BIOTECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE COURSE
Technological developments have had a huge impact across all areas of applied life sciences; from health and farm production to horticulture and environmental management.
- Cell Biology
- Biochemistry I
- Biochemistry II
- Tissue Culture
- Plant Breeding or Animal Breeding
- Workshop I or Genetics
Alternatives to these modules may be possible -discuss with our academic staff to investigate other possibilities.
Duration: 600 hours
What's in the Modules?
Introduction to Cells and Their Structure Including: what is a cell, history of cell biology; prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; cell shape and size; cell structure; the nucleus; the nucleolus; euchromatin and heterochromatin; the animal cell; the plant cell; human cells.
Cell Chemistry Including: cell chemical composition; carbohydrates; lipids; nucleic acids; proteins; enzymes; cell membranes; golgi apparatus.
DNA, Chromosomes and Genes Including: what is DNA, Chromosomes, Genes; DNA replication; telomeres and telomerase; genetics; case study in genetic inheritance; phenotype and genotype; gene mutations.
Cell Division: Meiosis and Mitosis Including: Mitosis and meiosis overview; mitosis; meiosis.
Cell Membranes Including: membranes; structure of cell membranes; movement of molecules through cell membranes; endocytosis; osmosis and filtration; hydrostatic pressure; active transport; electro-chemical gradient; nutrient and waste exhange in animal cells; mediated and non-mediated transport;.
Protein Structure and Function Including: protein structure; fibrous proteins; globular proteins; protein organisation; primary to quaternary structure; protein function.
Protein Synthesis Including: overview; the function of ribonucleic acid in protein synthesis; transcription and translation; initiation; elongation; termination.
Food, Energy, Catalysis and Biosynthesis Including: sources of energy; metabolism within the cell; catabolic metabolism; anabolic metabolism; ATP movement; Kreb's cycle; production and storage of energy; energy production pathways from different foods; biosynthesis of cell molecules; mitochrondria; chloroplasts
Intracellular Compartments, Transport and Cell Communication Including: Cell communication; endocrine signalling; paracrine signalling; autocrine signalling; cytoskeleton; actin filaments; intermediate filaments; microtubules.
The Cell Cycle and Tissue Formation Including: the cell cycle; phases of the cell cycle; cell cycle regulation; cell death; cells to bodies; stem cells; animal tissues including muscle, connective, epithelial, nerve; blood.
There are 10 lessons as follows:
- Introduction to biochemistry
- Lipids and proteins
- Enzymes and hormones
- Nucleic acids
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- Acidity and alkalinity
- Chemical analysis
- Biochemical applications
There are nine lessons in this module as follows:
Introduction to Biochemical Molecules
Structure of Proteins
Sugars and Polysaccharides
Lipids (Fats) and Membranes
Enzymes, Vitamins and Hormones
DNA and RNA
There are nine lessons as follows:
- Introduction including a review of basic plant nutrition.
- Plant Nutrients.
- The Laboratory
- Micropropagation Techniques
- Plant Hormones
- The Tissue Culture Environment
- Commercial Applications
- Taking Plants out of Culture
- Culture of Selected Species
There are 7 lessons in this module as follows:
- The Scope and Nature of the Plant Breeding Industry
- Introduction to Genetics
- Gamete Production, Pollination and Fertilisation in Plants
- Mono Hybrid and Dihybrid Inheritance in Plants
- Systematic Botany and Floral Structures
- Practical Plant Breeding Techniques
- Current Developments in Plant Genetics
There are 7 lessons as follows:
1. Introduction To Genetics
4. Pure Breeding
5. Introduction To Cross Breeding
6. Cross Breeding
7. Livestock Improvement
Ten lessons as follows:
- Introduction to Genetics
- The Cell and Organelles
- Interaction between Chromosomes
- Interaction between Genes
- Genetic Chemistry (DNA and Chromosomes)
- Mutations (Genomes and Mutations)
- DNA repair and Recombination
- Developmental Genetics
- Population Genetics
- Applied Genetics
There are 3 lessons, each involving a PBL project, as follows:
1. Workplace Tools, Equipment and Materials: Identifying and describing the operation of tools and equipment used in the workplace; routine maintenance of tools and equipment; identifying and comparing materials used in the workplace; using different materials to perform workplace tasks.
2. Workplace Skills: Determining key practical skills in the workplace; identifying and comparing commonly-performed workplace tasks; determining acceptable standards for workplace tasks; implementing techniques for improving workplace efficiency.
3. Workplace Safety: Identifying health and safety risks in the workplace; complying with industry OH&S standards; developing safety guidelines for handling dangerous items.
Biotech Opportunities are a Certain Future
There is no doubt that biotechnology will be a very significant growth industry, well into the future.
It is harder to predict with any certainty, exactly what those future opportunities might be. Some colleges and universities may suggest where the jobs and businesses of the future will be; but predictions in past decades have shown that the only accurate predictions are very broad ones.
The things that we can be certain of are:
- Scientific discoveries in biology will happen at a faster and faster rate.
- Entrepreneurs who understand these discoveries, will see and take advantage of opportunities
Learning the science is only part of what is needed to create a future for yourself in biotech.
The most successful people in the future will be those who:
1st Understand the science
2nd Are well networked with both the scientists and commercial industry
3rd See discoveries soon after they are made; conceive opportunities before too many others do, create realistic ways of applying the science to commercial opportunities and develop the business quickly.
This course provides a foundation to create career or business opportunities; making you a more useful employee, contractor, business partner, or business owner in any industry that deals with plants, animals, humans or products and services related to the same.
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