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. These tools and skills will enhance students' research capacity in life sciences.


Unit name Bioinformatics
Unit code KMA712
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Professor Michael Charleston
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • effectively use a range of current bioinformatics tools and workflows to solve problems in life sciences (software)
  • explain and apply the fundamental computational methods underlying the solution of bioinformatics problems (methods)
  • classify the major classes of bioinformatics problems and choose appropriate tools to solve them (major problems)
  • evaluate and communicate bioinformatics methodologies clearly (communication)
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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AssessmentQuiz (20%)|Computer Practicals (15%)|Assignment 1 (25%)|Assignment 2 (40%)
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