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SC06100858, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1179, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOINFORMATIC 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge STEFANIA BORTOLUZZI BIO/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 4.0
Core courses BIO/11 Molecular Biology 2.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 BIOINFORMATICA 2 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 BORTOLUZZI STEFANIA (Presidente)
VALLE GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)
5 BIOINFORMATICA 2 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 BORTOLUZZI STEFANIA (Presidente)
VALLE GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of genetics and molecular biology will help in the understanding of the biological motivations of bioinformatics. Basic skills in computer science.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will give medium-advanced skills in all the classic topics of bioinformatics, covering databases and data retrieval, sequence alignments and similarity searches, structure predictions, and NGS applications to genomics and transcriptomics.
Examination methods: Written test.
Evaluation of 8 practical sessions.
The Journal Club will be also evaluated.
Assessment criteria: In their final examination the students should demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field and mastery of the methods of research associated with it, integrating the subjects of this course with other knowledge.
Course unit contents: Database e data retrieval.
Algorithms for pairwise alignments, substitution matrices.
Similarity searches.
Multiple alignments: progressive (Clustal Omega) and consistency-based (Tcoffee) methods.
Biomolecule structure prediction: secondary structure prediction and protein folding (ab inizio, comparative modeling, threading).
Genomics resources (NCBI, UCSC Genome Browser, ENSEMBL).
Genome sequencing, assembly, and annotation; Genome resequencing.
Introduction to RNA-seq data analysis.
Comparative genomics.
Practical sessions using Shell and Python programming.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will include lectures and practicals.
Journal Club (Bioinformatics applied in Comparative Genomics and Molecular Evolution).
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Recommended Book: Bioinformatica. Dalla sequenza alla struttura delle proteine. Stefano Pascarella, Alessandro Paiardini. Zanichelli. 2014

- Lecture notes and other teaching material:

- More info regarding the study of specific topics will be distributed in the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)