Course Title: Proteomics and Designer Proteins

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Proteomics and Designer Proteins

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Paul Ramsland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: by email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisites for this course; however, you will find a knowledge of biochemistry an advantage. 

Course Description

In this course you will explore the theory and techniques of proteomics, protein chemistry and protein engineering, 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. As a result, this course will provide you with a broad basis for a variety of careers and for embarking on advanced studies in protein analysis and development of designer proteins for biotechnology. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

BP350 Bachelor of Science 

  • PLO 1 Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of scientific theories, principles, concepts and practice in one or more scientific disciplines.  
  • PLO 2 Analyse and critically examine scientific evidence using methods, technical skills, tools and emerging technologies in a range of scientific activities. 
  • PLO 3 Analyse and apply principles of scientific inquiry and critical evaluation to address real-world scientific challenges and inform evidence based decision making. 
  • PLO 4 Communicate, report and reflect on scientific findings, to diverse audiences utilising a variety of formats employing integrity and culturally safe practices. 
  • PLO 5 Work independently, with agility, safety, and accountability for own learning and professional future.   

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Review the underlying principles of proteomics and protein technologies and apply this  to 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. Apply bioinformatics for mining, tracking, filtering and interpreting complex data sets generated from structural and proteomic analyses (Critically review current research activities and technology developments in this field);
  5. Apply skills in information retrieval, critical review and analysis of scientific data and present it in a range of formats.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:   

  • Online recorded lecture and live lectorial material where syllabus material will be presented, and the subject will be illustrated with examples and applications 
  • Tutorials/workshops designed to give further understanding of principles and develop bioinformatics skills required for analysis of proteins and proteomics datasets 
  • Private study, working through the material as presented in classes and learning materials 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access all course information and learning material through Canvas. 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

Overview of Assessment
This course has no hurdle requirements 

Assessment Task 1: Online Quizzes
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3

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

Assessment Task 3: Protein Investigation Project
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, & 5 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.