About this Course
Are you interested in learning how to program (in Python) within a scientific setting? This course will cover algorithms for solving various biological problems along with a handful of programming challenges helping you implement these algorithms in Python. It offers a gently-paced introduction to our Bioinformatics Specialization (https://www.coursera.org/specializations/bioinformatics), preparing learners to take the first course in the Specialization, "Finding Hidden Messages in DNA" (https://www.coursera.org/learn/dna-analysis). Each of the four weeks in the course will consist of two required components. First, an interactive textbook provides Python programming challenges that arise from real biological problems. If you haven't programmed in Python before, not to worry! We provide "Just-in-Time" exercises from the Codecademy Python track (https://www.codecademy.com/learn/python). And each page in our interactive textbook has its own discussion forum, where you can interact with other learners. Second, each week will culminate in a summary quiz. Lecture videos are also provided that accompany the material, but these videos are optional.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week
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Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

Skills you will gain

Python ProgrammingBioinformaticsGeneticsMolecular Biology
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Week 1

Where in the Genome Does Replication Begin? (Part 1)...
Reading
2 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Optional: Where in the Genome Does DNA Replication Begin? (Part 2) 6m
Reading2 readings
Course Details10m
(Optional) Week 1 FAQs0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz20m

2

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Week 2

Where in the Genome Does Replication Begin? (Part 2)...
Reading
2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Optional: Where in the Genome Does DNA Replication Begin? (Part 4) 4m
Reading1 readings
(Optional) Week 2 FAQs0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Week 3

Which DNA Patterns Play the Role of Molecular Clocks? (Part 1)...
Reading
3 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Optional: From Implanted Patterns to Regulatory Motifs (Part 2) (05:06)5m
Optional: From Implanted Patterns to Regulatory Motifs (Part 3) (07:22)7m
Reading1 readings
(Optional) Week 3 FAQs0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz20m

4

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Week 4

Which DNA Patterns Play the Role of Molecular Clocks? (Part 2)...
Reading
3 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Optional: How Rolling Dice Helps Us Find Regulatory Motifs (Part 2) (05:37)5m
Optional: How Rolling Dice Helps Us Find Regulatory Motifs (Part 3) (07:46)7m
Reading1 readings
(Optional) Week 4 FAQs0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By DLApr 18th 2016

I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.\n\nThis is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.\n\nWhat's not to love?

By HLAug 16th 2017

I learned a lot from this difficult and time-consuming course! It covers biological concepts using Python. It made learning Python more interesting for me, since I have always loved biology.

Instructors

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Pavel Pevzner

Professor
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Phillip Compeau

Visiting Researcher

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