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Principles of protein structure: An established Internet‐based course in structural biology

By Clare Sansom and David Moss


The Department of Crystallography at Birkbeck College, London, UK, has been running a one‐year, part‐time accredited graduate course, ‘Principles of Protein Structure’, entirely over the Internet since 1996. Students on this course learn the basic principles of the increasingly important subject of structural biology using software programs such as Rasmol and Chime to visualize and manipulate molecular structures in three dimensions. They interact with their tutors, based at Birkbeck, using email and text‐based teleconferencing, and can test their knowledge with multiple choice quizzes on the Web. Over 200 students from thirty countries registered for this course in the last four years. Forty, from central and eastern Europe, were supported by bursaries from the Open Society Institute. The course has been well received by students and its success led us to introduce a similar course in protein crystallography

Topics: LB Theory and practice of education, LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0968776000080204
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