- Academic year
- 2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
- Official course title
- BIOMACROMOLECULAR ENGINEERING
- Course code
- CM1401 (AF:313544 AR:167641)
- On campus classes
- ECTS credits
- Degree level
- Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
- Educational sector code
- 2nd Semester
- Course year
Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The educational objectives of the teaching are: i) to encourage and stimulate the use of a logical and deductive thinking necessary to understand and modify the structure and function of complex macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, peptides and proteins; ii) to learn advanced methodologies and technologies for the synthesis, modification and characterization of the major biological macromolecules; iii) to favour an adequate and critical experimental approach that is indispensable for reading and understanding scientific articles; iv) to develop familiarity and independence in the preparation of PowerPoint slides in order to be able to present and explain an assigned scientific article in front of the classroom; v) to develop the ability to expose scientific concepts in a formal manner and using a proper scientific language.
Expected learning outcomes
i) Knowledge of the chemical-physical properties of the biological macromolecules and understand the key relationships between structure and reactivity;
ii) Demonstrate an adequate knowledge and understanding of the major engineering techniques used to modify the properties of biological macromolecules;
iii) Being able to apply the knowledge and the technologies learned in classroom to better understand and present scientific articles concerning the engineering of DNA, RNA, peptides and proteins.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
i) Being able to use the acquired knowledge to comprehend, logically interpret and modify the chemical-physical properties of the biological macromolecules;
ii) Being able to propose coherent and complementary methodologies for the engineering and characterization of biological macromolecules.
3. Ability to judge
i) Use the acquired knowledge to engineer and critically analyse DNA, RNA, peptides and proteins;
ii) Being able to evaluate, through a critical analysis of the method, which technologies may be more suitable for the synthesis, modification and characterization of the various biological macromolecules;
iii) Being able to recognise the fields of application of engineered biomacromolecules.
4. Communication skills
i) Being able to convey the acquired knowledge using an appropriate terminology;
ii) Being able to interact with the teacher and the classmates in a respectful and constructive manner.
5. Learning skills
i) Being able to take notes, selecting and collecting information according to their importance;
ii) Being able to make logical connections between the different topics of the course and apply to the laboratory the concepts learned in classroom;
iii) Being able to understand and present in classroom a scientific article assigned by the teacher using PowerPoint slides and an appropriate scientific language.
i) Description of properties and functions of biological macromolecules that can be engineered;
ii) Methods for generating genetic diversity: focused and random mutagenesis;
iii) Rational design of novel biological macromolecules;
iv) Directed evolution technologies: in vivo, in vitro and ex vivo selection strategies;
v) Genetically-encoded chemical libraries of small molecules, natural products and peptides;
vi) Chemoselective and chemoenzymatic bioconjugation methods;
vii) Applications of engineered macromolecules to bio and nanotechnologies.
- D.L. Nelson, M.M. Cox: Lehninger Principle of Biochemistry, VII ed., W.H. Freeman and Sapling Learning;
- D. Van Vranken, G. Weiss: Introduction to Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Garland Science – Taylor & Francis Group;
- G.T. Hermanson: Bioconjugate Techniques, III ed., Academic Press – Elsevier (freely and legally available in electronic format, in the university network, at the following website: https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780123822390/bioconjugate-techniques );
- A. Hofman, S. Clokie: Wilson and Walker's Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, VIII ed., Cambridge University Press.
Specifically, the oral exam consists of the discussion of two scientific articles pertaining to the course and selected among ten articles assigned by the teacher. The students must demonstrate both the critical learning of the topics of the entire program and the ability to expose them in a formal and concise manner using an appropriate scientific language.
The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths. Finals will take place within the dates established by the academic calendar.
The teaching material is present and downloadable from the University's Moodle e-learning platform.
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments: Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: email@example.com
Type of exam
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