BIOINF 7140 - Epigenomics Applications

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course teaches the underlying theory and skills for design and analysis of epigenomic experiments and datasets. Theoretical background will cover relevant statistical, and network theory, as well as the key biological processes which are under investigation. Practical analysis will involve use of R Studio and Bash scripting and/or a compiled programming language in the context of an HPC environment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOINF 7140
    Course Epigenomics Applications
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 12 x 1 hour lectures, 12 x 4 hour practicals
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics and Master of Bioinformatics
    Course Description This course teaches the underlying theory and skills for design and analysis of epigenomic experiments and datasets. Theoretical background will cover relevant statistical, and network theory, as well as the key biological processes which are under investigation. Practical analysis will involve use of R Studio and Bash scripting and/or a compiled programming language in the context of an HPC environment.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dan Kortschak

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Use modern literate programming tools such as R Studio Notebooks.
    2. Analyse a biological question in order to develop a research analysis pipeline.
    3. Use a variety of publicly available data resources and software tools to perform epigenomic analyses.
    4. Implement approaches to ensure reproducibility of a research analysis.
    5. Use and communicate statistical concepts to establish and communicate the reliability of epigenomic analyses.
    6. Employ effective techniques to communicate complex research results to a non-specialist audience.
    7. Produce a comprehensive analytical report on an epigenomics research problem.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5, 6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5, 6, 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Practicals are supported by lectures that build students student’s understanding of the details of performing complete epigenomics analysis pipelines. An integrative project and associated report preparation will help develop students’ capacity to perform complex epigenomics analyses and communicate analytical results to others in an effective way.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The course covers practical aspects of conducting epigenomics research analyses using contemporary tools such as the R statistical environment using R Studio, literate programming using R markdown notebooks and presenting analyses to clients and other researchers.

    The course will involve a scaffolded development of techniques used to perform bioinformatics and statistical analyses of small epigenomics datasets with supporting lectures to establish an understanding of the background theory for the practical studies.

    The development of analysis techniques will culminate with a single large project that will make use of the techniques developed previously in the course. This project will require that students submit a preliminary analysis report and a full report explaining the results of the analysis at the level of executive summary, complete analytical approach and in depth biological interpretation.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment Hurdle Outcomes being assessed Timing of assessment
    Practical tasks Formative and summative 60 No Weeks 2-7
    Final project progress Formative and summative 10 No Week 9
    Final project submission Summative 30 No Week 12
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement? Details of additional assessment, if available
    Literature review 60 Yes Additional essay with similar format
    Assessment Detail
    Practical tasks (6x: total of 60%)
    Each practical will include an assessment tasks which will be dependent on the aspects of the work being performed in the practical, to be submitted at the beginning of the subsequent tutorial.

    Final project and report (total of 40%)
    Each student will perform a complete epigenomics analysis on a large dataset. Initially, a pilot/exploratory/feasibility study will be performed and submitted as a final project progress report submitted for assessment. This submission will include assessment of needed computational resources, a preliminary data quality assessment and will be allow the appropriateness of the project to be safely assessed prior to undertaking the major task.

    The final assessment task would be the submission of a complete analysis in the form of an executable R notebook (or other language if appropriate) including figures, code segments and natural language explanation, and with an executive summary of 300 words.
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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