We expect students to spend at least 6 hours a week on work related to the course, which will include working on course material, textbooks or other works in the scientific literature, discussions and tutorials and other tasks such as installing and testing software. Each student will need to provide himself or herself with access to suitable computing facilities (usually a PC or workstation), including graphical capability, and access to the Internet. Advice on this can be provided during the Registration period.
Unit 1. Introduction to Internet Resources. This Unit takes place during Term 1 and includes preliminary training in the use of the Internet and its resources. The objectives of the Unit are to enable each student to (a) communicate and exchange information with others on the Internet (b) locate and use data and software available on the Internet and (c) produce his or her own text and graphical material on the World Wide Web. At the end of Term 1 each student is asked to submit a work assignment for assessment.
Unit 2. Protein structure. This Unit takes place in Term 1 and Term 2. Each student works through the course material on the World Wide Web and submits an assignment for assessment at the end of Term 2.
Unit 3. Dissertation project. This Unit takes the form of a project chosen by each student from a wide range of dissertation topics in the area of protein structure, function and dynamics. Each student researches his or her topic in the scientific literature in consultation with academic tutors and consultants and submits a dissertation in the form of an HTML document which will be mounted on the World Wide Web. Projects are to be submitted by early July 1997.
Details of course syllabus
Note . Exceptionally, a student may opt not to take the unseen final examination, in which case assessment will be made on the basis of the submitted work assignments and the project alone, and an Interim Certificate will be awarded.
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