Department of Chemistry Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science



Time Commitment
39 hours
Course Dates
August 6 - August 16, 2024
Enrolment Period
April 15 - July 29, 2024

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About this Course

Metabolomics is the discovery, identification, and quantification of the metabolites in any biological sample. It is a rapidly growing field driven by advances in technologies, open and shared datasets, and systematic approaches to data analysis. The applications of metabolomics are diverse and include wastewater and environmental testing, clinical testing, drug discovery, precision medicine, disease diagnosis, agriculture, and nutrition. As a result, individuals skilled in metabolomics are in high demand.

Core Skills & Competencies

Participants successfully completing the course will have knowledge, skills, and competencies in:

  • Metabolomics tools, instruments, software and methodologies
  • Experimental design, standardization, and eliminating bias in metabolomics
  • Data generation, curation, integrity and quality assessment
  • Compound identification and discovery
  • Univariate and multivariate statistical approaches
  • Biochemical pathway mapping, metabolite clusters, and metabolomics data interpretation
  • Scientific literature reporting metabolomics findings
  • Applications of metabolomics

Designed for

This learning opportunity is designed for professionals who have typically earned an undergraduate degree or college diploma in a science or engineering discipline and are engaged in continuing professional development. This credential does not require a prior or existing affiliation with UBC and the language of instruction is English.

Course Structure and Delivery

This 39-hour micro-credential is structured around:

  • 28 hours of synchronous online learning
  • 11 hours of report work

Real-time delivery is scheduled with four full-day (7-hour) sessions, including lunch and breaks, held using Zoom web conferencing. The real-time sessions will include seminars, break-out sessions and workshops, as well as expert presentations and feedback.

Following the intensive sessions, learners will work on a final report with support through small group collaboration sessions, drop-in sessions and one-on-one support session with instructor.

Course Schedule


  • August 6 – 9, 2024 – 9:00am – 4:00pm PST
    • Real-time, synchronous, online sessions.
  • August 10 – 16, 2024
    • Independent portfolio work, small group collaboration sessions, drop-in sessions and one-on-one support session with instructor will be held the week of August 10 – 16, 2024.

While learner attendance is mandatory for all sessions, we understand the challenges of online learning and are happy to discuss reasonable accommodation requests.

Credential Awarded

Participants successfully completing the course will receive a Letter of Proficiency in Metabolomics, a non-credit credential. Additionally, participants are issued a verifiable digital badge to display on social media platforms (e.g., LinkedIn) and personal online e-portfolios, resumes, and CVs.



Learners will be asked to complete a survey prior to the start of the course to gauge background knowledge and to better understand their motivation for participation. Learners may be encouraged to complete preparatory materials prior to the start of the course.


This program is delivered entirely online using the UBC Canvas Catalog learning management system. Learners will connect with the course materials, software and datasets through a Virtual Machine.

For the best experience, it is recommended that all learners have access to a personal computer with the following specifications:

  • An Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU or better.
  • At least 16 Gb of memory (RAM)
  • A Hard Drive with enough space to install the required software.
  • An Internet connection of at least 6 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds. This can be measured at
  • An updated version of Zoom, a microphone, a webcam and headphones or speaker
  • A larger or dual monitor is helpful for working with large datasets but is not required.

Instructional Team

Dr. Susan Murch

Professor | Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry
PhD, University of Guelph | BSc, University of Guelph | MSc, University of Guelph

Susan Murch has been a Professor of Chemistry at UBC Okanagan since 2005. Her research uses mass spectrometry to investigate the chemicals produced by plants and how plant chemicals affect human health. She teaches Introductory Analytical Chemistry, Plant Chemistry, and Metabolomics. She has been the recipient of various awards for research and teaching including Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, UBCO Researcher of the Year, and the Women in Metabolomics Mentorship Award.

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Additional Info


The non-refundable fee for this course is $4,500. Fees include access to all instructional content required to complete the micro-credential. There are no additional fees for textbooks.


Learners will be asked to take part in pre-and post-course surveys that include information regarding current employment status, educational background, professional goals, and an evaluation of subject matter knowledge prior to and following the learning experience. In particular, there will be a survey distributed six months after the completion of this course. This information will be collected privately and used for the purpose of understanding the impact of the course in meeting the professional development needs of participants and satisfying the reporting requirements of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.


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