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Postgraduate Course: Computing Skills for Drug Discovery (PGBI11069)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPostgraduate Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course description**Online Distance Learning Course**

Next Generation Drug Discovery necessarily will involve students being able to perform computing tasks that won&t always be &off the shelf&. Often these will involve short programs to change formats to link together software that hasn&t been designed to be interoperable; or it will involve parsing out text from searches, or comparing lists from different sources. Students should also be competent at writing web interfaces to these programs so that they can be shared, and so be independent of operating system or programming language. The course will involve students writing their own programming solutions to authentic tasks in Drug Discovery.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students should be able to:

& Code, test and document programs to change formats of data to allow other programs to work in a pipeline, and to extract data and compare it from different sources;
& Write web interfaces to programs;
& Code an unfamiliar equation, attaching the variables to sliders to investigate the behaviour of the equation;
& Appreciate the utility of documenting and reusing programming code in new contexts;
& Implement robust backup of work;
& Appreciate maintenance of computer software;
& Acquire knowledge of how to script common tasks
Assessment Information
50% = Group Assessment (including maximum 20% variation for Peer Assessment of contribution)

50% = Electronic Portfolio (comprising of learning log and contribution to skills profile)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsCompSkillsDD
Contacts
Course organiserDr Paul Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 7058
Email: p.taylor@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Vicky Mactaggart
Tel: (0131 6)51 7052
Email: Vicky.Mactaggart@ed.ac.uk
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