SSA001 - Science Survival

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Subject Title
Science Survival

Subject Description
An introduction to a number of independent study topics that will assist students in biology and chemistry with their studies at Seneca. Topics will include such items as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), laboratory safety, and academic honesty. Completion of the WHMIS component is mandatory for participation in the laboratory component of any School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry (SBSAC) subject. This subject is offered in an independent online study mode.

Credit Status
Programs: BTR, CHY, CLP, CLT, Semester 1

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize WHMIS hazard symbols to manage risks associated with handling and storing laboratory chemicals.
  2. Describe WHMIS regulations and information sources to ensure safe handling of chemicals, prevent injury or manage accident situations.
  3. Understand and adhere to the SBSAC laboratory code of conduct, and understand the penalties if they fail to do so.
  4. Define plagiarism, and understand how to properly cite their work using the American Psychological Association (APA) style of citation
  5. Differentiate between quoting and paraphrasing.
  6. Understand the library resources available to SBSAC students in the Seneca@York library, and how to use them.

Essential Employability Skills
Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.