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BFMT 200 Bioinformatics


Bioinformatics is the science of storing, extracting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and utilizing biological information. This course provides an introduction to bioinformatics, the combined field of biology and informatics (information science and technology). This course integrates biological concepts with computer and database methods to study biological systems. The Associate of Arts Informatics Degree program prepares students for undergraduate schools or a career in the fast-paced pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. This course serves as a requirement in the Bioinformatics program and as a Computer Science and Science elective. Prerequisite: BIOL-101. (4 hours weekly)

Instructor: Rose Volynskiy                      Instructor: Lyudmila Bard

Office: DH-327                                        Office: ST-241

Phone: 443-518-4114                            Phone: 443-518-4868      

E-mail:        Email:

Materials: You have to have at least one usb drive.  Use it to backup your class files or to keep copies of homework assignments.  Even if a computer crashes or a disk gets damaged, you still must turn in your work!

Recommended text books:

"Bioinformatics for Dummies" by Jean-Michel Claverie, ISBN-13-978-0764516962
'XML for Bioinformatics: by Ethan Cerami, ISBN 0-387-23028-9


Graphical Web browser, such as Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox
Plain text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or any of your selection.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completionof this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Compute the optimal alignments between two or more DNA sequences
  2. Retrieve protein and DNA dequences from databases
  3. Perform databas homology search
  4. Search databases and genomes for RNA sequences
  5. Complete RNA analysis over the Internet
  6. Locate phylogenetic tre resources n the Internet
  7. Combine theory and practice to solve research problems
  8. Discuss the pros and cons of using XML in bioinformatics applications
  9. Define specific rules for XML document construction and validate XML instance documents against these rules
  10. Code and debug sample XML documents, declare and use XML Namespaces, use BSML to work with new sequence data

Learning Methods:

Students will study important material within each unit using PowerPoint Presentations and Internet resources.
Homework & Projects will be assigned throughout the course.





A: 280-300

9 @ 20 points each

Units 1-10


B: 260-279

1 Project


C: 240-259

D: 220-239



F: 0-219

Course Policies:

Assignments: Due Dates are Mondays @ Midnight - after that the assignments and, discussions will be closed.

Academic Dishonesty: Refer to the "Academic Dishonesty" policy in the student handbook.

Need for Assistance: If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability for which you need extra assistance, please e-mail instructors immediately.  Please provide with information regarding special need as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

Student Profile - Maribel