General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Macdara Bodeker
Programme Membership
SG_SBIOM_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science SG_SMEDI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology SG_SBIOS_H08 202300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science SG_SINDU_B07 202300 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Laboratory Science

This module aims to study the structure and function of proteins in greater depth than the basics covered in a Biochemistry module.  Protein primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure will be examined using non traditional methods.. There is a heavy emphasis on using bioinformatics and data mining technologies to gain an understanding of protein design and genetic manipulation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


List and explain the major bond types which accompany peptide and protein formation and understand what conditions need to be maintained to preserve their structure.


Illustrate and distinguish between the main secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures which are formed during protein synthesis and also the role and significance of post translational modifications.


Examine the key functions of proteins in cells and tissues and the characterize the role of proteins in human disease.


Demonstrate an ability to search and compare DNA and protein sequences and structures from sequencing databases using data mining techniques.


Demonstrate an ability to write industry standard reports with particular emphasis on effective referencing and prioritisiation/selection of relevant material. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

'This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and computer laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. There will be 3 number of MCQs given during the semester every four weeks. A written summary of a chosen peer reviewed article on protein will be submitted at the end of the semester. A project on a specific recombinant protein is submitted at the end of the semester which demonstrates the student's ability to critically evaluate an aspect of recombinant protein design and production.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or project resubmission.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Protein Structures


Protein bonding


Structural Domains


Protein adverse reactions


Post-translational modification


Protein Functions and protein as drugs


Proteins and Disease


Protein Modelling

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theory quizzes. Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 45 % Any 1,2,3
2 Group Project Group \Discussion of Protein Relevant Topics Formative Group Project - % Any 1,2,3,4,5
3 Literature Survey Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 15 % End of Semester 4,5
4 Individual Project Topical Individual Research Project Written Report/Essay 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016 Introduction to Protein Science Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 0198716842 ISBN-13 9780198716846

Proteins are essential to life, having a vital role in all living organisms. They are the ultimate micro machines: some are building blocks, joining with other substances to make the cells from which we are all formed. Some are catalysts, speeding up essential biochemical reactions to keep our cells alive. Yet others help cells to communicate, to move, and to build up the complex mix of tissues that make up our bodies. Introduction to Protein Science provides a broad ranging introduction to the contemporary study of proteins suitable for students on biosciences degrees internationally. Starting by describing the structure of proteins and how these structures can be studied, the book goes on to illustrate the wide range of functions that proteins have, showing how the shape of a protein is intimately linked to the function that it has. The book then describes how new experimental and computational techniques are helping us to predict a protein s structure and function, and how this is paving the way for us to design new proteins with specific characteristics, with exciting implications in areas such as drug design. Written by Arthur Lesk, the author of the highly successful Introduc

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Introduction to protein science: Architecture, function and genomics. Arthur M.Lesk. Oxford University Press 1st ed. 2004

Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics, Hubert Rehm. Oxford University Press 2006

Journal Resources


URL Resources

Other Resources

Moodle lecture series

The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (TCBG), an NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics:

Medline protein/peptide databases

Additional Information