Computer Tools for Life Sciences (COMP-364)
Winter 2011


April 25: Homework 6 and 7 solutions uploaded.

April 11: Uploaded new versions of Lectures 17-23 slides. Be sure to check through these lectures as well as previous ones and let me know if things are not clear, or if there are things that you are confused about that the slides do not resolve and I will do my best to improve the slides. After all, these slides are your main resource for prepration of the final exam, as well as for your reference after the course is over!

April 7: TA office hours during final exam period: By appointment. Instructor will be available by e-mail only: April 13-19. Instructor office hours during exam period: April 11, 20, 21, 27 12 pm to 2 pm or by appointment.

April 5: Version 1 of some sample final exam questions and guidelines posted under Resources.

April 2: Assignment 7 is posted. The due date is Friday, April 8.

March 30: Just a reminder to fill out a Mercury course evaluation for this course, if you haven't done so already. More useful than the numeric scores would definitely be constructive comments about how the course could be improved or made more relevant.

March 22: Uploaded Homework 6. The due date is Friday, April 1.

March 16: TA office hours for next week moved to March 22 (due date of HW5), 2 to 3 pm, or by appointment other days.

March 13: Midterm solutions posted under Resources

March 12: Homework 5 posted online. You should only need to use Lecture 14 on plotting (and previous lecture notes on Python) to complete it. The due date is March 22.

March 8: Homework 4 deadline is now Monday, March 14 at 11:59 pm. Only questions 1 and 2 are to be submitted to obtain full marks.

March 1: Homework 2 and 3 solutions uploaded under assignments section. Extra midterm practice problems uploaded under resources

February 28: Lecture 14 uploaded

February 27: TA and Instructor extended office hours for February 28 to March 4: Javier: Tuesday 12 noon to 2 pm, Thursday 10 am to 12 noon (or by appt.), James: Monday Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 11 am, 1:30 to 2:30 pm or by appointment.

February 27: Examples from previous lectures copied to /studentbox/python

February 16: Uploaded review questions and last year's midterm to resources section. Additional sample questions are to follow as several other topics were not covered or had different emphasis compared to last year. Homework 4 will be up by tomorrow

February 16: Uploaded lecture 13

February 11: Revised submission instructions for HW3 (in pdf file), uploaded Lecture 12. This will be revised before Monday's class

February 9: Uploaded Lecture 11, updated Lecture 10

February 7: Uploaded Homework 3, due date is Tuesday, February 15

February 4: Uploaded Lecture 10, updated Lecture 8 and 9

February 2: Uploaded Lecture 9

January 31: Due to power outage in McConnell, Homework 2 deadline extended to Monday Feb 7 at 11:59pm. Be sure to log out of comp364 and save changes before 9 pm Thursday the 3rd. Also small corrections made to HW2 (new version uploaded), and guidelines about newtwork usage and file transfer posted to assignments section. Note that HW2 is now out of 53 possible marks, as I had forgotten to give any marks for question 3.4.

January 27: Uploaded several useful links to the Resources section.

January 26: Homework 2 has been uploaded. It will be due on Friday February 4 at 11:59 pm.

January 26: Updated Lecture 6, Uploaded Lecture 7

January 21: Updated Lecture 5, Uploaded Lecture 6

January 18: Uploaded quiz 1 and solutions under Resources

January 18: Uploaded Lecture 5

January 17: Updated lecture 4 notes, fixed typos.

January 14: Assignment 1 deadline is extended to January 24, 11:59 pm.

January 14: Updated lecture 4. Also will start uploading a PowerPoint version as well such that students wishing to do so can add notes during class and save a version.

January 13: Posted lecture 4

January 11: Posted TA contact information, assignment 1, and last year's lecture 3.

January 7: Posted some "survival notes" and last year's lectures 1 and 2.

General Information

Where: Trottier Building room 3070.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:35-1:25pm.

What: An introduction to computer tools to help Life Sciences students with the pre-processing, filtering, analysis and visualization of their data.

Prerequisites: BIOL 200. Not available for credit for those who have taken COMP 250 or 208, or for Computer Science Majors or Joint Majors.


James Wagner
School of Computer Science
Office: Trottier 3140
Office Hours: Monday and Friday, 1:30-2:30pm. Meetings at other times by appointment.
Phone: (514) 398-9264

Teaching assistant

Javier Sanchez Galan

Division of Experimental Medicine
Office Hour: Thursday, 10:00-11:00am. Trottier 3rd Floor Open Area. Meetings at other times by appointment.

For fastest response, please e-mail questions for help on course material to both the instructor and the TA.