• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Colin Jackson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Chemical biology the manipulation of biological systems through the use of tools that have primarily been developed through synthetic chemistry.  This advanced course focuses on providing an introduction to chemical biology via the study of papers published within the last 5 years in scientific journals. Areas that will be covered will include the design and generation of novel enzymes through incorporation of unnatural amino acids, computation design of new enzymes with specific properties, the use of fluorescent chemicals/proteins in biology, combinatorial chemistry and drug design, and glycobiology - the manipulation of sugars that are recognised by cells/proteins. There is no laboratory component to the course and extensive group-based tutorial sessions will be run in which various series of papers will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 

1) Critically assess and analyse contemporary scientific literature. (LO1)

2) Understand the present state of the discipline of chemical biology. (LO2)

3) Have a theoretical understanding of current technques used in chemical biology. (LO3)

4) Have the ability to condense the information found in a series of scientific papers into a concise report. (LO4)

Other Information

Recommended: Some prior understanding of biochemistry and chemistry is strongly recommended. This course will require strong english-language skills; substantial discussion, reading, written communication and oral presentations in group tutorials. CHEM2208 is recommended but not formally required. Any students with sufficient points for a BIOL or CHEM major, or BIOCHEM minor would be acceptable. CHEM2208 is recommended but not formally required. Any students with sufficient points for a BIOL or CHEM major, or BIOCHEM minor would be acceptable.

Indicative Assessment

 

A research project, in which a series of papers will be selected for a critical evaluation, will comprise 25% of the final grade. (LO1 - LO4)

A 30 minute presentation will comprise 10% of the final grade. (LO2 - LO3)

The remaining 65% of the assesment will take the form of a 3-hour exam. (LO2 - LO3)

 

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Workload

65 hours of lectures/tutorials plus a further 65 hours of independent learning

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text.  Scientific papers will be provided to students in the course.

Majors

Specialisations

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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2722 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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