• 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 Thomas Huber
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

Many applications in modern chemistry and biochemistry depend on the ability to make, change and analyze proteins. After completion of the course, students will be familiar with all of the steps required for the production of proteins in bacteria, protein structural features and techniques for making, modifying (including the site-specific introduction of non-natural amino acids), and analyzing proteins. There is an emphasis on biophysical techniques to characterize biomolecules (e.g., SDS-PAGE, light scattering, circular dichroism spectroscopy, ultracentrifugation, mass spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance), including discussion of their physical basis. Advanced structural analysis techniques (X-ray crystallograhy, NMR spectroscopy, electron microscopy, solution scattering) are also discussed. An introduction to bioinformatics, i.e. protein sequence alignment, 3D structure analysis and modelling is also included.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the necessary elements of protein over-expression systems in bacteria,
  2. Make and purify proteins,
  3. Understand elements of peptide and protein structure and function,
  4. Understand techniques for modifying proteins,
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with basic techniques for protein analysis,
  6. Understand advanced biophysical techniques for protein analysis, including the capacity to discuss their relative merits and interpret data from those techniques,
  7. Demonstrate familiarity with software for protein visualization, sequence alignment and modelling.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory and workshop based practicals (7 in total, 5% each). (35) [LO 2,4,5,7]
  2. Mid-semester exam and final exam (each worth 32.5%) (65) [LO 1,3,4,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 tutorial per week; and 7 x 3-4 hour practicals across the semester.
  • Approximately 73 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, practicals and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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, 4th edition

Preliminary Reading

Selected readings will be provided by individual lecturers


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
6104 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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