In Fall 2017, the department began piloting an Integrative Poster Project in our B-level core courses. We wanted to promote teamwork and information literacy skills that are critical to assessments in upper level (C & D) courses. This assignment helps develop oral and written communication skills during foundation years and gain experience in critically evaluating primary literature. This has proven to be a successful model of a multi-course assignment and we have now integrated this project (BIOB90H3), as a program requirement beginning in the 2020-2021 Calendar.
BIOB90H3 (Integrative Research Poster Project): In this course you will develop scientific communication skills by working collaboratively with peers to create an informative scientific poster that will be presented in a poster session similar to a scientific conference. Your final grade will be based on your final poster and presentation as well as a series of mini-deadlines over the term.
If you enrol in BIOB90H3F during the Fall term, you must also enroll in at least one of BIOB10H3F (Cell Biology), BIOB34H3F (Animal Physiology), or BIOB50H3F (Ecology). If you enroll in BIOB90H3S during the Winter term, you must also enroll in at least one of BIOB11H3S (Molecular Aspects of Cellular and Genetic Processes), BIOB38H3S (Plants and Society), or BIOB51H3S (Evolutionary Biology). The grade for BIOB90H3 will be based on the final poster presentation. A penalty of 2% will be applied for each task that is not completed on time. This project will be valued at 10% of your final grade in each core course you are enrolled in that term and will display as complete/incomplete on your University of Toronto transcript.
The department has now also created a C-level multi-course assignment, BIOC90H3, modeled on the B-level poster project. This assignment was created to allow students to continue to hone their information literacy, communication, teamwork and knowledge integration skills, but also promote development of skills to relay scientific advances to a lay audience. We seek to motivate students to use evidence-based reasoning when considering everyday problems and to become advocates for fundamental biological research. BIOC90H3 will also become a program requirement beginning in the 2020-2021 Calendar.
BIOC90H3 Integrative Multimedia Documentary Project: – Prerequisite: BIOB90H3 – You will produce documentary-style multimedia narratives that relay scientific evidence on a topic of interest to a general audience from multiple fields of biology. Your final grade will be based on this video documentary submitted as well as a series of tasks over the course of the term.
If you are enrolled in BIOC90H3F during the Fall term, you must also enroll in one of BIOC12H3F (Biochemistry I: Proteins and Enzymes), BIOC20H3F (Principles of Virology), BIOC32H3F (Human Physiology I), or BIOC61H3F (Community Ecology and Environmental Biology). If you enroll in BIOC90H3S during the Winter term, you must also enroll in at least one of BIOC14H3S (Genes, Environment and Behaviour), BIOC34H3S (Human Physiology II), BIOC39H3S (Immunology), BIOC40H3S (Plant Physiology), or BIOC54H3S (Animal Behaviour). 10% of your final grade in one of these C levels will be based on the multimedia documentary project. If you are enrolled in more than one of the C levels listed at the same time as BIOC90H3 you can choose which course the 10% will be applied to. Specific information regarding when you choose this will be provided in the Quercus specific course site. This course will display as complete/incomplete for your program requirement and on your University of Toronto transcript.