Rudiments of statistical and computational genomics. Emphasis on basic probability and statistics, introduction to computer programming and relevant web databases. This course is intended to introduce students with non-computer science backgrounds to the major concepts of programming and statistics.
Meeting times and locations
Classes: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 – 11:50 a.m., Foege S-040
Substantial background in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related disciplines.
Readings for the Python parts of the class will be assigned from the free online textbook Think Python.
The course involves hands-on programming during class time, so students should bring a laptop to class.
Late homework will be accepted, but penalized. Specifically, each assignment is worth 100 points, from which 10 points will be deducted for each day (or fraction thereof) that you turn it in late. The maximum deduction for being late is 60 points (even if you are more than 6 days late).
You are welcome to talk to classmates about principles for solving problems, but please do not share code or solve specific problems together. The problem solving is where you will learn the most for this class, especially the programming.
There will be an in-class final exam on the last day of class.
Grades will come 80% from problem sets and 20% from one final exam. There will be no mid-term exam. The final course grade is computed using the procedure described here.
The course home page can be found at http://noble.gs.washington.edu/~wnoble/genome559
A Canvas page is at https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1355296