A-level practical skills – Molecular Modelling


This practical activity aims to develop students’ understanding of primary, secondary and tertiary structure of proteins through computer protein modelling. Computer modelling can create 3D interactive images to support the student to visualize different interactions between amino acids within a molecule.

This resource can be used towards competency in computer modelling for the practical skills endorsement for A level Biology (2015 specifications).

The learning outcomes of this activity are:

1) Recall the levels of protein structure including primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure with emphasis on RuBisCO protein;

2) Understand the 3D structural difference between fibrous and globular protein;

3) Achieve practical competency in using computer molecular modelling.

This resource was developed by Carla Jones-Bell of Hitchin Girls School.

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