Courses & Units

Bioinformatics KMA712




Bioinformatics is a core skill that is desperately needed by practitioners in the life sciences, from health to pathology and epidemiology to fundamental biological research. It is a discipline that brings together tools from mathematics, statistics, and computer science, to answer challenging questions that arise in the modern life sciences. The unit is aimed at those pursuing research in the life sciences and/or working with large biological data sets, and is intended to provide them with sufficient knowledge to effectively use existing bioinformatics tools, to understand how the bioinformatics tools work and what can or cannot be done with them, and to develop and critically assess bioinformatics workflows and methodologies.


Unit name Bioinformatics
Unit code KMA712
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics

A/Prof Michael Charleston

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to
1. Effectively use a range of current bioinformatics tools and workflows to solve problems in life sciences (“software”);
2. Explain and apply the fundamental computational methods underlying the solution of bioinformatics problems (“methods”);
3. Classify the major classes of bioinformatics problems and choose appropriate tools to solve them (“major problems”);
4. Evaluate and communicate bioinformatics methodologies clearly (“communication”).



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010999

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Students must be enrolled in a PhD or Masters degree


Teaching Pattern

1 x lecture and 1 x lab weekly

  • 20% written test
  • 15% computing skills / practical exercises
  • 25% assignment 1
  • 40% assignment 2
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