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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Proteins in Industry and Medicine
    Subject Biochemistry
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    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.

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Peter Mace

    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.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 30, 32, 34-35, 38, 40
    D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-41
    E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 30-35, 37-41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
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    A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 31-33, 37-39
    A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 31-33, 37-39
    A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 31-33, 37-39
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