Course Title: Protein Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Protein Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Associate Prof Paul Ramsland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you have satisfactory completion of a second-year course in biochemistry such as BIOL2260 or equivalent.

Course Description

The course will present the theory and techniques of modern protein chemistry and protein engineering technologies, and their application in the study of protein structure and function. Knowledge and application of protein technologies are needed in a variety of careers including medicine, agriculture, environmental, food science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and forensics studies. As a result, this course will provide a broad basis for a variety of careers and for embarking on advanced studies of protein synthesis, analysis, structure and function.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Science Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

PLO-1 Understanding science
PLO-2 Scientific knowledge
PLO-3 Inquiry and problem solving
PLO-4 Communication
PLO-5 Personal and professional responsibility

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underlying principles of protein technologies and its application in solving problems in biological systems.
  2. Explain how a range of analytical, synthetic and molecular biology methodologies can be combined to elucidate structure-function relationships in proteins
  3. Demonstrate fundamental techniques of analysis of proteomics and knowledge of high-throughput automated strategies used in profiling of proteomes
  4. Demonstrate efficiency in mining, tracking, filtering and interpreting complex data sets generated from structural and proteomic analyses
  5. Demonstrate an awareness or knowledge of current research activities and technology developments in this field
  6. Demonstrate skills in information retrieval, critical review and analysis of scientific data and its presentation in a range of formats.

Overview of Learning Activities

A series of lectures by both research and industrial experts in protein technologies will be presented which will be supported by some practical workshops on protein analysis techniques.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning resources will be used including web-based resources, textbooks, journal articles, lecture notes and training with online tools for protein sequence, protein properties and structure analysis.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.
The course will be assessed by individual or group projects and by application of theory.

The assessments are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: MCQ Quizzes
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 5

Assessment Task 2: Oral Assessment
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 4

Assessment Task 3: Protein Investigation Project
Weighting: 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 and 6