BS281-5-SP-CO:
Protein Bioinformatics

The details
2023/24
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
15
14 February 2024

 

Requisites for this module
BS131
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

BSC C700 Biochemistry,
BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C703 Biochemistry (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC098 Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC099 Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Including Placement Year),
MSCICZ99 Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Module description

This module will focus on how to decode the role and the molecular evolution of a protein starting from its sequence.


The lectures will teach the theory and the computer practicals will introduce some of the many computer and web resources available to perform bioinformatics analyses.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:



  • To introduce the different resources and tools available on-line for the study of protein structure and interaction.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Use and retrieve information from protein databases and protein portals.

  2. Align protein sequences, and edit them in the light of amino acid similarities.

  3. Predict protein secondary and tertiary structure and protein-protein interaction.

  4. Observe and modify protein structure files using PyMol.

  5. Use webtools to recognise motifs in a protein sequence.

  6. Define the principles of molecular dynamics and perform energy minimisation.

Module information

The post-genome era has seen significant advances in our ability to obtain biological data, be it protein sequences or structures. Bioinformatics have become an indispensible skill for the next generation of biochemists and biologists in order to retrieve, analyse and interpret data.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Eight 1-hour lectures.
  • One revision class.
  • Seven 2-hour workshops.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Engagement    5% 
Coursework   Worksheet  26/03/2024  40% 
Coursework   Problem Solving Activity  30/04/2024  55% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Vassiliy Bavro, email: v.bavro@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Marcus Edwards, Dr James Birrell
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Thomas Clarke
University of East Anglia
Senior lecturer/associate professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 38 hours, 38 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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