BIOTECH 7050 - Protein Purification: Principles and Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

Recombinant proteins offer ever-increasing commercial value to medicine and science, as pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, and as research tools. They also find more industrial applications as enzymes for energy production, cleaning, and waste management. Generation of high-value recombinant proteins requires specialised techniques to separate, or purify, the protein from the cells they are produced in. In this predominantly practical-based course, students will use and compare a range of protein purification techniques, such as affinity and ion exchange chromatography and gel filtration to produce a selected purified recombinant protein. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to protein handling and separation science in the laboratory, while complementary lectorials will reinforce the theories and procedures that are essential for protein purification. The skills acquired in this course will be applicable to a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and research institutions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOTECH 7050
    Course Protein Purification: Principles and Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to students enrolled in the Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) only
    Assessment Assessment of laboratory proficiency, laboratory note-book, practical reports, peer assessment, and tests
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Wegener

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1.   Demonstrate sound knowledge of current protein purification techniques used in biomedical research and the biotechnology industry
    2.   Demonstrate practical laboratory skills in chromatography and protein purification.
    3.   Document laboratory procedures and data effectively in an electronic notebook.
    4.   Interpret and critically analyse experimental data relating to protein purification.
    5.   Effectively communicate results and conclusions to a broad audience.

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No specific text book is required. A laboratory practical manual specific to the course with detailed experimental methodology will be provided. Suggested reading lists, journal articles, and web sites will be provided as required.

    Online Learning

    Course resources as provided including video/audio recording of lectures and copies of PowerPoint slides, as well as additional reading/recommended texts

    As specified during the course
    Scientific literature and journal articles

    Students will be given access to LabArchives for electronic note taking
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered by the following means:
    1  x 1 hour lecture per week
    1  x 6 hour practical session per fortnight

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    Contact Hours (48 hours)
    Lectures 12 x 1 = 12 hours
    Practicals 6 x 6 = 36 hours

    Non-contact Hours (108 hours)
    Weekly reading/other study hours per lecture = 24 hours
    Preparation for practicals 2 hour per fortnight = 12 hours
    Preparation of lab-notebooks = 12 hours
    Report = 36 hours
    Test preparation= 24 hours

    Total = approximately 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    The course involves undertaking practical experience of protein purification using a variety of chromatographic techniques, including affinity, ion exchange, hydrophobic interaction, and size exclusion chromatography. Students will record their activities and results in an e-notebook and analyse and present their results as a report suitable for industry or a research field. Understanding of the techniques will be demonstrated through two written tests, conducted during the course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment  Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Laboratory proficiency Formative and Summative Week 12 10 1,2
    E Notebook Formative and Summative Week 12 10 2,3
    Tests Formative and Summative Week 6/12 40 1,4
    Practical Reports Formative and Summative Week 7/12 40 1,4,5
    Report peer assessment Formative Week 8 0 1,4,5
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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