Course topicsThe course will cover the following main areas. A detailed syllabus is provided here.
Coursework and gradingRegular homework assignments will consist of a combination of one or more of the following: (i) exercises from the textbook; (ii) small programming assignments; (iii) "discovery" exercises using publicly available bioinformatics tools. In addition, all students must complete two programming projects, the first selected by the instructor and the second chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor.
The final grades will be a combination of the grades for the homework, project, midterms and final exams. In addition, participation in the class will be taken into account for extra credit. The breakdown of you final grade is shown below.
Homework - 10 %
Project 1 - 15 %
Project 2 - 15 %
Midterms - 25% (12.5% each)
Final - 35%
Unless otherwise indicated in class, most assignments will be given out on Wednesdays of each week and will be expected in by the beginning of the Monday class. Remember, the office hours are on Tuesdays so come by if you have any questions about your assignments.
Assignments submitted late will be graded as follows: up to 1 day late - 10 points will be deducted from the grade, up to 2 days late - 20 points will be deducted. Your assignment will not be graded beyond the second day past the deadline. If for reasons outside your control you will not be able to submit an assignment on time, see me as soon as possible to discuss an alternate deadline.
Attendance policyThis course follows the University's attendance policy. In short, if you will miss class for any reason you should let me know in advance, unless this is not possible (e.g. sudden illness). In any case, please let me know as soon as you are aware that will not be able to attend a class (e-mail is OK). I will work with you to help you catch up on homework or exams if you have to miss any of the lectures.
Academic integrityI expect that the students taking this class fully adhere to the Code of Academic Integrity. Please read this document in full if you have not already done so. In addition, the University requires that you sign the Honor Pledge on every examination you turn in. Please read the relevant excerpt from the Code of Academic Integrity (reproduced below).