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PHGY 424 / BMED 824 - Ion Channels of Excitable Cells

 Winter 2024
 Year 4
 4-5 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course

The electrophysiology and biophysics of neuronal and cardiac membranes; molecular biology, structure, and function of ion channels. Students will learn to critically evaluate scientific literature. Instructional format is primarily student‐led seminars.

Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing, registration in a LISC/BHSc Major or SSP, a GPA of 2.5, and a minimum grade of C in one of ([PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]; PHGY 210/6.0; PHGY 214/6.0; PHGY 212/6.0).

Student-led seminars with some lectures

Class size is small (typically <20), where we will learn to read and discuss original scientific literature under the guidance of faculty who are experts in the field. Students will develop skills such as group interaction, oral presentation, critical analysis, and evaluation

Oral presentation of original scientific manuscripts: 35%

In-class participation: 25%

Final exam: 40%

3 hours of lecture and seminar combined per week

Original literature provided by the instructors

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Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity
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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