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Metabolomics and Proteomics (SCIE90002)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCIE90002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Proteomics and metabolomics analyse the final cellular state resulting from the interaction of the environment and cellular gene expression. Proteomic techniques describe the protein composition of a cell or tissue resulting from gene expression, post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications. Metabolomics is the study of the unique chemical profile that specific environmental and cellular processes create. These techniques are increasingly applied to areas as diverse as reproductive biology, environmental toxicology and plant and animal diseases. The aim of this subject is to develop knowledge and skills in the application of these technologies. This subject will be taught by scientists who will discuss their own research involving the application of state-of-the art technologies designed to understand the proteome and metabolome of different organisms, protein modification, the structure and function of proteins, and the complexities of protein-protein interactions and metabolic outcomes. There will be a strong emphasis on how these technologies are applied to a range of areas in biology, medicine and industry.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should have:

  • an understanding of the state-of-the-art techniques used in metabolomics and proteomics;
  • an understanding of the metabolomic and proteomic-based research being conducted at the university;
  • an appreciation of the application of metabolomics and proteomics to biology, medicine and industry; and
  • skills to analyse and interpret data.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • develop skills in written and oral communication;
  • develop a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • develop a respect for truth, intellectual integrity and scholarship;
  • develop cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • develop the ability to construct and express logical arguments;
  • develop the ability to work in a team;
  • develop extensive knowledge of a particular discipline; and
  • develop the ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Last updated: 11 January 2018