MCDB 411 - Protein Structure and Function
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
MCDB (BIOLOGY) 310, MCDB (BIOLOGY) 311, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451; or Graduate standing.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Aim: In the first third of the class, students will be introduced to genomics, proteomics, and state of the art bioinformatics as it applies to protein sequence analysis and data base searching on the web. These are extremely important aspects of the Life Sciences. Current literature will then be used to discuss various topics of protein structure and protein function, paying special attention to the state of the important techniques in this field. The course will end with the discussion of protein folding diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and mad cow disease. At the end of this class, students will have an excellent overview of protein folding and function; should be able to critically evaluate literature in this field; and will have the ability to use the web to solve their research problems.

Content: The class will be lecture as well as hands-on computer manipulation of sequences, modeling, and discussion. The class will also provide guidance in reading and interpreting original scientific literature. The course assumes a very basic level of computer competence. Students need to know how to log onto the Internet from a campus computer.

Course material consists of web resources and recent literature. There is no textbook.

Grading will be based on take-home assignments and two quizzes (midterm and finals).

MCDB 411 - Protein Structure and Function
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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