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Softwarewerkzeuge der Bioinformatik

Winter Term 04/05


Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Volkhard Helms

Tutors: Sam Ansari, Barbara Hutter, Dr. Michael Hutter, Dr. Tihamér Geyer

Lecture: Friday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, building 45, HS 003

Tutorial: Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, CIP-Pool Bioinformatik, room 104

Requirements: basic knowledge of protein sequences and protein structure. Prior courses like Bioinformatics I or II are helpful but not required. The course can also be considered as "introduction into bioinformatics" for non-bioinformaticions. It is open to interested participants from Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Contents: This course is essentially a practical course how to apply modern tools of everyday-bioinformatics. Three areas are covered:

(1) protein-sequence comparison, (2) protein-modelling, (3) networks.The students learn "hands-on" in the bioinformatics CIP pool: how to solve biological problems with bioinformatic tools like SRS, BLAST, CLUSTALW, VMD, Swiss Model and Virtual Cell.The tools are introduced during tutorials. Every 4th week, each student is assigned a mini-research project that can be solved with those tools. The students need to document their work by submitting a written 5+ pages report after the projects were handed out.The practicals are accompanied by an introductory lecture that puts the topic of the practicals into a wider biological and bioinformatics content.

Condition for the certification: The course is mastered when at least 50% are obtained in the final examination. The better grade resulting either only of the final exam or of the graded practicals’ average and the final exam rated with 50 % each will be listed on the "Schein".

Condition for the participation in the examination: Students need to obtain at least 50% of maximum points for reports of three graded practicals.

Leistungspunkte/Credits: 9

Date of the examination: Friday, February 11, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, building 45, HS 003

Date of the second-chance examination: Wednesday, April 6, 10:00 am - 12:00 am, building 45, HS 001

This course is (usually) taught in German language.

1st Lecture: October 22 pdf ppt Assignment Supplement
2nd Lecture: October 29 pdf ppt Assignment Supplement
3rd Lecture: November 5 pdf ppt Assignment Supplement
4th Lecture: November 12 pdf ppt
5th Lecture: November 19
6th Lecture: November 26 pdf ppt
7th Lecture:December 3 pdf ppt
8th Lecture: December 10 pdf ppt
9th Lecture: December 17 pdf ppt
10th Lecture: January 14 pdf ppt
11th Lecture: January 21 pdf ppt
12th Lecture: January 28 pdf ppt
February 4: no lecture
February 18: no lecture