Required Curriculum

The MScBMC program involves 2 years of full-­time study (24 months; 17 half-course equivalents). In accordance with School of Graduate Studies regulations, all requirements for the professional degree must be completed in six years.

Students must complete the following required courses and a no-credit Master’s Research Project (MRP) during their studies. Students will also enrol in elective courses (worth four half-course equivalents), some of which will support the MRP, during their second year of study.

Year 1 Fall

MSC1001Y Human Anatomy

Both Campuses

This course provides MScBMC students with a sound, integrated, problem-based course in gross anatomy and an introduction to creating explanatory images of anatomical structure. During 12 intensive weeks, students participate in full dissection of a cadaver. They also create original, clinically-based images suitable for medical textbooks. In addition to the cadaver lab, students have access to Grant’s Anatomy Museum in the Division of Anatomy, which houses the original dissections made for J.C.B. Grant’s An Atlas of Anatomy (1943), and represents a superb study and reference resource.

Prerequisites: None

MSC2001Y Visual Representation of Medical Knowledge

UTM Campus

This course emphasizes the theories of perspective, colour, design and storyboarding as they relate to textbook and journal illustration. This course follows a seminar format in which students have reading and applied assignments in cell and surgical illustration. It is expected that students will work independently. Group critiques occur regularly. The objectives are to enhance problem-solving, rendering and time-management skills.

Corequisite: MSC1001Y

MSC2003Y Biomedical Communications Technology

UTM Campus

This full-year course provides a foundation for the use of media technologies in the communication of medical, health and research information. Subjects include computer-based image creation and manipulation, interactive media design, issues in human-computer interaction, and principles of three-dimensional visualization and organic modelling. This course will follow a seminar format in which students have reading and applied assignments for each of the 40 two-hour sessions. It is also expected that students will work independently on the four assignments in the BMC Division (80 hours of studio practicum) to give faculty the opportunity to review their work while it progresses. Group critiques will occur regularly throughout the course. Students will discuss the criteria for, and the suitability of, their work for distribution, publication, and research.

Corequisite: MSC1001Y


Year 1 Winter

MSC2012Y Neuroanatomy for Visual Communication

Both Campuses

This course consists of lectures and an applied component. The lecture component is delivered by a member of the Division of Anatomy. Working with faculty members from BMC and Anatomy, the student is required to independently produce a series of original, conceptual medical illustrations suitable for a textbook targeted to medical students. The main objectives of the applied assignments are to enhance students’ knowledge base, problem-solving, presentation, time-management and rendering skills, while conforming to set criteria for textbook publication.

Prerequisite: MSC1001Y


Year 1 Summer

MSC2004H Research Methods

UTM Campus

In this half-credit course, students design their Master’s Research Projects (MRPs), and develop and write in-depth project proposals. Through readings, lectures, class discussions and critiques, writing assignments, and oral presentations, students learn the principles of designing research projects and of preparing literature reviews, research proposals, ethics protocols, expository narratives, and research papers.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y

MSC2009H Ethics and Professionalism in BMC

UTM Campus

This seminar credit course (no mark) addresses professional issues such as how to establish a small business, ethics and fair practice, contracts and copyright, pricing, book keeping, etc. Students produce professional curriculum vitae and learn how to promote their work through the establishment of a small business and during full-time employment. Self promotion is stressed. The material is presented for information only with the objective of instilling a sense of pride and professionalism regarding the field of Biomedical Communications. Objectives of the course are to: understand the importance of professionalism in the field; be aware of sound business practice; be informed regarding contracts, pricing and copyright; understand basic bookkeeping as it pertains to the profession; be aware of employment strategies and the application process; be informed regarding plagiarism and artists rights.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y

 

MSC2020H Visual Representation of BIoMOLECULAR Structure and Function

UTM Campus

This course explores the structure and function of biologically-relevant macromolecules and their visual representations. Key biomolecular concepts that will be examined include molecular structure, environment, interaction, and dynamics. The main goal of this course is to equip you with the fundamental knowledge, language, and practical skills necessary to create accurate visual depictions of these biologically-important macromolecules and associated processes for different audiences. This 36-hour course comprises two components: lectures and practical labs. The lecture component focuses on teaching you the fundamental concepts in molecular structural biology that are relevant for the accurate visual depiction of macromolecules. These concepts will be presented in the context of both historical and contemporary molecular visualization best practices. The laboratory component will give you hands-on experience in acquiring, evaluating, exploring, and visualizing molecular data from a variety of sources through in-lab tutorials and assignments. Practical issues such as dealing with missing data, integrating data from multiple sources, and evaluating whether a dataset is suitable for a project will be addressed.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y


Year 2 Fall

MSC2002H Sequential Medical Communication: Demonstrative Evidence for the Courtroom

Both Campuses

This course focuses on relationships between content, medium and audience to visually clarify complex medical and scientific concepts for sequential storytelling in medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Relationships are examined through the design and creation of demonstrative evidence for the Canadian courtroom. A case-based approach simulates professional practice. Theories of visual knowledge building, information design, multimedia communication, learning/teaching, and cognitive psychology inform the design of medical legal illustrations and courtroom media. Co-design and collective visual problem solving skills are enhanced through collaborative development and critical analysis feedback critiques. Assignments focus on developing visualization techniques, mastering advanced colour theory, designing for knowledge translation, and rendering transformative visual explanations for illustrative evidence.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y

MSC2018H Visual Representation of Processes in Pathology

Both Campuses

This course has a lecture/seminar component and an illustration component. Pathology lectures are delivered by faculty from the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Topics include overviews of cell adaptation and injury, inflammation, immunology, cell repair, and neoplasia, and the histology and pathobiology of specific regions and organ systems. For the illustration component of the course, each student will produce an original, conceptual medical illustration demonstrating pathological change in a tissue over time. Students will also complete a series of graded preparatory studies. Faculty from Biomedical Communications and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology will provide guidance, feedback, and technical/content expertise.

Prerequisites: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y