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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

NCBI/Blast I

4 videos (Total 52 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture25m
Lab Discussion24m
Summary
4 readings
Acknowledgements10m
Course Logistics10m
Lecture Materials10m
Lab 1 -- Exploring NCBI1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lab 1 Quiz6m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Blast II/Comparative Genomics

4 videos (Total 58 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture32m
Lab Discussion23m
Summary
2 readings
Lecture Materials10m
Lab 2 -- Advanced Blast and Comparative Genomics1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lab 2 Quiz6m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Multiple Sequence Alignments

4 videos (Total 42 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture23m
Lab Discussion16m
Summary
2 readings
Lecture Materials10m
Lab 3 -- Multiple Sequence Alignment1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lab 3 Quiz6m
Week
4
10 minutes to complete

Review: NCBI/Blast I, Blast II/Comparative Genetics, and Multiple Sequence Alignments

1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Modules 1-310m
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Top reviews from Bioinformatic Methods I

By EDApr 27th 2017

Great course. All lectures provide a biological context for the tools you learn in the labs. The labs themselves provide a great introduction to the many tools available for bioinformatic analysis.

By RGNov 5th 2017

I enjoyed doing the course. It is exciting to see how much one can learn from a few gene or protein sequences. Thank you for making the course understandable to a beginner in bioinformatics!

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Nicholas James Provart

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Cell & Systems Biology

About University of Toronto

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About the Plant Bioinformatic Methods Specialization

The past 15 years have been exciting ones in plant biology. Hundreds of plant genomes have been sequenced, RNA-seq has enabled transcriptome-wide expression profiling, and a proliferation of "-seq"-based methods has permitted protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions to be determined cheaply and in a high-throughput manner. These data sets in turn allow us to generate hypotheses at the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.The Plant Bioinformatics Specialization on Coursera introduces core bioinformatic competencies and resources, such as NCBI's Genbank, Blast, multiple sequence alignments, phylogenetics in Bioinformatic Methods I, followed by protein-protein interaction, structural bioinformatics and RNA-seq analysis in Bioinformatic Methods II. In Plant Bioinformatics we cover 33 plant-specific online tools from genome browsers to transcriptomic data mining to promoter/network analyses and others. Last, a Plant Bioinformatics Capstone uses these tools to hypothesize a biological role for a gene of unknown function, summarized in a written lab report.This specialization is useful to any modern plant molecular biologist wanting to get a feeling for the incredible scope of data available to researchers. A small amount of R programming is introduced in Bioinformatic Methods II, but most of the tools are web applications. It is recommended that you have access to a laptop or desktop computer for running these as they may not work as mobile applications on your phone or tablet....
Plant Bioinformatic Methods

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