ST590A: Bioinformatics I - Fall 2015

Course Schedule

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:15 PM
Location: 2225 SAS Hall [Map of North Campus]


Eric Stone -

Telephone: 919-513-1221 (no voice mail / please email instead)
Office: 312 Ricks Hall (effective September 1, 2015)
Office hours: To be arranged / By appointment

Course Prerequisites

There are (unfortunately) no formal prerequisites. However, it is assumed that students will have some background in either molecular genetics (GN 311) or statistics (ST511 or ST 521). Programming experience is helpful but not required.

OPTIONAL Textbooks


There will be several homework assignments spaced throughout the semester. The assignments will serve to reinforce the concepts discussed in class, as well as to provide practical experience with existing bioinformatics tools and resources. Check the homework page for updates and corrections.


There will be one midterm and one comprehensive final examination.
  • The midterm is ***TENTATIVELY*** scheduled for October 21, 2015.
  • The final examination is scheduled according to University guidelines for 1:00pm - 4:00pm on Wednesday, December 9th.

Grading System (subject to revision)

Final grade will be based on:
  • 35% Homework
  • 30% Midterm Exam
  • 35% Final Exam


Auditors are expected to attend class regularly and submit homework on the same schedule as the other students. The final grade for auditors (AU or NR) will be based on class performance.

Policy on Academic Integrity

The University policy on academic integrity is spelled out in Appendix L of the NCSU Code of Student Conduct. For a more thorough elaboration see the NCSU Office of Student Conduct website. For this course group work on homework is encouraged. However copying someone else's work and calling them your own is plagiarism, so the work you turn in should be your own.

Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students (DSS), 1900 Student Health Center, CB#7509, Phone: (919) 515-7653.

Please note

Information provided on this webpage is subject to change.