BCHM422 - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory II

Course Description:
An independent research project by each 4th year Hons. Biochemistry SSP student in one of the departmental research labs.
Evaluation is based on a written lab report, oral presentation, poster presentation and lab performance. .
Course Objectives:

Objectives of the course:

Obtaining ‘publishable’ data is a bonus; it is not the key goal of this course, however. Students are expected to gain research experience in the biomedical and biochemical sciences including critical literature review, formulating hypotheses and objectives, designing and executing experiments to test the hypotheses and address relevant questions, and acquiring skills in presenting research data in both written and oral formats.



Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

Evaluation Criteria:

1.         Written Lab report (40%)

2.         Poster Presentation (10%) 

3.         Oral Presentation (25%)

4.         Lab performance (25%)

Grading Method: Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale

Grade  Numerical Course Average (Range)

A+            90-100

A              85-89

A-             80-84

B+            77-79

B              73-76

B-             70-72

C+            67-69

C              63-66

C-             60-62

D+            57-59

D              53-56

D-             50-52

F              49 and below


Work load and Lab performance expectations:

Each student will work on an independent research project in one of the assigned research laboratories. Duration of the project is 12 weeks requiring 12-15 hours per week.

Some supervision will be provided in every lab.  

However, students should have already gained lab experience during the fall term (421) or in the Co-op program, a higher degree of independence will be expected of the students in BCHM 422.


Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see www.academicintegrity.org). These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of thecommunity will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities: http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/policies/senateandtrustees/principlespriorities.html).
Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity
and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on
academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1
1), on the Arts and Science website (see http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/academics/undergraduate/academic-integrity), and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.


Robert Campbell

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, contact Course Coordinator: Dr. Andrew Craig

Last Updated: Mar, 24 2017