New Curriculum Design Model for Bioinformatics Postgraduate program using Systems Biology ApproachPK Ragunath, P Venkatesan, R Ravimohan*
Department of Bioinformatics, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. R Ravimohan,
Department of Bioinformatics,
Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, India,
E-mail : [email protected]
Received date: November 26, 2009; Accepted date: December 24, 2009; Published date: December 24, 2009
Citation: Ragunath PK, Venkatesan P, Ravimohan R (2009) New Curriculum Design Model for Bioinformatics Postgraduate program using Systems Biology Approach. J Comput Sci Syst Biol 2:300-305. doi:10.4172/jcsb.1000046
Copyright: © 2009 Ragunath PK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Bioinformatics is the application of information technology to the field of molecular biology. In formal education, a curriculum is the set of courses, and their content, offered at a school or university. Curriculum design should take into account intentions and outcomes. It should encourage students to make choices and explore their consequences. Hence, the need arises for developing a new method for curriculum development for a course in Bioinformatics (which is a truly interdisciplinary in nature). Systems Biology Approach is a biology-based inter- disciplinary study field that focuses on the systematic study of complex interactions in biological systems, thus using a new perspective (holism instead of reduction) to study them. We have evolved a new curriculum design using the System Biology Approach (SRU Model) for the M.Sc. bioinformatics course in the Department of Bioinformatics in Sri Ramachandra University, India. The curriculum is designed to follow the three tier architecture model. The results have been very encouraging and this Curriculum Design model is portable for any other courses.and the details are discussed.