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MChem Chemistry with International Study / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Biomolecular Structure and Function
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit is delivered by Profs David Leys and Drs Neil Dixon and Sam Hay. Each of the three elements of the course consists of 6-7 lectures and 1 to 2 workshops, and is assessed by exam.
The unit aims to look at protein structure and function relationship in detail, with a focus on looking at proteins relevant to the chemistry (ie mainly enzymes) and consisting of three elements: protein 3D structure determination, protein modelling studies and protein:ligand interactions. The latter aims to look at the importance of non-covalent interactions in chemical and biological systems, and describe some applications in modern chemical research.
An understanding of the general properties of the 4 main classes of biomolecules, their general 3D structural features and how this relates to their biochemical function. A clear appreciation of the complexity of biomolecules and the emergent properties that arise from the modular design that underpins them. This will provide you with a foundation for the further study of complex biochemical processes, biotechnological application/green chemistry and synthetic biology.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Problem solving skills, data mining. modelling and visualisation of complex molecular structures; communication skills
Feedback mechanisms will include direct interactions with students in the lectures as well as in the workshops.
The recommended text for this course is Voet & Voet Biochemistry, 4th Edition, Wiley. Earlier editions of this text also contain the relevant content.
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|Assessment written exam||2|
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|David Leys||Unit coordinator|