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Unit Overview


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.

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

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Katarina Doughty
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 71540 Master of Health Science
or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II (ID 6620)
or Major(s) MJD-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Advisable prior study
an undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Contact hours
tutorials/workshops: 24 hours per semester
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  • 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.