Bsc (Hons) in Biotechnology - (Horizon Campus)

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Overview of the Degree Programme

This degree program provides students with a broad knowledge of modern biotechnology. The degree focuses on the multidisciplinary nature of the subject, with bringing in expertise from other areas to supplement a traditional study of biotechnology. In addition, it applies cutting-edge technologies to biotechnological procedures in new creative ways.

There are six major subfields of Biotechnology targeting from this degree, based on the higher study opportunities and emerging career pathways. Genetics & Molecular Biology covers essential topics in cell structure, gene inheritance and manipulations, recombinant DNA technologies, PCR techniques, bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics studies, forensics with a broad overview of contemporary theories as well as extensive practical. Plant Cell & Tissue Culture is an essential area which educates on plant regeneration and micropropagation, metabolomics studies, particularly in modern Plant Biotechnology, as a tool in research and commercial application. Pharmaceuticals & Natural Product Biotechnology involves an interdisciplinary approach of coursework and research spanning many aspects of basic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology with a common theme of drug discovery. Food & Nutrition Biotechnology extends on a competitive and knowledgeable specialisation in food production and processing technologies, nutrition and health, quality and innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing management of food industries. Microbial Biotechnology answers to the significance of microbes as processors of life and the environment by providing an interface between fundamental molecular, medical and environmental microbiology. Environmental Biotechnology is an applied discipline that explains the likely hood of exploiting living organisms or products of their vital functions to resolve the issues in ecosystems. Further, biodiversity conservation and management studies could be considered as the state-of-the-art life science in this degree program which is full of field practical excursions and nature explorations.

The final year project entails students researching on a topic of their choice, engaging with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines that enhance the independent thinking and analytical skills. Finally, there is an opportunity to work in an industrial environment (6-month internship) with different professionals to gain experience, apply and explore the knowledge acquired in the classroom.

Key Information

Course Duration : 4 years
No of Credits : 120
Awarding Body : Horizon Campus
Study Location/s : Horizon Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
Mode of Study : Full Time/English Medium
Type of award : Degree B.Sc. (Hons)

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are as follows.

1. Minimum of three passes at G.C.E Advanced Level Examination in one sitting (Science stream or Technology stream)

or

equivalent foreign qualifications (equivalent foreign qualification means the minimum requirement for admission to the first year of a UGC recognized university in that country):
a. G.C.E. (A/L) – conducted by the Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka
b. G.C.E (A/L) – conducted by Pearson Edexel, UK (London A/L)
c. International (A/L) – conducted by Cambridge International Examinations and Pearson
Edexel UK

OR

According to the SLQF document approved by UGC;

2. A foundation course equivalent to SLQF level 2 after a minimum of 12 years of schooling followed by passing an aptitude test OR

3. Completion of NVQF level 4 or accredited work experience OR accredited prior learning followed by a corresponding cognitive bridging programme of minimum 30 credits as determined by the academic authority of the Horizon Campus

i.e: Minimum GPA 2.00 scored at the completion of Bridging program for Biological Science offered by Horizon Campus

Course Structure

 

 

Course code

 

Subject

 

no of credits

 

Core credits at the end of the year

Optional credits at the end of the year

Total no of credits

Year 1 [core credits 25, optional 7]

 

 

Year 1 -Semester I

 

 

 

 

1

BBT11012

Biotechnology in our world

2

 

 

 

2

BBT11023

Fundamentals of Biology

3

 

 

 

3

BBT11032

Chemistry I

2

 

 

 

4

BBT11042

Basics in IT

2

 

 

 

5

BBT11052

Basic Mathematics

2

 

 

 

6

BBT11062

Basic Physics

2

 

 

 

7

BBT11072

Laboratory and field work safety (Opt)

2

 

 

 

8

BBT11080

Basic Academic English

non-credit/Compulsory (P/F)**

 

 

Total credits per semester [core 13,opt 2]

 15

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 -Semester II

 

 

 

 

9

BBT12093

Chemistry II

3

 

 

 

10

BBT12103

Organic Chemistry

3

 

 

 

11

BBT12113

Biochemistry

3

 

 

 

12

BBT12123

Basic Molecular Biology

3

 

 

 

13

BBT12132

Fundamentals in Business Management (opt)

2

 

 

 

14

BBT12143

public speaking (Opt )

3

 

 

 

15

BBT12150

Co-curriculum

non-credit/Compulsory (P/F)**

 

 

Total credits per semester[core 12,opt 5]

 17

 25

7

 

 

 

  

Year 2 [core credits 28, optional 4]

 

 

Year 2 -Semester I

 

 

 

 

16

BBT23163

Microbiology

3

 

 

 

17

BBT23172

Genome structure and organization

2

 

 

 

18

BBT23183

Bio-separation techniques

3

 

 

 

19

BBT23192

 Basic plant physiology

2

 

 

 

20

BBT23202

Basic animal physiology

2

 

 

 

21

BBT23213

Basic Bioinformatics

3

 

 

 

22

BBT23222

Ethics and social responsibilities (opt)

2

     

 

 

Total credits per semester[core 15,opt 2]

 17

   

 

 

 

Year 2 -Semester II

 

 

 

 

23

BBT24233

Bio resources and Environmental Biotechnology

3

 

 

 

24

BBT24242

Basic plant tissue culture

2

 

 

 

25

BBT24252

Basic animal tissue culture

2

 

 

 

26

BBT24263

Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnology

3

 

 

 

27

BBT24273

Introduction to nanobiotechnology

3

 

 

 

28

BBT24282

Sustainable consumption and production (Opt)

2

 

 

 

29

BBT24290

Grad-prep

non-credit/Compulsory (P/F)**

 

 

Total credits per semester[core 13,opt 2]

15

53

11

 60-64#

 #completion of minimum 60 credits is compulsory at the end of the second year

Year 3 [core credits 26, optional 12]

 

 

Year 3 -Semester I

 

 

 

 

30

BBT35303

Immunology

3

 

 

 

31

BBT35313

Advanced molecular biology and genetic engineering

3

 

 

 

32

BBT35323

Medical biotechnology

3

 

 

 

33

BBT35332

Biotechnology in food science

2

 

 

 

 34

BBT35343

Genetics and human genome

 3

 

 

 

35

BBT35353

Innovation and entrepreneurship (Opt )

3

 

 

 

36

BBT35363

Natural products (Opt)

 3

     

 

 

Total credits per semester[core 14,opt 6]

 20

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3 -Semester II

 

 

 

 

37

BBT36373

Introduction to Bio process Engineering

2

 

 

 

38

BBT36383

Statistical analysis

2

 

 

 

39

BBT36394

Research methodology and scientific writing

2

 

 

 

40

BBT36403

Marine biotechnology

3

 

 

 

41

BBT36413

Biotechnology in forensic science

3

 

 

 

42

BBT36423

Management of bio resources (Opt )

 3

 

 

 

43

BBT36433

Quality control management and testing (Opt )

3

 

 

 

44

BBT36440

Career guidance

non-credit/Compulsory (P/F)**

 

 

Total credits per semester[core 12,opt 6]

18

79

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 [core credits 23, optional 9]

 

 

Year 4 -Semester I

 

 

 

 

45

BBT47453

Molecular systematics

3

 

 

 

46

BBT47468

Final year Research project

8

 

 

 

47

BBT47473

Advanced bioinformatics (Opt )

3

   

 

 48

BBT47483

Crop improvement (Opt )

 3

 

 

 

 49

BBT47493

Basic Pharmacology (Opt )

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total credits per semester [core 11,opt 9]

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 -Semester II

 

 

 

 

50

BBT48503

Proteomics

3

 

 

 

 51

BBT48513

Special topics in biotechnology

 3

 

 

 

 52

BBT48526

Internship#

 6

 

 

 

 

 

Total credits per semester

12

102

32

 

 

 

B.Sc (Hons) Exit- Total

120-134*

*completion of minimum number of 120 credits is compulsory at the end of the fourth year

# Internship module will count to complete number of credits but will not consider for the GPA calculation

**pass/fail only

Learning Outcomes

You will become a qualified biotechnologist and can work in several different Biotechnology fields. But not only as Scientists in the Medical Laboratories which is considered to be very common, the Biotechnology field and its careers span over other functional areas that are just as integral parts in getting a meaningful biotechnology product to market through areas such as research and development, quality assurance/regulatory affairs, manufacturing, clinical research, policymaking, food, animal and environmental science, sales and technical support, business and project management sectors.

Scientists in the fields of Medical, Pharmaceutical, Biomedical Engineering, Agricultural, Food and Nutrition, Bioinformatics, forensic investigations as well as Biochemists, Microbiologists, Biomanufacturing Specialists, Business Development Managers, Entrepreneurs, Academia are few examples of the most in-demand biotechnology careers that are shaping the student’s future.

Professional Recognition

Horizon Campus, has gained the required recognition and accreditations by the Ministry of Higher Education and the University Grants Commission (UGC), respectively.

Career Opportunities

When considering the Biotechnology degrees, one common biotechnology career path, laboratory work is not the sole choice. The Biotechnology field and its careers span over other functional areas that are just as integral parts in getting a meaningful biotechnology product to market through areas such as research and development, quality assurance/regulatory affairs, manufacturing, clinical research, policymaking, food, animal and environmental science, sales and technical support, business and project management sectors.

Scientists in the fields of Medical, Pharmaceutical, Biomedical Engineering, Agricultural, Food and Nutrition, Bioinformatics, forensic investigations as well as Biochemists, Microbiologists, Marine Biologists, Biomanufacturing Specialists, Business Development Managers, Entrepreneurs, Academia are few examples of the most in-demand biotechnology careers that are shaping the student’s future.

Internships

Horizon Campus encourage and assist the undergraduate students to participate in high-quality internships to gain valuable professional experience in their chosen area. Collaborating with companies and organizations in a variety of sectors builds students’ professional connections and gives them a competitive advantage in terms of their future employment.

The type of internships that students participate in vary; from working in companies and organizations, to doing research projects and working with a professor. The internship will be conducted at the final semester of the programme for a duration of 6 months.

LECTURE PANEL

Prof. Shamala Tirimanne

Dean - Faculty of Science
Senior Professor

B.Sc. Special Degree in Botany, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka PhD. in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, USA

Dr. Eranga Karunarathne

Head of the Department
Senior Lecturer

B.Sc. (Hons) Specialised in Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka PhD. in Molecular microbiology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr. Arosha Nirmal Buddhapriya

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. (Special) in Plant Biotechnology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka Graduate Chemist, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Sri Lanka Ph.D. in Botany, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Mr. Sadin De Silva

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

Graduate Chemist, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Sri Lanka M.Phil. in Organic Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Reading for Ph.D. in Natural Product Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ms. Shanika Gamage

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. in Bio Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka M.Sc. in Food Science & Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Mr. Medhisha Pasan Gunawardena

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. (Hons) Special in Environment Conservation and Management, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Mr. Eranda Mandawala

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

Diploma in Bioinformatics, Spectrum Institute of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Manipal University, India M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Masters in Business Administration, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Ms. Kanchana Peeris

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. Special degree in Botany, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka M.Sc. in Crop Protection and Plant Biotechnology, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Ms. Yasara Rathnayake

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Ms. Tharangi Ellewela

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Northumbria University, New Castle, UK

Ms. Danushika Nayomi

Assistant Lecturer – Faculty of Science

Diploma in Laboratory Technology, Spectrum Institute of Science & Technology, Sri Lanka B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology, Nilai University, Malaysia Reading for M.Sc. in Food & Nutrition, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Ms. Sonali Abeysiriwardene

Demonstrator – Faculty of Science

Dip in Information Technology, E-commerce B.Sc. special degree in Biotechnology, Wayamba University, Sri Lanka Reading for M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

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