e-Learning for Systems Approaches
No. of projects funded
1 (composed of 3 modules)
Project title: Systems Training in Maths, Informatics and Computational Biology (SysMIC) - a consortium comprising of: UCL, Birckbeck, the OU and the University of Edinburgh over the period of 5 years.
To develop web-based courses to provide modular training to bioscience researchers in the theoretical components of systems biology across the UK bioscience community.
Courses should be developed that comprise at least 3 modules to enable training to be provided at different levels to researchers:
- Basic mathematics for systems biology
- Introductory/basic module in systems biology
- Intermediate/advanced module in systems biology
On completion of the course it is anticipated that bioscience researchers will have gained an understanding of the following key skills:
- The ability to develop, and communicate, a rigorous conceptual and graphical model of a chosen biological system including the elements of network analysis
- An understanding of the different sort of techniques often found in the "modeller's toolbox". What are differential equations, for example, and how can they be solved analytically and numerically
- How to fit a model to data including the role of statistical analysis in estimating parameters and their variability
- Some understanding of how models are coded in different programming environments (such as R, Matlab, C++) with some appreciation of which packages/languages are suitable for different problems
- The concept of database management and an introduction to bioinformatic methods appropriate for systems biology