"Roughly, bioinformatics describes any use of computers to handle biological information. In practice the definition used by most people is narrower; bioinformatics to them is a synonym for "computational molecular biology"--- the use of computers to characterize the molecular components of living things." - From the Bioinformatics FAQ at http://bioinformatics.org/faq/
Computational molecular biology, or bioinformatics, draws on the disciplines of biology, mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering. It provides the computational support for functional genomics, which links the behavior of cells, organisms, and populations to the information encoded in the genomes, as well as for structural genomics. This course is designed to introduce computer science majors to bioinformatics issues and algorithms. A good understanding of general algorithms and data structures, as covered in a 151-like course, is required.
Computational Molecular Biology: An Algorithmic Approach, 1/e
Pavel A. Pevzner, 2000.
The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachussetts.
Algorithms on Strings, Trees, and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology, 1/e
Dan Gusfield, 1997.
Cambridge University Press New York.
|Students will be required to open and maintain a Chico State Connection (CSC Portal) account.|
|Students will be required to open and maintain a WebCT account to access up-to-date on-line calendar of events, current scores, on-line quizzes, etc.|
Theoretical Component (50%)
Practical Component (50%)
Students are required to earn a C or better in both the Theoretical and the Practical components; otherwise, the minimum of the scores of the two components will be used to calculate the student's final grade.
|[88.75, 92.50)||B+||Very Good Work|
|[77.50, 81.25)||C+||Adequate Work|
|[66, 70)||D+||Minimally Acceptable Work|
|[ 0, 60)||F||Unacceptable Work|
Note: It is Dr. J's policy not to assign a final grade of D or D+ to graduate students. Hence,
graduate students with a class standing less than C- (70%) earn a final grade of F.
The Final Exam is comprehensive.
Absolutely no makeup test will be given for any missed exam. Excused absences will only be considered as defined in the University Catalog.
Quizzes are normally given toward the end of the class period. Quiz schedules will, generally, not be announced. No make-up will be given for missed quizzes, unless the student has sufficient documentation that verifies inability to take the quiz as scheduled. It will be the student's responsibility not to miss any or too many quizzes during the semester.
Dr. Juliano does not hold regular office hours during finals week. However, appointments may be made if necessary (availability based on that week's schedule). Walk-ins are welcome only if his office door is open.
Under no circumstances should students inquire (in person, through the phone, etc.) About their final grades during finals week and the week after. Dr. Juliano will post final grades (for students requesting such) as soon as they are available. If a student wishes to contest any perceived grade discrepancies this late in the semester, the above procedure must be followed; however, all such matters must be settled before final grades are submitted to the Registrar's Office.