Principal Subject in Protein Chemistry

Course content

The course deals with protein structure, function and biological interactions. Topics range from biophysics and biochemistry to cellular functions and interactions of proteins, including enzymes. The purpose of the course is to be able to read, understand, peer reviewing and discuss current research literature on protein chemistry and to write referee reports of research paper or manuscripts. Classes are based on student presentation of papers selected by the students and the teachers together. Students in the audience are expected to have read the presented papers and prepared questions before class and actively participate in the discussion during class. Mandatory assignments include preparation of referee reports of research manuscripts.

Education

MSc Programme in Biochemistry

Learning outcome

Knowledge:
The student will have obtained knowledge of specific research areas including different experimental and theoretical approaches.
 

Skills:
Based on original research literature, the student will be able to explain, evaluate and critically analyse the results, the methods used and the conclusions drawn and compare with other relevant literature. In addition, they will be able to present and explain the background literature for peers.


Competences:
The student can demonstrate a capacity to critically understand original scientific research papers dealing with subjects in protein chemistry, including knowledge and understanding of the specific problem to be analyzed, the experimental set-up, the methods employed, the experimental results and the conclusions drawn from these, and discuss this understanding with fellow students under the guidance of the teacher.

In this phase the students shall primarily have learned to:
1) appreciate the efforts of scientists without an a priory opinion of the scientific subject of the paper
2) demonstrate the ability to ask questions of procedures and conclusions
3) to individually prepare referee reports of research manuscripts and review referee reports prepared by fellow students.

The student will be capable of understanding the basis for specific conclusions in a field and will therefore understand the consequences of technical or experimental future developments when they occur.

The teaching takes the form of student colloquia and discussions based on reading of original research articles and data. Individual assignments include preparation of referee reports of research manuscripts and review in groups of referee reports prepared by fellow students.

See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
During the exam the students must produce a referee report of a research paper (manuscript) not known to the students beforehand.

The course has been selected for ITX exam on Peter Bangs Vej.
Aid
Only certain aids allowed

PC (offline)

The University will make computers and power available to students taking written exams with invigilation in the University’s building on Peter Bangs Vej 36 (ITX). Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets or mobile phones. If textbooks and/or notes are permitted, according to the course description, these must be in paper format or on a USB flash drive.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

1) See 'Learning Outcome'

2) Active participation. See 'Type of assessment'.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 48
  • Preparation
  • 348
  • Study Groups
  • 12
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 412