BMS2062 - Introduction to bioinformatics - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Associate Professor Anna Roujeinikova

Dr Terry Kwok

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Bioinformatics unites the major advances in biology, biochemistry and the biomedical sciences with those in computing, bioinformatics and networking. The unit covers the application of the internet to biomedical sciences; organisation and uses of scientific databases; use of computational methods in genomics and proteomics; fundamentals of molecular modelling; analysis and presentation of biomedical data; and communication of biomedical data using information technology.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse DNA and RNA sequences and predict gene products
  2. Identify conserved features in sequences and structures that define the function of macromolecules
  3. Navigate databases to identify sequences and data on mutations associated with disease.
  4. Construct and analyse sequence alignments, molecular phylogeny and molecular models of proteins and design strategies to assess gene function by reverse genetics.
  5. Interpret structural and functional effects of mutations and predict/state molecular mechanisms underlying the resulting disease.
  6. Investigate and communicate, verbally and through writing, the applications of bioinformatics to areas of biomedical science including the development of drugs and therapeutics


  • In-semester theory tests (13%)
  • Final exam (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Projects and assignments (47%) (Hurdle)

Hurdle requirements: a pass grade in the final exam must be obtained to pass the unit. A pass in the projects and assignments must also be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

2 Lectures per week, 1 three hour practical session per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours