- Code CHEM2211
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Chemistry
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Chemistry
- Areas of interest Chemistry
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Christopher Easton
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to: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 Assessment50% 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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WorkloadThe 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
Prescribed TextsThe molecules of Life (Kuriyan, Konforti, Wemmer). Garland Science, 2012.
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended: BIOL2171 and CHEM2202.
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