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: T.B.A.

Teaching Assistants:

Larissa Taylor
Room ETB-432
Office Hours: T.B.A.

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)

Midterm Quizzes:

Midterm Quiz #1: T.B.A.

Midterm Quiz #2: T.B.A.

Final Exam:


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, September 19, 2017