Biochemistry of Genes and Proteins

BCH20001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to provide the students with fundamentals of the structures and functions of genes and proteins, an overview of the complexity, organisation and instability of the eukaryotic genomes, the structure, functions and mechanisms of regulation of eukaryotic genes, the genetic basis of various human diseases, the biochemical properties and functions of select proteins, an understanding of the applications of gene and protein analyses in diverse fields of modern biological and molecular sciences, and laboratory exercises that provide a greater understanding of these areas.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structures and functions of diverse types of proteins
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of eukaryotic genes and genomes
3. Appreciate the many events and levels of regulation of gene expression, their significance and applications
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the variability, recombinations and instability in eukaryotic genomes
5. Show an understanding of the principles of diverse molecular technologies used for analysis of genes or proteins for various applications
6. Demonstrate laboratory skills in above areas, including recording scientific observations correctly, analysing and interpreting these critically, and reporting professionally.