University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions

External Courses

All courses labeled XCST*XXXX are Conestoga College Courses. The corresponding Conestoga Course numbers are provided. Detailed course profiles can be accessed through the Conestoga College home page at All XCST*XXXX courses are limited to students in the Career Development Practitioner program.

All courses labeled XSEN*XXXX are Seneca College Courses. The corresponding Seneca Course numbers are provided. Detailed course profiles can be accessed through the Seneca College home page at All XSEN*XXXX courses are limited to students in the B.Sc.(Tech.) program.

XCST*2000 Career Counselling and Development F,W [0.50]

This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of career counselling and development. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of career development theories, occupational structures, career information, approaches to vocational assessment, the practice of career counselling, and future trends in the evolution of the field. (Only offered through Distance Education format.)

Conestoga course #: 90370800

XSEN*2010 Effective Business and Technical Writing F(3-0) [0.50]

This subject introduces the study of technical writing, including specified formats such as memoranda, letters, proposals, and informal reports. The course applies and develops the skills of technical writing in a series of writing assignments placing emphasis on brevity, clarity, conciseness, unity and coherence - all essential to good technical communication. Basic research skill and effective oral communications are also covered.

Seneca course #: EAC-392

XSEN*2020 Management Studies: Business and Human Relations F(3-0) [0.50]

This subject concentrates on the human factor within the typical business situation. Its main purpose is to help students develop effective human relations, frameworks and practical human relations, problem-solving skills for the work environment. Selected topics will include: building a positive self-concept; interpersonal communication and listening skills; developing healthy emotions; resolving interpersonal conflict; and building positive relationships for a healthy work environment.

Seneca course #: MGS-321

XSEN*3010 Pharmaceutical Analysis- Advanced W(3-0) [0.50]

This course reinforces the concept of how the pharmaceutical laboratory works by focusing on method validation requirements within the pharmaceutical industry. It introduces students to the regulatory (ICH, FDA) requirements and guidelines for systems validation, including TPP-acceptable methods and GMP regulations. Validation methods that are taught include Related Substances, Assay, Dissolution and Cleaning. Critical validation parameters (e.g., linearity, specificity, limit of quantitation, etc.) are focused on as well as validation protocols including establishing specifications and dealing with exceptions or out-of-specification (OOS) results. Process validation characteristics (i.e., Design Qualification (DQ), Installation Qualification (IQ), Operation Qualification (OQ), Performance Qualification(PQ) or System Suitability) are also emphasized as well as "Best Practices" such as Process Capabilities and Annual Product Review.

Seneca course #: PHA-533
Prerequisites: CHEM*2400, PHA-333 (Seneca Course)

XSEN*3020 Pharmaceutical Analysis W(3-0) [0.50]

The aim of this course is to simulate the pharmaceutical quality control laboratory providing students with an inside knowledge of the industry. To accomplish this students are introduced to the pharmaceutical terms, definitions and forms (e.g. Certificate of Analysis), drug legislations, and regulatory agencies (FDA, TPP). Strong emphasis is placed on the navigation and interpretation of pharmacopeial compendia (USP, BP, EP). Other aspects of the course include ICH stability requirements, stability protocols and stability reports.

Practical aspects include physical, wet chemical and instrumental analyses of drug substances, in-process materials and finish products using official pharmacopeial methodologies. Calculations (e.g. % Purity, % Impurity and % Label Claim) relating to the analyses described above are dealt with and students are required to use SOPs during all pharmaceutical laboratory sessions to ensure compliance with GMP, GLP, FDA and TPP regulations.

Seneca course #: PHA-333
Prerequisites: CHEM*2400, CHEM*2580

XSEN*3030 Pharmacology and Applied Toxicology W(3-0) [0.50]

This subject is an introduction to the general aspects of pharmacology and toxicology. The lecture topics will cover the pharmacological activity of drugs on the autonomic nervous system, central nervous system and the cardiovascular system. The laboratory practicals will focus on testing, drug screening, and clinical trial methodology.

Seneca course #: TOX-673
Prerequisites: CHEM*2400, CHEM*2580

XSEN*3040 Occupational Health and Chemistry W(3-0) [0.50]

A general coverage of general aspects of industrial hygiene. Specific topics include Canadian legislation with respect to Occupational Safety, modes of evaluation of chemical exposure, occupational toxicology, and instrumentation associated with the evaluation of the occupational environment.

Seneca course #: OCC-433
Prerequisites: CHO-333 (Seneca)

XSEN*3050 Computer Programming W(3-0) [0.50]

In this subject the student gains competency in DOS, WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3. Lotus 1-2-3 topics covered include application of biological, chemical and technical nature. These include graphics, @IF and @Lookup functions, and macros.

Seneca course #: CPG-373

XSEN*3100 Communication Systems and Circuits W(3-0) [0.50]

Passive circuit analysis, waveform spectra, audio signals, noise, RF and broadband amplifiers, oscillators, receivers, amplitude modulation, single-sideband modulation, angle modulation, pulse modulation, transmission lines and cables, waveguides, radio-wave propagation, antennae, telephone system, digital communications, facsimiles and television signals. Special emphasis will be given on the use of these media for computer communications.

Seneca course #: CMS-455

XSEN*3110 Computer Information Systems II W(3-0) [0.50]

This course is the study of the introduction of basic network concepts using the architecture of Microsoft NT as the main Network Operating System. Focusing on Windows NT Workstation v3.5, the integration and configuration of networking topologies within office environments will be demonstrated.

Seneca course #: CPS-455

XSEN*3120 Microprocessors I W(3-0) [0.50]

This is an introductory microprocessor course dealing with fundamental hardware and software concepts. The subject material includes: number systems, computer concepts, register structure, arithmetic and logic operations, machine language programming, instruction set, stack and interrupts. A substantial amount of time is devoted to practical lab work. The processor used is the MC68HC11.

Seneca course #: MCO-455

XSEN*3130 Advanced C Programming W(3-0) [0.50]

The Advanced C programming will build on the introductory C course. The Borland DOS-based AC@ interactive development environment will be used. Important advanced programming concepts such as structures, pointers, and unions will be stressed. In addition, graphical programming concepts will be introduced.

Seneca course #: PGM 455

XSEN*3140 Operating Systems W(3-0) [0.50]

Operating Systems explores the design concepts, operational facilities and job control language of operating systems. The UNIX (registered trade mark of ATT) operating system and its associated programs is the principal system studied.

Seneca course #: DPR-355

XSEN*4010 Pharmaceutical Calculations W(3-0) [0.50]

This subject deals with computations relevant to pharmaceutical topics. Included are the representation of scientific and technical data, chemical kinetics and drug stability, osmo-lality and tonicity, pH and solubility, viscosity, phase rule and numerous pharmaceutical calculations (e.g. manufacturing formulas, dosage formulations, radiochemistry, concentration, alligation, HLB, etc.).

Seneca course #: PHC-533
Prerequisites: CHEM*3430, CHEM*3570

XSEN*4020 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry W(3-0) [0.50]

In this subject the determination of the structure of organic compounds using spectroscopic methods such as N.M.R. and mass spectroscopy are discussed. Correlation of structure and reactivity (in particular, drug activity) of organic compounds is also explored. A multi-step synthesis of an anesthetic (lidocaine) and mass-spectrometric analysis of an unknown organic compound (or mixture) are examples of lab-projects covered in this subject.

Seneca course #: PAC-633
Prerequisites: CHEM*3750, CHO-533 (Seneca)

XSEN*4030 Pharmaceutical Product Formulations W(3-0) [0.50]

This subject deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of pharmaceutical product formulation with an emphasis on semi-solid and liquid formulations. The students prepare and test ointments, creams, lotions, and syrups in the laboratory. Formulation as it relates to overall product stability and efficacy is also covered in both theoretical and practical terms.

Seneca course #: PPF-633
Prerequisites: CHEM*3750

XSEN*4040 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing W(3-0) [0.50]

An introduction to the important principles and methods related to the production of pharmaceuticals. Topics include methods of manufacture of important dosage forms, regulations governing various dosage forms, good manufacturing practice as defined by regulatory bodies and an overview of the manufacturing plant during the various stages of production with emphasis on GMP.

Seneca course #: PYM-633
Prerequisites: CHEM*3570, CHEM*3750

XSEN*4050 Biopharmaceuticals W(3-0) [0.50]

This subject introduces the student to the rapidly developing field of biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. Techniques used in the development of biopharmaceuticals will be emphasized as well as large-scale production of biologicals manufactured by genetic engineering processes.

Seneca course #: BPH-633

XSEN*4100 Object Oriented Programming Using C S(3-0) [0.50]

Students will learn Object-Oriented Programming Using the C++ programming language in a Borland interactive programming environment.

Seneca course #: CPM-555

XSEN*4110 Control Processes S(3-0) [0.50]

The Data Acquisition and Control application of the computer to the control of physical processes is covered in this subject. Topics include, sensors and transducers, signal conditioning, A/D conversion, control computers, D/A conversion control activators, an introduction to robotics and artificial intelligence.

Seneca course #: CST-555
Prerequisites: XSEN*3130

XSEN*4120 Data Communications I S(3-0) [0.50]

This course has been designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles of the rapidly expanding and changing discipline of Data Communications. The following topics in this subject are discussed: Terminology, components, network design and configurations, transmission media including fibre optical design methods, protocols, topologies, architectures, private and public network strategies and LAN vendors.

Seneca course #: DCM-555

XSEN*4130 Digital Communications S(3-0) [0.50]

Fundamental principles of Digital Telecommunications. Introduction to signal sampling including analog to digital conversion as well as digital modulation and multiplexing techniques.

Seneca course #: DCS-653

XSEN*4140 Technical Writing S(3-0) [0.50]

Technical report writing is linked to the completion of a senior design project.

Seneca course #: TRW-653

1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar
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