Medical Sciences 4900F/G

Medical Sciences 4900F/G is offered jointly by Basic Medical Science Departments, this laboratory course introduces students to a variety of techniques used in medical research. Major topics include tissue culture, real time PCR, biochemical assays, histology, and medical imaging. The laboratory provides an introduction to research, with emphasis on hands-on experience.

This four-hour advanced lab course is offered in both terms and is restricted to students in Year 4 of the Honours Specialization in IMS. Two sections of the lab are offered in each term on Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30-5:30 pm in the Drimmer Facility (MSB 117). A tutorial is scheduled before the labs. Medical Sciences 4930F/G is a co-requisite for this course and both courses must be completed in the same term.

If you are planning on spreading the Year 4 requirements of the Honours Specialization over two years, i.e. doing a fifth year, please note that Medical Sciences 4900F/G and 4930F/G must be taken in the year you were first admitted to Year 4 Honours Specialization in IMS - they cannot be delayed until a fifth year. We do not recommend delaying any of the additional 4000-level courses to a fifth year as access to these course may be significantly diminished in a fifth year.


A course from Group 3 in the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) and registration in Year 4 of an Honours Specialization in IMS;


Medical Sciences 4930F/G must be taken concurrently.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Skillfully and safely perform a wide range of practical laboratory techniques from a variety of basic medical science disciplines, including cell culture, biochemical assays, western blotting, real-time PCR.
  • Clearly and concisely record, summarize, analyze adn interpret results from an experiment.
  • Construct and deliver well-organized, and logical information making use of
    appropriate delivery techniques to communicate scientific knowledge to the target
  • Collaborate effectively by demonstrating respect for others, respect for different points
    of view, beliefs, and values, and taking on leadership, where appropriate.
  • Create a research proposal based on a relevant area of focus within a specific
    disease that includes a literature review and justification for the experimental
  • Evaluate relevant real-world scenarios and/or problems by integrating perspectives
    from medical science disciplines to make informed decisions.
Digital lab book/reflections 15%
Preparation, professionalism, participation 5%
Progress Report 10%
Lab Skills 10%
Science Communication Symposium 25%
Grant Proposal 35%

Course Syllabus - 2019/20