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PgDip Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics

Academic Year 2021/22

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Programme Title

PgDip Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

MED-PD-BC

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100270

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

AWARDS, CREDITS AND PROGRESSION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the University.

1) The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics is an exit award only from the MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.

2) Students must pass all taught modules (120 CATS points) to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.

Students with protected characteristics

NA

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No
No (with the exception of students who are taking this as an intercalated degree and whose primary programmes are subject to Fitness to Practise regulations) Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics is to offer a high quality supportive teaching and learning environment that gives students the opportunity to:
Develop systematic knowledge and experience in theoretical foundations and practical skills in computational science, statistical analysis, programming and data interpretation for modern molecular biology and omics.
Gain an in-depth understanding of genomics as well as with state-of-the-art computational and statistical methodologies related to genomics research.
Evaluate current and future developments in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.
Develop an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities and of the impact of bioinformatics and biotechnology in society.

Develop systematic knowledge and experience in theoretical foundations and practical skills in computational science, statistical analysis, programming and data interpretation for modern molecular biology and omics.

Gain an in-depth understanding of genomics as well as with state-of-the-art computational and statistical methodologies related to genomics research.

Evaluate current and future developments in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.

Develop an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities and of the impact of bioinformatics and biotechnology in society.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Critically evaluate scientific literature.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, self-directed study and practical exercises

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments.

Describe how to manage and interrogate and understand complex systems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, self-directed study and practical exercises

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments.

Efficiently analyse and summarise core concepts from diverse sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, self-directed study and practical exercises

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments.

Creatively apply and extend scientific principles to new problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, self-directed study and practical exercises

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Critical, analytical and creative thinking

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, practical exercises and coursework assignments

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations

Oral communication and in writing scientific documentations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, practical exercises and coursework assignments

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations.

Handling various types of IT resources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, practical exercises and coursework assignments

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations.

Time management.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, practical exercises and coursework assignments

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations.

Team work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial-based discussion, practical exercises and coursework assignments

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Explain how genetics and omics contribute to medicine and science.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments.

Elucidate the principles of cell biology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments.

Perform statistical analyses and interpret the output from such analyses.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments.

Explain basic principles of statistical and machine learning methods.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments.

Utilise the basic elements of programming languages such as R.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments.

Elucidate the practical steps involved in performing a range of omics analyses.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments.

Appraise the theoretical and technical aspects of systems medicine and have an appreciation of its application to research and clinical activity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments

Communicate the importance of data integration and methods to deal with complex systems and associated data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, oral presentations and practical assignments

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Select, apply and interpret statistical methods in the analysis of biomedical, omics and clinical data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, practical exercises, coursework assignments and oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations

Interrogate relevant online resources for efficient data retrieval and analysis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, practical exercises, coursework assignments and oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations

Utilise comprehensive programming skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, practical exercises, coursework assignments and oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations

Formulate and devise new algorithmic solutions for problems arising from biomedical research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, practical exercises, coursework assignments and oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations

Utilise a variety of existing databases and prediction tools in biomedical research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, practical exercises, coursework assignments and oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and oral presentations

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Explain the key concepts in health informatics and its integration with translational bioinformatics to facilitate the development of precision medicine approaches

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials. Self-directed learning is strongly represented in all modules.
Practical teaching is used in most of the modules. Study material will be largely derived from core text books and also from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, assignments

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Genomics and Human Disease

SCM8095

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Analysis of Gene Expression

SCM8051

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Applied Genomics

SCM8108

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

70%

0%

Health and Biomedical informatics and the exposome

SCM8148

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Systems Medicine: from Molecules to Populations

SCM8152

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Biostatistical Informatics

SCM8109

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Scientific Programming & Statistical Computing

SCM7047

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

In addition to the modules listed students will also have an introductory module SCM7046 Introductory Cell Biology and Computational Analysis which is attendance only at the start of semester one.