The Bioinformatics teaching/training initiatives in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur was initiated in 1998 through collaboration among academics from various disciplines in the university.
Before that, in late 1980s , several academics in the biological departments have been teaching various IT related biology courses within biology programmes such as:-
1989 - Student project "Computer analysis of chromosome morphology in the Commelinaceae"
1995 - Student project "Image analysis of polytene chromosome banding patterns"
1994 - SN334 Instrumentation and Computer Programming
1996 - SNES3102 Biocomputing
1998 - STES3104 Computing and Bioinformation
1998 - STES3102 Electronics in Biology
The University Senate approved the introduction of a new and innovative BSc (Bioinformatics) degree programme on 7 April 1999, followed by the Ministry of Education on the 22nd. October 1999.
The programme started with 15 undergraduates majoring in Bioinformatics in 1999.
At the end of the B.Sc in Bioinformatics programme, graduates are able to:
1. Attain good knowledge of Bioinformatics concepts and aspects related to the use and management of information.
2. Devise and implement Bioinformatics-based projects using suitable technical skills, to ensure a practical and efficient execution.
3. Discharge their responsibility to the development and the management of information technology related to biological data for the interest of the industry and public.
4. Consider the use and management of biological data, in terms of sustainability, professionalism and ethical responsibility, while applying their bioinformatics skills and expertise.
5. Communicate information and ideas clearly and effectively, either orally, written or using multimedia and information technologies, as well as being a responsible and productive team member and group leader.
6. Analyse problems with critical thinking so as to evaluate strategic choices, plus able to make scientifically based decisions.
7. Identify requirements for self-improvement and information technology in one’s profession,
8. Use their entrepreneurial and managerial skills for project implementation or vocation, with efficient use of resources and time.
Semester I : September
Semester II : February
Deadline for Malaysian applicants : April for Semester I intake
Deadline for International applicants : June for Semester I intake and November for Semester II intake