Course Description

Course Name

Advanced Protein Biochemistry

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Molecular machines and protein complexes. How the atomic structures of proteins dictate function, reflect diversity and guide bioengineering. Design of novel proteins and drugs. Proteome analysis.

The diverse enzymatic activities and interactions of proteins underpin all of the life on our planet. The atomic resolution structures of proteins and their evolution provide profound insights into protein function. BIOC 351 focuses on these aspects of protein biochemistry and uses selected examples from research articles to illustrate how deep, fundamental understanding is achieved. With a strong emphasis on the experimental basis of biochemistry, BIOC 351 will prepare students for employment in jobs based on laboratory science or on the knowledge it generates. In addition, the paper emphasises skills that are crucial for success during postgraduate study in many life sciences.

Learning Outcomes
- Articulate a detailed understanding of protein structure, molecular interactions and how these features define the functions of enzymes and signalling molecules
- Identify and critically evaluate relevant information about protein structure, function and engineering in primary sources and authoritative databases
- Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experimental design and data and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
- Design and execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques

Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons.

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