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

Course Coordinator: Prof Ian Macreadie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6627

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.01.06F

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

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 proteomics and their application in the study of protein structure and function and their interactions.  Knowledge and application or 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 practical techniques 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 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 exercises and a workshop on chromatography.

Total study hours

Three hours each week are used for teacher-guided activities (36 hours), including lectures from experts in protein technologies as well as tutorials and practical laboratory activities including a wet lab. In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week of independent study (84 hours).


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning resources will be used including web-based resources, textbooks, journal articles, lecture notes and training with relevant instrumentation including mass spectrometry.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:
☒ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).
The course will be assessed by individual or group projects and by theory examination.

The assessments are as follows:

On-line Test (10%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Practical Assessment (HURDLE) (20%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Practical Report (20%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Theory Examination (50%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6

The Practical assessments are a hurdle for this course, meaning that you must receive more than 50% on the Practical component in order to pass the course. The skills learned in Practical are essential to ensure that you have practical experience in laboratory safety and competency, as well as skills in handling basic and more complex data obtained protein technologies. This hurdle has been approved by the SEH PVC Learning & Teaching.