Fall 2018 - MBB 801 G100

Student Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I (3)

Class Number: 3532

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.


In MBB801 we will review the fundamentals of preparing for and running experiments, recording and storing data (lab notebooks) and the expectations for data analysis. We will discuss best practices in developing experimental protocols. We will introduce thesis writing using the SFU template and bibliography software. We will explore the making of effective figures, tables, graphs/plots and legends. Students will receive instruction in and have an opportunity to practice oral presentations and the writing of scientific manuscripts. Writing assignments and presentations will focus on the student’s research project.

Other possible topics include: sample storage, experimental controls, instrumentation controls and calibration, buffers, determination of sample concentration and purity, a review of fundamental measurements and calculations, time management, common lab practices and being a good lab citizen.


  • Evaluation will be based on the quality of the written reports, the clarity of the presentations 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.

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