Postgraduate Course: Molecular Modelling (PGBI11078)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||** Online Distance Learning Course **
The primary interface between the computational biologist and the molecular system of interest is the molecular model. This module will expose the student to the computational methods involved in structure based drug design. In particular it will focus on the tools used to examine and investigate molecular models (the molecular graphics program) as well as the computational techniques used to evaluate and optimise models. Additionally it will address the problem of model generation when little or no prior experimental data are available.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||50 % 2,000 word report on a practical assignment
50 % electronic portfolio comprising learning log and contribution to Skills Profile
TOTAL = 100% in course assessment
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Examine molecular models using a molecular graphics program.
- Extract key geometric data from a molecular model.
- Understand the operation of a molecular mechanics force field and its limitations.
- Understand the advantages and limitations of energy minimisation and molecular dynamics calculations.
- Create a simple homology model of a protein sequence and understand the limitations of this type of model
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Paul Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 7058
|Course secretary||Mrs Claire Black
Tel: (0131 6)50 8637
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