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Bioinformatics for Software Professionals Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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  • Objectives
    Bioinformatics is an exciting new field that integrates computers with biology. The recent explosion of available biological data types has created an increasing demand for skilled bioinformatics specialists with comprehensive training in both biology and software. The program offers software students a career specialization in the field of bioinformatics. This intensive hands-on, problem-based program will include course work, an individual research thesis and a co-op component, providing graduates with the unique skill set and training that are in high demand in the field. Much of the study level of this curriculum is beyond the Bachelor's degree. The interdisciplinary nature of the program curriculum will provide students with a comprehensive background in biological sciences coupled with specific, advanced training in computational biology. Courses will cover the theoretical background, practical applications and limitations of current bioinformatics tools, while imparting the ability to develop new tools to deal with future computational demands in the rapidly growing field of bioinformatics.
  • Practical experience
    There is an optional co-op aspect associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Bioinformatics for Software Professionals Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    Semester 1 Courses
    Course Code     Course Name     Lecture     Lab

    BIO-411     Bioinformatics Tools, Databases and Models     3 hrs     2 hrs
    BIO-412     Biochemistry     3 hrs     
    BIO-413     Molecular Biology and Genomics     3 hrs     2 hrs
    BIO-414     Statistics and Data Analysis for Bioinformatics     3 hrs     1 hr
    BIO-415     Research Methods in Bioinformatics-Thesis Part I     3 hrs     
    BIO-416     Ethics and Intellectual Property     2 hrs     
    BIO-417     Current Topics in Bioinformatics     2 hrs     
    Semester 2 Courses
    Course Code     Course Name     Lecture     Lab

    BIO-421     Bioinformatics Algorithms     3 hrs     
    BIO-422     Computational Intelligence         3 hrs
    BIO-423     Protein Structure and Analysis     2 hrs     1 hr
    BIO-424     Developing Bioinformatics Tools         3 hrs
    BIO-425     Parallel and Distributed Computing         3 hrs
    BIO-426     Database Design and Biological Data Management         3 hrs
    BIO-427     Organizational Behaviour and Facilitation     2 hrs     
    BIO-428     Research Thesis in Bioinformatics         8 hrs

    *Minimum GPA 2.5 or above for COOP-222

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