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COURSE TITLE: Senior Thesis
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Biology Department Faculty Members
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 4(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 4)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Independent full-year research project carried out under the mentorship of a faculty member. This project may be an independent research project in the laboratories at the University or a cooperative project with another laboratory or agency. Upon completion of the project, the results are presented in the form of a senior thesis and a seminar. The BIOL 497 thesis research can also be carried out in a summer of full-time research work at The King's University College laboratories or as an intern.

Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor
Amount and quality of the work 40%
Punctuality, initiative 20%
Final Paper 30%
Presentations 10%
The BIOL 497 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.
  • 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.
  • Interim Report - Submit this to your supervisor. This report should include: Introduction/Background, Experimental methods, Results and discussion of initial experiments, References. You may also be required to submit your notebook - it will be returned within a week.
  • Progress Report - 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
  • 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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