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Elective Curriculum

Students enrolled in the MScBMC program will choose one of two foci in their second year, which will shape the type of Masters Research Project they complete. Students will register for electives specific to their chosen field of study by the end of the summer of their first year. A student in a chosen field of study MUST register for all of the electives listed for that field. Each student must complete a total of four electives.

Biomedical Visualization Design Field Courses

MSC2015H Interpretive Visualization: Cinematic Design and Preproduction

St. George Campus
This 40-hour course addresses the fundamental principles of film design and preproduction. The course goal is to allow students to explore the nature of cinematic storytelling in science, and to develop and refine the visualization design of their Master’s Research Project. Students will complete a series of assignments that will result in a portfolio of documents (including overview, treatment, and script) and media (including concept art, storyboards, and an animatic) that will allow them to clearly plan for the production phase of their cinematic designs in the second term. Marking will occur twice in the course: first, for the formal presentation of a finalized film storyboard; and second, upon submission of a completed animatic, along with a portfolio of film preproduction documents (treatment, script, concept art, etc.).

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2005H

MSC2016H Visualization Methods

UTM Campus
In this course students learn fundamental techniques for creating digital 3D assets. The primary focus is on modelling in Autodesk Maya, but students will also learn how to extract surface models from medical imaging, and through 3D laser scanning.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2005H

MSC2017H Visualization Technology

UTM Campus
In this course students will learn to create a 3D animation using Autodesk Maya and Adobe After Effects. The focus is on clarity of communication in this linear narrative form, cinematography, and technical execution and workflow in the production process.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2005H, MSC2016H

Biomedical Media Design Field Courses

MSC2008H Community-Centred Design Research

UTM Campus
This 36-hour half-credit seminar course examines advanced techniques in the design of community-specific information. Through the application of communication theory and the principles of effective design, students will develop educational media for specific target audiences. Students will develop a component of their Masters Research Project (MRP). This may include storyboarding and developing 2D animation, developing interactive computer graphics, or designing a working interface for communicating information. Students will also submit a short paper describing the development of their research projects with direct reference to design rationale and methods. This course will follow a seminar format in which students participate in weekly discussions of assigned readings and report on MRP progress throughout the duration of the course.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2005H

MSC2006H Advanced Media Design Technologies

UTM Campus
This 36 hour elective credit course builds on the principles presented in MSC2003Y – Technology in Biomedical Communications – introductory. Students explore high-performance visualization and/or human-computer interaction as it applies to instructional technology and research. The visual and research material produced becomes part of the student’s master’s research project and therefore is evaluated for its effectiveness in medical and health communication.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2008H

Other Courses

In addition to the following electives, students can source graduate courses from other University of Toronto graduate units. These courses should be reviewed and approved by the MScBMC director, and should not conflict with the student’s BMC curriculum. Some courses may require approval from the home unit and/or faculty member. Please see the SGS calendar.

MSC2013Y Master’s Research Project and Paper

UTM Campus
The Master’s Research Project (MRP) and Paper are designed to enhance the BMC student’s ability to evaluate the literature for sound research design, outcomes and conclusions, and to show evidence of his/her ability to apply the literature to a Research Project and Paper. The graduate student functions as designer, researcher, author, illustrator, and communicator of the Master’s Project. The Project constitutes an original contribution to the field of Biomedical Communications. MRPs can be viewed on the Home Page by clicking on, “Master’s Research Project Samples”. It is anticipated that during the preparation of the Master’s Research Project and Paper, the graduate student will become: Proficient in using the information systems of a library; Knowledgeable regarding the literature relevant to the research topic; Competent in time-management; Self-directed; Proficient in the synthesis and analysis of knowledge; Proficient in the selected medium.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2005H

MSC2007H Visual Synthesis of a Medical/Scientific Processes

UTM Campus
This 40 hour elective credit course builds on the principles presented in MSC2001Y — Visual Representation of Medical Knowledge. Students produce conceptual illustrations that help to clarify areas of original investigation. This visual material becomes part of the student’s master’s research project and therefore is evaluated for its effectiveness in communication.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y, MSC2008H

MSC2011H Special Topics in Biomedical Communications

UTM Campus
This course is designed to cover emergent issues in the field of Biomedical Communications (BMC). It provides M.Sc.BMC students with course time necessary to explore areas not covered in the M.Sc.BMC curriculum. Topics suitable for this course will change from year to year. The course may include topics such as: Independent reading assignments in museum studies – an example is designing a diorama for exhibit in a museum; Emerging technology issues such as an original application of software not taught in the M.Sc.BMC curriculum; Working in area of Scientific Illustration not taught in the M.Sc.BMC curriculum such as Ichthyology or Entomology.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y

MSC2019H Data and Information Visualization

UTM Campus
This course will introduce students to the elementary principles of information design, including the clear, concise and truthful presentation of data in the form of tables, graphs, maps, and diagrams (both static and interactive). Topics will include the accurate representation of numerical and statistical data, information heirarchy, and appropriate use of design elements for clarity and legibility. Practical application of course material will require students to develop information graphics and visual narratives for different target audiences.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001H, MSC2003Y

MSC2022H Graphic Medicine Seminar

UTM Campus

The last decades have witnessed a new interest in comics and graphic novels. As a creative medium, the comics form has produced groundbreaking accomplishments while it has gained greater cultural visibility, critical interest, and intellectual credibility. During the same period, there has been growing awareness on the part of medical and nursing practitioners, patients and families, researchers, educators, and literary and cultural studies scholars that the graphic narrative form offers important resources for the communication of a range of issues within medicine and science. “Graphic medicine” is a term often used to describe the growing body of creative work (graphic novels, web comics, and hybrid forms) that deals with issues of illness and caregiving from the perspectives of patients, family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals. At the same time, visual narratives have been increasingly used in the communication of basic science for public outreach.

In this course, students will become familiar with major works of graphic medicine, science comics, and key theoretical texts related to sequential art. As a major project, students will develop their own graphic narrative on a medical or scientific theme.


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