BMS235 Protein Biochemistry (8)

This subject gives an overview of protein structure and function. Experimental methods of analysis and manipulation of proteins are covered in both theory and laboratory exercises. Special reference is given to the application of proteins in biotechnology.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

This subject has no prerequisites although successful completion of BCM210 or equivalent is assumed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe in detail the structure of proteins;
  • be able to describe the forces involved in protein folding;
  • be able to describe the role of proteins in ligand binding, such as in enzyme action;
  • be able to describe the analytical principles behind the common methods of protein separation, purification, analysis and structural determination;
  • be able to perform common experimental methods used to manipulate proteins, such as electrophoresis, centrifugation and immunochemical methods; and
  • be able to describe functional assays used to study proteins;
  • be able to describe the applications of protein engineering


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • basic aspects of polypeptide structure;
  • the three dimensional structure of proteins, including: secondary structure, alpha helix, beta sheets, and beta turns; tertiary structure, including protein motifs and domains; quaternary structure;
  • ligand binding and function;
  • methods of determination of protein structure;
  • protein expression and purification techniques;
  • protein detection and analysis techniques;
  • protein engineering

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS235 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Protein structure review and oral presentation
Lab report
Experiment discussion and design

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Upon successful completion of the residential school, students will be able to perform common techniques used to manipulate proteins such as electrophoresis, centrifugation and immunochemical methods. 

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.