Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Introduction to DNA Barcoding - June/July course

Today, I'd like to take the opportunity to do some marketing for my DNA Barcoding Online Course. I haven't done that in a while :-) Here an excerpt from the course outline:

Introduction to DNA Barcoding

Course Description

Introduction to DNA Barcoding will provide students with a basic understanding of DNA-based approaches for species identification and discovery. Students will have the opportunity to explore the historical framework for species identification to learn why DNA Barcoding represents an advance. The program will then proceed into explorations of barcode workflows and culminate in an overview of applications. The course units will cover basic knowledge of genetics necessary to understand the method and the choice of particular molecular markers as standards for different taxonomic groups. This will also include a unit on analysis and interpretation of results. Several units will showcase the different applications of DNA Barcoding with a focus on socio-economic issues. Furthermore, the benefits for basic research especially in the fields of taxonomy, ecology, and evolution will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Describe and comprehend the genetic background of DNA Barcoding, and evaluate potential technical challenges.
  • Identify species by performing data base queries with common databases and interpretation of results.
  • Critically evaluate studies that utilized DNA-based taxonomy.
  • Develop skills to make informed decisions about molecular marker choice and laboratory needs.
  • Synthesize knowledge and effectively communicate about DNA Barcoding for grant proposals and interaction with policy makers.
Interested? Sign up and be part of an 8-week course that attracts students from different places of the world.

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