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Biotechnology Technician Fast Track

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
11641
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This program provides students with relevant previous educational experience an opportunity to complete the Biotechnology Technician diploma program in two semesters of full-time study. The Fast Track program gives students an opportunity to build on existing knowledge and experience in order to further develop their laboratory skills, technical expertise, 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 aims to give students 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.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 15

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

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 Fast Track - Program # 11641

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

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Biotechnology Technician Fast Track - Program # 11641


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

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 in emerging professions within diverse sectors of the bio-economy including environmental, agricultural, food, pharmaceutical, biomedical, analytical chemistry, and many other exciting fields.

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.

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 for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
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

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:

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:

BIOT2140 Laboratory Skills for Biotechnology

Description: This course is entirely lab based and will focus on mastering several important laboratory techniques including pipetting, solution preparation, UV spectrophotometry, use of analytical glassware, cell culturing, aseptic technique, chromatography, and electrophoresis. Lab experiments will be based on relevant industry scenarios and incorporate aspects of data management, protocol development, quality control, and problem solving.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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 2
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:

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:

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:

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:

Program Outcomes

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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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