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BB20020: Protein structure

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 80%, PR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practical (PR 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB10003 AND take BB10121 AND take CH10088 AND take CH10087
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide basic understanding of the factors that cause a protein to fold and the properties of those folds. To explore current methods for determining protein structures, folds and assemblies.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe qualitatively the interactions that determine the native conformation of a protein and its stability.
* Describe the form, occurrence and function of protein folds
* Describe the process and application of spectroscopic and diffraction techniques to the investigation of molecular structures and assemblies.
* Compare the relative advantages and limitations of these techniques and the data they provide.
* Propose appropriate experiments for given structural questions.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F, Group working T/F.

Principles of protein folding
Protein folds
Methods and application of X-ray crystallography
Methods and application of NMR spectroscopy
Application of structural data to medicine and drug discovery.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20020 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

BB20020 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM19 : Integrated PhD in Postgenomic Biosciences (Protein Structure & Function)
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • TSBB-AFM19 : MRes Protein Structure and Function
  • TSBB-AFM13 : MSc Protein Structure and Function

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.