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Ira J Kalet
MEBI 531
Seattle Campus

Life and Death Computing

Computing and programming concepts and methods underlying the solution of safety-critical and complex problems in biology, medicine, and health for both research and practice. Includes an introduction to programming in Common Lisp, network programming, and bioinformatics. Prerequisite: CSE 142 or equivalent. Offered: A.

Class description

At the completion of the course, students will have added to their ability to identify, analyze and solve problems in a range of areas of biomedical computing, as well as gain basic skills with programming in Common Lisp (or develop these if they are already familiar with Lisp).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Two 80 minute lecture sessions per week, which are highly interactive because of small class size, and several homework assignments and reading assignments over the quarter. The instructor is also available for individual assistance as needed.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisites are listed in detail on the course web site, and include a basic knowledge of programming (e.g. CSE 142), and familiarity with typical Unix style computing environments. Also, basic mathematical knowledge (precalculus), and some familiarity with biology and medicine.

Class assignments and grading

The homework is mostly small to medium programming assignments, and some logical problem solving.

See class web pages for details on grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Ira J Kalet
Date: 09/26/2012