I’m currently two weeks into my new course: Exploring Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. This upper level special topics course at UNC Pembroke aims to give students an introduction to computational-based biological research.
A number of recent studies demonstrate the importance of research experience in early STEM education. The main goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to critically investigate a biological problem and develop creative computational solutions. The course takes place in a computer lab where biology majors are learning Python programming and web-based research tools to apply to independent hypothesis-based research projects. Through a series of 1.5 to 2 week long modules, students apply bioinformatics and computational biology methodologies to biological problems.
The course centers around the use of a shared blog where we post assignments, engage in discussion, and present outcomes. You can follow along throughout the semester as our projects progress by visiting: http://bio3170bioinformatics.wordpress.com/