Course and Module Updates

Updates are posted here when revisions are not yet reflected in the Academic Calendar.


Biochemistry 4955E, Community-Engaged Learning and Research Skills in Translational Cancer Biology, is posted in the Academic Calendar but will be offered for the first time in 2023/24. This course will replace Biochemistry 4486E (has been withdrawn) as the capstone course for the Honours Specialization in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology.

This capstone course focuses on the translation of cancer research discoveries into clinical practice, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches, critical thinking, research design and evaluation of data from the literature.

In addition to the content covered in the course, a Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) component integrates students in a small group/team learning context (3-5 students) through coordination with relevant community partners associated with cancer research, support and care. Through these partnerships, students working on a year-long capstone project relevant to the partners’ needs. Past community partners have included the Canadian Cancer Society, the LHSC Cancer Clinical Trials Unit, ChildCan, Kids Kicking Cancer Canada, Health Canada, and the Patient & Family Advisory Council at the London Regional Cancer Program.

Throughout the course, students practice critical ongoing reflection and are engaged both independently and collaboratively in authentic learning experiences and professional/career development practices.

Draft course outline for 2023/24

Revised course: Microbiology and Immunology 3610F - Microbiology Laboratory
Laboratory techniques used in the broad discipline of microbiology, including bacteriology and virology. Laboratory exercises include the staining, biochemical characteristics and identification of live bacteria, plus genetic techniques used to study microorganisms. This course runs parallel to, and applies basic principles acquired in, Microbiology and Immunology 3100A.
Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 2280A with a mark of at least 65%; Biology 2581A/B; Chemistry 2213A and Chemistry 2223B with marks of at least 60% in each; Microbiology and Immunology 2500A/B with a mark of at least 60%;
Pre-or Corequisite(s): Biochemistry 3381A; Microbiology and Immunology 3100A.
Extra Information: 1 lecture/tutorial hour, 3 laboratory hours.

Revised course: Microbiology and Immunology 3620G - Immunology Laboratory
This course will familiarize students with a variety of practical techniques used in immunology research and diagnostic laboratories. The course applies basic principles acquired in Microbiology and Immunology 3300B.
Prerequisite(s): Microbiology and Immunology 3610F with a mark of at least 60%
Pre-or Corequisite(s): Microbiology and Immunology 3300B.
Extra Information: 1 lecture/tutorial hour, 3 laboratory hours.

New course: Microbiology and Immunology 4400B - Microbial Applications
Click for draft course description and draft outline.

New course (awaiting formal approval on June 7, 2023): Biochemistry 4484E - Student Directed Research Project
Click for draft course description and schedule


Revisions to modules for 2023/24 are indicated below - formally approved on April 19, 2023:

Major in Microbiology and Immunology

Honours Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology with Pathology

Honours Specialization in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

Honours Specialization in Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity