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Courses - September 2022

Level 1

Course Details

Biochemistry
BIOT1037

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: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: BIOT1083 OR CHEM1070
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Immunology
BIOT2070

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:
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Plant Cell Biotechnology
BIOT2090

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: BIOT1090
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Professionalism and Career Success for Life Sciences
BIOT2105

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: 28
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Life Science Research Project I
BIOT2120

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: BIOT1020 OR BIOT1025
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Laboratory Skills for Biotechnology
BIOT2141

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: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Statistics for Life Sciences
STAT2000

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: 28
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 2

Course Details

Microbiology for Biotechnology
BIOT1070

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: BIOT1040
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Food and Agricultural Biotechnology
BIOT1090

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:
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Applied Analytical Chemistry
BIOT2015

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: BIOT1055
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Applied Molecular Biology
BIOT2027

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: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: BIOT1110 OR BIOT1115
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Fermentation and Industrial Processes
BIOT2065

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
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Quality Management Practices
BIOT2115

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: BIOT1065
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Life Sciences Research Project II
BIOT2130

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
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Program outcomes

  1. Complete all tasks in compliance with pertinent legislation and regulations, as well as biotechnology standards and guidelines.
  2. Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  3. Apply best practices for sustainability.
  4. Complete biotechnological applications using principles of chemistry, biology and biostatistics as well as basic principles of physics.
  5. Use appropriate laboratory procedures to carry out quantitative and qualitative tests and analyses.
  6. Carry out standard cell culture procedures under aseptic conditions.
  7. Carry out molecular biology procedures.
  8. Assist with the management of biological data to support biological scientists and researchers in capturing, organizing/summarizing and storing their data.
  9. Prepare, maintain and communicate scientific data effectively.
  10. Develop and present a strategic plan for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.