Category Archives: Undergraduate Courses

Don’t Fear the Command Line

If you are doing a (bioinformatics) project, chances are, you’ll need to do it under the Unix/Linux OS. The terminal is where you ‘talk’ to the machine, and this can be a very frustrating experience for beginners. Luckily, we have … Continue reading

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Untangling SD from SE

If you are confused about the difference between standard deviation (SD) and standard error (SE), there is an excellent article here that should help clarify matters. For research students, this can practically mean the difference between receiving a praise or … Continue reading

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What is the point of doing research?

As this is the “season” for final year undergrads and MSc coursework students to start fulfilling the requirement of submitting a thesis (in exchange for a piece of paper with floral embellishments on its edges), perhaps I can share some … Continue reading

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How to Choose Useful Electives

I’ve now seen quite a few cases of how most bioinformatics undergraduate students choose their non-core elective courses. The general trend seems to be to “follow the seniors’ advice” by taking soft courses – that is, those that generally require … Continue reading

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Variance and Covariance as Geometrical Objects

When  I first studied the concept of variance, I was shown a formula with sigma notation. Then, I was taught that if you had bunch of numbers and you were asked to find their variance, you just throw the numbers … Continue reading

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Final Results: SHES 2303 & SHES 2402

The (unofficial) Semester 2 result has just been released by the ISB office. They are posted on the notice boards near the elephant skull. However, the result for SHES 2303 seems to have been missed. You can check it here … Continue reading

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Group Project for SHES 2303 Evaluation

To complete the second part of continuous assessment for this course, I will be asking students to do short presentations of the following concepts. 1. Derivatives 2. Riemann sum for area under curve 3. Riemann sum for volume 4. Monte … Continue reading

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