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Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Master of Science

The MSc program in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology involves multidisciplinary approaches to investigate fundamental properties of human structure and function that relate to health, movement, and physiology. The Master's program provides research training through a series of graduate level courses combined with a research thesis presenting novel lines of enquiry related to the fields of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Students enrolled in the MSc program may apply for transfer to the PhD program.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses, a thesis proposal, and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units. If a supervisory committee deems that preparation is inadequate, more than the minimum requirements may be required.

Students must complete

BPK 801 - Seminar on Research in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (3)

Required of all graduate students entering the Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology. Students will gain perspective on how their research fits into the overall spectrum of departmental research. Presentations will be given by faculty and students, to be followed by seminar discussions. Students will be exposed to techniques available in the school, their strengths and weaknesses, what data the techniques yield, and how the scientific method is applied in interpreting the data. Students will learn how to give oral, poster, and web-based presentations, and how to facilitate discussions.

STAT 890 - Statistics: Selected Topics (4)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Carl Schwarz
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
AQ 3005, Burnaby
G101 Carl Schwarz
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby

and two additional elective graduate courses selected with input of the supervisory committee

and a thesis proposal

BPK 895 - MSc Proposal (0)

A formal Thesis Proposal is written and defended to the supervisory committee. The Proposal is circulated to faculty and resident graduate students, and presented for an open forum discussion. The Graduate Program Committee Chair or designate will chair the presentation of the proposal. The Thesis Proposal is intended to establish the objectives, methodology and scope of the thesis project at an early stage of the degree and provides an opportunity for the Supervisory Committee to influence the direction of the research at an early stage and to offer feedback to aid the growth and development of the research trainee. The Supervisory Committee will also explore the student's knowledge in any area that is relevant to the proposed research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

and a thesis

Elective courses taken outside the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology need prior approval of the graduate program chair.

Thesis Proposal Requirements

The Thesis Proposal will consist of a research proposal, and a related oral examination of the proposed research. The written research proposal will be 5 single-spaced pages, not including tables, figures and references. A formal, open forum, oral examination of the research proposal to the supervisory committee will be held. The research proposal must be circulated to faculty and resident graduate students ahead of the open forum oral examination.

Thesis Requirements

A major part of the MSc program will be devoted to original research. A thesis describing the work must be submitted and defended at an open forum in accordance with SFU Graduate General Regulations 1.10.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six contiguous terms. Time limits for program completion are governed by Graduate General Regulations 1.12.

Optional Specialization in Interdisciplinary Oncology

This specialization within the BPK MSc Program is for students who are interested in gaining exposure to diverse facets of cancer-related research. Application to the Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Specialization (IOGS) is through the interdisciplinary oncology steering committee. Students must fulfill all Departmental requirements for the MSc. For more information, please see Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Specialization requirements.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.