Syllabus: Introduction to Modern Biomedical Databases BIPG 5400/7400
HARNESS THE POWER OF ADVANCED DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
TO HELP TRACK AND ANALYZE YOUR BIOLOGICAL DATA.
STUDENTS WILL LEARN HOW TO USE, UNDERSTAND, AND EVEN
DESIGN THEIR OWN CUSTOM DATABASES FOR MORE EFFECTIVE RESEARCH.
BIPG5400/7400 Introduction to Modern Biomedical Databases
Summer I – 1cr
Director: Alexei Fedorov, Ph.D.
Format: Each day will consist of a lecture followed by a computer lab session to reinforce the lecture’s topic. Lectures and labs will be taught in the Bioinformatics Computer Lab (HEB127). Students will use BPG’s Linux Cluster to access a database system for lab assignments.
The course will meet twice each week for a 1-hour lecture followed by a 1.5-hour lab. The course will last 5 weeks during the Summer I session. Students will learn extensively about relational databases as an alternative to textual databases. Topics include design and implementation of custom databases, modification of pre-existing databases, and database management. Students will become well versed in SQL, including database construction, modification, and query design. Use of relational databases as an analytical tool will be emphasized.
Course will be graded S/U. A satisfactory grade will require completion of all lab assignments and not more than one missed day (lecture+lab).
Schedule: All lectures will be posted online.