• 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 Winter Session 2024
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Modern chemistry and biochemistry depends on the ability to make, change and analyse proteins and enzymes. In this course, students will practice all of the steps required to modify genetic information in DNA, and to produce proteins in bacterial cells (in vivo) and in a test tube (in vitro). In addition, the course will teach the fundamental biochemical principles of DNA mutagenesis, protein production and purification, and analysis of proteins by bioinformatics and various biophysical techniques.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. make mutant gene constructs;
  2. express proteins in vivo;
  3. purify proteins from E. coli;
  4. analyse proteins with spectroscopic analysis;
  5. understand protein translation in bacterial cells;
  6. use bioinformatics tools for the prediction of protein properties;
  7. solve numerical problems associated with each course component.

Other Information

You will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry at rsc.teaching@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. End of session written exam (50) [LO 4,5,6,7]
  2. Group based learning assessment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. 5 take home and tutorial assessments (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  4. Protein wet labs write-ups (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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

  • Face-to face component delivered intensively across two weeks, 9-5, Monday to Friday including lectures, tutorials and laboratories.
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, labs and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM2208.

You will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended: Voet & Voet, Biochemistry (4th Ed.).  How Proteins Work. M.P. Williamson.


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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6221 01 Jul 2024 03 Jul 2024 05 Jul 2024 24 Jul 2024 In Person View

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