Proteins and Biotechnology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Proteins and Biotechnology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Proteins are drivers of all life processes. The diversity of protein structure and function, and how the shape of proteins determines their function. How biotechnology solves medical and industrial problems.

    Proteins perform almost all functions in living organisms, from repairing genetic damage to digesting food. Understanding protein function underlies many disciplines in biology and medicine. Being able to enhance, inhibit or repurpose proteins is the heart of drug design, biotechnology and processing of natural products. By providing insight at the molecular level, BIOC 222 will enhance programmes in disciplines such as microbiology, physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Articulate a broad understanding of protein structure, enzyme catalysis and how these features can be measured and manipulated
    - 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

    Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons

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