bio5pro protein chemistry




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their practical laboratory skills through a variety of protein chemistry applications. A combination of practical classes and workshops will enable students to understand and carry out laboratory techniques to purify and characterise protein preparations. In completing tasks for this subject, students are expected to develop skills in critical thinking, data analysis, teamwork and scientific communication.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFung Lay

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SGBB or SMBB or SMBM or SMBT. All other students require coordinator approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critique experimental protocols.

Students will be allocated a series of protocols that will be used in the practical classes. During workshops, students will evaluate the technical aspects of the protocols and consider how protocols can be adapted to modify experimental outcomes. Students will also work through an applied learning activity to develop both the strategy and resources required to undertake their own protein separation / isolation procedure.

02. Convey an understanding of protein chemistry techniques.

Students will complete worksheets and quizzes that contain a combination of questions about key concepts covered in lectures, workshops and practical classes. Students will have the opportunity to discuss these problems during class. The worksheets are submitted for assessment and feedback.

03. Prepare, conduct, interpret and explain experiments.

Students will use allocated protocols to carry out laboratory work. Experimental data and results will be reported through an individual assignment and a group oral presentation. Students are expected to accurately explain the purpose of the experiments and the outcomes observed.

04. Apply organisational skills to effectively collaborate within groups.

At the beginning of this unit, students will be assigned to project groups. Students will be required to work collaboratively to compile results from their laboratory work. The success of the group work will be measured during the presentation of the group's data.

05. Present experimental data in a format appropriate for publication.

Students will complete a short activity on how to compile and present scientific data. Feedback from this exercise will assist students in improving their final product information sheet. The product information sheet will resemble that of a commercially available protein and should be professionally researched, written and formatted.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFung Lay

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
Four 4.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 11 - 22
Seven 4.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One written examination (2,000-words)In a 2 hour written exam, students will be assessed on their scientific knowledge, analysis of results and understanding of the methods and concepts encountered during the subject.3501, 02, 03
One group oral presentation (500-words equivalent, per student)In a group, students will prepare a presentation containing detailed explanations of the experiments carried out in the laboratory over the course of the subject alongside an accurate analysis of the results observed. Students will receive a group mark based on presentation, scientific accuracy, and an even contribution from team members.1002, 03, 04
Four written reports on data analysis (1,200-words equivalent)Students must complete 4 worksheets (5% each) that largely focus on data analysis. Students will be assessed on their theoretical understanding of protein chemistry techniques and their ability to evaluate experimental protocols and results.2001, 02, 03
One applied learning activity and one presentation on scientific data (each 500-words equivalent)Students will work through a series of modules to understand and develop a procedure for solving a laboratory based problem. Students will be assessed and provided feedback at each stage, culminating with the execution of the practical. This activity is worth 10% of the marks for this subject. Students will also complete a results presentation exercise to practice preparing figures and writing figure legen2001, 02, 03
One product information sheet (1,000-words)Students will produce a Certificate of Analysis that will contain background information for the protein they have characterised in the laboratory together with the results of the experiments carried out. The final assignment should be researched, written and formatted as if it were a professional document.1503, 05