The course is designed for a student who has a genuine interest in a particular area of Biology for which no course exists in the department. In such a case, the student must identify a faculty member with expertise in that area, and speak to the faculty member about acting as a supervisor for this course. A list of faculty members and their research interests may be found on the Biology web site.
Students should be in their senior year of study. Supervisors must be full time faculty members in the Biology Department at York University.
To enroll, obtain an enrolment form online (see below) or from 108 FS, fill out the form with your supervisor, then bring it to 108 FS for review by the course director. If you are eligible to take the course, an enrolment window will be opened for you.
The grading scheme for this course is flexible and set by the supervisor, but the work involved must be equivalent to a three credit course, and the academic level is at the 4000 level; thus work should involve substantive amounts of critical reading and analysis. As a general guideline, at least two major pieces of written work (25–30 pages each, double spaced) should be completed – for example, a literature review followed by a more analytical piece of work, such as a meta-analysis or research proposal (in the style of a research grant). Oral presentations and writing aimed at non-academic audiences (such as a Wikipedia entry) have also formed part of the evaluation for this course. The course expectations and grading scheme should be indicated on the enrolment form.