Research Methods in Biomedical Informatics
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2:45pm
Course Director: Prof. Larry Hunter
Office: RC-1 S. Room L18-6100
Office hours by appointment
Requirements and prerequisites
This is a team-taught course. You will get a chance to meet and interact with each of the core faculty in the computational bioscience program. These faculty include:
Each faculty member will present the research in his/her lab in a series of consecutive lectures and discusions. At various points during the year, the students will present and review research plans, partial results, and final results.
1/24/12 Welcome/Intro (Larry Hunter)
1/31/12 Hunter Lab
2/9/12 Research in the Goldberg Lab
2/14/12 Research in the Pollock Lab Links
2/16/12 Pollock Lab
2/23/12 Research in the Görg Lab Links
2/28/12 Görg Lab
3/1/12 Peer review of research plans
3/6/12 Research in the Strong Lab
March 12-16, 2012 Spring Break No Class
3/20/12 Student presentation of revised research plans
3/27/12 Cohen Lab
3/29/12 Cohen Lab
4/3/12 Research in the Kechris Lab Links
4/12/12 Research in the Kahn Lab
4/17/12 Leach Lab Slides
4/19/12 Leach Lab Slides
4/24/12 Student presentations of project updates
5/3/12 Phang Lab Slides
The goal of this course is to get you familiar with the use of bioinformatics techniques in addressing real scientific problems. Grading will be largely on the basis of a course project. The project will involve several stages: producing a project plan, revising your plan in light of critique, presenting a status report on your progress, a final oral presentation, and a final written presentation. In addition to this work, you will be required to produce written critiques of others' research plans, and of others' written presentations of research results. The dedication and intensity you bring to these tasks is a good predictor of your likely success as an independent researcher, so we will add a subjective component to your grade that reflects what the faculty believe is the level of effort and committment you show toward the work; this includes showing up for class prepared, participating actively in discussions and activities, and in your ability to get high quality work done in the face of the many other requirements on your time.
While it may be hard for you to wrap your head around, no one will ever care about the grades you get in graduate school (assuming you pass, of course). Now the important thing is to make the transition to producing significant, original research that will make an impact on a broad community. Your ability to master existing material (both in textbooks and in original research publications) is assumed, and will be tested during your preliminary exam. What we hope to teach in this course (and will be evaluating you on) is the development of a creative and scholarly approach to doing new science.
Honor CodeThe Graduate School requires that this honor code be included in all course syllabi.
Education at the University of Colorado, Denver is conducted under the honor system. All students who have entered health professional programs should have developed the qualities of honesty and integrity, and each student should apply these principles to his or her academic and subsequent professional career. All students are also expected to have achieved a level of maturity, which is reflected by appropriate conduct at all times.
Note that our educational mission statement includes even stronger goals for your professional behavior. Please feel free to raise issues related to those goals in class.
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