BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
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.
Students are able to (1) understand and have an appreciation for the relationship between protein structure and function; (2) describe the metabolic functions and biogenesis of organelles; (3) understand and describe how proteins are modified and interact to form metabolic and signalling networks; (4) understand and describe how protein structure is determined; and (5) understand and describe how proteins are modified and interact to form metabolic and signalling networks.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes consisting of multiple-choice and/or short answer questions; (2) worksheets; and (3) attendance and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Paul Attwood (1st Semester) and Associate Professor Josh Mylne (2nd Semester)
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Biomedical Science and BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Contact hours
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
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