Fall 2020 - MBB 801 G100

Student Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I (3)

Class Number: 3000

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: TBA, TBA



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


An introductory course for graduate students in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB). Lecture presentations include general information for students starting graduate studies; effective research writing and presentation skills; fundamentals for proper data and statistical analysis; research ethics and policies for professional equality, diversity, and inclusiveness; professional skills for scientific careers.

In MBB801, services available to graduate students and general expectations of students in graduate school will be discussed. Useful guidelines for recording and storing research data will be discussed, as well as strategies for effective oral and written presentations. Lectures will explore manuscript and thesis preparation, including the aesthetics of data graphics and tables. Students will receive instruction on successful approaches for conference presentations and committee meetings, as well as the fundamentals of PowerPoint presentations and oration. Other topics include research ethics, being a good and productive lab citizen, and intellectual property. Career options for MBB graduates will also be discussed.


  • • Evaluation will be based on the quality of the written reports, graded assignments, and in-class participation. 100%


Lecture: synchronous (students are expected to attend scheduled lectures remotely)


Enrollment in the MBB graduate program.



  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Computer (with webcam)

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://www.sfu.ca/students/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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).