Independent Study Helpful Hints Safety Training - WHMIS (Lab and/or office) - Fire Safety - Gas Cylinder - Chemical handling and spills http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/safetyoffice/lab_safety_training.html http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/safetyoffice/documents/McMasterCorporateTrainingMatrixFeb08.pdf WHMIS and Fire are mandatory. Biosafety would be required if biological agents are being used in the lab. Training requirements should be reviewed with the supervisor to ensure that all institution and site specific training is covered. All persons shall know individual building emergency procedures including location of fire pull stations, eye wash stations and safety showers - Know McMaster University Hazardous Waste disposal procedures Individuals should also ensure that they have taken all of the required safety training for working in a lab area. Please see the link with the laboratory training documentation record so that you can see the training that needs to be completed. http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/safetyoffice/documents/LabTrainingdocumentationrecordOct92008.doc Laboratory Identification A student number would be a minimum requirement to work within the lab. Students may also wish to contact Human Resources about the possibility of arranging for formal McMaster photo identification badges. Students should speak to administrators and Principal Investigators in the area to determine if additional security access badges or key cards are required depending on the nature of the work being conducted in the lab particularly if biohazards or radiation is being used. Individuals doing independent study in a lab should also consider completing volunteer and use of facilities agreements for the labs that they will be working in so that the Principal Investigator has documentation for all of the individuals within his or her space. These forms can be found on the Safety Office web site at http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/safetyoffice/documents/UseofFacilitiesAgreement.pdf and http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/safetyoffice/documents/VolunteersAgreement.pdf. Number of Hours 4A03 and 4B06 – 10-12 hours a week 4C09 – 12-15 hours a week Course Evaluation Students may be evaluated on the basis of four main areas: 1. Literature review 2. Mid-year report 3. Written paper/thesis 4. Work performed to collect data (e.g. activities performed in the laboratory or in the field or on computers) Independent Study Supervisor Supervisors must be either, a faculty member or an Associate Member, of the Faculty of Science. Individuals, who are not currently associated with the Faculty of Science can co-supervise a project, providing a full-time faculty member agrees to the co-supervision. Students are encouraged to approach prospective supervisors based on their general area of research interest, to discuss their willingness to act in this capacity. Student Responsibility - It is the responsibility of the student to keep the supervisor up-to-date regarding progress on the project throughout the year - The student should consult with the supervisor on all aspects of the course including the guidelines and requirements for the research proposal, mid-year report, and written thesis - Student should be clear on what is expected of them throughout the course Information on Independent Study Courses http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/lifesciences/images/files/Life_Science_Independent_study_course_de scriptions.pdf Additional information including suggested timelines and evaluative criteria can be found on the Life Sciences website at www.science.mcmaster.ca/lifesciences/.
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