• 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
    • Prof Gottfried Otting
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Many applications in modern chemistry and biochemistry depend on the ability to make, change and analyse proteins and enzymes. After completion of the course students will be familiar with all of the steps required for the production of proteins in bacteria and various techniques of analysis. This includes techniques for making, modifying, and analysing proteins.  There is an emphasis on biophysical techniques (SDS-PAGE, light-scattering, CD spectroscopy, ultracentrifugation, mass spectrometry, ITC, fluorescence, surface plasmon resonance), discussing their physical basis in depth. Advanced analysis techniques (X-ray crystallography, NMR, EM, SAXS/SANS) are discussed only superficially.  Introduction to bioinformatics: protein sequence alignment, 3D structure analysis, modelling.

Learning Outcomes

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

After successful completion of the course students will have:

  1. Understanding of the necessary elements of protein overexpression systems in bacteria,
  2. Capability to design all the steps required to produce an expression system for a new protein,
  3. Capability to make and purify proteins,
  4. Understanding of techniques for modifying proteins,
  5. Experience with basic 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. Familiarity with software for protein visualization, sequence alignment and modelling. 

Indicative Assessment

50% by written exam, 50% by weekly assessments of practicals and tutorials (10 in total, 5% each). Students have to pass the exam to pass the course.

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The course comprises 26 lectures (1 hour each), 6 practicals (3 hours each) and 8 tutorial/quiz sessions (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

Selected chapters from Biochemistry by Voet & Voet




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8318 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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