CS111 Introduction to Genome Browsers

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Objective

This course will provide a general introduction to genome browsers to acquaint the researcher on the use and data available on several popular genome browsers such as the UCSC Genome Browser, Ensembl, NCBI Map Viewer and Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG). There are several publicly available genome browsers (see course outline) that allow researchers to access annotated data on a large number of genomes. These genome browsers are excellent resources for data discovery and analysis. This course is targeted towards researchers who are not acquainted with these genome browsers or who wish to learn to use these tools more effectively. The course will go over the basic use of each genome browser and some of the data and tools available to them. The user will also get a good overview of comparisons and contrasts between these browsers.

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, Inc., the largest international affiliation in the field, and it will count as 16 "Continuing Scientific Education" (CSE) credits (one credit per contact hour) within the Organization. Students completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to that.

Course outline

Each class is approximately 90 minutes long, each would include about 45 minutes of introduction (where attendees can follow along on the browser) and another 45 minutes of hands-on project exercises.

Conclusion: General summary and a compare and contrast of genome browsers.

Course schedule

This course has been offered once. 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.

Registration

Registration comprises of two steps. First, 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 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.

Registration deadline: When full

Tuition discounts

Tuition (all prices USD):

Base tuition If taken with another course at base tuition
Commercial $595 $397
Non-profit/academic $476 $318

For full-time students and the unemployed, please inquire about an additional discount (verification required).

Additional information

If you have any questions, please send a message to J.W. Bizzaro (login required) or call +1 508 890 8600.

Logistics

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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.

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 Adobe Flash plugin. Please 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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