April 9, 2013

TRP Course Descriptions

student prez2MSC1000Y: Foundations in Translational Research

This case based survey course looks at the different ‘flavours’ of Translational Research across the health sciences. The course helps distinguish between predominant areas of basic and Translational Research and articulate the knowledge skills necessary to conduct TR research. Students are introduced to the key issues facing Translational research and be provided with an over view of the tools and strategies involved in moving discoveries from “bench to bedside” and the community.

MSC 1003H: Rhetoric of Science

Technology, both traditional and digital, mediates the communication between communicants. This course examines existing research about the use of both traditional and digital technologies in uni-directional and interactive communication. Students will also actively develop text-based communications content for traditional and digital media. The course will also investigate the necessity to be aware of the context of communication and its importance in developing communication in rich interactive environments.

MSC 2021Y: Projects in Translational Research

This course is designed as a series of workshops that help the students plan and execute the capstone project. To complete the course students will have to complete 6 TR project workshops (4 – 6 contact hours each). The themes of these workshops will include: ideation, problem design, ethics, prototyping, evaluation and redesign, and integration through commercialization or innovation; and will be designed to help students advance their TR project proposals. For credit, each project team must establish an advisory committee and submit a capstone project proposal, prototypes, a project poster and any presentation slides for evaluation.

MSC4000Y: Capstone Project in Translational Research

All students will be required to complete a capstone project in translational research. Students will be assigned or self-organize into groups of 3 – 5 students. Groups will have to work through a process of ideation to generate a project ideas in Translational Research either based on IMS faculty research, or any other medical or scientific research context where there is appropriate mentorship or supervision. To complete the project course students will have to complete 6 KMD workshops (4 contact hours each). Each project team must submit a proposal, prototypes, project poster and presentation slides for evaluation.

MSC4010Y: Core Modules in Translational Research

Students will be able to customize their experience, by assembling a selection of 8 modular short courses from 3 core domains: A) Wet lab Research B) Clinical and Population-based Research and C) Knowledge Translation, Development and Commercialization, including ethical issues in translational research. Students will be required to pick course modules from all 3 research domains. Each course module involves ~12-20 h contact time. Completion of 8 modules will qualify for 2 FCE.

KMD1002H: Knowledge Media Design: Contexts and Practice

This course is a theme-based Pro-seminar course for KMD Collaborative Program students combining lectures, public seminars, and participation in online discussions. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Credit on their transcript rather than a specific grade. If students outside of the KMD Collaborative Program would like to take the course, they require special permission from the course Instructor.

What are knowledge communities and how are their practices shifting in response to new media practices? This course addresses the past and current understanding of “persistent knowledge” that is defined by formal communities like school boards or graduate seminar courses, to less informal communities like fantasy sports or local folk music societies. We will consider the representations of such knowledge, its role within communities, and how it may be translated into new knowledge within and across community boundaries.

These introductory KMD Collaborative Program core courses allows student teams from different program backgrounds (e.g. Engineering, Sociology, Education, Medicine, Computer Science,) explore a problem from a variety of perspectives, and develop prototype approaches to the selected design issue. Mentors and advisers will be drawn from instructors affiliated with the program through IMS. Students will be provided resources to represent and model their ideas, so that the implications of their designs can be critically examined.


For further breadth, students will select 1.0 FCE of courses in subjects of their own choosing from an approved list of courses. Typically this would be done in parallel with the Capstone Project to support synergies. Students will also be allowed to take electives outside the approved list with a pre-approval from the graduate coordinator.

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