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. 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
On-site written exam, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
During the exam the students must produce a referee report of a research paper (manuscript) not known to the students beforehand.
Exam registration requirements

To be allowed to the final exam the student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. The student has satisfactorily presented at least two seminars to fellow students during the course
  2. Has participated actively with relevant questions/comments in at least 80% of the sessions
  3. Has individually prepared three referee reports and participated in peer reviewing of referee reports.
Aid
Only certain aids allowed
  • Non-ITX exam: A private PC (offline)
  • ITX exam: No aids allowed. Only the built-in calculator in Windows.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Re-exam

Same as the ordinary exam.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for presentation of at least two seminars, the student can present a seminar of 45 minutes in a subject decided by the teacher.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for active participation in at least 80% of the sessions or have not prepared the required number of referee reports and peer reviews, the student must take the course again next year.

Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

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

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
NBIK20001U
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

2 blocks

16 weeks
Placement
Block 1 And Block 2
Schedulegroup
A
Capacity
25
The number of places might be reduced if you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Studyboard
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Biology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Jakob R. Winther   (9-6d757a6c71776b687543656c72316e7831676e)
Teacher

Jakob R. Winther, Martin Willemoës, Kaare Teilum, Rasmus Hartmann-Petersen, Birthe Kragelund, Kresten Lindorff-Larsen.

Saved on the 14-02-2024

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