Biotechnology - Advanced (formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics) Curriculum

Formerly named: Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics

Accepting Applications for January 2019

See curriculum for: September 2018
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma ( 5 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
BTF
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,855.06 per semester*
International:
$9,225.63 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SCIE 9
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will explore a range of molecular biology topics in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Students will study theory and conduct applied lab investigation of macromolecules, Mendelian and other forms of genetic inheritance, introductory genetics, and gene expression. Ongoing themes include structure-function relationships in biology as well as current advances in biotechnology. Successful completion of Biology I will prepare students for future topics and lab applications introduced in other courses.

SCIE 131
Units/ Hours: 45

Chemistry I is an introductory chemistry course to prepare students for further study and future employment in the advanced biotechnology field. This course gives students the knowledge and understanding of the principles of general chemistry with an opportunity for hands-on application of concepts in a laboratory setting. Topics covered will include matter, measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, energy changes, reaction rates, equilibrium, states of matter, solutions, and acid/base chemistry.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

SCIE 89
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.

LAWS 44
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.

COMP 579
Units/ Hours: 15

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 2016. 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.

MATH 114
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.

Semester 2

SCIE 10
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with the opportunity for continued study of concepts and processes associated with molecular, cellular, and microbiology. Students will study theory and conduct applied lab investigation of genetic technologies, microbial life, and the cellular physiology of bacteria, plants, and animals. Central themes of structure-function relationships and the utility of model organisms in scientific research will be emphasized. Successful completion of Biology II will prepare students for advanced topics in biotechnology and provide required lab competence in microscope work and molecular biology techniques.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 132
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 the biotechnology field. This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, introductory biochemistry, and industrial analytical techniques. Topics covered include organic chemistry, protein structure, introductory analytical chemistry techniques, chromatography and spectrophotometry. The laboratory component of Chemistry II will allow students to achieve hands-on learning of the concepts taught.

Pre-Requisites
COMP 222
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable learners to explore and develop competence in the basic concepts and principles related to data design and management. The focus of the course will be using Excel and a 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, analyze datasets, and create, maintain, and manage a database through the use of tables, queries, forms, and reports using data applicable to the field of Biotechnology. The course also includes an introduction to Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 90
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.

Pre-Requisites
LAWS 246
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.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 93
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.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Semester 3

SCIE 91
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.

Pre-Requisites
AUTM 68
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.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 100
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.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 94
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
SCIE 95
Units/ Hours: 60

This course examines the fundamental concepts in molecular biology with emphasis on the central dogma including how and why information flows from DNA, to RNA, to proteins. 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.

Pre-Requisites
BUSN 56
Units/ Hours: 60

The biotechnology industry is young, regionally diverse, internationally competitive, volatile and growing. This course is designed to provide an introduction on the complexities of the biotechnology workplace and to provide the necessary tools for career success. Students will first undergo self-assessment exercises to determine their key strengths, skills and values. From there, they will apply this information to create effective resumes and cover letters as well as prepare for job interviews. The course will address topics relevant to professionalism in the workplace such as the ability to communicate (verbally and written), business etiquette, appropriate use of technology and branding as well as the importance of networking to excel in the biotechnology industry.

Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Semester 4

SCIE 96
Units/ Hours: 45

Protein Structure and Function is a central theme in a large part of modern research and the biotechnology industry. In order to understand biological and biochemical processes at a molecular level, it is often necessary to know the structure of a specific protein. The course aims, primarily, to provide in-depth knowledge of protein constructions, their structures, and their function. The course also comprises studies of proteins and their domains using immunological techniques. Proteins will be visualised using molecular graphics, and part of the course is devoted to studying the structure and function of proteins with the help of molecular graphics programs.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 146
Units/ Hours: 45

Forensic Chemistry reinforces many of the topics presented in Chemistry I and Chemistry II. The focus of the course will be to not only provide the student with knowledge in various areas of analytical instrumentation but to also provide an overview of the many different applications of chemistry to the different forensic fields. Analytical chemical examinations are involved in the investigation of fire, trace evidence, firearms, document/handwriting, and toxicology cases. The lectures and labs will demonstrate the application of analytical instrumentation and principles to these various forensic disciplines.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 92
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.

Pre-Requisites
AUTM 69
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.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 101
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)

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 102
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce the basic principles of pharmacology and toxicology. An understanding of major body systems/organs will be explored in relation to the chemistry, composition, and mechanism of action of major drug classes.. A general overview of toxicology as it relates to forensics will be explored, with a focus on instrumentation. The method of drug discovery will also be discussed. All content covered in the course will be further examined through peer-reviewed journal articles.

Pre-Requisites
GNED 50
Units/ Hours: 45

Issues in Science and Technology explores exciting and sometimes controversial questions related to recent developments in science and technology. Topics to be covered may include video games, social media, medical ethics and issues in health care, alternative energy, climate change, sustainability, and the human future. This discussion-based course is designed to encourage a critical and creative dialogue regarding some of the most important challenges affecting our scientific and technological futures.

Semester 5

FLPL 97
Units/ Hours: 600

The internship provides the opportunity for students to observe and experience at first hand the operations, processes and protocols of a DNA lab. It is designed to immerse students in the real, versus simulated, culture of the working laboratory: promote the successful integration of curriculum elements in an applied setting: facilitate access to equipment or processes that may not have been accessible in the program: promote opportunities for specialization, and provide opportunities for student networking in, and increased awareness of the industry and job potential. The fifteen-week full-time (600 hour) placement is a primary opportunity to integrate theory and practice. It can be developed as a specialized and focused learning opportunity or provide a more general overview of lab operations. Internship activity can be implemented at approved local, regional, out of province or international sites, private or public. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of all semester 1-4 courses.

Pre-Requisites