This course introduces students to Bioinformatics using computer databases to store, retrieve and assist in understanding biological information. Students will be introduced to the concepts of bioinformatics and computational biology tools and resources. The course will cover the use of NCBI’s Entrez, BLAST, PSI- BLAST, ClustalW, Pfam, PRINTS, BLOCKS, Prosite and PDB. Data design and the principles of programming languages will also be discussed. Hand-on sessions will enable students become familiar with the details and application of the most commonly used online tools and resources.