NCBI Cn3D Molecular Viewer
  4. Watch two short introductory videos

Lecture 1: Bioinformatics Overview

  1. Required Lecture 1 video (41 minutes)
  2. Required “Interactive Zoom In On Your Genome” Exercise (~3 minutes)
  3. Required video clips (~3 minutes total viewing time)
  4. Required exercise: Molecular Biology Vocabulary Exercise Part 1 Assigned

Lecture 2: Bioinformatics Today

  1. Required Lecture 2 video (56 minutes)
  2. Required readings: Current state of affairs of the human genome (5 articles)
  3. Required exercise: Molecular Biology Vocabulary Exercise 2 Assigned

Required Molecular Biology Vocabulary Exercise 1, PART 1 due at lecture

Lecture 3: Origins of Biological Databases

  1. Required Lecture 3 video (39 minutes)
  2. Required history of GenBank video (~42 minutes)
  3. Required reading: GenBank (2 articles)

Lecture 4: Bioinformatics Practice

  1. Required Lecture 4 video (53 minutes)
  2. Required readings
    • The Bioinformatician (3 articles)
    • Bioinformatics as Translational Bioinformatics (2 articles)
  3. Required Exercise: NCBI Discovery Exercise 2 assigned

 Molecular Biology Vocabulary Exercise 1, PART 2 due at lecture

 Lecture 5: NCBI Search Interfaces

  1. Required Lecture 5 video (96 minutes)
  2. Required Cn3D/BLAST Exercises 3 and 4 Assigned
  3. Required PubMed Gene Sensor Exercise 5 Assigned

Lecture 6: Bioinformatics Records

  1. Required Lecture 6 video (46 minutes)
  2. Required Exercise 6 Assigned: Bioinformatics Record Walk-Through Exercise

NCBI Discovery Exercise 2 due at lecture

Lecture 7: NCBI Text‐based Searching

  1. Required Lecture 7: NCBI Entrez Search Engine (~18 minutes)
  2. Required Exercise 7 Assigned: Entrez Searching

Cn3D and BLAST Exercises 3 and 4 due at lecture
PubMed Gene Sensor Exercise 5 due at lecture

Bioinformatics Walk-Through Exercise 6 due at end of Lecture 7 week (end of course)
Entrez Field Tag Exercise 7 due at end of Lecture 7 week (end of course)

Post-session:

Required course evaluations due within week of course ending