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Department of Biological Sciences Supervised Study in Biology Permission Form (biod95H) Summer 2016

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Supervised Study in Biology Permission Form (BIOD95H)

Summer 2016
Students wishing to enroll in the supervised study in biology course, BIOD95H, must read and follow these instructions carefully. In addition, please note the prerequisites for BIOD95H.
1) Read the General Information Sheet (attached).

2) Meet with your potential faculty supervisor and discuss the research that you might do and the method of assessment of your performance.

3) If your supervisor is a member of the UTSC faculty (see listing for the relevant discipline in the UTSC calendar), fill out this form and bring it to Gloria Luza in SW420B.

If your proposed supervisor is not a member of the UTSC faculty you must also find a co-supervisor in the discipline at UTSC. Also, approval for doing research with an off-campus supervisor and the co-supervisor must be given by the Course Coordinator (Dr. Ken Welch). When you have arranged for co-supervision and have obtained the necessary approval, bring the completed form to Gloria Luza in SW420B.

4) If your completed form is in order, Gloria Luza in SW420B will provide you with an endorsed SUPERVISED STUDY form, which you may then submit to Registrar’s Office, AA142 by the deadline date given in your Registration Guide. Unless the SUPERVISED STUDY form you present at AA142 carries the proper endorsement, your enrolment in the course on ROSI will not be validated.
Student Name: ______________________ Student #: _________________________

Course # & Session: ______________________ Telephone #: _________________________

E-mail: _________________________
Student Signature: ______________________ Date: _________________________


Supervisor Name: ______________________

Supervisor Signature: ______________________ Date: ________________________

Co-Supervisor Name: _______________________

(if applicable, see above)
Co-Supervisor Signature______________________ Date: __________________________

(if applicable, see above)

Signature of Course Coordinator_________________ Date: ________________________

(if applicable, see above)

General Information Sheet

Supervised Study in Biology (BIOD95H)

Summer 2016
BIOD95 is an H course, and worth 0.5 credits. If you wish to become involved in our supervised study course BIOD95H, you must first have completed 12.5 full course equivalents of which at least 4 must be Biology B or C level courses. You should then consult directly with the faculty member(s) whose research seems most relevant to your interests. Keep in mind that any given faculty member can accommodate only a limited number of supervised study students. But even before you go to see a faculty member, you should acquaint yourself with the general format and requirements of these courses. That is the purpose of this information sheet. Please read it carefully.
Requirements and Deadline

You will be required to submit a full written report of your study at the end of the course. The due date for your assignment in the Summer of 2016 is Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016. This is a fixed university deadline and are not subject to change by you or by your faculty supervisor. A penalty will apply if your assignment is late. In an extraordinary case, an extension can only be approved by the Chair of the Department. You must submit one copy of your report to Gloria Luza in SW420B by 4 PM on the date listed above and a second copy to your research supervisor. If you have a co-supervisor (see below) you must also submit a third copy to them.
Students working with off-campus instructors require a co-supervisor from this campus. Approval for doing research with an off-campus supervisor, and the arrangements for an on-campus co-supervisor, must be obtained from the Course Coordinator (Dr. Welch) prior to registration.

Ordinarily, you will begin the research at the start of the semester, meeting with your faculty supervisor to determine the project you will be working on. Once under way, you will work on carrying out the project, meeting periodically with your faculty supervisor and with the group of project students under the guidance of the Course Coordinator. Toward the last two weeks of the summer semester, you should be presenting complete drafts of your research paper to your faculty supervisor, for feedback and revision, so that everything can be finalized by the deadline specified above. Your paper should be in the form of a standard scientific paper, either an empirical paper or a review paper. The exact format will be determined in consultation with your supervisor. Please note that students may be asked to submit copies of their final paper to – please watch for blackboard announcements and instructions.


Evaluation will be based in part on the research paper and in part on the appraisal by your faculty supervisor of your general performance throughout the course. It is your responsibility to ascertain the method of evaluation before signing into the course and to indicate this on the form submitted to Registrar’s Office and on the template provided on the next page. The second reader contributes 30% to the final mark, based on the research paper (30%). The supervisor contributes the remaining 70% based on his/her evaluation of your performance during the summer semester and your research paper.

You and your supervisor may agree on an arrangement for the work to be undertaken and for scheduling along the way, but the rules you have just read above apply to all BIOD95 research students and cannot be contravened in individual cases.

Student name: __________________________________________________________

Breakdown of evaluation of BIOD95 students:
The supervisors are requested to use this template as a guide and can choose from specific categories listed below. Mentors can also include additional project-specific criteria for assessment.
1. Intellectual contribution to project =
2. Participation & attendance at lab meetings/other group meetings =
3. Effort and time spent on research project =
4. Meetings with supervisor (assessing self-directed learning, punctuality in meeting deadlines etc.) =
5. Lab citizenship / working with others =
6. Oral presentations (final presentation to department, practice or other group related presentations) =
7. Other: _____________________________________________________________________ =
8. Other: _____________________________________________________________________ =

9. Other: _____________________________________________________________________ =

10. Other: _____________________________________________________________________ =
SUBTOTAL (Sum of items 1-10 above) = 30%
Written paper (final submitted, drafts of final paper or other group related reports) as evaluated

by the primary supervisor = 40%

TOTAL GRADE contributed by primary supervisor = 70%
Second reader grade (paper only) = 30%
TOTAL = 100%

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