Biotechnology - Advanced (formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics)
Courses & Descriptions

Courses

Semester 1

  • Chemistry I SCIE0131

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Chemistry I is an introductory chemistry course to prepare students for further study and future employment in the health science field. This course gives students the knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of chemistry with an opportunity for hands-on application of concepts in a laboratory setting. Topics covered will include measurement, matter and energy, the periodic table, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, as well as electronic structure and periodic trends.

  • Introductory Computing COMP0345

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (computer terminology, e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2013. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments. (For PSW Bridging to Practical Nursing students- 1 hour of teacher instruction plus 2 hours self-guided computer lab weekly).

  • Laboratory Math MATH0114

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course will enable students to apply mathematical concepts important for students in the Forensics Biotechnology Technologist diploma program. It is also designed to complement and reinforce learning in first semester science courses.

  • Biology I SCIE0009

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct applied investigation in the areas of cellular structure and function, human body organization and homeostasis, as well as control and coordination of body functions by the nervous system.

  • Technical Communications COMM0032

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course, designed specifically for students in technology-based programs, stresses the development of technical communication as it applies to workplace and academic needs. Students will prepare a variety of technical documents and in the process learn to apply standard rules of usage. Key applications include lab reports, proposals, research reports, documenting sources, editing and proofreading strategies, and spoken presentations.

  • Forensic DNA Applications I SCIE0089

    Units/ Hours: 60

    This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of genetics and molecular biology, introduce the specific genetic marker systems developed for forensic use, and explore specific cases in which forensic DNA typing has been used. Laboratories will provide the student with an introduction and history to the DNA molecule and how it is utilized within a range of lab/professional setting.

  • Introduction to Canadian Justice System LAWS0044

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course provides an introductory overview of the Canadian Justice System, with special emphasis on the criminal justice system and the responsibilities of enforcement personnel. Contemporary issues affecting the system will be analyzed and discussed.

Semester 2

  • Data Management and Analysis COMP0222

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course will enable learners to determine basic concepts and principles of data design and management. The focus of the course will be using Excel spreadsheets and to use database management systems such as Microsoft Access for typical biotechnology applications. The learner will be able to design customized Excel applications involving high-level functions and to create a database to compose selected queries and generate forms using data applicable to the field of Biotechnology. The course also includes an introduction to Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and introductory bioinformatics.

  • Biology II SCIE0010

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course provides students with the opportunity for continued study of the concepts and processes associated with the human body. Students will study theory and conduct applied investigation to the many organ systems of the body, including cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Human development, genetics, and applications of biotechnology will also be discussed.

    Pre-Requisites
  • Chemistry II SCIE0132

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Chemistry II is a general chemistry course that follows Chemistry I and is designed to prepare students for study and work in a chemistry-related or health science field. This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of molecular structure, gases, solutions and acid-base chemistry, rates of reaction, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Students will also be introduced to organic chemistry and biochemistry. The laboratory component of Chemistry II will allow students to achieve hands-on learning of the concepts taught and to gain practical experience in writing formal lab reports.

  • Forensic DNA Applications II (Integration) SCIE0090

    Units/ Hours: 60

    This course surveys current and potentially useful laboratory methods in forensic DNA analysis and provides students with the opportunity to develop technical competency in data interpretation using casework results. Laboratories will provide the students with the basics of DNA profiling methodologies that can be used as the primary laboratory application for validation and quality assurance.

  • Forensic Techniques LAWS0246

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course focuses on forensic investigation techniques. Students will first learn communications skills necessary to retrieve and record activities and information from investigation participants including investigators and where appropriate, victims, witnesses and suspects. Students will also learn basic forensic investigation technique skills including observation, analysis, evidence identification, collection and preservation. Participants will also learn the process used for the presentation of seized evidence in a legal setting as well as learn and experience the proper procedures required of a professional forensic witness in a legal process.

  • Laboratory Physics SCIE0093

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This is an introductory course to fundamental physics with emphasis being placed on concepts related to real-world activities. The mathematical structure of physics will be used in equations as recipes for computational problem solving and more importantly as a guide for thinking.

  • General Education Elective

    Course Number: GENED

    All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

    Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

    Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

    You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

    See this page for a list of approved General Education Courses at Fleming College.

Semester 3

  • Business for Biotechnology BUSN0056

    Units/ Hours: 60

    The biotechnology industry is young, regionally diverse, internationally competitive, volatile and growing. Whereas there are a small number of large companies, the majority of companies are start-ups with fewer than fifty employees and all the associated challenges of product development and commercialisation. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the complexities of the biotechnology workplace and business practices and prepare students for careers in which they must be flexible, adept and constantly engaged in professional development activity.

  • Forensic DNA Applications III (Integration) SCIE0091

    Units/ Hours: 60

    Forensic DNA Applications III continues to build on the previous two courses, this time with a focus on modern biotechnological techniques. Key topics in this advanced laboratory-based course include DNA isolation, purification, polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequencing combined with automated DNA platforms. The course will simulate a research laboratory setting and industrial setting with bi-weekly lab meetings. The lectures will primarily focus on theory behind the uses of biotechnology in a research laboratory and industrial settings.

  • Microbiology SCIE0094

    Units/ Hours: 60

    Through lab work and activity, this course enables students to develop hand-on skills in the use of microbiological techniques routinely used in research and clinical laboratories. The curriculum is designed to help students make connections between theoretical knowledge and practical applications of microbiology in medicine, the environment and other related fields.

    Pre-Requisites
  • Molecular Biology SCIE0095

    Units/ Hours: 60

    This course examines the fundamental concepts in molecular biology with emphasis on the structure, function, and replication of DNA. Techniques in recombinant DNA technology as well as their applications in the biomedical, forensic, and pharmaceutical fields will form the core of the course. The laboratory component will introduce students to recombinant DNA methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding basic concepts and on the integration of these concepts as a tool for problem solving in the lab.

  • Laboratory Operating Standards and Quality Assurance I SCIE0100

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed provide a broad based knowledge of management and quality assurance in a laboratory setting. Students will learn the importance of quality control, so as to ensure that integrity is being maintained within a system and apply those standards in the lab setting. The roles of the regulating bodies that issue guidelines will be examined, as well as the standards and processes for acquiring and maintaining lab accreditation. Canadian standards will be compared to those in the United States and Europe and the implications of international standards assessed.

  • Laboratory Automation I AUTM0068

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This is an introductory course for laboratory automation and instrumentation components. It will introduce laboratory workflow, instrumentation components, programming concepts, analog and digital electronics, sensors, encoders, actuators, controllers, data interfaces, liquid handlers, and robotics. The course also introduces the student to National Instruments LabVIEW.

  • General Education Elective

    Course Number: GENED

    All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

    Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

    Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

    You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

    See this page for a list of approved General Education Courses at Fleming College.

Semester 4

  • Forensic Chemistry SCIE0146

    Units/ Hours: 45

  • Forensic DNA Applications IV (Integration) SCIE0092

    Units/ Hours: 90

    The field of molecular biology is rapidly changing with new information becoming available almost daily. This course, the fourth in the series, exploring contemporary applications of DNA, will provide a critical review and evaluation of scientific and laboratory trends and issues in a series of seminars, involving guest speakers and student participation. The seminar format will promote open discussion between peers and experts, as well as the opportunity to develop skills in the presentation of scientific reports. Laboratory work provides the opportunity to experience the science and assess the ethical implications of this rapidly evolving industry.

  • Biochemistry SCIE0096

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Biochemical knowledge has served as the primary basis for major developments in health related research, and more recently in the creation of the biotechnology industry. This course introduces the biochemical processes needed for metabolic functions within the cell and the opportunity to investigate the chemical and physical properties of biological molecules. Key topics include the ways in which cellular machinery is supplied with energy: how genetic material is converted to functional information: the basic properties of water: the behaviour of macromolecules in water, and enzymatic properties and regulation within the cell.

  • Laboratory Operating Standards and Quality Assurance II SCIE0101

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course furthers the learning of the previous course by exploring focused, sample specific management and quality assurance case studies within a laboratory setting and simulating adherence to these standards in all lab activity. Through examination of specific cases and work on experimental design, students will learn the importance of quality control, so as to ensure that integrity is being maintained within a system.Pre-requisite:Laboratory Operating Standards and Quality Assurance I (SCIE100)

  • Pharmacology and Toxicology SCIE0102

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course will introduce the basic principles of pharmacology and toxicology with emphasis on current techniques in drug discovery, large-scale manufacturing, and data analysis. The chemistry and composition of major drug classes and their biological/physiological effects will be covered in addition to a general overview of toxicology as it relates to the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Laboratory Ethics SOCI0153

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to allow students to identify personal values and understand the relationship between these values and ethical choices in the field of biotechnology. Students will discuss and recognize various issues that have arisen within the fields of forensic and research technologies, and possible methods of resolution of these issues.

  • Laboratory Automation II AUTM0069

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces the learner to the application of automation technology in the biotechnology industry. The learner will use robotics, PLCs or other types of computer control, and related sensors and actuators (integrated in a work cell) and apply them to the automation of common laboratory procedures. Among the main themes are - equipment preparation and set-up task sequence design control programming; system simulation and testing; and, research into automation technology.

Semester 5

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