Protein Biochemistry (BCHM2071)


This unit of study introduces biochemistry by describing the physical and chemical activities of proteins and their functions in cells. The details of protein interactions with other cellular components are presented and the relationship of protein structure and function is discussed. Techniques in protein chemistry and analysis, including proteomics are introduced together with key experiments which reveal the physical basis of the functioning of proteins. This course builds on the protein science presented in MBLG1001 and is ideally suited to students studying intermediate Chemistry, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Immunology or Physiology together with Biochemistry. The practical course will nurture technical skills in biochemistry and will include protein preparation, the analysis of protein structure and enzymatic assays.

Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week, five 1-2 hour tutorials and six 3-4-hour practical sessions per semester


One 2.5-hour theory and theory of practical exam (55%), two one hour in-semester quizzes (15%), practical assignments and laboratory book reports (30%)


Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 6th edition, by Nelson and Cox Resources Manual for Biochemistry 2 Practical Sessions, Sem 2.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) and 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry

CHEM1101 and CHEM1102


BCHM2011 or BCHM2971

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.