- Class Number 8655
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr John Carver
- Christoph Nitsche
- Prof Colin Jackson
- Prof Thomas Huber
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
After successful completion of the course students will have:
- Understanding of the necessary elements of protein overexpression systems in bacteria,
- Capability to design all the steps required to produce an expression system for a new protein,
- Capability to make and purify proteins,
- Understanding of techniques for modifying proteins,
- Experience with basic techniques for protein analysis,
- Understanding of advanced biophysical techniques for protein analysis, including the capacity to discuss their relative merits and interpret data from those techniques,
- Familiarity with software for protein visualization, sequence alignment and modelling.
Chemistry is an experimental science. The laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises designed to:
1. illustrate and develop competence in a range of chemical techniques and manipulative skills.
2. emphasise the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to chemical systems.
3. develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.
4. illustrate chemical topics, principles and concepts.
The last three practicals are computer-based, on the topics of bioinformatics and X-ray crystallography.
Examination Material or equipment
You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbant shoes) to participate in a practical class. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory.
You need to purchase your own laboratory coat, your own safety glasses and a notebook to record data in for laboratory classes. Writing data on bits of paper is not good scientific practice. Laboratory coats and safety glasses can be purchased from the University Bookshop, Harry Hartog. You can also purchase a lab coat from the ANU Chemistry Society on O-Week Market Day and safety glasses are available from the vending machine on Level 1 in the Science Teaching Building.
Course Website – online resources
Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for CHEM2208. You will be automatically added to these websites the evening after you have enrolled in the courses via ISIS. If you cannot see the online site/s, please contact the RSC Teaching Administrator on email@example.com.
These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per week for important notices.
The recommended textbook is:
Selected chapters from Biochemistry by Voet & Voet, along with material from other textbooks as recommended by the lecturers.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: laboratory reports, homeworks and the mid-semester exam. Students are encouraged to go through their marked exam and discuss the feedback with the Convenor.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||3 lectures, 1 laboratory practical|
|2||3 lectures, 1 laboratory practical|
|3||3 lectures, 1 laboratory practical|
|4||3 lectures, 1 laboratory practical|
|5||3 lectures, 1 laboratory practical|
|6||3 lectures, 1 computer-based practical|
|8||3 lectures, 1 computer-based practical|
|10||3 lectures, 1 computer-based practical|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid-semester Exam||32 %||31/08/2020||25/09/2020||1,2,4,6,7|
|End of Semester Exam||32 %||05/11/2020||03/12/2020||1,2,4,6,7|
|Laboratory Reports||35 %||23/10/2020||06/11/2020||3,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
To ensure a passing grade (or better), students are required to pass both theory and laboratory components of the course.
Laboratory attendance rule
The Research School of Chemistry considers the laboratory component of all courses to be an integral part of each course and as such all laboratory sessions are compulsory. It is therefore the policy of the Research School of Chemistry that students will attend all laboratory classes scheduled for any course. Absences must be notified (in advance, if possible) to the course convenor, and accompanied by adequate and appropriate documentation justifying the absence.
Laboratory classes (4 hr sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the firstweek.
The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. There is a penalty of 5% per working day for the late submission of laboratory reports.
A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in this course.
You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbent shoes) to participate in a practical class. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory. Please refer to the Chemistry 1 lab manual for information on the Research School of Chemistry’s policy on wearing contact lenses in the laboratory.
PLEASE NOTE: A student who consumes any laboratory chemicals or compounds that have been prepared in the laboratory will be excluded from the course.
1 x mid-semester exam
1 x end of semester exam
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
The Supplementary Examination will be held at 9.30am on Monday 18 November 2019. Please put this date in your calendar. You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,6,7
Two-hour exam held in the mid-semester exam period.
The mid-semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the first term's lectures, tutorials and practicals. It is hoped that the mid-semester exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback on progress.
The date range is a general indication of when the mid-semester exam will be held. Please check the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,6,7
End of Semester Exam
Two-hour exam held in the end of semester exam period.
The end of semester exam will assess lecture material from the remaining set of lectures, tutorials and practicals and will be held in the end of semester exam period.
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU Final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/programadministration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,5
Seven reports for four laboratory-based and three computer-based practicals are to be submitted via the course Wattle site. Submission date will be at the end of the week following each practical. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a hard copy of the laboratory report for your records.
Value: 7 x 5% = 35%
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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the course convenor submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the course convenor. Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Marked laboratory reports will be available via Wattle two weeks after submission.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
If the standard of a lab report is deemed unsatisfactory by the course convenor (on advice from the laboratory demonstrator) you may be asked to resubmit the report.
Distribution of grades policy
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Protein structure, function and interactions
Dr John Carver
Prof Colin Jackson