The Genomics Course starts with a generic introduction comprising the basics of the central dogma, the pivotal concept of Molecular Biology. The most important thing about Genomics study is understanding the Variation that occurs in a Genome. Hence the course starts from explaining the structure of the DNA and moving over to origin and the analysis of the variations that occur.
At the heart of the course there is a unique training experience that allows one to build a functional bioinformatics pipeline, server.t-bio, where for each algorithm, there is a pop-up that describes the algorithm. After the bare essential theories are over, the turn to use the Pipelines (server.t-bio.info) comes. Small informative videos to give a visual understanding of how to run the Pipeline is a perfect process to guide the newbie and the experienced as well. The best thing about the course is that it brings out the perfect flavour of a how a pipeline should be used and leave the ground open for further explorations by the participant to click and use the other sets of algorithms at the “t-bio server” on “Data Pre-Processing”, “Mapping”, “Variant Calling”, “Annotation”. All these individual classes have on-click information popups.
Subsequent to the execution of the sample pipeline comes the analysis of the results, and here also the course leaves the ground open for the initiated participant for exploring more beyond what is being explained. It also provides a link to a carefully developed sample project using Machine Learning present on the Edu site.
One cannot deny the importance of Quizes, which always benchmark the learning path. The Genomics course also has an informative list of references at the end for further reading.