Save To Worklist

ISCI 490 Student Directed Seminars

Self-directed, collaborative studies, in a group-learning environment, initiated and coordinated by senior undergraduate students with the supervision of a faculty advisor. Course structure, enrolment and delivery methods will comply with the Handbook for Student Directed Seminars.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: (Third-year standing in the Faculty of Science.)


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
BlockedISCI 490 201Seminar2 Tue Thu16:0017:30

Although we know what we eat plays an important role in insulin resistance, research also suggests when we eat is just as important. This is the basic premise of intermittent fasting (IF), and there is a growing body of scientific evidence of its therapeutic potential. However, IF is often dismissed as a mere fad, and there are currently no courses at UBC that examine this exciting area of research.

This course will explore intermittent fastings rationale in improving insulin sensitivity and its therapeutic role in various health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and more. The course is designed for upper-level students with an interest in nutrition, physiology, and medicine. To apply, please send a statement of interest and academic background to kevin.ren@alumni.ubc.ca. **Disclaimer: this course is not designed to promote/give any specific medical advice.

BlockedISCI 490 202Seminar2 Tue14:0017:00

Since the enforcement of widespread emergency response measures to control its outbreak in Spring 2020, COVID-19 has had an undeniably massive impact on society, and thus is an extremely, topical focus of study. The main goal of this course is to educate students on the systematic impact of scientific literature and its importance for making informed decisions within the context of COVID-19.


This course will be an outlet for students to practice science communication with weekly presentations, explore the scientific basis behind infamous COVID-19 phenomena along with the mastery of these concepts, which are becoming a favoured commodity in various aspects of science and medical careers such as academic research, coursework, future job and graduate school interviews and/or current occupational work.


A statement of interest is required, please send an email to a.chakrabarti@alumni.ubc.ca to register in the course