BIOC3002 Structural and Functional Biochemistry

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit builds on what is taught at Level 2 in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function. The relationship between the structures of macromolecules and their biological function are emphasised throughout the unit. The unit teaches the commonly used experimental methods of macromolecular structure elucidation including X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and electron microscopy. Computational methods of structure prediction and other biophysical techniques are also covered as methods to obtain information on macromolecular structure.
Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of the relationship between macromolecular structure and biological function and (2) carry out a range of modern biochemical techniques used with macromolecules.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an end-of-semester theory examination; (2) student-focused exploration of protein structure and function (poster and assignment); and (3) assessment on the basis of lab notebook and a lab report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Rob Tuckey
Unit rules
[(BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell)
(BIOC2202 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function)]
[(BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell)
one of MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease, PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development]
BIOC3351 Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week for a total of 22 lectures; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes and 1 x 45-minute poster presentation session; labs: 6 weeks from week 1
Unit Outline
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