This is the OER material for BIO 4050 (Fall 2021).

Course Information

  • Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Zoom.
  • 2 class hours
  • 1 credit

Course Description

A seminar-based course that exposes students to current research topics in the fields of Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics. Weekly presentations by invited speakers and/or faculty introduce students to the broad diversity of research areas in both fields, and engages them in critical thinking and writing. Online lectures and reading activities will be given periodically.

Prerequisites: BIO 3352 or MED 4229

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Comprehend specific methodologies and results described in current biomedical informatics literature and oral presentations.
  • Summarize, evaluate, and criticize the biomedical informatics topics presented in class.
  • Present and explain the topics presented in class.
  • Engage in conversations to promote critical thinking.

Grading schema

In-class participation

Weekly attendance and participation in discussion


Student-lead discussions

Performance on student-lead discussions of weekly seminars


Seminar reports

Weekly submission of reports for each seminar/presentation