Graduate Course Listing 2016-2017


 

Note: Subject to change. Please refer to the Graduate Calendar for confirmation of fall/winter offerings listed below.

Biol-860-Biol-865 inclusive, are modules worth 1.5 credit units each. 

All other courses are half-courses (3.0 credit units) which are offered either in the fall or winter term.  

 

BIOL 801
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Biol 801 Evolutionary Medicine
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 806
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Biol 806 Plant Molecular Biology
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 811
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Biol 811 Intermediary Plant Metabolism
No description available.
Fall 2016 W. Plaxton
BIOL 817
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Biol 817 Contemporary Issues in Biology

The course will examine the scientific validity and background of important 

biological issues that have featured as news items either in the popular press or 

in science news journals within the previous 12 months.

Not Offered P. Young
BIOL 818
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Biol 818 Stress Biology
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 819
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Biol 819 Selected Topics in Molecular Biology

Topics vary annually to reflect the latest status of the field of molecular genetics .

Fall 2016 P. Young
BIOL 820
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Biol 820 Commercialization of Biological Research
Current issues relating to the biotechnology industry will be dealt with in detail. Topics covered include: grant writing; patenting; circumventing patents; funding sources; business plans; venture capital investments; public awareness; public perspective; and layperson presentations. Three term hours; fall. K. Ko and V.K. Walker. PREREQUISITE: At least one of the following: BIOL-201*, BIOL-205*, MBIO-318*, BIOL-441*, BIOL-330*/430* or equivalent.
 
EXCLUSION: PHGY-801.
Not Offered K. Ko
BIOL 821
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Biol 821 Communication Skills
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 822
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Biol-822 Long-Term Environmental Change

The main focus of this course will be to review and assess the many techniques currently available to track long-term environmental change. An emphasis will be placed on biological approaches dealing with sedimentary analyses, but other proxy methods (e.g. ice cores, bore holes, etc.) will also be covered. General topics to be covered will include climatic change, acidification, eutrophication, lake and reservoir management, UV penetration, etc. Three term hours.  Fall.  J.P. Smol 

Not Offered John Smol
Biol-824
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Biol-824 Gateway to Graduate Studies in Biology
No description available.
Fall 2016 F. Bonier
BIOL 830
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Biol 830 Population & Ecological Genetics
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Winter 2017 Vicki Friesen
BIOL 831
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Biol 831 Bioremediation

Bioremediation is the use of organisms to alleviate environmental problems.  Topics will include the biology of the organisms involved and their bioremediation processes.  Plants act to absorb and concentrate heavy metals from soils whereas micro-organisms, invertebrates and plants degrade organic toxins and remove excess nutrients from soils, substrates and water.  The processes include extraction, absorption, concentration, and degradation of contaminants.

Not Offered Dan Lefebvre
BIOL 839
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Biol 839 Plant Ecology and Evolution
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 847
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Biol 847 Data Analysis in Community & Paleoecology

 This course is directed towards students interested in learning the basics of multivariate statistical techniques commonly used in community ecology and paleoecology. Statistical design, data collection, regression and calibration will be reviewed prior to covering the underlying assumptions and algorithms underlying commonly used multivariate techniques. 

Winter 2017 B. Cumming
BIOL 848
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Biol 848 Field Courses in Biology
No description available.
Fall TBA
Winter Lougheed
Spring Wang
BIOL 849
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Biol 849 Environmental Issues

Consideration will be given to environmental, legal, economic, political, sociological and biological aspects of current issues in the management of the Great Lakes. Models for managing nutrients, toxics and fisheries will be compared from a multidisciplinary viewpoint. Three term hours; Winter.  B. Zeeb

Not Offered Barb Zeeb
BIOL 850
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Biol 850 Darwinism and Cultural Evolution
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 855
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Biol 855 Conservation Biology
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 860
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Biol 860 Introduction to Statistics

This course is for new graduate students who are at early stages of planning their research projects and collecting data. Topics will include experimental design, matching hypotheses with appropriate statistical analyses, parameter estimation, and graphing. Statistical analyses will be based on a foundation using normal error distribution. Students will be introduced to R, a Language and Environment for Statistical Computing. 1.5 credit units.

Fall 2016 - Tuesday 11:30-1:00 EEB Lounge and Friday 11:30-1:00 room 3110 S. Arnott
BIOL 861
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Biol 861 Introduction to Linear Models

This course is designed for Biology graduate students with a basic introductory statistics/experimental design course and a working knowledge of R, a Language and Environment for Statistical Computing. In-depth exploration of all aspects of fitting linear models to continuous and categorical data, using mainly the lm function in R. Topics include residual analysis, maximum-likelihood methods, graphical presentations, ordinary least squares, model II regression, transformations, model selection with focus on information-theoretic approaches and outlier detection. 1.5 credit units.


Lecturer: W. Nelson

Fall 2016 Starting week of October 24th Ending week of November 28th W. Nelson
BIOL 862
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Biol 862 Generalized Linear Models

This course is one in a series of modules that provide students with the quantitative skills to analyze biological problems. Many biological problems are not amenable to analyses based on Normal distributions. 

Not Offered W. Nelson
BIOL 863
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Biol 863 Multivariate Statistics
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Not Offered
BIOL 864
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Biol 864 Introduction to Mixed Effects Models

The course will focus on the use of mixed models that include random effects for biological data. Topics will include partitioning of random variance, nested, partially-nested and repeated-measures experimental designs, and modern aproaches to evaluating competing models. Students will gain in-depth experience using R, a Language and Environment for Statistical Computing. 1.5 credit units. Lectures (1.5 hrs); Tutorials (1.5 hrs); Enrolment:12 MSc/PhD students. Winter. C.G. Eckert.

Not Offered Chris Eckert
BIOL 865
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Biol 865 Advanced Statistical Analysis
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 897
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Biol 897 Seminars in Biology

Attending a diverse array of seminars is an essential component in the development of a student, especially in a department as diverse as biology.  The aim of this course is to develop skills in listening, synthesizing and critical thinking, as well as fostering the development of important oral and written communication skills.  Students will be required to attend at least 30 departmental or specialized research seminars, as well as present a seminar based upon their graduate thesis research.  Enrolment is extended over six terms and is limited to new graduate students in Biology. Fall/Winter/Summer. L. Seroude & P. Martin.

Fall / Winter / Summer L. Seroude P. Martin
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Biol 951 952 Advanced Studies in EEB

 

 

Not Offered
BIOL 953 & 954
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Biol 953 & 954 Advanced Studies in Plant Sciences
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOL 955 & 956
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Biol 955 & 956 Advanced Studies in Molecular & Genetics
No description available.
Not Offered Various Faculty
BIOL 957 & 958
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Biol 957 & 958 Advanced Studies in Animal Physiology
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Not Offered
BIOL 959 & 960
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Biol 959 & 960 Advanced Studies in Environmental Sciences
No description available.
Not Offered
BIOM 800
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Biom 800 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology & Evolution

Modeling will be presented in the context of biological examples drawn from ecology and evolution, including life history evolution, sexual selection, evolutionary epidemiology and medicine, and ecological interactions.  Techniques will be drawn from dynamical systems, probability, optimization, and game theory with emphasis put on how to formulate and analyze models. Three term hours; Not offered 2015-2016.

Not Offered T. Day
QACS 799
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QACS 799 Introduction to Animal Care - WebCT

Anyone who is going to be listed on an Animal Use Protocol (AUP) has to take the course. This pertains to Principal Investigators as well as any individuals who are responsible for the care and use of animals under an approved AUP. 

Link:  :  http://www.queensu.ca/uvet/training/theoretical-training-qacs-799%E2%80%93introduction-animal-care

Fall / Winter / Spring Animal Care Service

I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

It's a parts list... If I gave you the parts list for the Boeing 777 and it had 100,000 parts, I don't think you could screw it together and you certainly wouldn't understand why it flew

Eric Lander

What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant

Jacques Monod

The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism

Richard Dawkins

Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?

Erasmus Darwin

Nature proceeds little by little from things lifeless to animal life in such a way that it's impossible to determine the line of demarcation

Aristotle

Cells let us walk, talk, think, make love, and realize the bath water is cold

Lorraine Lee Cudmore

In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history

Charles Darwin

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we're providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum

J. Craig Venter

Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made

Neil Shubin

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct

Charles Darwin

The stuff of life turned out to be not a quivering, glowing, wondrous gel but a contraption of tiny jigs, springs, hinges, rods, sheets, magnets, zippers, and trapdoors, assembled by a data tape whose information is copied, downloaded and scanned

Steven Pinker

We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest

Rosalind Franklin

We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget

Mary Roach

The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine

Leroy Hood

I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment"

Isabella Rossellini

Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality

Thomas Cech

Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century

- Freeman Dyson

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third

- Thomas Huxley