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Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.
Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).
A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honours Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honours Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.
An introduction to the gross anatomical structures and functional connections of the core systems in the human body, including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. Demonstrations reinforce and extend the lectures.
An introduction to the central nervous system (CNS). Topics include: the basic structures and functional interconnections between subdivisions of the brain, spinal cord and autonomic nervous systems; CNS development; structures that protect and support the brain; and clinical conditions associated with disruption of the CNS. Demonstrations reinforce lecture material.
Students will explore a systems-based approach to human development from fertilization to newborn stages focusing on morphological changes. Causes and functional implications of developmental anomalies that can occur during this process will be discussed. Students will also explore societal ethical dilemmas surrounding topics that have an embryological connection.
A detailed study of the cellular and microscopic structure of the various tissues and organ systems of the body, with emphasis on man and other mammals used in medical research. Systems are examined stressing the relations of structure to function.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in third or fourth year. Note: This course is recommended for students with a background in introductory biology.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.
The study of the molecules and functions common to mammalian cells, the specializations that make differentiated cells distinct, and the diseases that result from the dysregulation or loss of these cellular functions. Topics will include cellular organization, biogenesis of organelles, and growth and differentiation from an experimental perspective.
Antirequisite(s): The former Anatomy and Cell Biology 4429A.
The focus is on the various research approaches, disease models, experimental designs, and analytical methods used to study and evaluate human disease. The course will use contemporary learning tools and a variety of evaluation and assessment methods. Examples will be taken from major diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.
Advanced human anatomy course which integrates lecture material with cadaveric laboratory dissections to explain how physical injuries and clinical impairments are associated with the spatial and functional relationships between the major structures of the upper and lower limbs (bones, muscles, ligaments, innervation and vasculature).
Antirequisite(s): The former Anatomy and Cell Biology 2221.
An advanced human anatomy course which integrates lecture material with cadaveric laboratory dissections to explain the structural and functional relationships between the various organs that comprise the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urogenital and central nervous systems. Special attention is given to clinical conditions associated with these anatomical systems.
Antirequisite(s): The former Anatomy and Cell Biology 2221.
This course focuses on advanced cell biological principles and the research pathways that lead to new discoveries in cytoskeletal regulation and cancer cell biology. Students will examine the controversial social/ethical parameters that guide bench-to-bedside experimentation and clinical translation, and will be trained in effective verbal and written scientific presentations.
This course focuses on cell signalling diseases, cell specialization, stem cells, cloning and the cell biology of aging. Students will be trained in effective verbal and written scientific presentations.
This course focuses on the microscopic evaluation and interpretation of tissue sections obtained from humans and animals. Lectures and laboratory sessions will examine select histology specimens obtained from healthy tissue/organs and from humans and animal models of disease.
This course focuses on the link between cellular/molecular mechanisms in the brain and behaviour. Topics include fundamental brain functions such as learning and memory, circadian rhythms and sleep, sexual behavior, motivation and reward, addiction, fear and anxiety, pain, stress, and the neurobiology of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.
An introduction to common mental health disorders focusing on anatomical, clinical, biological, genetic and epidemiological aspects of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, addiction, depression, phobias, panic/anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, paranoia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, suicide and autism. In addition to lectures and tutorials, students will debate important ethical issues in psychiatry.
This course introduces main cancer types in terms of histology, prognosis, biomarkers, imaging, and sites of metastasis. The role of translational research models in the development of disease-specific diagnostic tools and treatment modalities will be emphasized.
The course consists of: lectures on laboratory safety, biosafety, use of animals in research, scientific integrity; an independent research project (topic and advisor chosen by consultation between student and faculty); scientific communication.