Course Overview
The IBT_2016 course is an introduction to the field of Bioinformatics, with a focus on important Bioinformatic tools, algorithms and resources. Over a period of 3 months of intensive biweekly contact sessions, the course combines theoretical and practical sessions to allow participants to gain practical experience in using various tools and resources.
Intended Audience
The course is aimed at individuals from a Molecular Biology background who have a basic understanding of Biochemistry and/or Genetics and would like to become basic Bioinformatics users.
Keywords: Genetics, Genomics, Nucleic acids analysis
Skill level of training: Beginner
Language: English
Credential awarded: Letter of completion/attendance
Type of training: Blended/hybrid learning
Venue of the course:
Dates for the course: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 CAT to 14:30 CAT
Course organisers: H3ABioNet Education and Training working group and the IBT core team (Kim Gurwitz, Shaun Aron, Sumir Panji and Nicola Mulder)
Course Sponsors: H3ABioNet
Course objectives

By the end of the course participants should be able to:
• Explain the use of Bioinformatics
• Name the key Bioinformatics techniques and tools
• Locate important biological databases and retrieve data
• Use selected tools effectively to run specific Bioinformatics analyses
• Understand the strengths and limitations of the various techniques


Classroom applications

Registration for classrooms opens: Thu, 01/01/1970
Registration for classrooms closes: Thu, 01/01/1970
Link to classroom application form:
Notification date for successful classrooms: Thu, 01/01/1970
Maximum number of participants that may be accepted per classroom will be capped at

Participant applications

Registration for participants opens: Thu, 01/01/1970
Registration for participants closes: Thu, 01/01/1970
Participant registration link:
Syllabus and Tools

The participants will cover an introduction to various Bioinformatics topics, namely; Databases and Resources, Genomics, Linux, Sequence alignment theory and application, Multiple sequence alignment, Protein structural Bioinformatics, Phylogenetics and molecular evolution. For practical sessions, web-based tools are used as far as possible.


A base line level of the understanding of the central dogma of molecular biology (i.e. DNA to RNA to Protein) is a requirement.

Course limitations
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Training material availability

Training materials for this course are available here: Should you re-use any of these materials, please ensure that both the author/s of the material AND H3ABioNet are clearly credited.

Materials have been made available as a single archive per module containing lecture slides, transcribed videos, practical assignments and any other resources important to complete each module:

Module 1: Databases and Resources

Module 2: Linux

Module 3: Sequence Alignment

Module 4: Multiple Sequence Alignment

Module 5: Genomics

Module 6: Phylogenetics (2018 - 2021)

Module 6: Structural Biology (2016 only)

Introduction Week

Wrap Up week

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