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BB40109: Structural biology in biotechnology & medicine

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Period:
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Re-assessment Essay (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe, analyse and discuss the use of structural biology data in a wide range of biotechnology and medical settings;
* evaluate the impact of state-of-the-art structural biology techniques on biotechnology and medicine;
* demonstrate presentations and discussion skills on these topics.

Aims: To explore the advantages and limitations of using structural biology data in biotechnology and medicine.

Skills: Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F/A.

Content: The use of structural biology data in addressing biotechnological and medical applications. Topics include: protein interactions with nucleic acids, carbohydrates and other proteins, signal transduction, enzyme catalysis, immune system molecules, structural neurobiology, bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens, structural genomics, protein engineering, de novo protein design, time-resolved crystallography, structure-based drug design, protein folding and misfolding.

Programme availability:

BB40109 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Chemistry stream) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Chemistry stream) with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Chemistry stream) with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Pharmacology stream) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Pharmacology stream) with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Pharmacology stream) with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Biochemistry stream) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Biochemistry stream) with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Biochemistry stream) with Professional Placement (Year 5)

BB40109 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Notes:

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