Tools and Algorithms in Bioinformatics
Course #: GCBA815/MCGB815/BMI815, Fall 2017

Instructor: Babu Guda, Ph.D.
Course: GCBA815/MCGB815/BMI815 (3 credits)
Grading: Letter grade (60% midterms, 40% final)
Dates/Time: 8/25/2017-12/15/2017  / 9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Location: MCPH-2007 (Maurer College of Public Health)
Contact: Dr. Guda at 559-5954 (babu.guda(at)unmc(dot)edu)

This course will provide an overview of various bioinformatics tools and databases, and covers fundamental concepts in searching biological databases, performing sequence alignments and microarray analysis. This is a lab-equipped course, where participants will be trained hands-on to become expert users of important data analysis tools and databases related to bioinformatics research. Basic understanding of biology is expected but no programming knowledge is necessary.


Regular letter grading system (A-F) will be used for grading. Student performance will be evaluated based on a midterm exam, a midterm project and a final project, which count towards 30%, 30% and 40% of the final grade, respectively. Final course grades will be determined based upon the University of Nebraska guidelines for assigning letter grades.

A+ 97-100%         A 93-96%         A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89              B 83-86             B- 80-82
C+ 77-79              C 73-76            C- 70-72
D+ 67-69              D 63-66            D- 60-62
F ≤ 59

Textbook (recommended but not required)

Marketa Zvelebil & Jeremy O. Baum. Understanding Bioinformatics. Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group. 2008. ISBN: 0-8153-4024-9, ISBN 13: 978-0-8153-4024-9