The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The completion of the Human Genome project has resulted in an explosion of molecular information, with the corresponding development of high throughput techniques for sequencing nucleic acids and proteins. New computational tools for seeking, storing and analysing this information have also been developed. The challenge is to use the information stored in databases to solve biological problems and to inform hypothesis generation and future experiments. This course will focus on functional genomics and how to use bioinformatics in different physiological and pathological situations.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the extent of international biological databases and use them to investigate important research questions in genetics and biomedicine.

2. Use the knowledge and skills gained to logically, critically and creatively analyse real-life questions in biomedicine.

3. Work to solve research problems and acquire, organise and present information.


This course will cover topics in functional genomics and bioinformatics including:

  1. Introduction to biological databases.
  2. Using biological databases.
  3. Functional genomics and analysis at the nucleotide level.
  4. Proteomics and analysis at the post-translational level.
  5. Using database analysis to infer relationships, to analyse expression patterns and molecular interactions.

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1202 Human Genomics and Biomolecular Analysis and HUBS2206 Human Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pracs Assessment *

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam

Formal Examination: Final Exam

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass this assessment and pass the course to be able to pass overall.

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks