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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLinda Ward

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Critique experimental protocols.
02. Convey an understanding of protein chemistry techniques.
03. Prepare, conduct, interpret and explain experiments.
04. Apply organisational skills to effectively collaborate within groups.
05. Present experimental data in a format appropriate for publication.

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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-ordinatorFung Lay

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 11 - 22
Seven 4.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
Four 4.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% 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.N/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
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.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
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.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
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 figuresN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
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.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3, SILO5