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BCHM 441 - Current Topics in Biochemistry

 Fall 2019
 Year 4
 3 units
Available
On-Campus Course
Instructors

An integrated course studying a variety of topics in biochemistry through research and analysis of applied biochemistry, group-learning, team-work, peer-evaluations, etc. The course consists of a few short assignments, a series of debates and a major research group project spanning the entire duration of the course. Research topics will be chosen by the student groups to explore current trends in biochemistry.


Level 4 and registration in a BCHM Major Plan and (a GPA of 2.5 in BCHM 218/3.0; BCHM 313/3.0; BCHM315/3.0; BCHM 316/3.0; BCHM 317/6.0).

Lectures and student-presented seminars

  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.

Short Assignment (News, fallacy, etc.) (10%)

Presentation of Short Assignment (5%)

Peer review of presentations of Short Assignment (5%)

Debates (15%)

Debate peer review (5%)

Major presentations (groups of 4 or 3) (30%)

Summary of major presentation (10%)

Peer review of major presentation (10%)

Participation (10%)

3 hours per week (lecture/seminar)

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