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Taught in the context of biological research, this course helps biologists learn how to use the [http://perl.org/ scripting language Perl] to automate certain tasks. Armed with some knowledge and hands-on experience with a programming or scripting language, scientists taking a CS101 course at the [[Bioinformatics Organization]] will be able to perform basic software development tasks and phrase research questions in the context of the language. As a result, they will be able to appreciate and use computers better in their organization and communicate better with their IT group.  
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Taught in the context of biological research, this course teaches biologists how to use the [http://perl.org/ scripting language Perl] to automate certain tasks. Armed with some knowledge and hands-on experience with a programming or scripting language, scientists taking a CS101 course at the [[Bioinformatics Organization]] will be able to perform basic software development tasks and phrase research questions in the context of the language. As a result, they will be able to appreciate and use computers better in their organization and communicate better with their IT group.  
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No experience is required, although prior experience with any other programming language will be helpful. Math skills will also be useful. This course is certified by the [[Bioinformatics Organization|Bioinformatics Organization, Inc.]], the largest international affiliation in the field, and it will count as '''8''' "Continuing Scientific Education" (CSE) credits (one credit per contact hour) within the Organization. Students completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to that.
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No experience is required, although prior experience with any other programming language will be helpful. Math skills will also be useful.
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==Course outline==
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* Day 1: Installing and running simple Perl programs
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* [[Shailender Nagpal]]
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* Day 2: Variables (scalars, arrays), printing, variable interpolation, string operations
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* Day 3: Mathematical, conditional and logical operators, file input/output, loops (''if-then-else'', ''for'', ''while'')
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* Day 4: List operations, regular expressions, functions, introduction to [http://bioperl.org/ BioPerl]. Students will be assigned a project.
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* Day 5: Project discussion
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==Course schedule==
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==Syllabus==
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This course has been offered several times. Access to completed courses is available to enrolled students only, because of privacy and confidentiality issues. If you are interested in an upcoming course, register using instructions below.
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* Session 1: Installing and running simple Perl programs
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* Session 3: Mathematical, conditional and logical operators, file input/output, loops (''if-then-else'', ''for'', ''while'')
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* Session 4: List operations, regular expressions, functions, introduction to [http://bioperl.org/ BioPerl]. Students will be assigned a project.
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* [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/ACA Course ACA (online), November 26-30, 2007, 16:30-18:00 UTC (Registration open)]
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* [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/CG Course CG (online), May 28 - June 2, 2007]
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* [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/AP Course AP (online), April 2-6, 2007]
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* [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/AI Course AI (online), February 12-16, 2007]
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* [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/AE Course AE (online), January 29 - February 2, 2007]
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* [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/AB Course AB (online), January 8-12, 2007]
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==Registration==
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Registration comprises of two steps. First, [https://edu.bioinformatics.org/login/signup.php create an online account] to access the educational section of our website. Second, register for this course by making a payment using either the online registration form (click on the scheduled course above; ''use this form only for credit card payments via secured PayPal''), or by sending in the [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/download/registration_form.pdf mail-in registration form] (~150 kB PDF, ''use this form if paying by US checks, credit card or corporate purchase order''). Please check the tuition rates and discounts below.
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* Returning student discount: A 20% (rounded up) discount applies for students who have paid the base tuition (without a similar discount) for a course at Bioinformatics.Org that does '''''not''''' fall in the CS101 range (e.g., CS102A/B) (please use the [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/download/registration_form.pdf mail-in registration form] rather than PayPal if taking this discount).
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* Cluster course discount: A 50% (rounded up) discount (cannot be combined with the 20% discount) applies for students who have paid the base tuition for a course that '''''does''''' fall in the CS101 range (please use the [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/download/registration_form.pdf mail-in registration form] rather than PayPal if taking this discount).
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Online courses are offered on the ASAP online meeting system.  Access information will be provided prior to the start of the course. Each lecture will last 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the topics covered. For those who cannot attend the lectures at those times, the lectures will be recorded and placed on the course website as Flash videos (resolution reduced by 30%) each day, within one day.  Students will also be able to communicate with the instructor and other students via the course forums.  Lecture attendance is therefore not required.
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Since this will be an interactive, hands-on workshop, all attendees will need a computer with a broadband Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster is strongly recommended for those watching the live lecture), a sound card with speakers, a modern Web browser, and the [http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ Adobe Flash plugin].  Please [[ASAP requirements|check the specific system requirements for your computer]].  A microphone and webcam is not required for this course.  The necessary software, lecture notes and exercises will be provided.
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If you have any questions, please send a message to [http://edu.bioinformatics.org/message/discussion.php?id=100003 J.W. Bizzaro] (login required) or call +1 508 890 8600.
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Latest revision as of 23:11, 24 July 2012

Contents

Objectives

Taught in the context of biological research, this course teaches biologists how to use the scripting language Perl to automate certain tasks. Armed with some knowledge and hands-on experience with a programming or scripting language, scientists taking a CS101 course at the Bioinformatics Organization will be able to perform basic software development tasks and phrase research questions in the context of the language. As a result, they will be able to appreciate and use computers better in their organization and communicate better with their IT group.

No experience is required, although prior experience with any other programming language will be helpful. Math skills will also be useful.

Instructor

Syllabus

Scheduled courses

If you are interested in an upcoming course, register using instructions below. (Access to completed courses is available to enrolled students only, because of privacy and confidentiality issues.)

Registration

Registration for courses at Bioinformatics.Org takes two steps:

Step 1
If you haven't already done so, create an on-line account to access the educational section of our website. Please note that the registration for our educational system is separate from that of the main website; you will require another account.
Step 2
Register for the course by making a payment using either the on-line registration form (click on the name of the course where it appears in the list of upcoming courses; use this form only for PayPal payments and credit card payments via secured PayPal), or by sending in the registration form (PDF; use this form if paying by US checks, credit card or corporate purchase order).

Please also check the course tuition rates and discounts.

Registration deadline: When full

Tuition & discounts

Live instruction held on-line
Live instruction held on-site
On-demand instruction held on-line

Additional discounts are available as follows:

Logistics

The necessary software, lecture notes and exercises will be provided.

Live instruction held on-line

On-line/live courses use the WebEx on-line meeting system. Access information will be provided prior to the start of the course. Unless otherwise noted, each lecture begins at 16:00 GMT and runs for about an hour, depending on the topics covered.

For those who cannot attend the lectures at those times, the lectures will be recorded and placed on the course website as AVI video files each day, within one day. Students will also be able to communicate with the instructor and other students via the course forums. Lecture attendance is therefore not required.

Since this will be an interactive, hands-on workshop, all attendees will need a computer with a broadband Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster is strongly recommended for those watching the live lecture), a sound card with speakers, a modern Web browser, and Java. A microphone and webcam are not required but may be used.

Certification

This course is certified by the Bioinformatics Organization, Inc., the largest international affiliation in the field, and it will count as 3 "Continuing Scientific Education" (CSE) units (one unit per contact hour) within the Organization. Students completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to that.

Refund policy

For any course type, if a student is not satisfied with the conduct or content of a course, they may request a full refund within the first two days of lecture. After two days but within a week, a 50% refund will be granted. After one week, a 100% credit toward another course will be granted. No refunds or credits apply beyond those stated here.

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