SCIE2100 – Introduction to Bioinformatics

Lecturer Dr Mikael Boden
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty Science
Prerequisites SCIE1000 and STAT1201 or MATH1051 and CSSE1001
Contact Hours -
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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Total average


Learning Materials ( 52.5 )
Learning Activities ( 44.5 )
Blackboard Management ( 67.5 )
Course Content ( 45 )
Course Structure ( 55 )
Contact Availability ( 85 )
Course Difficulty ( 65 )

Reviews (2)

SCIE2100 – Introduction to Bioinformatics 84.7

I strongly disagree with the other review. The content taught here is 100% relevant and useful in the bioinformatic field. Where other courses teach you how to use the online databases and theories, this one actually uses them in context. You'll need to know how to code if you want to use the bioinformatic techniques in research or it's useless. This course teaches you that.
About the course itself: They always uploaded the slides and assisting material in a timely manner. Slides were always uploaded the night before and whiteboard drawing uploaded the evening following the lecture.
Because of the small class sizes you can usually talk one on one with the lecturers and openly mid-lecture if need be.
Practicals usually involved spending a few hours (or however long it takes you) answering questions which involved a few 'explain this process', 'spot the error' and 'name alternative methods/suggestions' questions. If you get stuck, the tutors are really helpful. Would recommend this over BIOL3004 and other biology bioinformatics modules as those are quite superficial in explanation and execution.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2014

Your program/major


Is lecture attendance necessary?

Would recommend it

Is the textbook necessary?

There was no textbook needed.

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on December 10, 2016 8:37 pm
SCIE2100 – Introduction to Bioinformatics 33.7

Easily the worst course I have ever done. The content was dull, had no relevance, and I honestly feel I took nothing away from the course. The prac tutors were good, although the pracs in themself were the same old. Take code, remove bug, add some code, get answer all in python. Uninspiring and a waste of time, I strongly discourage taking this course if possible. If you do BIOC2000 or any biology course, you get adequate exposure to bioinformatic techniques.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major


Is lecture attendance necessary?

Not really

Is the textbook necessary?


  • Good teachers/tutors
  • Lecture notes were decent
  • Pracs were dull and outdated
  • Little to take from the course
Posted on June 3, 2016 4:02 am

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