BIOC5001 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This unit comprises modules on advanced techniques used in biochemistry. Students choose four modules. Each module consists of six contact hours of lectures and/or tutorials. Module topics include, but are not limited to, micro and nano flow liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry for peptide analysis, mass spectrometry for metabolite analysis, immunoprecipitation of proteins and protein complexes, cellular organelle isolation techniques, biophysical methods for biomolecular interactions, enzyme analysis, and fluorescence microscopy. Modules are offered according to staff availability and student requirements. The academic objectives are for students to gain an understanding of advanced, cutting-edge techniques used in this field of study and to develop their skills in critical thinking, problem solving and quantitative analysis.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe advanced, cutting-edge techniques relevant to this field of study and the application of these techniques and (2) critically evaluate the advantages, power and information that can be gained from advanced techniques as well as realise their limitations.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project portfolios (essay) and (2) presentations (poster or oral). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Shaobai Huang
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II or an undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
an undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Contact hours
tutorials/workshops: 24 hours per semester
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