M&I Course delivery for 2020-21

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted UBC to adapt its educational programs to responsibly meet directives from the Provincial Health Officer (see covid19.ubc.ca).

Working within these constraints, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is committed to delivering an educational experience that will prepare its students for the next stage of their career.

The Department has rationalized a plan for each course that considers whether key learning objectives can be met using online learning approaches or in-person labs / classrooms on campus.

Please note that this plan is subject to change and will depend on UBC policy and directives from the Provincial Health Officer. Any changes to this plan will be posted to this website.

The Department has 3 general types of courses: 1) lectures, 2) seminar discussion groups, and 3) labs.

The following summarizes the current status of MICB course delivery as of November 24th 2020:

1. Lecture Courses

Winter Term 2 (20W)

  • Online (MICB 202, MICB 308, MICB 325, MICB 408, MICB 418, MICB 425)

2. Seminar Discussion Groups

Winter Term 2 (20W)

  • Online (MICB 404, MICB 406, MICB 412)

3. Labs

Winter Term 2 (20W)

  • MICB 323 (Molecular Immunology Virology Laboratory) – MICB 323 will hold in-person labs for 6 weeks beginning the week of Jan 18th. The remaining 5 weeks of MICB 323 will be online.  Additional safety measures and training will be used to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The laboratory schedule is tentative and may be adjusted during the term.  Students admitted into the program who are unable to attend in-person labs in 20W may defer this course until 21W.  Pending final approval of the safety plan.
  • MICB 401 (Environmental Microbiology Laboratory) – MICB 401 will hold in-person labs for 12 weeks beginning the week of Jan 11th.  The lecture will be held online.  Additional safety measures and training will be used to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The laboratory schedule is tentative and may be adjusted during the term.  Pending final approval of the safety plan.
  • Online MICB 203 (Basic Microbiology Laboratory) 
  • Online MICB 353 (Food Microbiology Laboratory) 
  • Online MICB 421 (Experimental Microbiology)
  • MICB 448 or 449 (Directed Research) – Directed studies projects are done under the supervision of departmental research faculty. Please contact research professors directly to inquire about projects. Alternatively, contact Dr. Kion (course coordinator) via email (tkionatmail.ubc.ca) for more information.

Summer Session (21S)

  • If in-person lab courses are delayed in fall term 1 and/or winter term 2 due to the pandemic, the department will consider scheduling summer sessions to ensure that its students have access to hands-on lab experience.
  • Students have the option of deferring lab courses until 21W.