This extensive site contains background materials, instructions, and links that allow an upper division undergraduate level molecular biology or bioinformatics student to work with data. These include tools to analyze DNA and protein sequences, and links to molecular models. The site also provides lecture materials and assignments (with answers).
This can be used as a guide to internet resources for students Instructors may wish to adapt assignments with their own sample sequences
Labs, homework, projects, research.
Various software, including Chime, Protein Explorer, WebMol, Java for viewing molecular models, Quicktime or Shockwave for animations
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students should be able to access and use internet resources in molecular biology and bioinformatics understand the biological background and theory of bioinformatics
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate students in upper division molecular biology and/or bioinformatics
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Strong comprehension of molecular biology is necessary to use the software and databases.
Covers many areas and a wide array of manipulations relevant to of bioinformatics
Presents material accurately
Has nice and relative simple explanations of some topics
Several nice animations of DNA replication, translation are included
This site does not appear to have been updated recently
Many recent resources are not included
This collection would need to be well coordinated with a class for the most students because of the vast amount of terminology associated with the field and the complexity of the linked sites
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site is quite comprehensive
Provides application of theory to practice using professional databases
The collection provides a diversity of resources
This site does not appear to have been updated since 2003
Many of the links are dead
Many of the resources are outdated and have been superseded
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is well organized
The site has an extensive menu bar
The site includes buttons and text links to all sites
The website design is antiquated
The "current level"/"previous level" headings are difficult to follow
Navigation is somewhat hard as the site lacks location features of current websites
The user may have to navigate a bit within some categories or when leaving the site through links to the internet
Other Issues and Comments:
This website is a great idea, but to be useful would need to be seriously updated both in terms of content and web design.
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