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Protein Function and Engineering (Advanced) - BCMB3902

Year - 2020

Proteins are the major doing molecules in biology. Their molecular make-up gives them a much more diverse set of properties than any other biological or synthetic polymer, leading to a vast array of different structures and functions. In this unit of study, you will learn about the structure, dynamics and interactions of proteins, and how those properties influence their myriad roles in nature. You will discover how these complex molecules are thought to have evolved, how they are made and dismantled, how they fold, and drive key processes inside and outside cells. You will also explore how the properties of proteins can be modulated by other molecules, or engineered to develop proteins with new functions or properties for use in biotechnology, medicine, bioremediation and industry. Our practicals, other guided and online learning sessions will introduce you to a wide range of currently utilised techniques for protein biochemistry ranging from protein visualization, quantification, purification and enzymatic activity, to in silico and virtual reality studies. By the end of this unit you will be equipped with senior level skills and knowledge to support your studies and careers in the cellular and molecular biosciences. Protein Function and Engineering (Advanced) has the same overall structure as BCMB3002 but the material is discussed in greater detail and at a more advanced level. Students enrolled in BCMB3902 participate in a partially varied practical and tutorial program that focuses on developing skills in experimental design, critical thinking, data analysis and communication.

lecture 2 h/week, lab 6 h/fortnight for 12 weeks, 2-4 additional tutorial/online discussion groups throughout the semester

1000-wd lab report (10%), 2 x in-semester quizzes (theory; 5% each), skills-based task (theory of practical component; 10%), 4 x 400-wd short lab report (10%), group presentation and individual report (10%), final exam (50%)

Assumed knowledge
Intermediate Biochemistry (2000 level).


An average mark of 75 or above in [6 credit points from (BCMB2X02 or BCHM2X71) and 6 credit points from (BCHM2X71 or BCHM2X72 or BCMB2X01 or BCHM3XXX or BCMB3XXX or BIOL2X29 or BMED2401 or BMED2405 or GEGE2X01 or MBLG2X01 or MEDS2002 or MEDS2003 or PCOL2X21 or QBIO2001)]


BCHM3X81 or BCMB3002


Faculty: Science

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Jacqui Matthews
HECS Band: 2
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