Medical Sciences 4930F/G

Medical Sciences 4930F/G is offered jointly by Basic Medical Science Departments. This lecture course provides students with background knowledge in a variety of techniques and topics in medical research. Major topics include disease, metabolism, proteomics and signaling pathways. Students will also be
introduced to scientific writing.

2 lecture hours, 2 tutorial hour; 0.5 course

This lecture course is restricted to students in Year 4 of the Honours Specialization in IMS and is designed to complement the material covered in Medical Sciences 4900F/G.  Attendance at the tutorial is mandatory. Medical Sciences 4900F/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 are 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.

Medical Sciences 4931F/G.

Registration in Year 4 of the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS).

Medical Sciences 4900F/G must be taken concurrently.

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

  • Draw from multiple basic medical science disciplines (e.g., pathology, epidemiology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, immunology) to use an interdisciplinary approach to understand and evaluate a chosen disease.
  • Critique primary scientific literature by summarizing the main findings and identifying the strengths, weaknesses and limitations within a research study.
  • Conduct an effective search inquiry using an appropriate medical literature database and formulate effective arguments to create a position paper in a relevant field.
  • Develop written and oral skills to communicate information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, to a range of audiences.
  • Identify relevant goals to showcase personal development and growth by engaging in
    ongoing critical reflection.


Critical Appraisals (best 2 of 3) 20%
Position Paper 20%
Professionalism, Participation and Feedback 20%
Personal Development Project 20%
Final Exam (take home) 20%

Course Syllabus: 2019/20