IS 530I Bioinformatics Problems and Research

This course introduces Information Science as an engine of exploration and discovery for Biology. Students will learn: historical origins of bioinformatics; biological organisms and processes as information phenomena; central problems of biology that are addressable with informatics techniques; information representations for biological structures and processes; common information modeling, organization, and analysis tools used in bioinformatics such as databases, networks, ontologies, and simulations; complex sociotechnical dilemmas that arise in the practice of bioinformatics work; and bioinformatics as an important example of data science.

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Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).