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Improvements in modern biology have led to a rapid increase in sensitivity and measurability in experiments and have reached the point where it is often impossible for a scientist alone to sort through the large volume of data that is collected from just one experiment.
For example, individual data points collected from one gene expression study can easily number in the hundreds of thousands. These types of data sets are often referred to as ‘biological big data’ and require bioinformaticians to use statistical tools to gain meaningful information from them.
In this course, part of the Bioinformatics MicroMasters program, you will learn about the R language and environment and how to use it to perform statistical analyses on biological big datasets.
This course is part of the Bioinformatics MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Biotechnology with a specialization in Bioinformatics without any application process or testing. See the MicroMasters program page for more.
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- Basic R Programming
- Applying packages in the R environment to determine changes in gene expression
- Applying packages in the R environment to locate genes in a full genomic sequence
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Frequently asked questions
Thank you for your interest in the MicroMasters in Bioinformatics Program. Please note that this program is being discontinued. No courses will be offered after December 2020. The schedule for the final offering of each course in this program is provided below. In order to transfer these courses to UMGC, you will need to purchase the Verified Certificate, complete, and pass all 3 courses. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
- DNA Sequences: Alignments & Analysis - 7/14/20 - 9/8/20
- Proteins: Alignment, Analysis & Structure - 9/22/20 - 11/17/20
- Statistical Analysis in Bioinformatics - 12/1/20 - 1/26/21
How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?
To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters program, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.
Who can take this course?
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