Computing for Cancer Informatics (The Course)
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This course includes 1 attempt.

This course is part of a series of courses for the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) called the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Education Resource. This material was created by the (ITCR Training Network (ITN) which is a collaborative effort of researchers around the United States to support cancer informatics and data science training through resources, technology, and events. This initiative is funded by the following grant: National Cancer Institute (NCI) UE5 CA254170. Our courses feature tools developed by ITCR Investigators and make it easier for principal investigators, scientists, and analysts to integrate cancer informatics into their workflows. Please see our website at for more information.

Learning Objectives - This course will demonstrate how to:  

  1. Recognize basic computing terminology and understand the basics about how computers and computing systems work
  2. Understand what a server is and the differences between cluster, grid, and cloud computing
  3. Be aware of the appropriate etiquette for shared computing resources
  4. Recognize available shared computing resources for multiple data modalities
  5. Recognize shared computing resources designed for specific types of data
  6. Compare and make informed decisions about computing resources (including economic considerations)

This course is intended for researchers (including postdocs and students) with limited to intermediate experience with informatics research. The conceptual material will also be useful for those in management roles who are collecting data and using informatics pipelines.

Students will be graded based on their performance on short multiple choice quizzes.



  • Cloud Computing
  • Computers and Programming
  • Computer Hardware
  • Medicine
  • Computer Science

Course Material

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Building Block of Computers
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    The basic building block of computers quiz10 attempts allowed
  • 3 Binary Data to Computations
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    Binary data to computations quiz10 attempts allowed
  • 4 Computing Resources
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    Computing resources quiz8 attempts allowed
  • 5 Shared Computing Etiquette
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    Shared computing etiquette quiz10 attempts allowed
  • 6 Research Platforms
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    Research computing platforms quiz10 attempts allowed
  • 7 Computing Resource Decisions
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    Computing decisions quiz10 attempts allowed
  • About This Course
  • About the Authors
  • References


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