- Code CHEM3207
- 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 Colin Jackson
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
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.
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 InformationRecommended: 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. Any students with sufficient points for a BIOL or CHEM major, or BIOCHEM minor would be acceptable.
- Mid-semester exam (35%)
- Final exam (35%)
- Lab reports (30%)
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65 hours of lectures/tutorials plus a further 65 hours of independent learning
Requisite and Incompatibility
No prescribed text. Scientific papers will be provided to students in the course.
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