Exploring biological pathways
This course provides an overview to the Reactome pathway database web interface and the database content. For a short introduction to Reactome, please visit the Reactome quick tour.
Who is this course for?
To take this course, undergraduate-level knowledge of life sciences or a background knowledge in molecular biology will be an advantage. You may wish to look at the 'Protein interactions and their importance' conceptual course before taking this course.
If you want to learn more about Reactome tools please have a look at Reactome: Tools for analysis of biological pathways.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Explain the foundation of Reactome
- Describe how data is curated from literature
- Navigate the Reactome website
- Explore the various forms of data representation in the interface
- Use the range of analysis tools
What resources do I need?
There are no specific resources required to complete this course.
- Why do we need a pathway database?
- What is Reactome?
- When to use Reactome
- Who is Reactome for?
- Navigating Reactome
- Understanding the Pathway Browser
- Analysing data
- Programmatic access
- Contributing to Reactome
- Try it yourself!
- Your feedback
- Get help and support on Reactome
How and when to access the course
All our courses are designed with flexibility in mind. You can access them for free at any time, just click on the "Enter Course" button.
It is up to you how you use the course; you can either study the full course or you can focus on sections that are relevant to you. To jump between sections, use the navigation bar on the left or the arrows at the bottom of the page. You can also choose whether to complete the course in one go, or over several visits.
The average time to read through the main body of the course is 3 hours (not including exercises and external links). The time may vary depending on your prior knowledge and how you choose to work through the course.
Sign up to track your learning and more
You can track your progress and keep a record of any completed learning by creating an account. This will give you a 'My learning' page, which will have three main tabs to help keep track of your progress:
Favourite: To add online tutorials to your Favourite tab, you can 'Mark as Favourite' on the front page of online tutorials, allowing you to return and complete them in the future.
In progress: The courses which you have started reading will be added to your 'In progress' tab. Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the end of the course pages to get started.Your ‘In progress’ tab gets updated as you progress through the course and will show you what percentage of the course you have finished and will let you resume the course from where you left on your last visit.
Completed: The courses which you have finished entirely will be added to the 'Completed' tab.
The results you gain from completing quizzes and other interactive content will also be added to your My learning page.
You can register anytime here or click a 'Favourite' or 'Mark as complete' button to start tracking your progress.
You can still access all the online tutorials and interactive content if you do not register, but you will not be able to track your progress.
Making the most of the course
Learning something new takes time and practice. We encourage you to:
- Use the activities and quizzes to help you check your learning, recall and apply key concepts. Look out for these icons
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- Revisit sections as and when you need them. Bookmark relevant pages in your browser or use the navigation panel to jump the relevant section.
Getting help and providing feedback
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