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BCHM 442 - Seminars in Biochemistry

 Winter 2020
 Year 4
 3 units
On-Campus Course

Dr. Martin Petkovich

Seminars and assignments focused on important subjects in biochemistry, emphasizing the scientific pipeline, from discovery to utility.

NOTE: Students in the BCHM Major Plan registered in BCHM 441/3.0 will not be allowed to register in BCHM 442/3.0.

Level 4 and registration in a BCHM Specialization Plan and (a GPA of 2.7 in BCHM 218, BCHM 313, BCHM 315, BCHM 316, BCHM 317).

Student presentations and class discussions

BCHM 442 is a capstone course.

A capstone course is offered as part of an academic major and serves as the culminating and integrative experience of a program of study.[1] The term derives from the final coping stone used to complete a stone arch.

A capstone course may also be referred to as a capstone experience, culminating project, or senior exhibition. It is common in undergraduate degrees at many United States and Canadian universities. According to the Glossary of Education Reform:

Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting—i.e., skills that will help prepare them for college, modern careers, and adult life. In most cases, the projects are also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge. Capstone projects also tend to encourage students to connect their projects to community issues or problems, and to integrate outside-of-school learning experiences, including activities such interviews, scientific observations, or internships.[2]

Student presentations 45%

Essays 40%

Class discussions 15%

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