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Unit Overview


This unit considers the structure and function relationship of proteins, including, but not limited to, how protein structure is determined, how it is modified, interacts and forms signalling and metabolic networks in cells. Organelle biogenesis and metabolism are also a focus as are genome content and evolution. Outcomes of the postgenomics age is explored through genomic, proteomic and metabolomic technologies and the information gained from them.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss the relationships between protein structure, function, interaction and signalling; (2) describe cellular energy production and metabolic function; (3) describe cellular compartmentalisation and organelle biogenesis; (4) describe how protein structure is determined; (5) describe the relationship between genes and gene products; (6) discuss how epigenome and genome composition are determined and how these can be experimentally altered; and (7) discuss the proteome and metabolome and the methods used to study these.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes consisting of multiple-choice and/or short answer questions and (2) workshop preparation and participation. 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)
Dr James Lloyd
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
and Successful completion of
two Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or equivalent
and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or equivalent
Unit(s) BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function
and Unit(s) BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 29 x 40 - 60 minute online lectures
workshops: 6 x 1.5 - 2 hour workshops per semester.
  • 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.