Seminars course (BMG6996/BIOM5800 and BMG9901/BIOM6800)

M.A.Sc and M.Eng. students are required to attend 10 seminars and make one presentation of their own to complete the requirements of the Seminar course (BMG6996/BIOM5800). Ph.D. students are required to attend 20 seminars and make two presentations of their own to complete the requirements of the Seminar Course (BMG9901/BIOM6800). Seminars consists of external seminars given by experts and internal seminars given by students. At least 50% of the seminar requirement should be through attending external seminars. External seminars require a report writing in addition to attendance while internal seminars require providing feedback to the presenters (in addition to attendance).

IMPORTANT: the Seminar Course is a continuing activity (CNT), which means that once you register you must remain registered until you fulfill the course’s requirements.

Reports are just two paragraphs long with 250 words each. 1) The first paragraph should contain the summary of the talk as understood by the students, providing the contributions and highlights of the presentation. 2) The second paragraph should be a reflection of the student on the talk. Students may recount how the external talk is related to their work, impact of the work presented in the seminar on the biomedical engineering field, impact on the community/engineering, impact on the country and if it has any impact on other fields. Also students can add what they have learnt through the external talk.

The report should be uploaded to CU Brightspace (currently CU Learn) and therefore, students should have access to the platform. Access to CUBrightspace can be obtained by contacting CU IT Service and will require registration into the seminar course. uOttawa students can find the instructions how to set up a CU account here.

Students are expected to make a presentation during the second year of their program, typically in the fall semester. Students can present either their own thesis research or report reviewing an advanced technology in biomedical engineering (either related to the student’s thesis research or not). In either case, the topic and abstract must be approved by the academic advisor/supervisor and must not have been previously presented in other courses by the student.

If students choose to present a review on advanced technology, they should select a topic relevant to biomedical engineering and present a critical analysis of the state of the art, perhaps focusing on emerging techniques. Students should typically be reviewing 3-5 recent publications, along with supporting general background reference materials, to create your presentation. This is not simply a summary of a few articles; their own critical analysis of the field is essential for a successful seminar.