BIOCHEM 3000 - Molecular and Structural Biology III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 3000 Course Molecular and Structural Biology III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 14 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites BIOCHEM 2500 & BIOCHEM 2501 or BIOCHEM 2502 Incompatible BIOCHEM 3230 and BIOCHEM 3125 Course Description This course aims to extend the discussions of protein structure and function presented in the Biochemistry Level II courses and to use this knowledge to gain an understanding of some of the essential processes of molecular biology. The course covers two principle themes: Protein Structure and Function: topics include - structure and function of different classes of proteins, protein folding, targeted protein degradation, the development of new therapies, molecular interactions and recognition. The Control of Gene Expression: topics include; genetic circuits and synthetic biology; chromatin structure and its remodelling during transcription; the recruitment and assembly of transcription factors and the RNA polymerase complex on a gene promoter; artificially manipulating gene expression with the use of "designer genes" and synthetic transcription factors; eukaryote mRNA synthesis, processing, modification, stability and translation, and manipulation of these processes to effect selective gene expression. This course combines lectures and tutorials with cutting edge research-based practical exercises to complement the lecture material.
Course Coordinator: Dr John Bruning
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand aspects of protein structure and function including protein folding, degradation, development of new therapies, molecular interactions and recognition. 2 Understand aspects of the control of gene expression including genetic circuits, chromatin structure and remodelling, gene promoter assembly, eukaryotic mRNA synthesis, processing and translation. 3 Understand key experimental processes required to evaluate protein structure, function and gene expression, and knowledge of how to apply them to solve specific biochemical problems. 4 Acquire specific skills in planning, performing, interpreting, quantitatively analysing and communicating biochemical research using a variety of modern experimental techniques. 5 Find, read, interpret and critically analyse relevant scientific literature. 6 Work in teams and communicate scientific outcomes.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1 - 6
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1 - 6
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1 - 6
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1 - 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1 - 6
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
1 - 6
Required ResourcesLaboratory coat, safety glasses and closed shoes.
Recommended ResourcesText book: Molecular Biology of the Cell (5th Edn) by Alberts et al., 2008, Published by Garland Science
Online LearningResource material such as lecture, tutorial, practical and past exams will be available on Myuni.
Online assessment will be conducted via Myuni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week.
1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week.
1 Practical of 15 hours per fortnight. (Odd weeks = 5 hours & Even weeks = 10 hour duration) Includes 2 oral presentations in weeks 6, 12/13, with immediate feedback provided.
3 online multiple choice tests of 1 hour duration per semester (weeks 4, 8 and 12, with immediate feedback provided).
1 hour written test in week 7.
The course content will include the following:
· Protein Life Cycle
· Protein-Protein Interactions
· Protein-carbohydrate / small molecule interactions
· Proteins and Drug Design
· Protein-nucleic Acid Interactions
· Genetic Circuits and Synthetic Biology
· Chromatin Remodelling and Transcriptional Control
· How Transcription Factors are Regulated to Control Complex Promoters
The research-based practicals are run by the Biochemistry Academic staff as well as PhD students.
The tutorials are based around the lecture content as well as current relevant research papers
The online tests reinforce the lecture material.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Topic Lecture 1 Introduction to macromolecular X-ray Crystallography Lecture 2 Applications of structural biology Lecture 3 Protein life cycle Lecture 4 Proteomics Lecture 5 Protein-nucleic acid interactions Lecture 6 Genetic circuits and synthetic biology Lecture 7 Genome engineering and directed evolution Lecture 8 Bacterial signalling, allostery, and cryo-em Lecture 9 Membrane trafficking Lecture 10 Chromatin and transcription Lecture 11 Chromatin and transcription Lecture 12 RNA Lecture
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Approximate Timing of Assessment Written exam on lecture material Summative
40% 1, 2, 3 Exam Period Practical write up on research project Formative and Summative week 6 and 12 30% 4, 5 Week 12 Online assessments Formative and Summative weeks 4, 8 and 12 5% 1, 2, 3 Weeks 4, 8, 12 Written Test Summative/Formative Week 7 25% 1,2,4 Week 7
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance and active participation at all practicals is mandatory.
Assessment DetailEnd of term Exam (40% of total course grade) – A 2 hour examination covering the lecture material. It is made up of short and
long answer type questions.
Mid-term written test (25% of total course grade) – A 1 hour examination covering the lecture material. It is made up of short and long answer type questions.
Practical (30% of total course grade). The semester long practical exercise will include experimental work, keeping an up to date laboratory notebook, 2 oral presentations and the submission of a final practical report. The two oral presentations are each 10-15 minutes, cover the research performed in the practical, and performed in small groups in weeks 6, 12/13. Students receive feedback throughout the semester on laboratory performance and keeping of laboratory notebooks immediately after each oral presentation, and on the final report. Outstanding students may have the option of a laboratory-based research project in place of the practical exercise.
Online exercises: Three multiple choice tests in weeks 4, 8 and 12 (5% of total course grade). Encourages revision of the material soon after the relevant lectures and immediate feedback provided to students. This is done outside of contact time.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted,then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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