BCHM441 - Current Topics in Biochemistry

Course Description:
This is an integrated course fostering components of advancing knowledge of biochemistry through research and analysis of applied biochemistry, group-learning, team-work, peer-evaluations, etc. The course will consist of a major research project spanning the entire duration of the course. Research topics will vary from year to year to ensure student’s interest, maximum participation and explore current trends in biochemistry. Evaluations will be based on a formal oral presentation, and a written assignment. The oral presentation will discuss the research topics and allowing students to receive peer feedback and provide critical feedback. The course will also include writing assignments involving an interview with a scientist and short essays discussing various topics in research and to gain experience in primary and secondary literature search. Additional problem-solving exercises and smaller written assignments based on the content material that is discussed over the course of the term.
Course Objectives:

Course Goals and Objectives

  1. Discuss and analyze current topics in advanced biochemistry and its applications
  2. Develop skills of inquiry on advancing biochemical applications through oral & written communication
  3. Develop student’s ability to understand the scientific method through the critical analysis of research publications
  4. Understand the connections between pure scientific research and practical, real world implications of biochemistry in an industry setting, in governmental regulations, ethics etc. – RESEARCH PROJECT (presentation and paper)
Textbook: There are no required textbooks for this course.
Evaluation:

GRADING SCHEME

Writing and Oral Presentation skills

Interview Assignment                                 5%  

Debates                                                      10%  

Minor presentations                                    15%

Peer review of minor presentations              5%

Major Presentation (groups of 3 or 4)           30%

Paper related to major presentation

  • Peer review of paper                            5%
  • Final draft of paper                              20%

Participation                                                   10%

 

Late Policy

A penalty of 10% marks per day of late submission will be applied.

Grading Method:

 

Grading Method

In this course, some components will be graded using numerical percentage marks.  Other components will receive letter grades, which for purposes of calculating your course average will be translated into numerical equivalents using the Faculty of Arts and Science approved scale:

 

                                         Arts & Science Letter Grade Input Scheme

Assignment mark

Numerical value for calculation of final mark

A+

93

A

87

A-

82

B+

78

B

75

B-

72

C+

68

C

65

C-

62

D+

58

D

55

D-

52

F48 (F+)

48

F24 (F)

24

F0 (0)

0

Your course average will then be converted to a final letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

                                         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

 

Expectations:

Arrive prepared

While here, engage

Once done, reflect

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
http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/academic-calendars/2011-2012-calendar/academic-regulations/regulation-
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.

Instructors:

Robert Campbell

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, contact Course Coordinator: Dr. Robert Campbell

Last Updated: Apr, 07 2017