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BCHM 421 - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory I

 Fall 2019
 Year 4
 11-12 hours/week
 6 units
On-Campus Course

Biochemical research techniques with emphasis on nucleic acids, protein structure and function, regulation of gene expression and metabolic control processes.

Level 4 and registration in a BCHM Specialization Plan and (a GPA of 2.9 in BCHM 218/3.0; BCHM 313/3.0; BCHM 315/3.0; BCHM 316/3.0; BCHM 317/6.0).

Independent lab work

By conducting an independent research project using advanced biochemistry techniques, students will gain research experience in the biochemical and biomedical sciences including critical literature review, formulating hypotheses and objectives, designing and executing experiments to test the hypotheses and address relevant questions.  The students will also acquire skills in presenting research data in written and oral formats.

Literature Review: 30%

Oral Presentation on research proposal and progress: 45%

Lab Performance: 25%

12-15 hours per week

There are no textbooks associated with this course.

Grading Method

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:


                                          Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


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


Late Policy

Failure to meet deadlines for written or oral assignments will result in loss of >10% of mark, at the discretion of course coordinator.