Proteins, DNA and Carbohydrates:  structure and function of the key elements of life...
Biomolecular structure and function studies are at the interface of biochemistry and chemistry. This is an exciting discipline that focuses on the understanding of biological macromolecular structure and function.
Students are provided with the tools to identify and isolate components of biological systems and investigate the structural basis of how these systems function at the molecular level. Students will learn to think critically about how macromolecules fold, and how structure and function are related. Features of proteins, DNA and carbohydrates will be discussed. The topics are relevant to understanding the molecular basis for diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cystic fibrosis.
What do I do in this course?
BIOC3000 provides the platform knowledge for understanding how biomolecular structure relates to the function of proteins, DNA and carbohydrates. The course has a mixture of practical, problem based learning and theoretical elements:
  • Lectures are given on a range of topics that discuss the structure and function of molecular components of the cell, including enzymes, molecular motors, membrane proteins, DNA and DNA binding proteins, carbohydrates and carbohydrate binding proteins.
  • Computer skills are developed to help understand molecular structure and function.
  • Students will learn laboratory skills to analyze and study biomolecular structure and function.
Career relevance of this course:
Biomolecular science: A capstone course central to a career in health or science.
Biomolecular structure and function studies prepares students for careers in areas such as biotechnology, health-care, structural biology, proteomics, drug design and synthesis, bioinformatics and synchrotron science.
Program planning advice:

BIOC3000 is first offered in first semester 2010.

In conjunction with BIOC2000, BIOL2202, BIOL3004 and BI0C3003, BIOC3000 is a commonly recommended course in various majors in the Bachelor of Science program.  BIOC3000 is compulsory in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major and compulsory in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology stream of the Chemical Sciences dual major. BIOC3000 is recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Bioinformatics dual major, the Biophysics dual major and the Materials and Nanotechnology stream of the Chemical Sciences dual major.

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.

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