Information for Potential Consultants
The Principles of Protein Structure (PPS) course is now in it's third year.
The course in it's first year was experimental (and free) which lead to a
certificate of participation for the students.
The following year (and currently) the course leads to an Advanced Certificate
from Birkbeck College (University of London)( if the students so desire -
taking the exam at the end of the course is not compulsory). The students
pay a fee for the course and exam. The course is non-profit making
and course fee's go towards the admin overheads.
The Role of Consultants
All our consultants are volunteers who help during their freetime. The role
of a consultant can be as much or as little as they want dependant on their
available time. Consultants can help in a number of ways :-
writing hypertext material for inclusion into the course. Any material
produced will of course be acknowledged and the copyright retained by the
author. We can with any technical problems authors have (converting
text into HTML etc).
We use the BioMoo (a text based virtual reality) to hold realtime interactive
lectures. Usually this involves one or two consultants/PPS staff leading
a discussion/seminar on a particular subject relating to the course
The students are split up into groups and each group has a tutor assigned
to it from the Staff here at Birkbeck. We also like to assign consultants
to the groups to help answer questions, lead discussions etc.
Technical consultants help on specific technical problems that may arise
i.e. help with rasmol/kinemage etc.