Bioinformatics for Biologists: An Introduction to Linux, Bash Scripting, and R by Mark Sheppard (FutureLearn)

Online CoursesHealthcare & MedicineBioinformatics for Biologists: An Introduction to Linux, Bash Scripting, and R4.8 (196 reviews)Get familiar with Linux and its command line in order to access the full range of bioinformatics tools available to researchers. Email me when I can join23,198 enrolled on this course


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Guidelines and recommendations for best practice preparation of data files under Linux for exporting to other environments (use of R for further analysis and visualisation)

The basics of writing Bash scripts and its use for process automation

Manipulation and searching of data files using the command line to access useful biological data

The Linux file system and navigating around it via the command line

Exercising on biological data using different case scenarios

What is Linux? Why Linux for biologists?

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This course is about how to use Linux to access and analyze biological data. We will learn about the main features of Linux and how to use them in biology. We will also learn about the basics of Bash and R, and how to write and execute simple Bash scripts to help automate data processing. We will also learn about advanced commands and features of Linux, and how to use them to process biological data.


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Students appreciated the clear introduction to a usually complex course, the use of R and ggplot2 for data presentation, and the opportunity to learn valuable knowledge for their academic and professional development.

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Some students found the Bash Scripting confusing and suggested improvements in the explanation of how to use R program.

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