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BIOC3002 Structural and Functional Biochemistry

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
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
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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.

For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alice Vrielink
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
Workshops (10 x 45 minutes), Assignment: 1 x 45-minute poster presentation session; Laboratories: 5 weeks (approximately 30 hours)
Note
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.
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