Studying online

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Unit Overview


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 examplars of methods to obtain information on macromolecular structure.

The unit will be taught in a blended classroom mode to encourage an active learning experience. Students engage with online learning materials (e.g. pre-recorded lectures and readings) in preparation for activities in workshops and laboratories which will be assessed throughout the semester.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Molecular Life Sciences major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) explain biochemical concepts including the relationship between macromolecular structure and biological function; (2) develop generic skills in experimental planning, data analysis and interpretation; and reporting of results in written and other communication forms; and (3) develop interpersonal and teamwork skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an end-of-semester theory examination; (2) student-focused exploration of protein structure and function (poster and workshop activity participation); and (3) assessment of laboratory notebook and a laboratory report in the format of a research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Charlie Bond (00060666) and Dr Cameron Evans (00058955)
Unit rules
Successful completion of
two Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
Contact hours
Workshops (10 x 45 minutes), Assignment: 1 x 45-minute poster presentation session
Laboratories: 5 weeks (approximately 30 hours)
BIOC3002 has a compulsory face to face laboratory component, which will need to be completed (at a later date) before a final grade can be awarded for the unit, if the unit is completed in an online mode.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.