BM7027 - Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (2023/24)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2023/24|
|Module title||Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
The module uses online databases and software to extract, analyse and interpret DNA and protein sequences and to model structures of proteins.
This module aims to provide familiarity with the primary databases and common software packages used to analyse DNA, RNA and protein sequence, expression and structure, within and across genomes. It will also develop informatic skills for extracting, analysing and presenting data to extract biological knowledge and students will apply the principles of macromolecular, and in particular protein, structure to the building f molecular models using modelling and graphics software. The module will examine applications of modelling with emphasis on understanding the interactions between proteins and other molecules of biological or synthetic origin.
Primary and secondary databases in areas of biology, genetics, pharmaceutical science and biomedical science including gene and protein sequence databases, 3-D structure databases, genome databases and disease databases.
Application of online servers to sequence alignment and analysis of gene and protein databases, RNA structure prediction, molecular modelling and phylogenetic classification and pharmacogenomics analysis. Docking and drug design. (LO1-3)
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students will be presented with material in interactive teacher-led activities in the form of lectures and computer-based tutorial sessions. Student learning time will be used for assignments, data analysis and the preparation of coursework assignments.
After completing the module students should have developed:
- An advanced systematic knowledge of the theoretical aspects of bioinformatics and molecular modelling and an up-to-date knowledge of current developments and knowledge in this area;
- An ability to apply knowledge learnt to bioinformatics and molecular modelling problems involving the extraction, analysing and presentation of data as appropriate;
- Intellectual skills, through reflection and through practice by engagement with the module learning materials.
Formative feedback given throughout computer-based tutorial sessions. Summative feedback on returned coursework.
Component Learning outcomes
Data Analysis 1 1,2
Practical exercise & report 1-3
Key Online Resources:
Primary DNA and Protein Sequence Databases
GenBank: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genbank EMBL: www.ebi.ac.uk/embl
DDBJ: www.ddbj.nig.ac.jp UniProt: www.uniprot.org
Protein database at the NCBI: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein
Secondary Protein Databases and Sequence Alignment Servers
PROSITE: www.expasy.ch/prosite PRINTS:www.bioinf.manchester.ac.uk/dbbrowser/PRINTS
NCBI BLAST and PSI-BLAST: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast
BLAST and FASTA@EBI: www.ebi.ac.uk/Tools/sss/
Clustal Omega: www.ebi.ac.uk/Tools/msa/clustalo/
Protein Structure Prediction and Other Important Websites
Protein Data Bank: www.rcsb.org/pdb PHYRE2: www.sbg.bio.ic.ac.uk/phyre2
Swiss PDB viewer: spdbv.vital-it.ch SwissDock: www.swissdock.ch