Directed Studies

Course Description

ISCI 448 allows you to carry out an individual research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The research is usually lab- or field-based, although more theory-based “library” projects are also allowed. Directed Studies is best undertaken in your fourth year so you can apply a broad range of knowledge and experience from other classes to your project. The nature and scope of the project is to be negotiated between you and the prospective supervisor – see below for guidelines.

What is Directed Studies (ISCI 448)?

ISCI 448 “Directed Studies” is a course that allows you to carry out an individual research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The research is usually lab- or field-based, although more theory-based “library” projects are also allowed. Directed Studies is best undertaken in your fourth year so you can apply a broad range of knowledge and experience from other classes to your project. The nature and scope of the project is to be negotiated between you and the prospective supervisor – see below for guidelines.

How many Directed Studies courses can I take?

Students can only take 6 credits of ISCI 448 and can only count 6 credits of directed study courses towards the discipline requirement. Students should consult the Science Information Centre if they intend to include more than 6 credits of directed studies courses within their Faculty degree requirements.

How do I apply for Directed Studies?

First you will need to find a supervisor–a faculty member at UBC who is working in an area you are interested in. It is up to you to find and contact the supervisor (Researchers often have candidate projects on the “back burner” waiting for somebody to take them on). Your supervisor needs to hold a teaching or clinical research position at UBC and should have experience with Directed Studies. If the faculty member agrees to supervise a project you should next plan out the details. What will the project involve? How much work will it entail? How will you be evaluated? Finally, you will complete and submit a Directed Studies application. This can be done through your online Integrated Sciences account. Please submit a photo or scanned copy of the signed form to the IntSci office, intsci@science.ubc.ca.

When is the deadline for applying to Directed Studies?

2020 Summer

The Deadline to apply for Directed Studies for the summer term is May 1, 2020 (extended from Apr 27th). 

2020-21 Winter

The ISCI 448 application can be found in your online Integrated Sciences account (click on the link entitled 'Create new application'). Once you've filled out the form you should submit it online then print out a copy. Once your supervisor signs the copy you should drop it off at the IntSci office, LSK 464. We must receive the signed form before the deadline (Friday, September 11, 2020 for term 1 & term 1 and 2 registration and Friday, January 8, 2021 for only term 2 registration.). If your application is accepted we will register you in an ISCI 448 course for the appropriate session.

When do Directed Studies grades have to be submitted?

Supervisors of Directed Studies students must supply IntSci with a final grade and a brief explanation of how the grade was decided before the end of the exam period of the relevant term. Grades must be submitted directly by the supervisor to IntSci by emailing intsci@science.ubc.ca, the student cannot be involved.

2020W Deadlines for ISCI 448 Marks:

Term 1: December 20, 2020 Term 2: April 25, 2021 Term 1 and 2: April 25, 2021

Summer: August 23, 2020

What if I am not an Integrated Sciences student?

ISCI 448 is restricted to Integrated Sciences students. Non-Integrated Sciences students should enrol in directed studies courses with their home departments.

Registration Details

2020S, 2020W T1 and T2 and both terms
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