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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 494
COURSE TITLE: Senior Independent Project
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Natural Sciences Faculty Members
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 2(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 1 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course students conduct an independent project, designed in consultation with the instructor. This project may be an independent research project in the laboratories at the University, a cooperative project with a public agency, or a biological literature research project. Other ventures are possible. Before the work commences, the student is required to submit a detailed proposal. Upon completion of the project, the results must be presented in the form of a paper and a seminar.

This course is only open to students registered in the 3-year B.A. or B.Sc. biology degree program and students in the environmental studies biology degree program.

Prerequisites: Six credits in biology at the 300-level
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Amount and quality of the work 40%
Punctuality, initiative 20%
Final paper 30%
Presentation 10%
100%
Notes:

    * The BIOL 494 final grades are arrived at in consultation with all faculty members in the Biology Department.
    *  Depending on the nature of the project, individual supervisors might allocate a certain percentage to a lab/field notebook.
SCHEDULE:
  • Organizational Meeting - All Biol and Chem 49x students meet to hear about the various research projects within the Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Signed Contract - After meeting with your supervisor and having them approve your project, complete the contract form (on Moodle). You will have 3 copies of this form - one for you, one for your supervisor and one to be handed in to Dr. Martin-Visscher
  • Progress Report & Literature Review - The progress report will be in the form of a 5 minute oral presentation to a small group of other 494/497 students and one or two faculty members. Submit your Literature Review to your supervisor.
  • First Draft of Final Paper - Submit this to your supervisor. Include the title and abstract for your project.
  • Final Paper and Presentation - Submit this to your supervisor. Be sure to include your final title, abstract and powerpoint presentation. E-mail your title and abstract to Dr. Martin-Visscher.
  • Science 49x Presentation Day - You must have your powerpoint on USB and uploaded to your room's computer by 12:15 pm at the latest! You are responsible for ensuring that your file is displaying properly. If using your own laptop, you are responsible for ensuring compatibility with LCD projector.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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