Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you extend their previous knowledge gained from second year Biochemistry in relation to proteins (structure and function), bioinformatics and genomics. There will be an emphasis on how integrating and applying proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic data can provide a predictive understanding of biological systems as well as how a molecular understanding of proteins and proteostasis and the regulation of genes can lead to biotechnological and medical applications. During the semester you will undertake a major bioinformatics project (supported by online modules) based on annotation of metagenomic data. You will also complete a group assignment to produce a multimedia, webinar-style presentation of an emerging technology related to one of the lecture topics. In addition, you will complete an in-class test on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC (or equivalent theory subjects)


Incompatible subjectsBCH3BMA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Molecular Biology of the Cell

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorLodish et al.



PublisherW.H. Freeman


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain concepts in biochemistry and molecular biology using appropriate vocabulary, including protein structure, function and analysis, bioinformatics and systems biology, gene structure and function and DNA technology.
02. Evaluate and analyse proteomic and bioinformatic data.
03. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current and emerging technologies related to systems biology/biochemistry (including advances in genome editing, DNA sequencing and proteomic analysis).
04. Analyse, interpret and present bioinformatic data using online tools.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Four 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
In Class Quizzes - (equivalent to 200 words each) for a total of 1200 words These formative assessments will each cover two weeks worth of lecture content. These short quizzes are designed to be both formative and preparative for the final exam. Students will complete 6 quizzesN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
Bioinformatics Assignment (equivalent to 500 words) Students will conduct analysis of metagenomic data using online tools.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO4
Webinar Group Assignment (equivalent to 500 words) Students will work in groups to create a multimedia webinar describing an emerging technology in biotechnology and/or systems biology. This will be accompanied by a brief written description of the technology.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO3
1 x 2-hour end of Semester ExamN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1
Bioinformatics Online Quiz (equivalent to 200 words) This is a formative short multiple-choice quiz to ensure students understand the major concepts covered in the supporting online bioinformatic modules before undertaking the bioinformatics assignmentN/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO4