Fall 2016 - MBB 801 G100

Student Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I (3)

Class Number: 1387

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Discussion of recent literature through student seminars and written reports. Introduction to professional skills for scientific careers.


The aims of MBB 801 are as follows: to build communication skills; to learn how to read scientific manuscripts; to gain experience in oral presentations; and to become acquainted with your peers, with other members of the MBB department, and with the research being performed in the department.  

Short written reports, presentation, informal discussions, and visits to our class by researchers in the department, will be used to acquire a deeper appreciation of the scientific process.  There will also be instruction on communication skills, including public outreach, grant and manuscript writing, and other aspects of professional development.


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Evaluation will be based on the student's capacity to effectively communicate the subject matter of the assigned topic and grasp of knowledge relevant to the research program being explored; the quality of their written reports; and participation in class discussions. 

There will be an organizational meeting early in the semester at a time to be announced (by email and notice on the MBB Grad Student Bulletin Board).  A meeting time and place will then be sought that will be convenient for most students, but it may not be possible to accommodate the schedules of all students wanting to enroll in the course.


Enrollment in the MBB graduate program. Students not in the MBB graduate program wanting to enroll in the course should seek permission of an instructor.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html