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BIOC222 Proteins in Industry and Medicine

Proteins and their functions underpin all life processes. Exploration of the diversity of protein structure and how the shape of proteins determines function. Consideration of the medical and industrial use of proteins.

Proteins perform almost all functions in living organisms, from repairing genetic damage to transmitting nerve impulses. Understanding protein function underlies many disciplines in biology and medicine. Being able to activate, inhibit or repurpose proteins is the heart of drug design, biotechnology and processing of natural products. BIOC 222 provides insight at the molecular level into how proteins recognise their ligands, how enzymes catalyse reactions, how receptors transmit signals and how membrane proteins control passage between the cytoplasm and environment.

Paper title Proteins in Industry and Medicine
Paper code BIOC222
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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Prerequisite
BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points
Restriction
BIOC 230, MELS 230, PHCY 231
Recommended Preparation
BIOC 221 and GENE 221
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
BIOC 223
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility

In addition to being a requirement for a BSc in Biochemistry, BIOC 222 will enhance programmes in disciplines such as microbiology, physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology. Health Science First Year or equivalent courses provide a strong preparation for BIOC 222. 

Contact
biochem200.tf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Sigurd Wilbanks
Textbooks
Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a broad understanding of protein structure and enzyme catalysis

  • Be familiar with approaches to measure and manipulate enzyme function

  • Explain how receptors, channels and transporters transmit information, ions and metabolites across the cell membrane

  • Understand how the biochemical functions of proteins underlie cellular activity, thereby connecting genotype to phenotype

  • Synthesise relevant information about protein structure and function

  • Communicate biochemical concepts to a specialist audience

  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team to execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
AND
D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 30-32, 36-38
A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 30-32, 36-38
A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 30-32, 36-38

Proteins and their functions underpin all life processes. Exploration of the diversity of protein structure and how the shape of proteins determines function. Consideration of the medical and industrial use of proteins.

Proteins perform almost all functions in living organisms, from repairing genetic damage to transmitting nerve impulses. Understanding protein function underlies many disciplines in biology and medicine. Being able to activate, inhibit or repurpose proteins is the heart of drug design, biotechnology and processing of natural products. BIOC 222 provides insight at the molecular level into how proteins recognise their ligands, how enzymes catalyse reactions, how receptors transmit signals and how membrane proteins control passage between the cytoplasm and environment.

Paper title Proteins in Industry and Medicine
Paper code BIOC222
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,159.70

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Prerequisite
BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points
Recommended Preparation
BIOC 221 and GENE 221
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
BIOC 223
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility

In addition to being a requirement for a BSc in Biochemistry, BIOC 222 will enhance programmes in disciplines such as microbiology, physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology. Health Science First Year or equivalent courses provide a strong preparation for BIOC 222.

Contact
biochem200.tf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Dr Peter Mace

Textbooks
Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a broad understanding of protein structure and enzyme catalysis
  • Be familiar with approaches to measure and manipulate enzyme function
  • Explain how receptors, channels and transporters transmit information, ions and metabolites across the cell membrane
  • Understand how the biochemical functions of proteins underlie cellular activity, thereby connecting genotype to phenotype
  • Synthesise relevant information about protein structure and function
  • Communicate biochemical concepts to a specialist audience
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team to execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
AND
D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 30-32, 36-38
A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 30-32, 36-38
A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 30-32, 36-38