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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Protein Biochemistry
    Subject Biochemistry
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    BIOC 221 and BIOC 222
    Schedule C
    In approved cases another 200-level science paper may be substituted for BIOC 221.

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

    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 16-22
    B1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 15-16, 18-20
    Thursday 11:00-17:50 15-16, 18-20
    A2 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 16-20
    Tuesday 11:00-17:50 16-20
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