Introduction to Applied Bioinformatics I

Bioinformatics is a broad field, working across technologies with applied biological outcomes. This course provides an introduction to the analysis of data across areas of biology, whether this be biomedical, environmental or agricultural.

You will have access to real world data types to develop your data analysis skills. On successful completion, you'll should be able to log onto a server, manipulate data files, run bioinformatic software and interpret the results.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Three PD Points, convertible to academic credit
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Course date
Self-paced learning:
Commence any time from 1 January 2024 and complete by 30 June 2024
Commence any time from 1 April 2024 and complete by 30 September 2024
Commence any time from 1 July 2024 and complete by 31 December 2024
6 months
6 online lectures @ 30 mins
6 online practical classes @ 3 hours
6 online assessments @ 1 hour
Academic Lead
Professor David Edwards
$660 inc. GST
Critical information summary
SCIEM401 Critical information summary [PDF, 244KB]
Student on a laptop with headphones 

What you'll learn

Understand different biological data types and formats

Apply basic Linux commands

Run bioinformatics software on a server

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

The recent explosion of data and technology is rapidly changing the study and application of biology and medicine. This applies to advances in genetics and genomics as well as the huge diversity of phenotypic data being generated, related to everything from crop performance, the environment through to understanding and finding cures for human disease.

Bioinformatics is a broad field, working across technologies with applied biological outcomes. Here the course provides an introduction to bioinformatics applied to these broad areas of biology.

While there are a growing list of bioinformatics training resources, this course aims to differentiate itself by offering an introduction to applied skills and training. Students will have access to a variety of data types to establish their applied data analysis skills.

Who should study this course?

The course is aimed at individuals who wish to explore and understand the basics of applied bioinformatics research, supporting their current biological/biomedical studies or as a gateway towards an applied bioinformatics career.

Recommended prior knowledge

  • A knowledge of biology would be beneficial.
  • There is no requirement or expectation of prior experience with Linux.

What's next after this course?

Future study
On completion, you will have a better understanding of the field of applied bioinformatics and its potential to improve our understanding of biology and human health. It will teach skills that can be applied to support studies in the biological sciences as well as provide a gateway to a career in applied bioinformatics.
Graduates may continue with a Master of Bioinformatics at UWA, with the two bioinformatics microcredentials SCIEM401 and SCIEM402 counting towards completion of a unit of the Masters (SCIE4002).


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