School Of Science And Health

BiodevicesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300890.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
300414 - Biodevices

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1 or 2.

About this Unit
This unit replaces 300414 - Biodevices from Autumn 2014. The unit will investigate nature's nanomachines; lipids, DNA and proteins. The students will learn how only a few basic building blocks can self-assemble into more complex structures, which in turn self-assemble into more complex hierarchical structures from which one can build biodevices. These fascinating self-organising supramolecular structures generally involve some kind of non-covalent binding. Particular emphasis is placed on the underlying principles that govern the functioning of such machines and some coverage of the modelling of such processes using techniques such as statistical thermodynamics is given. Biological computing is also covered.

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