FDSC40710 Bioinformatics in Food Safety

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for students taking the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health (Food Safety).
It is designed for graduates who want to develop their expertise in bioinformatics as applied to food safety and is also relevant to those studying molecular biology from a wide range of degree courses. The online lectures and materials will give you the necessary theoretical foundation and applied practical skills to manage data in silico from large experimental datasets.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• Describe the principles underpinning microbial genomics in food safety
• Apply the practical analytical skills gained in the basic concepts of bacterial whole genome sequencing data analysis
• Identify and critique the limitations and strengths of methodological approaches used in bioinformatic research papers
• Integrate bioinformatic workflows into the analysis of research datasets
• Communicate the findings from bioinformatic analyses to audiences with varying domain knowledge
• Consult on and guide the experimental design of future research projects

The course will address topics focussing on applied aspects of bioinformatics in food safety:
• Accessing and searching public databases
• Basic scripting
• Critical evaluation and quality control of data
• Implementation of experimental design into in silico analyses
• Introduction to whole genome sequencing analysis

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered through the UCD VLE system and practical tutorials that will consist of:
• Lectures
• Classroom practical tutorials
• Asynchronous discussion threads 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Computer practical sessions over the trimester involving assigned tasks. Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback from the online practical tutorials taken over the course of the trimester.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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