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Biology 5010 Graduate Seminar View Details
An overview of scientific writing, critical appraisal of research seminars, scientific reviews and group discussion as well as effective methods to prepare and present research proposals, short oral presentations and formal seminars. This required course must be taken in the first year of a student's program.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Biology 5111 Special Topics I View Details
Topics to be arranged in the form of readings, tutorials, and seminars to suit student area of specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes

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Biology 5131 Special Topics II View Details
Topics to be arranged in the form of readings, tutorials, and seminars to suit student area of specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes

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Biology 5151 Advances in Contemporary Ecology View Details
An investigation of topics in contemporary ecology with an emphasis on large-scale patterns of abundance and distribution of organisms in nature. Topics covered will include the importance of scale in ecology, latitudinal patterns of species richness, range size theory, and the relationship between abundance and distribution. This course will consist of the compilation, analysis and interpretation of macroecological data.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Biology 5171 Biostatistics View Details
Students will learn the fundamental concepts of experimental design and analysis in traditional and contemporary biological inquiry. Data sets that highlight both field and laboratory realities will be analyzed and interpreted using both univariate and multivariate statistical techniques using the R Statistical Package.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 2321 or Mathematics 2331 and 2333 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 2-1; or 2-1

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Biology 5201 Advances in Parasitology View Details
A lecture, reading and experimental course. Lectures and readings will cover all aspects of modern parasitological research including ultrastructure, physiology and genetics of animal parasite, immunological response to parasitic infection, host-specifity, problems in systematics of parasites, ecology, epidemiology and disease of parasites in man and wild animals. Laboratory experiments will familiarize students with modern techniques and illustrate the above principles of parasitology.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Biology 2030, 3221, 4111, and Chemistry 3251, 3271 or permission of the instructor

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Biology 5203 Advanced Topics in Fisheries Science View Details
A tutorial/seminar course on the biological basis of fisheries management examining relevance and application of recent advances in current ecological theory at the population and community level.
Credit Weight: 1.0

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Biology 5310 Ecological Community Assembly View Details
Understanding and predicting plant community assembly in disturbed and degraded ecosystems is a predominant theme of modern ecology. This course will focus on the controlling mechanisms of various abiotic (habitat) and biotic (species interactions) filters in community assembly with particular reference to species’ functional traits in relation to disturbance frequency and severity.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Biology 3114 or Biology 4115, or permission of the instructor

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Biology 5650 Advanced Issues in Biotechnology View Details
Graduate students will critically evaluate published materials and lead discussions of current technical and ethical issues in biotechnology: plant biotechnology and genetically modified foods, mammalian cloning, reproductive technologies, gene therapies, drug development and approval processes, implications of cloning to biodiversity and lateral gene flow, bioremediation using cloned organisms. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and simplification of scientific information for general audience.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 1-0; 1-0

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Biology 5730 Advanced Limnology View Details
A practical and seminar course on current topics in Limnology. Initial emphasis is on phytoplankton and zooplankton identification and ecology, and quantification of limnological data. Students then select a subject of interest in Limnology, present critiques of important papers on the subject and prepare a detailed literature search. The emphasis is on preparing the student to conduct practical investigations on lakes and rivers.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Biology 5770 Advanced Food Microbiology View Details
An examination of current issues in food microbiology. Topics to be covered will include the microbial ecology of food, epidemiology and prevention of foodborne infections and intoxications and strategies for the production of safe food.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Biology 4770 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Biology 5901 (9901) Master's Thesis View Details
Credit Weight: 3.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail

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