Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code CHEM320
Subject Name Bioinformatics: From Genome to Structure
Credit Points 8
Pre-Requisites BIOL213
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Not to count for credit with BIOL318
Assessment Practical work 35%; Quiz (multiple choice) 10%; Final written examination 55%.
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.167
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 39hr Lecture &Tutorial, 39hr Practical
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Aaron Oakley
Jenny Beck
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Jenny Beck
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
This subject will be divided into three strands of approximately equal length: (i) Bioinformatics, (ii) Biological macromolecules (proteins and nucleic acids) - structure and function, and (iii) Proteomics. In the practical classes, bioinformatics will be explored in computer-based tutorials and practicals. Databases for nucleic acid and protein sequences, structures and other parameters of biological molecules, plus linkages to the scientific literature, will be used to extract information and to compare and analyse these data. Proteomics and protein and nucleic acid structure will also be investigated via computer-based practicals. In the laboratory, the structure/function aspects of the protein, lysozyme, will be analysed.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Appreciate the significance and scope of bioinformatics in biology and biotechnology;
2. Access and utilise a range of databases with computer-based applications to discover information about genes, their products and biological effects;
3. Contrast how biological macromolecules interact and regulate chemical reactions in biology;
4. Understand the significance and scope of bioinformatics in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medicine;
5. Be competent in accessing and utilising biological databases with a range of computer-based applications;
6. Understand the methods used to isolate and identify proteins (proteomics).

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