• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Colin Jackson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Chemistry has changed rapidly over the past decades and techniques that were once exclusively applied to small molecules are now routinely used with larger molecules, such as proteins. This course will be the first introduction of students to the field of chemical biology,  which spans chemistry, biology and physics. Biological molecules and systems are analysed and modified using chemical principles and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Advanced understanding of the physical and chemical principles that underpin biology
2. Understanding of physico-chemico basis for how and why drugs work
3. Capability to analyse enzyme kinetic and receptor binding data
4. Understanding of modern synthetic techniques for drug development
5. Experience with techniques for protein analysis,
6. Understanding of advanced biophysical techniques for protein analysis, including the capacity to discuss their relative merits and interpret data from those techniques,
7. Capability to synthesise a small molecule inhibitor
8. Understanding of the role of chemical biology in industry and commerce

Indicative Assessment

50% by written exam (LO 1-5), 50% by weekly assessments of practicals and workshops (LO 6-8; 6 in total, 5% each). Students have to pass the exam to pass the course.

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Workload

The course comprises 24 lectures (8 units, 3 x 1 hour lectures each), 4 practical classes (3 hours each), two industry workshops (3 hours each) and 8 tutorials (1 hour each).

Practicals are 3-4 hours each. Each practical requires about 1 hour of preparation and 1 hour of reporting. Assessments require independent reading for about 1 hour per contact hour.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM1101, CHEM1201 and BIOL1004

Prescribed Texts

The molecules of Life (Kuriyan, Konforti, Wemmer). Garland Science, 2012.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended: BIOL2171 and CHEM2202.

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3701 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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