Reflections on integrating bioinformatics into the undergraduate curriculum:The Lancaster experience

Gatherer, Derek (2020) Reflections on integrating bioinformatics into the undergraduate curriculum:The Lancaster experience. Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 48 (2). pp. 118-127. ISSN 1470-8175

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Abstract

Bioinformatics is an essential discipline for biologists. It also has a reputation of being difficult for those without a strong quantitative and computer science background. At Lancaster University, we have developed modules for the integration of bioinformatics skills training into our undergraduate biology degree portfolio. This article describes those modules, situating them in the context of the accumulated quarter century of literature on bioinformatics education. The constant evolution of bioinformatics as a discipline is emphasized, drawing attention to the continual necessity to revise and upgrade those skills being taught, even at undergraduate level. Our overarching aim is to equip students both with a portfolio of skills in the currently most essential bioinformatics tools and with the confidence to continue their own bioinformatics skills development at postgraduate or professional level.

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Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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© 2019 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gatherer, D. Reflections on integrating bioinformatics into the undergraduate curriculum: The Lancaster experience. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2019; 1– 10. https://doi.org/10.1002/bmb.21320 which has been published in final form at https://iubmb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bmb.21320 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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10 Dec 2019 09:35
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