The BMSUE Program Committee meets on a monthly basis to review and discuss affairs related to Basic Medical Science Undergraduate Education (BMSc Program and Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience), including policies and regulations, curriculum content, student performance, student enrolment, student counseling and student outreach activities.
Purpose: To provide high quality broad-based programs in the basic medical sciences that address the changing needs of students, the workplace and society.
In its deliberations and actions the Program Committee shall strive to:
Foster interactions and effective communication between the basic medical science departments, the undergraduate program in Neuroscience, the BMSUE office, and the Faculty of Science.
Make use of the expertise and knowledge of the faculty in the basic medical science departments and the undergraduate program in Neuroscience to deliver specific courses and modules within BMSUE
Recognize the contributions of all members/departments
Encourage full participation of all members/departments
Committee Responsibilities: The committee shall meet on a monthly basis to review and discuss affairs related to Basic Medical Science Undergraduate Education (BMSc Program and Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience), including policies and regulations, curriculum content, student performance, student enrolment, student counseling and student outreach activities.
Policies and Regulations
Advise on policies and regulations about eligibility for the courses, modules and programs
Develop and recommend best practices for academic performance
Continuing Program review
Review proposals for new courses/modules
Review proposals for changes in existing courses/modules
Review existing courses/modules
Suggest revisions to Medical Sciences courses and modules and Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences module
Compare curricula from the Basic Medical Science departments (including Neuroscience courses)
Develop cross-disciplinary modules (review courses with common themes, e.g. biology of cancer; neurosciences)
Ensure consistency in course content across departments
Ensure consistency in evaluation of student performance across departments
Recommend and review proposals for articulation agreements with Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, e.g. Fanshawe College
Modular enrolment (consider and review under-subscribed as well as over-subscribed modules)
Number of spaces in research projects
Reviewing constraints (priorities and restrictions)
Intent to Register
Student Recruitment, Retention and Advancement
Discuss outreach activities for Basic Medical Science departments, BMSc Program and Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience:
Fall Preview Day
March Break Open House
Ontario Universities’ Fair
Intent to Register
Discuss and review promotional materials (e.g. brochures, web sites)
Advise and assist in development of student exit surveys, including use of the data
Advise and assist in career development and career opportunities for BMSc students
Assistant Dean, BMSUE, chairs the meetings
Nine Undergraduate Chairs/Coordinators
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Science
BMSc representative (excluding student appeals)
Assistant Dean BMSUE casts a vote in case of a tie
50% of voting membership must be present for quorum
The vote is determined by a simple majority
Occasionally an electronic vote, distributed via e-mail, may be called for following a meeting; similarly a simple majority of the committee membership constitutes an affirmation of the vote
Committee to meet monthly; composition of committee and proceedings may vary depending on agenda items and topics of discussion/information
Additional stakeholders on topics of discussion (e.g. department EPC members) may be invited to meetings as required.
Educational Policy Committee (EPC)
As techniques advance and new discoveries are made, the courses being taught within departments must keep in step with these developments. The Educational Policy Committees within Western Science discuss the best means to pass along new knowledge and craft proposals for the governing bodies within Western University. Basic Medical Science courses are discussed during the meetings of the Biological/Medical Committee.