Bioinformatics involves the use of computer programmes to study biology. In the current workforce, most bioinformaticians are computer scientists that have up-skilled in biology, or biologists who have up-skilled in computer science. Whilst level 3 science courses do not currently require the teaching of basic bioinformatics, undergraduate courses are now designed to embed bioinformatics to fill this employment market. in this project, I would like to introduce bioinformatics teaching early to aid students understanding of genetics, as well as to introduce additional skills to learners.
Current BTEC genetics unit and CAVA Access biology module teaching, as well as study skills sessions. Targeted lessons using bioinformatics, followed by student questionnaire to gage understanding. I hope to be able to embed more bioinformatics practices into teaching.
All level 3 science students.
By introducing skills at an earlier stage, I am hoping for two benefits to students.
Firstly, I am hoping students will benefit from visual aids in the understanding of current course content, which currently tends to be teacher led and theory based. By using computer programmes, this will aid learners who lean towards kinaesthetic style learning strategies.
Secondly, I hope by introducing students to these concepts and tools early, that they will have an appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach to science (at level 3, science can seem quite one dimensional), and will give learners a head start with these skills which will be required by graduation. Current trends show that there will be a 9% increase in bioinformatics jobs by 2026.
Creation of student focused resources.
Production of practical lesson plans for a subject that traditionally is theory led.
Optional: upskilling of science staff to use bioinformatics tools.