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Undergraduate Minor

The minor in Biomedical Communications is for students interested in interdisciplinary studies in health, science and visual communication. Enrolment and completion of the program requires concurrent enrolment in a science major plus an additional minor, or a science specialist program.

Biomedical Communications (Science) – Minor Program

Biomedical Communications (Science) is offered through the Biology Department.

Limited Enrolment –Enrolment in this program requires the student meet one of the following two conditions: 1) concurrent enrolment in a science major and a minor; or 2) enrolment in a science specialist program. A minimum CGPA of 2.20 is required.

CGPA for enrolment into this program is calculated based on a minimum of 4.0 credits completed at UTM with final percentage grades (i.e. CR/ NCR courses are not applicable).

Program Advisor

Diane Matias

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(905) 828-3999

Nicholas Woolridge

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Course Descriptions

Click on a course below to view its description and prerequisites. Please also check the latest version of the UTM calendar here.

HSC200H5 Imaging Technologies for Scientific Visual Communication (SCI)

Introduction to image and media technologies central to modern digital communication, with emphasis on their use in science communication and education. Topics include the appropriate use of visual media, design strategies, design for legibility and scientific image conventions. Tutorial sessions will introduce vector and bitmap image creation and manipulation tools. [12L, 24T]

Exclusion: HSC302H5

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 credits.

HSC300H5 Written Communication for Health Care (SCI)

This course presents the principles of communicating effective audience-specific health information in both print and electronic media. Students will learn to analyze the form, content, language, and imagery of written health communication; to locate the published research behind health reports in the popular media; and to communicate clear, accurate health information to medical professionals, general audiences, and readers with low literacy skills. [12L, 24S]

Prerequisite: BIO152H5

HSC301H5 Data and Information Visualization (SCI)

This course presents the principles of information design, including the clear, concise and truthful presentation of data in the form of tables, graphs, maps, academic posters, presentations, and user interfaces. 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 and integrate information graphics into a presentation format for peer review and critique. [24L, 12P]

Exclusion: CCT470H5

Prerequisite: HSC200H5

HSC302H5 Biocommunication Visualization (SCI)

This course covers analysis and development of visual media for medical or scientific topics. Lectures include: light/form; proportion/scale; scientific visual conventions; media appropriate for target audience and reproduction. Topics may include: physiology, anatomical/biological subjects, patient education or health promotion. Classes consist of lectures wtih computer lab explorations. [24L, 12P]

Exclusion: HMB304H1

Prerequisite: HSC200H5

HSC401H5 Health and Science Communication Design (SCI)

This course presents the principles of health and science communication and examines the characteristics of effective audience-specific media design. Included are issues of learning context, target audience analysis, and effective information design in the development of tools that communicate concepts to the general public. Students will analyze existing media, conduct an information needs assessment, and design an *interactive learning tool* on a current health or science-related topic. [12L, 12S, 12P]

Prerequisite: HSC200H5

HSC402H5 E-Learning Environments in Health Care (SCI)

This course focuses on the design, development and evaluation of E-Learning environments for health sciences education or health care practice. An overview of learning management systems, knowledge object design, repositories, collaborative knowledge building environments, communication technologies, surveys, simulations, tutorials, and games will be presented. Individual and group work will explore theory-based design and best practice guidelines for the creation of multimedia/multi modal E-Learning communities. [12L, 24P]

Exclusion: None
Prerequisite: ANT101H5/BIO152H5/CCT260H5, HSC200H5
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None

HSC403H5 Visualization of Forensic Demonstrative Evidence (SCI)

This course examines the visual representation of forensic demonstrative evidence in Canadian courtrooms. A case-based approach simulates professional practice. Forensic anthropology, biology and visual communication theory are explored in new media for presentation. Visual problem solving skills are developed through collaboration. In class, presentations and practica are combined with critical analysis of visualizations. [12L, 24P]

Prerequisite: Completion of 10.0 credits, including one of FSC239Y5/ BIO210H5/ 210Y5/ ANT205H5/ ANT306H5

HSC404H5 Advanced Visual Media for Anthropological Data (SCI)

This course examines the visual representation of physical evidence in archaeology, and physical/biological anthropology. Photography, traditional illustration, and digital rendering are used to produce scientific graphics in support of published research. Through practical and analytical exercises students will gain an understanding of the media and techniques used to visually represent data. [12L, 24P]

Prerequisite: (ANT200H5, ANT201H5) / (ANT202H5, ANT203H5) / BIO152H5

HSC405H5 Digital Forensic Facial Reconstruction (SCI)

This course examines the technical, anatomical, and sociological considerations involved in the three-dimensional digital forensic facial reconstruction. Human facial anatomy, traditional reconstruction techniques, and the use of 3D animation software are the core areas of study. Using this knowledge, students reconstruct the facial identity of an individual known only from cranial skeletal remains. [24S, 12P]

Prerequisite: 10.0 completed credits including ANT202H5 / ANT205H5 / BIO210Y5
Recommended Preparation: ANT334H5

HSC406H5 Advanced Written Communication for Health Care (SCI)

This course builds on skills developed in HSC300H. Topics include: communication of epidemiological data and of best evidence in medical and health science research. Students learn to think critically about health and science research, interpret complex or contentious evidence from the medical literature, and produce in-depth health information documents in a range of formats. [24L, 12P]

Prerequisite: HSC300H5

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