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APBS 6010G Research in Applied Bioscience.   This is a required team-taught course designed to provide a foundation for the graduate program in Applied Bioscience. The course will provide students with current background knowledge and skills needed for research in applied bioscience and will expose students to current issues and problems that this area of research may target. The course will introduce such topics as principles of experimental design, data interpretation and analysis of results and how to present and communicate scientific information in both oral and written formats. Students will also learn about the grant and scholarship process and how to write a research proposal and they will be introduced to such issues as research ethics and intellectual property. 3 cr, 2 lec. Prerequisite: enrolment in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 6020G MSc Thesis in Applied Bioscience.   Students must prepare and successfully defend a written thesis related to their supervised research project at the end on the program. The student's advisory committee must approve the commencement of the writing of the thesis. The thesis will be evaluated by an examination committee and accompanied by an oral presentation. The student must receive a satisfactory report on the written thesis and must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the research topic. The student will receive a grade of either pass or fail. 21 cr. Prerequisite: enrolment in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 6030G Seminar in Applied Bioscience.   This course will require students to present a thorough overview of their thesis research, including relevant background material and research results and their interpretation. The presentation will be expected to be appropriate for an interdisciplinary audience in science. This is a required, but non-credit course in the Applied Bioscience program. Seminars will be focused on specific research projects in applied bioscience. Student seminars will be regularly scheduled as needed. The student will receive a grade of either pass or fail. 0 cr. Prerequisite: good standing in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 6100G Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology.  This will be a non-lecture based course where students and the faculty coordinator discuss current research in cell and molecular biology.  The course will be a combination of group discussions and presentations.  Each week a student will present either a research article or a synopsis of the current knowledge regarding a topic related to the course and possibly his/her own research interests.  This will allow the students to apply basic concepts learned as an undergraduate student to the current state of knowledge in cell and molecular biology. 3 cr, 3 lec. Prerequisite or corequisite: enrolment in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 6200G Environmental Determinants of Health.   This course will explore interactions between environment and human health. It will comprehensively address principles of environmental health, followed by specific issues regarding harmful environmental agents, and Canadian and global environmental health challenges. It will be designed to be delivered by an interdisciplinary faculty team potentially including members from the Faculties of Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Engineering. It will attract health and non-health graduate students interested in the multi-factorial nature of environmental diseases. At the end of this course, students should have a broad understanding of how human health is contextually determined by our environment and be familiar with published seminal environmental health research. 3 cr, 3 lec. Prerequisite or corequisite: enrolment in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 6300G Advanced Topics in Biological Chemistry .  This graduate course will explore a range of research topics at the intersection of chemistry and biology through examples selected from the current scientific literature. Topics to be covered include: protein engineering, enzymes, receptors, cofactors, enzymes for organic synthesis, biotransformations, catalytic properties of nucleic acids, bio-inorganic chemistry. 3 cr, 3 lec. Prerequisite or corequisite: enrolment in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 6400G Advanced Topics in Forensic Bioscience.  This graduate course will explore a range of research topics at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and forensic science through examples selected from the current scientific literature and available casework. The course will focus on current and new developments in biotechnology and bioanalytical techniques associated with forensic analysis, quality assurance concepts and the use of scientific evidence in court. 3 cr. Prerequisite: enrolment in the Forensic Bioscience field in the APBS graduate program.

APBS 7040G PhD Thesis Proposal and Qualifying Exam.  Students in the Applied Bioscience PhD program will be required to submit a comprehensive thesis proposal outlining their research objectives and proposed methodology.  This thesis proposal also will consist of a literature review that addresses the current state of knowledge of their particular research topic.  This course will consist of an oral qualifying exam that evaluates the students' grasp of the literature and their particular research plan.    Topics in this course will vary with students' specific research projects. Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Applied Bioscience PhD program.

APBS 7050G Research Seminar in Applied Bioscience.  This course will require students at the end of their program to present a thorough overview of their thesis research, including relevant background material, research results and their interpretation.  This seminar must address how the research will benefit society. The presentation will be expected to be appropriate for an interdisciplinary audience in Science.  This course is a part of the regular seminar series in Applied Bioscience.  Therefore, students are also expected to give yearly seminars that will provide an update on the progress of their research, provide peer-reviewed feedback on seminars of fellow students and be present at all other seminars. The final grade will be administered after their final seminar.

APBS 7060G PhD Research.   This is a non-credit course that will be administered by the student's advisor. Students in the course are required to make satisfactory progress in their research, keep up to date with the literature on the current state of knowledge on their particular research and provide regular updates on their progress to their advisor.  Students who make satisfactory progress with their thesis research will be able to continue in the program and enrol in this course the following year.  Students are required to register for this course every year. Prerequisite: Good standing in the APBS PhD program.

APBS 7070G PhD Dissertation.  The dissertation is the primary component of the PhD degree requirement. The research must lead to an original contribution of knowledge in the field which must be reported fully in the candidate's dissertation.  The research is carried out under the direction of the candidate's supervisor or co-supervisors, in co-operation with an advisory committee.  This thesis will be accompanied by an oral thesis defence. Prerequisite: Good standing in the APBS PhD program.

APBS 7100G Special Topics in Biomolecular Science.  This course will require students to research and present orally a thorough overview of the current state of knowledge on a particular topic related to Biomolecular Science.  The students should also be able to identify key gaps in knowledge.  This seminar must address how advances in the related area of research will benefit society. The presentation will be expected to be appropriate for an interdisciplinary audience in Science. 3 cr Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Biomolecular Science field in the APBS program.

APBS 7200G Special Topics in Ecosystem Health. This course will require students to research and present orally a thorough overview of the current state of knowledge on a particular topic related to Ecosystem Health.  The students should also be able to identify key gaps in knowledge.  This seminar must address how advances in the related area of research will benefit society. The presentation will be expected to be appropriate for an interdisciplinary audience in Science. 3 cr Prerequisite: enrolment in the Ecosystem Health field in the APBS program.

APBS 7300G Special Topics in Forensic Bioscience.  This course will require students to research and present orally a thorough overview of the current state of knowledge on a particular topic related to Forensic Bioscience.   The students should also be able to identify key gaps in knowledge.   This seminar must address how advances in the related area of research will benefit society. The presentation will be expected to be appropriate for an interdisciplinary audience in Science. 3 cr Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Forensic Bioscience field in the APBS program.

APBS 7400G Special Topics in Human Health Biology.  This course will require students to research and present orally a thorough overview of the current state of knowledge on a particular topic related to human health biology.   The students should also be able to identify key gaps in knowledge.   This seminar must address how advances in the related area of research will benefit society. The presentation will be expected to be appropriate for an interdisciplinary audience in Science. 3 cr Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Human Health Biology in the APBS MSc/PhD program.

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