I did this course in semester 1 2018. This course was great. I felt like the tutors and course coordinator really put a lot of effort into improving this course. The lab submissions were way better than semester 1 2017. The tutors marked the lab submissions very fairly and you should be able to get full mark for the lab submissions, as the tutors were only interested in your attempts for those lab activities. The tutors were super helpful. Alex was wonderful and really helped the students to pass the course. The in-class quizzes were difficult, but very easy to do well. The final exam was not easy, but it was not difficult either.
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.
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.