Requirements to become a student
There are certain technical requirements that you will
need and also some general considerations. We don't want to limit
people unnecessarily, but since some people will benefit more
than others, here are some guidelines. We shan't apply
these rigorously, but we may use them to get a balance.
- You need to be prepared to spend an average of at least
5 hours/week on this. It needn't be 5 hours every week, but
it must be a substantial commitment. (NB, this is obviously a very
rough figure and we may have to revise it as we go along!)
- You must have a well-supported machine to use on a regular basis.
It may be (like me!) that you have different machines at work and
home and that you have to transfer between both of them.
- You must have regular access to the Internet for WWW and E-mail.
You must be able to download material on a regular basis.
- You must be technically competent to download our viewing
software and install it on your machine (or have a close
friend/colleague who is).
- You should be able to use an editor to create documents,
be familiar with browsing WWW, and be able to use e-mail.
We'd like to have a good number of people on the course who wouldn't
otherwise find it easy to learn about protein structure. Therefore
if you are already following a real-life PS course, it's probably
fairest to let someone else take the course. Also we'd like you
to have a reasonable grounding in related sciences - see the
as this isn't designed as a course for non-scientists
(that might come later!). Of course there are exceptions to these
We'll need you to contribute in some way.
This should be fun, but if you are terrified of posting something
to the Internet, then it's probably best if you wait a bit and watch
while others plough the first furrow! There will be many repeats
of this course, we hope.