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BIOC351 Advanced Protein Biochemistry

Molecular machines and protein complexes. How the atomic structures of proteins dictate function, reflect diversity and guide bioengineering. Design of novel proteins and drugs. Proteome and protein structure analysis.

The diverse enzymatic activities and interactions of proteins underpin all life on our planet. The atomic resolution structures of proteins provide profound insights into protein function, its evolution and how it can be manipulated in medicine and biotechnology. BIOC 351 focuses on these aspects of protein biochemistry and uses selected examples from research articles to illustrate how deep, fundamental understanding is achieved. With a strong emphasis on the experimental basis of biochemistry, BIOC 351 will prepare students for employment in jobs based on laboratory science or on the knowledge it generates. In addition, the paper emphasises skills that are crucial for success during postgraduate study in many life sciences.

Paper title Advanced Protein Biochemistry
Paper code BIOC351
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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BIOC 221 and BIOC 222
Schedule C

This paper is suitable for students in any discipline who have a background in protein structure, such as that provided by Otago's BIOC 222 paper.

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Sigurd Wilbanks

Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Articulate a detailed understanding of protein structure, molecular interactions and how these features define the functions of enzymes and signaling molecules
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information about protein structure, function and engineering in primary sources and authoritative databases
  • Critically assess experimental data from X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and other biophysical techniques
  • Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experimental design and data and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
  • Design and execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-14
B1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-13
Friday 11:00-17:50 9-13
A2 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-14
Tuesday 11:00-17:50 10-14