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Biomedical Sciences

BIOM 2000 - Concepts in Human Physiology S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This is an introductory course that examines the fundamental integrative aspects of human physiological systems and their role in the maintenance of homeostasis. Course content is intended to serve the needs of non-bioscience students and includes the study of aspects of cellular metabolism, nerve and muscle function and general anatomy and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, immune, central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems. This course cannot be used to fulfill requirements for any biological science minor. (Offered through Distance Education format only.)


BIOM 3000 - Functional Mammalian Neuroanatomy W (3-2) [0.50]
The main objective of the course is to understand the functional organization of the mammalian nervous system. It includes a review of the major cell types found in the nervous system and an overview of the basic physiological principles of brain function followed by a detailed three dimensional and histological examination of the mammalian brain and spinal cord. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between anatomy, physiology and behaviour.

BIOM 3010 - Comparative Mammalian Anatomy F (2-3) [0.50]
This lecture and laboratory course examines the anatomy of common mammals. This course emphasizes the similarities of the basic mammalian plan. Evolutionary patterns, structure-function relationships and functional differences are considered.


BIOM 3040 - Medical Embryology W (3-3) [0.75]
The patterns and principles of fertilization and normal embryonic and fetal development of mammalian organ systems are covered with a focus on the medical implications. The teratology of structural and functional prenatal anomalies in development is also discussed . There is an additional focus on developing scientific writing using evidence-based persuasive arguments and critical analysis of a primary research article.


BIOM 3090 - Principles of Pharmacology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of pharmacology. Topics to be covered include pharmacokinetics and drug-receptor interactions as well as the mechanism of action and toxicity of drugs acting on the cardiovascular and central nervous system.


BIOM 3200 - Mammalian Physiology F (6-0) [1.00]
This course focuses on the normal functioning of mammals. The physiology of the nervous, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular and digestive systems and homeostasis as reflected in respiratory and renal function is treated in a detailed manner. The integrative nature of various physiological systems is highlighted and cellular and molecular information is incorporated to enhance the understanding of these systems. Aspects of medically significant changes in the mammalian physiological systems are also introduced.


BIOM 4030 - Endocrine Physiology W (3-0) [0.50]
The course is designed to provide a senior level introduction to the endocrine discipline, focusing largely on mammals, with some examples taken from other vertebrate taxa. The course will give an introduction to the historical developments in the discipline, explore the actions of hormones and other chemical signalling pathways, and examine processes of hormone synthesis and secretion. The focus of the course will be the integrative nature of hormone actions in the regulations of various physiological processes in animal systems, such as metabolic control, growth, and reproduction. The course will also explore aspects of 'non-classical' endocrinology, endocrine dysfunctional states and emerging environmental concerns related to endocrine dysfunction.

BIOM 4050 - Biomedical Aspects of Aging F (3-0) [0.50]
Aging is accompanied by alterations in the physiological and biochemical functioning of body organ systems. The relationship between aging and the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestion/nutrition and reproductive systems will be discussed as will homeostatic functions associated with bone metabolism and fluid balance.

BIOM 4070 - Biomedical Histology F (3-3) [0.75]
This histology course is designed for students interested in biomedical sciences. Basic tissue types and major organ systems of mammals will be examined using virtual microscopy. Lectures and discussions will focus on the relationship of tissue structure to cell and organ functions and the effects of injury or disease on microscopic structure.


BIOM 4090 - Pharmacology F (3-0) [0.50]
Topics covered in this course include drugs used in the treatment of inflammatory, allergic, hormonal, infectious, neoplastic and hemorrhagic/thromboembolic disease. The focus will be on drug targets and mechanisms of action that explain therapeutic and toxicological effects.


BIOM 4110 - Mammalian Reproductive Biology F (2-2) [0.50]
This multidisciplinary course provides an introduction to various aspects of mammalian reproduction of medical and veterinary significance. The course will cover the normal physiology and gross and micro anatomy of the female and male reproductive systems including the brain. Placentation will also be addressed. The impact of the normal biology on social issues will be discussed.

BIOM 4150 - Cancer Biology W (5-0) [0.50]
The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with general concepts in cancer biology. Each topic is presented as an overview, emphasizing recent developments in the field. There is additional focus on developing scientific skills, including critical analysis of current literature and the ability to give logical and concise oral presentations.

BIOM 4180 - Cardiology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will explore the concepts and principles of normal heart function, with a focus on the molecular and cellular basis of cardiac physiology. These elements will be further developed by examining changes that occur in a range of cardiovascular diseases and conditions.

BIOM 4210 - Principles & Practice of Health Sciences Research F (3-0) [0.50]
This course will explore a variety of issues related to the scientific ideals and practical realities of health sciences research. Topics will include critical reading of the medical literature, the principles of evidence-based medicine, critical thinking, and selected issues related to scientific integrity such as authorship, plagiarism, scientific communication, fabrication, and record keeping and accountability, among others.

BIOM 4220 - Current Health Science Research W (0-6) [0.50]
In this course, students will explore various medical research initiatives by attending seminars, meeting with the investigators, and formulating and answering meaningful scientific questions. Students will be exposed to a variety of research seminar styles, develop scientific communication skills and gain experience in the peer-review process.

BIOM 4420 - Research Modules W (0-6) [0.50]
This course is taught as a series of hands-on modules on various research topics, techniques and approaches that are current in health science laboratories. This course is primarily aimed at students in the Neurosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Human Kinetics and Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences programs, who prefer a more structured approach to their research experience.

BIOM 4500 - Literature-based Research in Biomedical Sciences F (0-6) [0.50]
This course involves independent literature research of a current topic in any of the biomedical sciences (such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, genetics, biochemistry). Students will present critical appraisals of primary research literature and are required to submit an annotated bibliography and research proposal in addition to their publication-quality literature review paper. Students work under the supervision of individual faculty. Faculty consent must be obtained prior to being admitted into the course by the course coordinator.

BIOM 4510 - Research in Biomedical Sciences S,F,W (0-12) [1.00]
In this course students will conduct and individual research project on a current topic in any of the biomedical sciences (such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, genetics, biochemistry). Students work under the supervision of individual faculty. Faculty consent must be obtained prior to being admitted into the course by the course coordinator.

BIOM 4521 - Research in Biomedical Sciences S,F,W (0-12) [1.00]
This is the first part of the two-semester course BIOM*4521/2. Refer to BIOM*4521/2 for the complete course description.

BIOM 4522 - Research in Biomedical Sciences F,W,S (0-12) [1.00]
This is the second part of the two-semester course BIOM*4521/2. Refer to BIOM*4521/2 for the complete course description.