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Studying Bioinformatics in Saarbrücken
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Softwarewerkzeuge der Bioinformatik

Winter Semester 05/06

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Volkhard Helms

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

Lecture: Friday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, building E1 3 (formerly 45), HS 003

Tutorial: Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, CIP-Pool Bioinformatik, R. 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-bioinformaticians. It is open to interested participants from Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, 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, Virtual Cell, and Cytoscape. 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 certification: The course is mastered when at least 50% are obtained in the final examination. The better grade resulting either from the final exam alone or from the combination of the graded practicals’ average and the final exam weighted with 50 % each will be listed on the "Schein".

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

Date of the examination: Friday, February 17, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, building E 1.3 (formerly 45), HS 003

Leistungspunkte/Credits: 9 (2 V + 2 P)

This course is (usually) taught in German language.
1st Lecture: October 21 ppt pdf Assignment
2nd Lecture: October 28 ppt pdf Assignment
3rd Lecture: November 4 ppt pdf Assignment
4th Lecture: November 11 ppt pdf Assignment
5th Lecture: November 18 ppt pdf
6th Lecture: Novewmber 25 ppt pdf
7th Lecture: December 2 ppt pdf
8th Lecture: December 9 ppt pdf
9th Lecture: December 16 ppt pdf
10th Lecture: January 13 ppt pdf
11th Lecture: January 20 ppt pdf
12th Lecture: January 27 ppt pdf
13th Lecture: February 3 ppt pdf
14th Lecture: February 10 ppt pdf