A brief meeting for BIOL 516 will take place on Tuesday September 10, 11am in GE S120 (Baement; someone will open the door for you). If you can't make it then, then at 2:40pm at GE 120.07. Pleae email me otherwise.</strong>

This is a two semester course offered as part of the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics at the Dept of Biology of Concordia. The instructor is Prof MT Hallett.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Diploma Program Director.

Each student conducts a project under the supervision of a faculty member at Concordia or other research institutions affiliated with the program.The research project is carried over an 8-month (10 hours per week). The project will be chosen from one or more of the following fields: biotechnology, genomics, bioinformatics, and high-throughput experimentation. The nature of the project can be research, development, or application. A student who is working full-time or part-time can pursue the project in his/her place of employment subject to approval. (Approval will only be given to projects which are clearly demonstrated to be independent of the regular work requirement).

The course proceeds as follows.

  1. At the very beginning of, or prior to, the semester, you need to find a supervisor to guide your project.
  2. Here are a few professors who have BIOL 516 projects available. It is not a complete list, and you should approach others.

  3. You and your supervisor must fill out the supervisor admission form (below). You need to send it, or an electronic version, to both the Graduate Program Administrator and me.
  4. After you have submitted your forms and with permission from the instructor, the graduate program administrator registers you for the course (you cannot do it yourself).
  5. In the first two weeks of term, you have a private 10 minute meeting with the instructor where you describe your project. This is a check to make sure you are set up to complete the project before the drop date.
  6. Near the end of the second term (last 1.5 months), you give a 15 minute presentation with ~10 minutes of questions. This is worth 30% of your overall grade.
  7. Near the end of the second term (last 1.5 months), you prepare a poster and pressent it with a two minute presentation, followed by questions. This is worth 30% of your overall grade.
  8. At the end of your two semsters, your supervisor provides a grade for your research that constitutes 40% of your grade.

This is the supervisor admission form.

Here are some hints for finding a supervisor.

The scheduling options are here.

The format, expectations and structure of the 10 minute talk are described here

Poster requirements and structure are described here.

Avoiding plagiarism. Since the course work requires written works (presentation slides and poster), I need to remind of you of good citation practice. Throughout the text, you should be clear on what part has been cited from which articles. Please visit the Academic Integrity Website. Also, Concordia University Library has a good referencing guide. Watch this self-tutorial on how to acknowledge information sources (prepared by Concordia librarian Ms. Danielle Dennie).

Plagiarism: The most common offense under the Academic Code of Conduct is plagiarism which the Code defines as “the presentation of the work of another person as one’s own or without proper acknowledgement.”

This could be material copied word for word from books, journals, internet sites, professor’s course notes, etc. It could be material that is paraphrased but closely resembles the original source. It could be the work of a fellow student, for example, an answer on a quiz, data for a lab report, a paper or assignment completed by another student. It might be a paper purchased through one of the many available sources. Plagiarism does not refer to words alone - it can also refer to copying images, graphs, tables, and ideas. “Presentation” is not limited to written work. It also includes oral presentations, computer assignments and artistic works. Finally, if you translate the work of another person into French or English and do not cite the source, this is also plagiarism.


If you are not sure how to paraphrase without plagiarizing, please refer to this example given by the Academic Integrity information site.