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Intermediate Level

None required but you should be familiar with basic aspects of plant and molecular biology. Bioinformatic Methods I and II would be good preparation

Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Intermediate Level

None required but you should be familiar with basic aspects of plant and molecular biology. Bioinformatic Methods I and II would be good preparation

Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Plant Genomic Databases, and useful sites for info about proteins

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 44 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Mini-lecture17m
Lab Discussion23m
Summary1m
4 readings
Acknowledgements10m
Course Logistics10m
Mini-lecture Notes10m
Lab 1 -- Plant Genomic Databases and Tools for Exploring Protein Information1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lab Quiz 1
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Expression Analysis

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 38 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Mini-lecture17m
Lab Discussion18m
Summary50s
2 readings
Mini-lecture Notes10m
Lab 2 -- Expression Analysis1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lab Quiz 2
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Coexpression Tools

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Mini-lecture9m
Lab Discussion16m
Summary49s
2 readings
Mini-lecture Notes10m
Lab 3 -- Coexpression Tools1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lab Quiz 3
Week
4

Week 4

Sectional Quiz 1

1 practice exercise
Sectional Quiz 1

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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