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Biotechnology Technician

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1164
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This program provides students with the laboratory skills, technical knowledge, fundamental understanding, and employability skills for careers in Biotechnology and Life Science industries. Students will experience an integrated curriculum and applied learning environment that focuses on scenarios relevant to current innovations in the growing fields of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The program offers independent and collaborative opportunities to develop personally and professionally, and to perform laboratory duties in compliance with all legislative guidelines. Training includes practical and technical instruction in several areas including biology, biochemistry, microbiology, analytical chemistry, cell culture, molecular biology, and computer applications. Graduates of the Biotechnology Technician program will compete in emerging professions within diverse sectors of the bio-economy including: environmental, agricultural, food, pharmaceutical and biomedical technologies, analytical chemistry, and many other exciting fields.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 70

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Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Biotechnology Technician - Program # 1164

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Biotechnology Technician - Program # 1164


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as laboratory technicians, laboratory analysts, quality assurance/control technicians, and research assistants in many possible sectors including environmental, agricultural, food, pharmaceutical and biomedical research technologies, analytical chemistry and many other exciting fields.
  • Conestoga College and the University of Guelph have an agreement that allows Biotechnology Technician graduates to enter three different Honours Bachelor of Science Programs; Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, with advanced standing, such that they can complete the degree in 2.5 years (5 terms).
  • Diploma graduates may also enter University of Guelph's Honours Bachelor of Science Program in Biochemistry with advanced standing such that they can complete the degree in 3 years (6 terms).
  • Conestoga College and Wilfrid Laurier University have an articulation agreement that combines Laurier's Honours B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology with Conestoga's Biotechnology Technician diploma. Students can complete their diploma and degree in five years.


On average, 79% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
BIOT1025 Current Trends in Biotechnology

Description: This course describes the current themes and techniques relevant to the constantly changing landscape of biotechnology. Topics discussed include foundational knowledge and current applications within several sectors of Biotechnology including Molecular, Microbial, Pharmaceutical, Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnologies, as well as discussing the social and ethical implications of these technologies.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT1040 Introduction to Microbiology

Description: This course introduces the history, scope, relevance and practical aspects of the field of microbiology. Topics include microbial structure, nutrition, growth and metabolism. Students will develop techniques in culturing, enumeration, characterization, and identification procedures that aid in distinguishing between major microbial groups.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT1065 Laboratory Procedures and Safety

Description: This course examines the principles of general laboratory safety including the handling of chemicals and biological materials. Discussions include proper record keeping, WHMIS regulations, the importance of following standard operating procedures (SOPs) and proper handling of hazardous materials. Students will learn proper record keeping strategies and review basic data entry and analyses including creating graphs and using functions and formulas effectively. Professional electronic communication will be emphasized.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CHEM1055 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences

Description: This course introduces students to fundamental concepts in Chemistry by emphasizing terminology, atomic structure, classification of matter, bonding, chemical reactions, calculations using chemical equations, nomenclature, equilibrium, intermolecular forces, properties of solids, liquids, gases and solutions, acids, bases, pH, and organic chemistry. These topics will be applied in laboratory scenarios relevant to students entering the Biotechnology and Life Sciences field.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1995 Algebra for the Life Sciences

Description: This course describes important mathematical concepts with a focus on the application of these concepts to the field of Life Sciences. Topics include: algebraic equations, linear and quadratic equations, graphical representation of a variety of functions, and the study of logarithmic and exponential functions.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
BIOT1055 Introductory Analytical Chemistry

Description: This course demonstrates the use of analytical laboratory techniques for applications in basic quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis with an emphasis on accuracy and precision. Students will develop confidence in basic analytical techniques and sample preparation, and gain a foundational understanding of topics such as stoichiometry, equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, gravimetric analysis and redox chemistry.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: CHEM1055, MATH1995
CoRequisites:

BIOT1083 Organic Chemistry

Description: This course discusses the classification of organic compounds, nomenclature using IUPAC, common and trade names of many industrial chemicals, factors affecting boiling point and solubility, the theory of extractions, preparation and reactions of alkanes, alkenes and alkyl halides, sources and uses of hydrocarbons, stereochemistry, and structure determination using IR and NMR spectroscopy. Laboratory exercises include the isolation and identification of natural products, qualitative tests for the identification of functional groups, preparation of samples for qualitative analysis by various forms of chromatography and other relevant techniques.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CHEM1055
CoRequisites:

BIOT1110 Introduction to Molecular Biology

Description: This course introduces the theory and techniques associated with Molecular Biology. Topics include the stages of cellular reproduction, chromosome theory of inheritance, the structure of DNA and RNA, DNA replication, gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and molecular cloning. Laboratory exercises include DNA isolation, recombinant plasmid production, preparing competent bacterial cells, transformation of bacteria with plasmid DNA, and amplification of DNA using the polymerase chain reaction.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT2115 Quality Management Practices

Description: This course discusses the importance of Total Quality Management together with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs). It demonstrates the development of a quality management system based on various International Organization for Standardization (ISO) series standards, discusses government regulations, emphasizes the importance of Quality Control and Quality Assurance, and teaches management practices appropriate for a biotechnology facility.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1690 Applied Organizational Behaviour

Description: Organizations impact individuals and individuals have an impact on organizations.
This course will examine factors that affect an individual's performance in an organization. It will analyze how theories can be applied to explain such factors as an individual's motivation, attitudes, teambuilding skills, leadership style, decision making, and stress management abilities. Other features such as organizational culture and change will also be analyzed to determine their impact on an individuals' behaviour in an organization. Practical workplace examples will be analyzed through discussion, case studies, and team projects.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
BIOT1037 Biochemistry

Description: This course discusses the structure, properties, and biological role of the four major macromolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Particular focus is given to proteins, including practicing laboratory techniques for protein isolation and purification, and the analysis of enzyme function and activity. The central pathways involved in the biosynthesis of macromolecular precursors will be examined, including the connections between pathways within a cell. Students will explore cellular bioenergetic pathways including cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
Hours: 56
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT1070 Microbiology for Biotechnology

Description: This course is designed to enable students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in Introduction to Microbiology with a focus on advanced concepts related to eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, microbial genetics, recombinant DNA techniques and industrial microbiology. Laboratory exercises demonstrate the procedures used in the identification of microorganisms, the evaluation of antimicrobial activity, and the growth and quantification of microbes.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT1090 Food and Agricultural Biotechnology

Description: This course examines the influence and applications of biotechnology on agriculture and food. Students will learn foundational concepts important to the role of biotechnology in improving plant and food products, and will explore applications such as crop yield enhancements, and advanced quality food production. Due to the rapidly increasing use of biotechnology strategies in the food industry, emphasis will also be placed on food safety, regulations and policy.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: BIOT2090

BIOT2090 Plant Cell Biotechnology

Description: This course examines the field of plant biotechnology and its applications. Topics include micropropagation using a variety of tissue culture techniques, as well as the genetic modification of plants. Laboratory exercises include: the preparation and staining of plant tissue, plant transformation, and micropropagation, with emphasis on aseptic technique.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: BIOT1090

BIOT2120 Life Science Research Project I

Description: This course requires students to work in groups that focus on a chosen sector of the biotechnology and life science industry. Students will explore the current work being done in this area while collaborating with an industry partner to prepare a report highlighting the work of a specific company. They will further extend their knowledge of current biotechnology research themes by preparing a literature review of published articles to describe a research topic relevant to their chosen sector. Students will develop their interpersonal and professional skills while working as a group.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH2390 Statistics for Life Sciences

Description: This course enables students to apply the statistical skills necessary for scientific data analysis and research. Topics include: data analysis and interpretation; probability; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; and analysis of variance.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 4
BIOT2015 Applied Analytical Chemistry

Description: This course develops the knowledge and skills acquired in Introductory Analytical Chemistry with theoretical and practical studies that focus on quantitative chemical analysis. Theoretical studies include an overview of chromatography and spectroscopy with a more detailed look at specific techniques and the associated instrumentation commonly used in analytical settings. Quality control and quality assurance procedures will also be discussed and applied in a laboratory setting. Students will advance their technical training in UV/VIS spectrophotometry, basic techniques of chromatography, gravimetric analysis and different types of volumetric analyses (redox, complexometric and acid-base titrations).
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT2025 Applied Molecular Biology

Description: This course applies the knowledge and skills acquired in Introduction to Molecular Biology with a focus on the principles of genetic analysis. Topics include the isolation of RNA and DNA, restriction endonucleases, plasmid mapping, and hybridization analysis. Laboratory exercises focus on molecular cloning and recombinant DNA techniques including the production and purification of recombinant protein in a bacterial host.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT2065 Fermentation and Industrial Processes

Description: This course is designed to provide students with a practical and theoretical understanding of industrial processes important to the biotechnology and life science industry with a particular focus on fermentation processes and methods. Laboratory exercises include basic fermentation of sugar, production of alcohols and acids, fractional distillation, product purification, and other relevant industrial methods.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BIOT1035 or BIOT1037
CoRequisites:

BIOT2070 Immunology

Description: This course describes the components of the immune system as well as their functions by presenting advanced concepts and technologies in the field of humoral and cell-mediated immunity and their application to the biological sciences. Laboratory exercises provide a working knowledge of immunological techniques and their applications to the biotechnology industry. Topics include immunogenicity, B and T cell activation and function, antibody structure and function, immunological assays, and antibody design and production.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT2100 Professionalism and Ethics for Life Sciences

Description: This course discusses several topics for entering a career in the field of Biotechnology and Life Sciences with special focus on values required for ethical conduct in a professional setting. Students will develop skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly encountered in the workplace. Students will also work to develop a professional portfolio and explore the structure and design of biotechnology industries and the opportunities within them.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOT2130 Life Sciences Research Project II

Description: This course is a continuation of Life Science Research Project I. Using the literature review prepared in part I, students will work in teams to convert their written project into an oral and visual professional presentation. Students will focus on current advances to the growing field of biotechnology and condense their review into a relevant and impactful presentation. Presentations will be given in a research symposium forum that will include an audience of invited industry partners and program stakeholders.​
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: BIOT2120
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

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SEP, 2017 Doon Open
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