2022 Bioinformatics

Online Training for Beginners

Why QCo Basic Bioinformatics course

  • 20 virtual classes with video recordings for unlimited replay.

  • Revisit anytime (and lifetime) at your convenience!

  • Quizzes and capstone projects for best and effective learning.

  • Hands-on with popular tools and training materials FREE.

  • Theoretical and practical learning with experienced bioinformaticians.

  • Complete the whole course in 40 hours, and

  • Get your participation and completion certificates to showcase your new skills!

This is a foundation online course to prepare participants who is interested to have a good grasp and overview about bioinformatics and its applications in various disciplines such as precision medicine, precision agriculture, pathogen research and epidemiology, environmental study and many others. Participants will be exposed to both theory and hands-on curriculum which has been curated over a decade of experiences in running cutting-edge, data-driven genomics projects. This course is pivotal for those serious about utilizing biological data to give them an edge in their professional careers.

8 hands-on modules for learning from scratch

Module 1

Handling BIological Data and Analysis

Module 2

Computer and Servers for Bioinformatics

Module 3

Generating Biological and Genomics Big Data

Module 4
Biological Databases

Module 5

Bioinformatics Tools

Module 6

Basic Scripting and Programming

Module 7

Basic R and Statistics

Module 8

Scientific Communication and Publications for Bioinformatics

Multiple cycles per annum

with flexible intakes.

QCo Academy Programme (Q3-Q4, 2022)

Live Virtual Classroom: 3PM - 5PM (MYT), Every Thursday & Friday

Q3-Q4 | 22 September 2022 - 24 November 2022


22 September 2022


Course Primer

Orientation and Setup (2 Hours)


Participants will be primed by being equipped with the essential knowledge and setting up of all necessary resources required for this course.

  • Introduction to bioinformatics toolbox

  • Account setup for software, platform and resource access

29 - 30 Sep 2022

Module 1

Handling Biological Data and Analysis

Biological data forms the core of precision medicine and agriculture. Understand and experience hands on practice on all aspect of biological data, analysis and its application.

  • Data types, format, naming convention and directory organisation

  • Data QC & cleaning, descriptive analysis, exploratory analysis, data inference and prediction model

  • Analysis through webservers

6 - 7 Oct 2022

Module 2

Computers and Servers for Bioinformatics

Biocomputing hardware and resources are often the least understood components and often posed a big challenge to biologist wishing to conduct their analysis of any scale. This module aims to demystify and train users on proper utilization, configuration, management and computing resources utilization for bioinformatics analysis.

  • Basics in computer, server and cloud computing

  • Operating system and command line

  • Monitoring and managing computation resources

13 - 14 Oct 2022

Module 3

Generating Biological and Genomics Big Data

The combination of new research technologies such as next-generation sequencing, single-molecule sequencing, and other OMICS technologies requires proper bioinformatics tools for linking and analysing the generated data to enable a deep understanding of biological interrelationships. The module is carefully designed by crystalizing our decade long experience in cutting edge genomics sequencing and bioinformatics into easy to follow stepwise guided curriculum.

  • High-throughput sequencing and omics

  • Omics data type and format

  • Omics analysis and applications

20 - 21 Oct 2022

Module 4

Biological Databases

Upon starting this module, the participants would have successfully acquired the skills necessary to manage and organize genomics data. Discover and acquire skills that are essential for linking your data to highly curated datasets and making sense of them. Participants would also be coached on how to curate and submit their data as part of these databases.

  • Types of databases

  • Public databases for bioinformatics

  • Data acquisition from public databases

  • Data submission to public databases

27 - 28 Oct 2022

Module 5

Bioinformatics Tools

This is an essential module of this course because the ultimate goal of every researcher conducting bioinformatics analysis is to address its research questions. Find out how to select and utilize the most suitable tools to achieve that in the simplest way possible.

  • Identifying and selecting the right bioinformatics tools

  • Download, installation, usage, logging, troubleshooting

  • Performance assessment and benchmarking

3 - 4 Nov 2022

Module 6

Basic Scripting and Programming

A more advanced module where participants are coached on the finer skills of data analytics such as automating tasks, sequence manipulation, pipeline constructions and optimization for large datasets. This module is most suited for anyone who plans to carry out complex tasks/large datasets or simply to acquire more control and skills in their analytics.

  • Commands piping and simple bash scripts

  • Scripting and programming languages

  • Demo on commands, variables and execution: case study with python or perl or bash

  • Identify your first (programming) language

10 - 11 Nov 2022

Module 7

Basic R and Statistics

Enormous amounts of biological data are being generated exponentially due to the rapid developments in high throughput sequencing and computing. The prediction is that the veracity and volume will continue to increase. In light of this challenge, big data and machine learning techniques are increasingly being used in bioinformatics. Discover how machine learning and analytics algorithms are now being used for the tasks of prediction, classification, and feature selection in bioinformatics.

  • Introduction to R console

  • Data structure

  • R commands and syntax

  • Basic statistical and machine learning models

  • R plots and R scripts

17 - 18 Nov 2022

Module 8

Scientific Communication and Publications for Bioinformatics

What is the use of a ground breaking discovery if it is not communicated to the world? Be coached on how to clearly communicate your key message about your scientific findings using tried and tested methods to fast track your position and reputation in the scientific community today.

  • Experimental design and considerations

  • Ready tools for literature mining review and citation

  • Method of keeping track of data and analysis

  • Analysis/data product development

  • Data visualisation

  • Result communication and sharing

  • Getting help or support from scientific communities

24 November 2022

Capstone Project briefing

(1 Hour)

The Capstone Project represents a crowning achievement for participants in this course. Participants would be able to showcase everything that had been mastered through this course by selecting and completing a short, technical project from a list of contemporary and technical topics that has been identified as the most in demand by the industry. Participants will be guided on this project until the completion where the final outcome can be packaged to be used as a reference on your new found technical skills.

  • List of capstone projects

  • Project submission guideline

  • Peer-review scheme

2 December 2022

End of Training Programme

Course Requirements

  1. Basic knowledge in Biosciences or related domains

  2. A computer with good internet connection

  3. A google account / gmail account

Course Fee

Per Module

RM 429 (Malaysia) /

USD 119 (International)

Fee includes

  1. Live classroom for module(s) subscribed

  2. Video recordings for module(s) subscribed

  3. Training materials for module(s) subscribed

  4. Certificate of module participation

Full Course

RM 2,899 (Malaysia) /

USD 819 (International)

with all bonuses

Fee includes

  1. Live classroom for all 8 modules (lifetime)

  2. Video recordings for all 8 modules (updated from time to time)

  3. Training materials for all 8 modules

  4. Certificate of course completion

  5. QCo lifetime membership

  6. Technical webinars

  7. Specialized workshops

  8. Discounts & offers from QCo partners

  9. E-resources for Basic Bioinformatics

  10. One-to-one coaching sessions

  11. Discount vouchers for Codon Genomics Solutions


  • QCo lifetime membership

  • E-resources for Basic Bioinformatics

  • One-to-one coaching sessions

  • Discount vouchers for Codon Genomics Solutions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is suitable to join this course?

This course welcomes beginners who have basic knowledge in bioscience or related domains and are interested to have a good grasp and overview about bioinformatics and its applications in various disciplines such as precision medicine, precision agriculture, pathogen research and epidemiology, environmental study and many others. This course is pivotal for those serious about utilizing biological data to give them an edge in their professional careers.

Any minimum requirement for hardware? E.g. a linux laptop?

Normal laptop (Windows, Mac, Linux) would suffice. For programs / software / file systems that work only in certain types of operating system, or requiring high performing computers, we will provide solutions / workarounds / recommendations on sourcing the right platforms.

What are the software do I need to install in my PC? How do I get the installers of those software? Are they free?

We will provide or link you to all the software needed by the course. We will also guide you through on how to setup all programs required during the orientation session. Most of the programs / services used in the course will be open-source, or free for academic / non-profit use. Charge might be incurred (by the software provider) if you opt to subscribe the premium version of the software, or use the software to generate profit, or to continue subscribing the services (e.g. cloud server) after the free trial period.

What do I need to prepare before attending the live classroom?

  1. Turn on your PC / laptop and make sure it has good internet connection. Get a notebook and pen for taking note.

  2. Get yourself a quiet and confortable space with some snack and coffee/tea/favarite drinks. To have the best experience during the live classroom, it is advisible that you turn off or turn away any possible disturbance throughout the session (like phone or any devices with notifications, kids, cats, etc)

  3. Enter the live classroom 15 min before the session starts. You might also want to take a look at the module content before the session starts

How long will the video recordings be kept?

All video recordings as well as other course materials will be kept for 2 seasons (6 months) before they were replaced with the updated versions in the new course seasons. Rest assured that you will always have access to the latest videos and materials if you subscribed to the full course

How to schedule for personal coaching session?

You could schedule a private session with us by filling up the form here. Availability of private sessions is limited and on a first-come, first-served bases. If you prefer faster or direct arrangement, please contact your trainer or email us at training@myqco.com. Don't forget to let us know the agenda of the private session and furnish us with any relevant information while arranging the appointment. This will accelerate the process and enable us to prepare better prior to the session.

What are the benefits for QCo members?

QCo members will be able to access the course subscribed life-time, including all the classrooms, videos, materials updated every course season. In addition, QCo members will have the access to QCo E-Learning resources, including the all useful cheatsheets, Ebooks, References, etc. Private coaching or discussion session with trainers or other specialists could also be arranged freely. Not only that, Qco will be organizing technical webinars and specialized workshops from time to time while QCo members will be able to join at no cost / discounted rate. Last but not least, QCo members will also be prioritized to receive offers / discounts / free gifts / news / etc from QCo Academy, Codon Genomics and our partners whenever that are special events or activities.

(psst...we are also setting up a cafe-style co-learning space for our members. stay tuned!)

How could I get the receipt and T-shirt after signing-up?

Receipts will be emailed to participants within 7 days upon receival of full payment and registration form. T-shirts will be delivered to participants by courier service or with our own fleet, depending on the shipping address provided. Shipping fee might be incurred if the shipping address is out from Malaysia. Shipping date of T-shirt might change/delay, depending on availability.

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