Program Outline

A total of 4.0 course credits are required to graduate, which must include BIOT*6500 Molecular Biotechnology, BIOT*6600 Innovation Management, BIOT*6550 Biodiversity and Biotechnology, BIOT*6610 Cases in Biotechnology Management, and BIOT*6700 Communications in Science and Biotechnology. In addition, the research project course must be taken in Semester 3, BIOT*6800 Research Project in Biotechnology*. Additional courses can be selected from electives.

*An optional Semester 4 may be added, as a research project extension.

Semester Breakdown

Semester Courses Total Credits (4.0)
Semester 1 BIOT*6500 Molecular Biotechnology 0.50
BIOT*6600 Innovation Management 0.50
Elective* 0.50
Semester 2 BIOT*6700 Communication in Science and Business 0.50
BIOT*6550 Biodiversity and Biotechnology 0.50
BIOT*6610 Cases in Biotechnology Management 0.50
Semester 3 BIOT*6800 Research Project in Biotechnology 1.00
Semester 4 BIOT*6800 Research Project in Biotechnology – Extension with stipend
*Elective may be in science or business.

Core Courses

BIOT*6500 Molecular Biotechnology [0.50]

This course will provide an overview of molecular approaches relevant to a broad range of biotechnology industries including those found in medical, microbial, protein, pharmaceutical, environmental and agricultural fields. The material covered will involve an analysis of the main molecular techniques required for the biotechnology industries. These include but are not limited to: methods to produce proteins of economic interest in a variety of systems; the ability to modulate important traits through genetic change in important crop species; the ability to detect microorganisms in the environment; methods to detect gene variants for human health; issues around fermentation. The emphasis will be on the current approaches in each of these areas using the published literature and how these are being used in the biotechnology industry. In addition, we will take advantage of the equipment and expertise in the Advanced Analysis Centre with regards genomic technologies, mass spectrometry and imaging analysis to give students a working knowledge of these important techniques. It will be given in the first semester.

BIOT*6600 Innovation Management [0.50]

This course will focus on the integration of science and business from initial discovery through to commercialization. This integration involves resolving issues related to technical, market and financial feasibility. Topics will include the innovation process, assessment of markets, development of business models and managing projects under high uncertainty. This course will cover the major issues in the integration of science and business from initial discovery through to commercialization with particular emphasis on issues related to inventions in the field of biotechnology. Three key factors in commercialization of projects and services based on new technologies will be emphasized:

  1. assessing the technical feasibility of the projects and services
  2. assessing the market feasibility of products and services and
  3. assessing the financial feasibility of products and services.

Key topics will include the innovation processes, assessment of markets, development of business models and managing projects under high uncertainty. This course will be given in the first semester.

BIOT*6700 Communication in Science and Business [0.50]

The goal of this course is to develop written, oral and presentation skills to effectively communicate ideas and experiments in both scientific and business contexts. The goal of this course is to develop written, oral and presentation skills to effectively communicate ideas and experiments in both scientific and business contexts. This course has two main components. In the first, the students will work with the supervisor of their research project to put together a written proposal of their proposed research project and also to give an oral presentation on this. The second aspect is to learn about business communication for the commercialization of the science. The Catalyst Centre at Guelph has agreed to help in this regard both with their own expertise in this area as well as to use their contacts in the local area to bring in outside speakers who are either entrepreneurs or those who help in commercializing scientific discoveries. Students will be expected to develop business cases and to communicate these both in verbal and written form. The expectation is that approximately half of the course will involve the research project and half will be on the business communication. Although, we expect to bring in outside experts to help students develop their expertise as well as to help in their assessment, the faculty instructor(s) will be responsible for the evaluation of performance. This course will be given in the second semester.

BIOT*6800 Research Project [1.00]

This is a hands-on research-based semester where the student conducts experimental research in a faculty member’s laboratory or develops a business plan/commercialization plan under a faculty member’s supervision. The research project can be undertaken with any appropriate faculty member, or with an approved off-campus institution. In all cases, the research projects will be with the approval of the graduate director for this program, in consultation with the Program Coordinating Committee. The students will be matched with a research advisor in their first semester and write a research proposal on their project in the second semester communication course. During the time they do their research project, they will be expected to do the research work that they propose and then to prepare a written report of their results and conclusions as well as to give a poster or oral presentation on this. The faculty supervisor will be responsible for evaluating the research performance while the course instructor(s) will be responsible for grading the written work and presentation.

BIOT*6550 Biodiversity and Biotechnology [0.50]

This course will provide an overview of DNA-based approaches used to analyze and characterize the main principles of biodiversity followed by discussions of the impact of biologically diverse communities within the biotechnology sector.

BIOT*6610 Cases in Biotechnology Management [0.50]

This course will examine contemporary issues in biotechnology / science-based business through a case-based approach. Topics from across the spectrum of business disciplines (marketing, management, strategy, intellectual property, etc.) will be examined. Time permitting, a live case with an industry partner will be used.

Elective Courses

College of Biological Science

MCB*6310 Advanced Topics in Developmental and Cellular Biology [0.50]

A study of selected topics in contemporary developmental and cellular biology. Students will review recent advances in these disciplines at the molecular and cellular level, in biological systems ranging from simple eukaryotes to plants and vertebrates.

MCB*6370 Protein Structural Biology and Bioinformatics [0.50]

This course explores structural biology from three perspectives:

  1. the fundamental concepts in structural biology;
  2. the methods used to determine structures (including x-ray crystallography, NMR, electron microscopy, and computational modeling);
  3. the bioinformatic concepts and tools used to compare, contrast and assign biochemical function to protein structures and sequences. The course emphasizes building a conceptual and practical skill set that will be applicable to any structure related problem.

HHNS*6440 Nutrition, Gene Expression and Cell Signalling [0.50]

This course emphasizes the role nutrients play as modulators of gene expression at the molecular level. The mechanisms by which nutrients modulate gene expression through specific cell signalling cascades are examined.

Interdepartmental Programs

BINF*6110 Genomic Methods for Bioinformatics [0.50]

This course provides an introduction to current and emerging methods used to generate genomic data analyzed in bioinformatics. This may include techniques for DNA sequencing as well as transcriptome, proteome and metabolome analysis. The objective is to develop an appreciation for the challenges of producing data.

BINF*6210 Software Tools for Biological Data Analysis and Organization [0.50]

This course will familiarize students with tools for the computational acquisition and analysis of molecular biological data. Key software for gene expression analyses, biological sequence analysis, and data acquisition and management will be presented. Laboratory exercises will guide students through application of relevant tools.

College of Business and Economics

MGMT*61XX Evidence Based Management Research [0.50]

This course provides a conceptual overview of the management research and its functions for academic and practitioner audiences. Students will explore the purpose of research, its relationship to theory, the benefits of various epistemological approaches and the notion of research impact. Topics include research problem definition and objectives, hypothesis development, research design, ethics approval, measurement, sampling methods, analysis, interpretation of results, and report writing. This course emphasizes those techniques most frequently used in applied and field settings. These include: quasi-experimental designs, survey research, interviewing, questionnaire design, observational techniques, and other more qualitative methods.

MGMT*6200 Leadership Assessment and Development [0.50]

This course provides a conceptual overview of the management research and its functions for academic and practitioner audiences. Students will explore the purpose of research, its relationship to theory, the benefits of various epistemological approaches and the notion of research impact. Topics include research problem definition and objectives, hypothesis development, research design, ethics approval, measurement, sampling methods, analysis, interpretation of results, and report writing. This course emphasizes those techniques most frequently used in applied and field settings. These include: quasi-experimental designs, survey research, interviewing, questionnaire design, observational techniques, and other more qualitative methods.

MGMT*6300 Business Consulting [0.50]

This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and practices for management consulting. Students will be exposed to the various components of the consulting process, consulting approaches and styles, client consultant relationships, issue and problem diagnosis, reporting of results, and professional codes of conduct and ethics. The emphasis is on techniques most frequently used in the context of both internal and external organizational roles and as a career choice.

MGMT*6400 Project Management [0.50]

This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and practices for project management. It introduces an understanding and appreciation of the importance of managing projects, project teams, the project management systems and tools, the various components of the project management process, and professional codes of conduct and ethics. The emphasis is on the techniques most frequently used in the context of, both internal and external organizational roles of a project manager.

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