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Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (16 credits)

Offered by: Parasitology     Degree: Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology

Program Requirements

Required Courses (10 credits)

  • BIOT 505 Selected Topics in Biotechnology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biotechnology : Current methods and recent advances in biological, medical, agricultural and engineering aspects of biotechnology will be described and discussed. An extensive reading list will complement the lecture material.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jacalyn Vogel (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: U3 students
  • BTEC 620 Biotechnology Laboratory 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biotechnology : Practical training in contemporary methods of molecular and cellular biology. Intended for students with background in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related area, who are already familiar with theoretical principles of recombinant DNA technologies. Topics include: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), methods for gene cloning and mutagenesis, eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene expression systems, protein purification and methods of eukaryotic cell culture.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: A Paula Ribeiro (Fall)

    • one 8-hour lab per week
  • BTEC 621 Biotechnology Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biotechnology : Topics relevant to the management of research in industry are presented by experts working in industry. This course highlights the differences existing between research done in an academic environment and research done within industry.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Elias Georges (Fall)

    • one 3-hour lecture per week

Complimentary Courses (6 credits)

Two courses chosen from the following:

General Topics

  • ANSC 622 Selected Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Animal Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Animal Science : Key examples of applications of molecular biology to the study of animal physiology and animal genetics will be drawn from the current literature and discussed in depth. The course has a dual purpose. It will familiarize students with current events at the forefront of molecular biology and will teach them how to read and critically evaluate research publications.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David Zadworny (Winter)

    • 1 lecture and 2 seminars
  • BINF 511 Bioinformatics for Genomics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Plant Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Bioinformatics : Bioinformatics methods and reasoning in relation to genomics, proteomics and metabolomics strategies with an emphasis on functional genomics data. The course will cover introduction to UNIX, Perl programming, data processing and integration, file parsing, relational database design and implementation, angled towards solutions relevant for genomics.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Martina Stromvik (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Understanding of cell and molecular biology (equivalent to a cell or molecular biology course) or permission from instructor.
  • BIOL 524 Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Molecular genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology, including signal transduction, cell differentiation and function, genetic diseases in eukaryotes.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Hugh Clarke, David Dankort (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 300 and BIOL 303 or permission.
  • BIOL 568 Topics on the Human Genome (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Cellular and molecular approaches to characterization of the human genome.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Rima Slim, Tomi Markku Pastinen, Alexandre Montpetit (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites BIOL 202, BIOL 300, BIOL 370, or permission.
  • BTEC 501 Bioinformatics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Biotechnology : This course introduces the application of computer software for analysis of biological sequence information. An emphasis is placed on the biological theory behind analytical techniques, the algorithms used and methods of developing a statistical framework for various types of analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Robin N Beech (Fall)

    • 3 lectures per week
    • Prerequisites: LSCI 202 or LSCI 204 and ANSC 326. Permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken BINF 301.
  • BTEC 502 Biotechnology Ethics and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Biotechnology : Examination of particular social and ethical challenges posed by modern biotechnology such as benefit sharing, informed consent in the research setting, access to medical care worldwide, environmental safety and biodiversity and the ethical challenges posed by patenting life.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: U3 and over.
  • BTEC 535 Functional Genomics in Model Organisms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Biotechnology : An overview of strategies used to understand the function of genes, especially those identified through genome sequencing and bioinformatics. Use of model organisms that have proved particularly valuable for this purpose.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Timothy Geary (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 300-level course in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Limited to 30 students.
  • BTEC 555 Structural Bioinformatics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Biotechnology : Fundamentals of protein structure and the application of tools for structure determination, how protein structure allows us to understand the complex biological functions, and how knowledge of protein structure can contribute to drug discovery.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Reza Salavati (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 1-hr lecture, followed by 2 hrs of computer lab.
    • Prerequisite: Molecular biology or biochemistry, and basic bioinformatics, or permission of instructor.
  • BTEC 691 Biotechnology Practicum (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biotechnology : The cooperating employer and the instructor (or designate) will develop an individualized practicum experience program of at least 12 weeks duration for each student.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Elias Georges (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: BTEC 620
  • EXMD 511 Joint Venturing with Industry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Using problem-based learning, the course examines the various business interactions between researchers and their business partners in support and development of research into commercial endeavours using models such as venture capital, business partnerships, or grants-in-aid.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: K Steven Clarke, Hugh P J Bennett (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Offered in conjunction with the Centre for Continuing Education
  • EXMD 602 Techniques in Molecular Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Precise description of available methods in molecular genetics, and rationales for choosing particular techniques to answer questions posed in research proposals for targeting genes in the mammalian genome. Emphasis placed on analysis of regulation of gene expression and mapping, strategies for gene cloning. Course divided between lectures and student seminars.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Danielle Malo, Danuta Radzioch (Winter)

    • Offered in conjunction with the Department of Experimental Medicine.
    • Prerequisite (Graduate): Admission by permission of instructor.

Health

  • EXMD 610 Molecular Methods in Medical Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Different molecular methods used in biomedical research, including chromatography, purification and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids, various techniques in molecular biology, transgenic technology, and stem cells. Lectures, some demonstrations, and short seminars given by the students.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: William S Powell (Winter)

  • PARA 635 Cell Biology and Infection (3 credits)

    Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Parasitology : Research articles will be the primary source of information. This course will cover new principles in cell biology. In particular, the mechanisms by which gene expression is regulated through signal transduction pathways initiated at the cell surface will be presented.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Petra Rohrbach, John Dalton, Sebastien Faucher (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: students with some background in molecular biology
  • PHGY 518 Artificial Cells (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology, biotechnology, chemistry and biomedical application of artificial cells, blood substitutes, immobilized enzymes, microorganisms and cells, hemoperfusion, artificial kidneys, and drug delivery systems. PHGY 517 and PHGY 518 when taken together, will give a complete picture of this field. However, the student can select one of these.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Thomas Ming Swi Chang, Paul E Barre, Dominique Shum-Tim (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): permission of instructors.

Environment and Food

  • BREE 530 Fermentation Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Bioresource Engineering : Advanced topics in food and fermentation engineering are covered, including brewing, bioreactor design and control and microbial kinetics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 lectures and one 3-hour lab
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): BREE 325 (formerly ABEN 325) or equivalent
    • Graduate courses available to senior undergraduates with permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ABEN 530.
  • FDSC 535 Food Biotechnology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Food Science & Agr-Chemistry (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Food Science : Review of fundamental concepts of biochemistry, microbiology and biochemical engineering as it relates to traditional food fermentation as well as novel food biotechnological production.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: MICR 230 or LSCI 230
    • Course offered in odd years.
Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)