Program Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Programs in MCB aligned with the BSc outcomes
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1. Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
- Dissect a problem into its key features by thinking in an integrated manner and examining problems from different perspectives.
- Gather, critically assess, and utilize primary scientific literature to research a topic.

2. Communication
- Present scientific reports with clear, concise language using oral, written and visual modes to science-literate and general audiences.

3. Professional and Ethical Behaviour
- Work effectively individually or in a group of disciplinarians or a multidisciplinary setting.
- Apply the principles of academic integrity and ethics of scientific research.
- Demonstrate a good work ethic by setting goals and meeting deadlines.
- Plan for professional growth and personal development within and beyond the undergraduate program.


1. Scientific Method
- Gather, critically assess, and utilize primary scientific literature to research a topic.
- Conduct research with relevant computational and bioinformatics tools.
- Qualitatively and quantitatively analyze and interpret scientific data based on sound scientific principles and reasoning.
- Record and analyze the results of experiments.
- Evaluate the limitations of and troubleshoot experimental approaches.

2. Breadth & Depth of Understanding in a Particular Scientific Discipline
- Describe basic biological concepts and principles and underlying chemical, physical and mathematical foundations.
- Be aware of the environmental, health, economic and ethical implications of scientific discoveries and technical innovations.
- Integrate the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to cells to organisms.
- Demonstrate advanced, contemporary and relevant knowledge in Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology and Genetics.

3. Scientific Technology & Techniques in a Scientific Discipline
- Design and implement experimental procedures using relevant techniques.
- Work safely and effectively in the laboratory to generate reproducible and reliable results.

(MCB Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Winter 2013)