Guidance for PPS '99-'00 Students Taking Projects
If you wish to take a project, you should choose a project title from the
email your choice to
your tutor before August 7.
The list of projects is available here.
We do not allow free choice of projects to help us ensure that the projects
are new work. However, if you do wish to alter a project title - for example,
to include a "case study" of a protein you have worked on - please do email
You will need to submit your project by October 23. The project should be
zipped or compressed into a single file and emailed to
Dave Houldershaw. Dave will email the PPS mailing list with more details towards the end
of your project work.
We are expecting you to produce a Web review of your chosen area of protein
structure. Although we expect you to be able to use the unique facility of the
Internet, presenting images and linking to external sites, we do not expect
you to become Web programmers. Obviously, if you already know Chime scripting,
Perl or Java, and want to include these techniques, we will not mark you down!
The projects will be marked according to the following criteria:
- Scientific content: 50%
- Presentation, including layout and use of English: 25%
- Use of the unique features of the World Wide Web: 25%
In previous years, projects that have been graded as "borderline pass" have
typically been perfectly good as scientific reviews, but have not made
full use of Internet material, images, and hyperlinks.
Projects will be graded simply into Pass and Fail; the pass
mark is 50%. Projects submitted for a Certificate of Participation only
are only expected to be "satisfactory" (score over 40%).
The best way to find out what we are looking for in a project is to look at
some previous examples. Projects from previous PPS courses are
mounted on the Web:-
All PPS projects mounted anywhere on the Birkbeck hypertree have at least
reached the standard required to pass.
We would particularly like you to look at the following excellent projects:
If you have any questions about the project procedure, please
- Liz Williams:
The Perturbation of Sidechain pKa in Protein Structures
- Bernard DeBono:
Convergent Evolution of Protein Structures (using Chime)
- Henrik Nielsen:
NMR and X-ray Structures of Integral Membrane Proteins
Structure and function of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins
The factors involved in protein thermostability
Clare Sansom, June 2000