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Overview

The Applied BioChem Techniques certificate program is designed to meet the expanding need for trained personnel in the field of Biotechnology. Students develop specific laboratory skills applicable to procedures performed in research institutes, hospitals, environmental and industrial laboratories across Canada. This program provides specialized biotechnology training for students who already have an University science degree or college diploma but would like to extend their knowledge and practical skills in this expanding field to gain an entry level position at one of the many Canadian biotechnology companies or health care institutions.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program will work as biotechnology technicians, technologists or research assistants in various biotechnology sectors, including; health care, pharmaceutical, forensic medicine, food, agricultural and environmental.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, please visit the Government of Canada website.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Government of Canada

The  National Occupational Classification (NOC) provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labor market. It gives statisticians, labor market analysts, career counselors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work.

Entry Requirements

Student with a college science diploma or university science degree who are interested in specializing in laboratory methods used in different biotechnology sectors.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

BOT100
Introduction to Advanced BioChemistry
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This course provides the student with a review of basic biological and chemical concepts and principles with emphasis on biotechnology applications. Topics include: Overview of Biotechnology Industry; Biotechnology and its applications in various industry sectors - health care, pharmaceutical, forensic medicine, food, agricultural and environmental; the emergence of industrial biotechnology ("white biotechnology"); Introduction to most common bio-techniques used in biotechnology : basic microbiology, cell culture, analytical chemistry, nucleic acid-based and protein-based technologies; Quality Management Systems - GMP, GLP, ISO quality system, procedure and technical writing , SOPs, laboratory documentation. (Lecture & Lab)




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BOT101
Cell Culture Techniques
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BOT100- Introduction to Applied Biotechnology

The course teaches students the application of cell culture techniques in biotechnology. Topics include; overview; tissue (eukaryotic cells) and microbial (prokaryotic cells) culture methods; aseptic techniques, conditions and procedures for working in different containment levels; methods for storage, maintenance and growth of tissues and micro-organisms; examples of applications in health care, pharmaceutical R&D and environmental monitoring; introduction to laboratory and industrial fermentation technologies; theory and laboratory practices.




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BOT102
Analytical Chemistry
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Analytical Chemistry serves as one of the foundations for ABCT program. Many industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech and food rely heavily on chemical analysis in both quality control and research and development areas. Environmental monitoring is also strongly based on the basic analytical concepts developed in this course. It is important that the student master the basics of this subject in order to perform more advanced analytical techniques such as chromatographic and spectroscopic analyses. The chemistry involved in addition to knowledge of basic laboratory methods and data handling, calculation and presentation is central to a number of laboratory areas. In this course, students will familiarize them with sample preparation, method selection, techniques, calculations and data handling. This course also introduces the chemical principles behind gravimetric and volumetric methods of analysis. Problem-solving is strongly emphasized. The theory portion of the course will cover all the major theories in analytical chemistry. The laboratory portion of the course emphasizes good laboratory technique and practices. Accuracy and precision of analytical results as well as documentation and presentation of laboratory results is evaluated.




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BOT103
Nucleic Acid-Based Technology 1
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BOT100

In the first nucleic acid-based technology course, DNA-based techniques are the focus. In this course, students will acquire both the theoretical and practical knowledge in widely used DNA-based techniques. Examples include sample preparation, extraction, purification and quantification; DNA sample electrophoresis; genetic engineering; southern blot; and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). Teaching will be conducted in both lecture and laboratory formats.




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BOT104
Nucleic Acid-Based Technology 2
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In this second course of nucleic acid-based technology, RNA-based techniques are the focus. Students acquire both the theoretical and practical knowledge in widely used RNA-based techniques. Topics include; RNA sample extraction, purification and quantification; RNA electrophoresis; RNA transcription; Northern blotting; RNA molecule site specific labeling techniques; spectroscopic study of RNA; RNA bioinformatics; RNA inhibition (RNAi) and RNA-DNA-protein interactions. It is taught by lectures and laboratory practice with a focus on lab.




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BOT105
Protein-Based Technology 1
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BOT100

Overview of Protein-based technologies; examples of applications in different biotechnology sectors; basic methods for protein extraction, quantification, isolation and purification; methods of extraction from tissues and micro-organisms; protein quantification using standard colorimetric assays and purification by chromatography, affinity chromatography; protein analysis by denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE); practical examples, theory and laboratory practices. (Lecture & Lab).




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BOT106
Protein-Based Technology 2
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BOT100

In this course students learn about the production and expression of recombinant proteins. Topic include; gene amplification and sub-cloning into expression vectors, expression and purification by His-Ni affinity chromatography; qualitative and semi-quantitative analysis by Western blot, ELISA and radio-immunoassays (RIA); examples of applications in different biotechnology sectors; laboratory practices.




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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Use Biotechnology to understand the underlying theory of biotechnology applications in the fields of health care, forensics, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural and environmental sector.
  2. Apply biotechnology theory to understand the technical concepts in biotechnology for the design and implementation of methods for analysis, manufacturing or modification of products or processes.
  3. Apply biotechnology laboratory procedures involving protein, DNA and RNA techniques, cell culture methods to conduct experiments or processes for analytical or manufacturing purposes.
  4. Design experiments involving biotechnology laboratory procedures in the context of good laboratory practice, quality control and regulatory issues.
  5. Model good laboratory practice to comply with regulatory requirements and ensure quality control.
  6. Use verbal, written, mathematical and digital communication strategies/techniques to disseminate biotechnology information for a variety of purposes.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant
Georgina.Ioannou@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22946


Mario Huesca
Part-time Program Coordinator
Mario.Huesca@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.33162


Joanne Bonnet
Academic Program Manager
Joanne.Bonnet@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22528


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.