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

  • 24 hours face to face + Blended

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

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

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. Recognise and summarise the structures and functions of examples of diverse types of genes, RNAs and proteins.
2. Discern the complexity of eukaryotic genes and genomes and their significance to cellular functions and evolution
3. Recognise and evaluate the many events and levels of regulation of gene expression, and their significance and applications in diverse areas including health, agriculture and emerging technologies.
4. Identify and describe the nature and major mechanisms of genetic variability, recombinations and/or instability in the human and other genomes, and the significance of these
5. Apply the principles of diverse molecular technologies to analyse genes or proteins for problem-solving and various applications
6. Apply laboratory skills and computer-based analysis to the above areas, including recording scientific observations correctly, analysing and interpreting these critically, and reporting professionally