BIOC5001 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
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
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
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester
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