LSC-30057 - Bioinformatics and Science Communication
Coordinator: Jennifer A Moran Tel: +44 1782 7 34441
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

The module is taught through a mix of IT tutorials, workshops, and online content.
The first part of the module will introduce you to a wide range of freely available online bioinformatics resources for the acquisition of information in the identification and characterisation of gene and protein sequences.
Additional tutorials may provide you an opportunity to meet a range of staff from the University Student Learning team or external speakers. We will help you to develop a range of skills that are highly desirable by a range of employers such as: communicating to different audiences; understanding of equality and diversity in professional practice; self-confidence and networking for personal success. You can evidence these skills with the bioinformatics report and presentation of your scientific poster in the final year student conference.
In the final part of the module, you will be able to apply the skills that you have developed across your programme to critically analyse a scientific paper. This will evidence your ability to evaluate current research, appraise methodologies and critique data analysis and presentation.

To develop skills (appropriate to level 6) in the general area of acquisition, analysis and communication of scientific information, including use of computer databases, skills required for communicating scientific information, verbally, visually and in writing, accompanied by student poster presentation at a standard appropriate to level 6, and analysis of a research paper under examination conditions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

design and conduct an investigation to identify and characterise transcribed gene sequences using online bioinformatics tools and communicate the results and interpretation in the form of a scientific paper: 1
locate and retrieve information from scientific literature: 1,2,3
communicate the purpose, methodology, results and interpretation of experimental investigations, based on the final year research project as a scientific poster: 2
analyse and critically evaluate the context, methodology and results of primary scientific literature: 2,3

Study hours

16 hrs in-situ workshops and tutorials
6 x 6 hrs preparation for workshops and tutorials (including preparation for bioinformatics in-course assessment and research paper discussion preparation)
5 x 4 hrs engagement with asynchronous delivery sessions (including consumption, note taking and wider reading)
12 hours poster preparation
2 hours examination
64 hours independent study, including bioinformatics report completion and engagement with wider reading and revision resources.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Laboratory Report weighted 25%
2,000 word report
Students will complete an independent bioinformatics project to identify and characterise allocated gene sequences and produce a report detailing the approach to sequence analysis, results obtained and analysis

2: Poster Presentation weighted 25%
Research poster
Students will produce a research poster based on their final year experimental research project, including presentation at a final year student conference

3: Exam weighted 50%
Closed book examination
The research paper will be released at the end of the semester, supported with journal comprehension workshops and a copy of the paper is also provided to students in the exam. The exam paper will comprise of short answer questions on the context, methodology and interpretation of the provided journal article allocated to students in week 9 of semester 2. Students should answer all question, where answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. Students should pay careful attention to the number of points that each question is worth. In general, we would expect only one or two sentences for each point.