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Introduction to Genomics

JCU Townsville

April 6th & 7th

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Instructors: Collin Storlie, Jay Van Schyndel

General Information

This Data Carpentry workshop will introduce students to key tools for Genomics analysis; no prior experience is required. Students will learn how to connect to cloud based computational resources, performing basic Genomics analysis with the Unix Shell & R. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers; no prior experience required.

Where: Townsville City Campus, 373 Flinders Street East, Room 306. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Costs: $50 for students and staff.

Benefits: Attendees will learn to use tools & remote compute resources for Genomics Analyses & receive professional development training hours towards their course completion.

Meals: Attendees will be provided with morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Registration: Follow This Link To Register

Contact: Please mail for more information.

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1

Morning Workshop Introduction & Tidy Data
Afternoon Accessing Cloud Compute Resources

Day 2

Morning Intro to Genomic Analysis with the Unix Shell
Afternoon R for Genomics Analysis & Data Visualisation


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the described software. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your workshop. Participants should bring and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop.

Please follow these Setup Instructions.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.