DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE LABORATORY
You are responsible for checking the accuracy of your weekly lab marks entered by your TA in myCourses (“Grades”) on a
weekly basis. Any discrepancy should be addressed directly to your TA at once (original documents are required).
The deadline for any correction is by 20:25 of lab 10. All the existing lab marks are final after that deadline.
Allergies. If you are subject to allergies that can become a threat to your safety, please notify your lab TA during the first lab.
If you already know that you are subject to severe allergies, you should carry the prescribed medication on you at all times.
You may come into contact with several known allergens, such as fish, crayfish, latex, antibiotics, iodine, mealworms,
Lab Groups. The lab is divided into groups of 8-14 students, each led by a TA.
Announcements. Important news will be posted in the “News” item of myCourses, which you should consult regularly
for any last-minute instructions. Your TA might also email announcements to you. Only your official McGill email
address will be used in correspondence.
No coats or bags are allowed in the teaching cubicles or in the hallway outside. Lockers available for day use only
are available on the C floor.
No Food or Drink. No food or drinks, including water, may be consumed in any of the hallway leading to, or in the
No open shoes, sandals/flip flops or shorts are allowed in labs. Make sure you wear closed shoes in all labs
throughout the semester.
Lab coats are required to attend the labs. You will not be admitted into the lab room without your lab coat. Lab coats
are to be worn in the lab only. During your lab session, if you need to leave the room momentarily (e.g., to the restroom),
you must take your lab coat off and leave it in the room. You must also take you lab coat off at the end of the lab,
before leaving the room.
Safety glasses with side shields are required in the lab whenever handling hazardous materials (e.g., some reagents,
preserved specimens, etc.). If you wear prescription glasses, you may buy the side shields and attach them to your
glasses. Others around might be putting you at risk (splashes of chemicals or braking glass).
Examination gloves are essential when dissecting preserved animals and proceeding through certain laboratory
exercises; and they will be provided in the lab. Since we are using the same teaching cubicles as the Microbiology and
Immunology department, the “prudent avoidance” principle must be applied; therefore, disposable gloves are required
when doing any work in those shared labs spaces. Your TA will advise you as to when it is important to wear them and
how to use them safely in order not to spread contaminants throughout the lab and to protect yourself from chemical
and/or biological contamination.
Dissections. The dissection of preserved plant and animal specimens is an integral and essential part of many of the
lab exercises. Students are encouraged to work in teams of two for these dissections. Students who do not conduct the
dissections themselves are advised to carefully observe the process, so that they understand the arrangement and
appearance of important structures. All students are responsible for the material covered, whether they have performed
the dissection themselves or not. Blood will be handled during the (frozen) mice dissection.
If, before the first lab, you need to switch to a lab section that is already full or to change your lab day due to a
schedule conflict with another course (only), please follow the instructions below:
Step 1. Log on to Minerva often, so you can catch a spot made available by students switching out of their current lab
into other lab sections. If you find a spot made available for the desired lab day, you will have to first drop both the
lecture and currently-registered lab and then re-register to the lecture and new lab section. Step 2. If you cannot find
a spot in your desired lab section as described above, register to any lab or keep your currently-registered lab, even
though it does not fit your schedule. As of the first day of the term, you will be able to use the course’s discussion board
on myCourses and send a request to try to find a student that can exchange his/her lab section with you. When you find
someone to switch labs with, you will have to simultaneously, first drop both the lecture and currently-registered lab
and then re-register to the lecture and new lab section. Step 3. If you still cannot find a spot this way, come on the
needed lab day and wait outside Anne-Marie L’Heureux’ office in D6 of the Lyman Duff Building 15 minutes before
the lab begins. If the lab you are registered for takes place earlier in the week than your desired lab day, you must still
come to your registered lab, so that you do not lose your registration spot.