There are lots of classes that will allow you to explore and develop your research skills and creative expression. However, there are some that focus on fostering these skills including specific courses, independent research, directed studies and internships. Don’t see what you are looking for? Make an appointment with a degree advisor in the department you are interested in – they are here to help and give advice.
Courses include general introduction to research to more skill-focused classes. The following does not exhaust the opportunities at VIU, but highlights the numerous options you have over many disciplines to acquire and sharpen your skills.

ANTH 326 (3) Ethnographic Research

Next offering: Spring 2020

An opportunity to utilize qualitative research methodology in researching Canadian culture and society. Topics include participant observation and interviewing; problems in doing fieldwork; organization of research materials; writing descriptive ethnographies. Includes field research. Working with international students will give anthropology students a new perspective on their own culture.

ANTH 418 (3) Researching Community

Next offering: Fall 2019

A practical course that can be applied to any of the four subfields. The intention is to engage students in projects affiliated with the Community-Based Research Institute or other similar community endeavours. ANTH 418 may be taken more than once if the topic is different.

ANTH 460 (3) Material Culture Analysis

Next offering: Spring 2020

This combined seminar and lab course introduces methods of material culture analysis. Hands-on, using materials from recent and distant times, emphasis is on archaeological laboratory procedures for classification, quantification, description, recording, analysis, and interpretation. Incorporates textual, experimental and ethnoarchaeological approaches to understand the relationship between material culture and culture. ANTH 460 was formerly called ANTH 460; credit will not be granted for both courses.

Throughout a biology students degree they are exposed to specific research skills in various classes, particularly in your second year. In some courses you will learn presentation skills, in others how to do a literature review, in others how to write a scientific report. This is on top of the discipline specific skills you will learn in lab and classroom settings. Once you get all those sorted out, you are ready to take on a research project!

BIOL 491 (6) Undergraduate Research Project

An opportunity to work on a research project under the direct supervision of faculty. Students will develop research proposals with their faculty supervisor, carry out the research and prepare a full scientific report. Presentation of the proposal and a report on the results are required at two seminars. Encompasses both Fall and Spring semesters for any given academic year. Note: A Faculty Advisor Endorsement form is required for registration. See department Chair for details.

Research skills are presented throughout the chemistry curriculum. However, in addition there are also courses that cover specific techniques. Further, many of our chemistry faculty members support student designed research projects. 

CHEM 212 (3) Environmental Chemical Analysis

Next offered: Fall 2019

Introduction to quantitative chemical analysis of water, sediments and biological samples. Additional topics include environmental sampling, quality control and the application of statistics in a laboratory setting. Labs include the analysis of dissolved gases, nutrient ions, metals and organic contaminants by volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic and chromatographic methods.

CHEM 213 (3) Practical Spectroscopy

Next offered: Spring 2020

An advancement of the principles and application of a variety of spectroscopic methods for the analysis and characterization of organic and inorganic molecules. Included are UV-visible, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, as well as mass spectrometric methods.

CHEM 351 (3) Integrated Organic and Inorganic Laboratory

Next offered: Spring 2020

This laboratory builds competency in techniques used in organic and inorganic synthesis, separations and spectroscopic characterization. Students work independently on experiments and contribute data to some team projects. Procedures for handling air and water sensitive reagents will be advanced.

CYC 323 (3) Research in the Field of Child and Youth Care

Next offered: Spring 2020

Introduces students to ways in which knowledge in the CYC field is developed and helps them to foster skills in the organization and analysis of research in the professional literature. Topics explore the range of research techniques and methods after which students will develop a formal research proposal.

HSD 425 (3) Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

Next offered: Fall 2019

An opportunity to gain grounding in techniques commonly used in the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Students engage in the process of qualitative analysis through examining qualitative data, data coding, and thematic construction. A range of descriptive and inferential statistical approaches to quantitative analysis are examined using a computer-based system.

CSCI 260 (3) Data Structures

Next offered: Fall 2019

An examination of various methods of representing and manipulating data, including internal representation of data, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees and graphs. Analysis of algorithms will also be discussed extensively.

CSCI 375 (3) Intro to Systems Analysis

Next offered: Spring 2020

The methods and methodologies used in analyzing and designing various types of systems. Topics include project definition, CASE tools, data gathering, structured analysis and design, human-machine interface, database design, system controls, hardware selection and system testing, implementation and operation. Students are assigned to a project team involved in a system study as part of the course.

CSCI 491 (6) Senior Research Project

An opportunity for student experience in research and development under the supervision of a faculty member in Computing Science. Project duration is two academic terms during which time a student must develop an approved project proposal, carry out the required research and development, prepare a written report detailing results, and satisfy any additional requirements as specified in the approved project proposal.

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