Fall 2021 - HSCI 373 D100

Special Topics in Health Sciences (4)

Class Number: 5530

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    BLU 9650, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Will vary according to topic.



A specific topic in health sciences which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses.


Introduction to selected wet bench laboratory techniques common to biomedical health research. These fundamental laboratory skills are designed to prepare students to perform laboratory studies in many areas of health sicence research. It will enable students to gain competence in routing experimental techniques and calculations. The course will cover basic laboratory techniques in cell biology with a focus on animal cell culture techniques. Methods of data acquisition, analysis, and written and oral reporting skills will also be covered.  Collaboration and teamwork are also key features of this course. 


The skills learned will focus on observation, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.


  • Lab notebook 40%
  • Lab meeting presentations 30%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Active participation 10%


HSCI 373-4 is a pilot version of a new 300-level laboratory course serving as preparation and pre-requisite for the 400-level laboratory courses in the Faculty of Health Sciences: HSCI 440, HSCI 441, and HSCI 442.



Students should bring a laboratory notebook, laboratory coat, safety goggles and portable USB drive to each lab session.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.