Guía Docente 2020-21


Id.: 33708
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 3 Teaching period: Primer Cuatrimestre
Credits: 6 Total hours: 150
Classroom activities: 59 Individual study: 91
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Castellano


Next generation sequencing techniques, NGS, have allowed great improvements in different biological research fields. The vast amount, the quality and the easiness of data generation lead to researchers to perform new investigations with economical feasible methodologies respect to the previous techniques. As a result, new transversal and complementary research lines  have emerged to support the classical ones. These new fields, calle -omics are one the main focus of Bioinformatics.

This subject will provide a general idea of the omics techniques, from the experimental design, in order to guide the students to identify the type of analysis to be performed, the accurate tools and the expected results.


General programme competences G01 Use learning strategies autonomously for their application in the continuous improvement of professional practice.
G02 Perform the analysis and synthesis of problems of their professional activity and apply them in similar environments.
G03 Cooperate to achieve common results through teamwork in a context of integration, collaboration and empowerment of critical discussion.
G04 Reason critically based on information, data and lines of action and their application on relevant issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature.
G05 Communicate professional topics in Spanish and / or English both orally and in writing.
G06 Solve complex or unforeseen problems that arise during the professional activity within any type of organisation and adapt to the needs and demands of their professional environment.
G07 Choose between different complex models of knowledge to solve problems.
G09 Apply information and communication technologies in the professional field.
G10 Apply creativity, independence of thought, self-criticism and autonomy in the professional practice.
Specific programme competences E02 Develop the use and programming of computers, databases and computer programs and their application in bioinformatics.
E03 Apply the fundamental concepts of mathematics, logic, algorithmics and computational complexity to solve problems specific to bioinformatics.
E04 Program applications in a robust, correct, and efficient way, choosing the paradigm and the most appropriate programming languages, applying knowledge about basic algorithmic procedures and using the most appropriate types and data structures.
E05 Implement well-founded applications, previously designed and analysed, in the characteristics of the databases.
E06 Apply the fundamental principles and basic techniques of intelligent systems and their practical application in the field of bioinformatics.
E07 Apply the principles, methodologies and life cycles of software engineering to the development of a project in the field of bioinformatics.
E12 Apply the principles and techniques of protein computational modelling to predict their biological function, their activity or new therapeutic targets (Structural Bioinformatics, Computational Toxicology).
E13 Apply omics technologies for the extraction of statistically significant information and for the creation of relational databases of biodata that can be updated and publicly accessible to the scientific community.
E14 Use programming languages, most commonly used in the field of Life Sciences, to develop and evaluate techniques and/ or computational tools.
E15 Infer the evolutionary history of genes and proteins through the creation and interpretation of phylogenetic trees.
E16 Plan linkage and association studies for medical and environmental purposes.
E17 Induce complex relationships between samples by applying statistical and classification techniques.
E18 Apply statistical and computational methods to solve problems in the fields of molecular biology, genomics, medical research and population genetics.
E21 Apply computational and data processing techniques for the integration of physical, chemical and biological concepts and data for the description and/ or prediction of the activity of a substance in a given context.


Not previous requirments are necessary.


Subject contents:

1 - Omics Science: General Principles
    1.1 - What the omics are
    1.2 - Omics and Bioinformatics
    1.3 - Applications
2 - Linux Command Line
    2.1 - Introduction to UNIX environments. Basic commands.
    2.2 - Commands for access to file contents
    2.3 - Permissions
    2.4 - Scripting
    2.5 - File Processing Language: GAWK
    2.6 - Software installation
3 - Omics Revolution: from Sanger to NGS
    3.1 - Sequencing
    3.2 - De novo sequencing and resequencing
    3.3 - Genomics: description and applications
    3.4 - Transcriptomics: description and applications
    3.5 - Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics: description and applications
    3.6 - MethySeql and ChipSeq: description and applications
4 - Present and future of omics science
    4.1 - Role of omics science in health, science and industry
5 - Current software for omics analysis
    5.1 - Quality analysis and preprocessing
    5.2 - Genomics and transcriptomics
    5.3 - Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
    5.4 - Annotation
    5.5 - Phylogenomics
6 - Proteins and omics science
    6.1 - Proteomics: description and applications
    6.2 - Metabolomics: description and applications
    6.3 - Interactomics: description and applications
    6.4 - Relationship between proteomics and NGS: from computer to real life
7 - Basic principles of omics analysis
    7.1 - Quality control
    7.2 - Preprocessing
    7.3 - Assembly
    7.4 - Annotation
    7.5 - Mapping
    7.6 - Variant Calling
    7.7 - Quantification
    7.8 - Normalization
    7.9 - Differential expression analysis
8 - Experimental Design
    8.1 - Basic principles of experimental design
    8.2 - From the idea to the experimental process

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

Master classes:

Teacher will explain the theory using TIC and physical resources on presential classes. Material will be available on the PDU in advance for previous reading. Students are highly recommended to perform the reading task.


Theoretical-practical classes:

Omics needed from practise. In this type of sessions the students will perform a reproduction of command execution done in theory and the completion of proposed exercises, in order to assure correct comprehension.


Self-learning based on critical-thinking:

Sutdents will explore scientific publication and discuss between each other about oral presentation of the rest of students. This way, basic knowledge of the field will be reinforce bias for scientific process.


Learning based on proyects:

Three projects will be peformed time course of the subject in order to apply the acquire knowledge in the experimental design area,

Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 25
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 2
Other practical activities 20
Test in class 2
Classroom tutorials 5
Evaluation tests (questionnaires and other instruments) 5
Individual study
Individual study 15
Individual coursework preparation 30
Compulsory reading 14
Application of investigation techniques and information search 24
Video lessons/Webinars/ podcast 8
Total hours: 150


Calculation of final mark:

Written tests: 5 %
Individual coursework: 30 %
Group coursework: 10 %
Final exam: 40 %
Evaluation of presentations: 15 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

Arivaradarajan, P., Misra, G. Omics Approaches, Technologies And Applications Integrative Approaches For Understanding OMICS Data. Springer. 2019.
Newham, C. Learning the bash Shell, 3rd Edition.O'Reilly Media, Inc. 2005.

Recommended bibliography:

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Barh,D., Blum K., and Madigan M. OMICS: Biomedical Perspectives and Applications. CRC Press.. 2011.
Brent, M. R. Genome annotation past, present, and future: How to define an ORF at each locus. Genome Res., 15:1777-1786. 2006.
Cameron Newham, Bill Rosenblatt, and Gigi Estabrook.Learning the Bash Shell. O’Reilly and associates, Inc., USA. 1998.
Chee-Seng,K., L.En Yun, P.Yudi, and C.Kee-Seng. Next Generation Sequencing Technologies and Their Applications. John Willey and Sons. 2010.
Cole, J. R., Q. Wang, J. A. Fish, B. Chai, D. M. McGarrell, Y. Sun, C. T. Brown, A. Porras-Alfaro, C. R. Kuske, and J. M. Tiedje. Ribosomal Database Project: data and tools for high throughput rRNA analysis Nucl. Acids Res. 42(Database issue):D633-D642. 2014.
D'Alessandro, Angelo. High-Throughput Metabolomics. Nature Springer. 2019.
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Pérez-Ortín, J.E.; Alepuz, P. y Moreno; J.Genomics and gene transcription kinetics in yeast. Trends Genet. 23, 250-257. 2007.
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Wang, Q., Garrity, G. M., Tiedje, J. M., & Cole, J. R. Naive Bayesian classifier for rapid assignment of rRNA sequences into the new bacterial taxonomy. Applied and environmental microbiology, 73(16), 5261–5267. 2007.
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Recommended websites:

Fastqc http:/ / projects/ fastqc.