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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction to Evolutionary Tree Construction

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
The Fastest Outbreak 5m
Transforming Distance Matrices into Evolutionary Trees 6m
Toward an Algorithm for Distance-Based Phylogeny Construction 8m
Additive Phylogeny 9m
2 readings
Course Details10m
Week 1 FAQs (Optional)
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz15m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2: More Algorithms for Constructing Trees from Distance Matrices

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Ultrametric Trees 6m
The Neighbor-Joining Algorithm 7m
1 reading
Week 2 FAQs (Optional)
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz15m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Week 3: Constructing Evolutionary Trees from Characters

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
4 videos
The Small Parsimony Algorithm 8m
The Large Parsimony Algorithm 3m
Evolutionary Tree Reconstruction in the Modern Era 5m
1 reading
Week 3 FAQs (Optional)
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz15m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Week 4

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Decoding an Ideal Spectrum 5m
From Ideal to Real Spectra 5m
Peptide Sequencing 7m
1 reading
Note on This Week's Assignments10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz15m

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About the Bioinformatics Specialization

Join Us in a Top 50 MOOC of All Time! How do we sequence and compare genomes? How do we identify the genetic basis for disease? How do we construct an evolutionary Tree of Life for all species on Earth? When you complete this Specialization, you will learn how to answer many questions in modern biology that have become inseparable from the computational approaches used to solve them. You will also obtain a toolkit of existing software resources built on these computational approaches and that are used by thousands of biologists every day in one of the fastest growing fields in science. Although this Specialization centers on computational topics, you do not need to know how to program in order to complete it. If you are interested in programming, we feature an "Honors Track" (called "hacker track" in previous runs of the course). The Honors Track allows you to implement the bioinformatics algorithms that you will encounter along the way in dozens of automatically graded coding challenges. By completing the Honors Track, you will be a bioinformatics software professional! Learn more about the Bioinformatics Specialization (including why we are wearing these crazy outfits) by watching our introductory video. You can purchase the Specialization's print companion, Bioinformatics Algorithms: An Active Learning Approach, from the textbook website. Our first course, "Finding Hidden Messages in DNA", was named a top-50 MOOC of all time by Class Central!...
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