Structure of Biological Materials
(Fall 2017)


Dr. Ian Bruce
Room ITB-A213, Ext. 26984
e-mail: ibruce@mail.ece.mcmaster.ca
e-mail alias: ibruce@ieee.org
For MSAF use: brucei@mcmaster.ca
Office Hours: 10:30–11:20am on Wednesdays and Fridays

Teaching Assistants:

Larissa Taylor
Room ETB-432
Office Hours: 10:30–11:20am on Mondays and Wednesdays

Course Outline: (subject to change)



The main references are:

Other secondary references:


Previous years' student project presentations, quizzes and exams (problems and solutions).


Project presentation (20%); Midterm quizzes (2 × 20% = 40%); Final exam (40%)

Grading Rubic for Student Presentations

Class Schedule:

There will be ≤ 48 one-hour scheduled class times (3 lectures + 1 tutorial per week) on:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30am–12:20pm in ABB-270, and Fridays at 9:30–10:20am in JHE-A101.

These scheduled class times will be used for a mixture of lectures, class discussions, tutorials, and student presentations.

Lecture notes in PDF format will be posted on this web site (password protected).

Lecture #1 (Tuesday, September 5); Lecture #2 (Thursday, September 7); Friday, September 8 — NO TUTORIAL
Bioethics Discussion #1 (Friday, September 8); Lecture #3 (Tuesday, September 12); Lecture #4 (Thursday, September 14)
Friday, September 15 — NO TUTORIAL; Bioethics Discussion #2 (Friday, September 15); Lecture #5 (Tuesday, September 19)
Lecture #6 (Thursday, September 21); Tutorial #1 (Friday, September 22); Lecture #7 (Friday, September 22)
Lecture #8 (Tuesday, September 26); Student Presentation #1 (Thursday, September 28); Student Presentation #2 (Thursday, September 28)
Tutorial #2 (Friday, September 29); Student Presentation #3 (Friday, September 29); Student Presentation #4 (Friday, September 29)
Student Presentation #5 (Tuesday, October 3); Student Presentation #6 (Tuesday, October 3); Student Presentation #7 (Thursday, October 5)
Lecture #9 (Thursday, October 5); Tutorial #3 (Friday, October 6); Lecture #10 (Friday, October 6)
Student Presentation #8 & continuation of Lecture #10 (Tuesday, October 17); Lecture #11 (Thursday, October 19)
Tutorial #4 (Friday, October 20); Lecture #12 (Friday, October 20); Lecture #13 (Tuesday, October 24)
Tutorial #5 (Thursday, October 26); No tutorial or lecture on Friday, October 27; Lecture #14 (Tuesday, October 31)
Lecture #15 (Thursday, November 2); No tutorial on Friday, November 3; Student Presentation #9 (Friday, November 3)
Student Presentation #10 (Friday, November 3); No lecture on Tuesday, November 7; Student Presentation #11 (Thursday, November 9)
Student Presentation #12 (Thursday, November 9); No tutorial on Friday, November 10; Student Presentation #13 (Friday, November 10)
Student Presentation #14 (Friday, November 10); Student Presentation #15 (Tuesday, November 14); Student Presentation #16 (Tuesday, November 14)
Lecture #16 (Thursday, November 16); Lecture #17 (Friday, November 17); Lecture #18 (Friday, November 17)
Lecture #19 (Tuesday, November 21); No lecture on Thursday, November 23; Tutorial #6 (Friday, November 24)
Lecture #20 (Friday, November 24); No lecture on Tuesday, November 28; Student Presentation #17 (Thursday, November 30)
Student Presentation #18 (Thursday, November 30); Tutorial #7 (Friday, December 1); Student Presentation #19 (Friday, December 1)
Student Presentation #20 (Friday, December 1); Student Presentation #21 (Tuesday, December 5)

Midterm Quizzes:

Midterm Quiz #1: Problems & Solutions

Midterm Quiz #2: Problems & Solutions.

Final Exam:

Date: Wednesday, December 20
Time: 9:00am
Duration: 2.5hrs
Place: MDCL-1105

Details of the exam format and content can be found here EE3BA3_final_details.pdf.
A draft of the list of the equations to be supplied with the exam paper can be found here EE3BA3_final_supplied.pdf.

Calculator Requirement for Tests and Examinations:

McMaster Standard Calculator (Casio fx991) only

Course Policies:

The instructor reserves the right to choose the format (i.e., written or oral) of any deferred midterm or final exam in this course.
Please note that announcements concerning any type of graded material may be in any format (e.g., announcements may be made only in class, via the course e-mailing list, or on the course web site). Students are responsible for completing the graded material regardless of whether they received the announcement or not.

Policy Reminders

"The Faculty of Engineering is concerned with ensuring an environment that is free of all adverse discrimination. If there is a problem, that cannot be resolved by discussion among the persons concerned, individuals are reminded they should contact the Departmental Chair, the Sexual Harassment Officer or the Human Rights Consultant, as soon as possible."

"Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: 'Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty'), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/Students-AcademicStudies/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations."

Last updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017