Bachelor Of Science In Biotechnology With Honours | FACULTY OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMOLECULAR SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with Honours

  • Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology is first offered at the Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology in 1986 and later has been placed under the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (FBSB) that was established on 1 August 2004. Under FBSB, the name of the program has been changed to Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with Honors and offered by the Department of Bioprocess Technology. The program is conducted on a full-time basis at the campus of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang. The duration of the program is eight semesters (four years) with a minimum credit of 126 to graduate.

This program is conducted using a student-centered learning (SCL) method that includes theories and practices through lectures, tutorials, seminars, industrial training, field trips, case studies, fieldwork and research projects.

  • Curriculum Structure

The program curriculum structure is structured based on the components and guidelines set by the Program Standards Biotechnology. Students need to complete a minimum of 126 credits to graduate.


The courses offered in the program are divided into six (6) main components namely fundamental sciences, core components: core sciences and applied, specialization elective, final year research project, industrial training, and generic skills, humanities and liberal arts.

  1. Fundamental Sciences
    Fundamental sciences component (13 credits) is basic courses in biotechnology such as biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, especially statistics.

  2. Core: Core Sciences and Applied
    Core component courses: core sciences and applied (57 credits) are set in the program to achieve sufficient skill levels in biotechnology studies.

  3. Specialization Elective
    Specialized elective courses (20 credits) encompass various biotechnology elective courses such as industrial biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, animal and plant biotechnology, and food biotechnology.


In addition to Elective Biotechnology courses, students can also choose elective courses in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship:

Elective Biotechnology Entrepreneurship - students whose taking this elective must take elective courses of 20 credit hours which consists of elective biotechnology (8 credits) and elective biotechnology entrepreneurship (12 credits).

  1. Final Year Research Project
    The courses classified in this component include the Bachelor Dissertation and Seminar (7 credits).

  2. Industrial Training
    Standard Program: Biotechnology specified that industrial training (6 credits) is a compulsory component for Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with Honors.

  3. Generic Skills, Humanities and Liberal Arts
    The courses included in this component are courses such as communication skills, information technology, management, global language, Malaysian nationhood, and ethnic relation (23 credits).

 

  • Entry Requirements

University General Rules

Graduates from Matriculation/Asasi

  1. Passed Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/equivalent with Hons in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia or Hons in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia July Paper;
  2. Passed KPM Matriculation/Asasi Sains UM/Asasi UiTM/ Asasi Sains Pertanian UPM with at least CGPA 2.00;
  3. Achieved at least Band 1 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

 STPM holder

  1. Passed Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/equivalent with Hons in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia or Hons Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia Julai Paper;
  2. Passed Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Examination with at least CGPA 2.00 and achieved at least:
  • Gred C (NGMP 2.00) General Studies subject; and
  • Gred C (NGMP 2.00) in two others subjects.
  • Achieved at least Band 1 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

 Diploma candidates

  1. Passed Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/equivalent with Hons in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia or Hons in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia July Paper;
  2. Obtained Diploma or others qualification recognized by Malaysian Government and approved by IPTA Senate;

or

  1. Passed Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Examination year 2008 or before with at least CGPA 2.00 and achieved at least;
  • Gred C (NGMP 2.00) in Pengajian Am subject;
  • Gred C (NGMP 2.00) in two (2) others subjects;

or

  1. Passed Matriculation examination year 2008 or before with at least PNGK 2.00;
  2. Achieved at least Band 1 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

 

Programme Special Requirement

Graduates from Matriculation/Asasi

  1. Achieved at least Gred B- (2.67) at matriculation/Asasi level in following subject:
  • Chemistry; and
  • Biology
  1. Achieved at least Gred C+ (2.33) at Matriculation/Asasi in following subject:
  • Mathematics

 
STPM holder

  1. Achieved at least Gred B- (NGMP 2.67) at STPM level in following subjects:
  • Chemistry; and
  • Biology
  1. Achieved at least Gred C+ (NGMP 2.33) at STPM level in following subjects:
  •   Matematik T / Matematik Lanjutan T


Diploma
candidates

   Diploma in suitable field or other qualification approved by UPM Senate.

  • Programme Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with Honors are divided into two based on the learning outcomes specified by the Program Standards: Biotechnology and learning outcomes according to the University's requirements based on the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF). Overall, after following this program, graduate will be able to:

  1. exhibit knowledge and comprehensive understanding in biotechnology;
  2. use basic equipment related to biotechnology;
  3. analyze, synthesize, and integrate knowledge and information;
  4. apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills;
  5. conduct basic guided research;
  6. demonstrate the ability to seek, adapt and provide solutions to address biotechnology challenges and problems;
  7. practice the concept of lifelong learning;
  8. demonstrate awareness and understanding of the basic issues of entrepreneurship and commercialization, ethics, legislation and social related to biotechnology;
  9. show their communication skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Career & Internship Information


Career Information

Career in biotechnology is noteworthy for supporting the development of various industries in Malaysia, these include agriculture, livestock, food, medicine, manufacturing, and waste management. This is in line with The National Biotechnology Policy 2005-2020, which aims to develop the biotechnology field as one of the engine of economic growth. The policy focuses on the development of three economic sectors; namely agriculture, healthcare, and industrial manufacturing, as well as supporting the development of ecosystems that cater for scientific, academic and business communities. Career path:

  1. Ministries and relevant government departments such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation
  2. Research and development center at universities, research institutions and private agencies
  3. Biotechnology companies
  4. Universities, college and schools
  5. Entrepreneur

 

Internship Information

Industrial training for program under Bachelor of Biotechnology Science with Honors (course code: BTC4901) will be offered to the students in their final semester (semester 8) following the completion of Bachelor’s Dissertation course. Students will be given the opportunity to seek out for internship that are in line with their interests and training suitability towards the program. Training venues generally encompass of but not limited to; research institutions or diagnostic testing, monitoring, and quality control laboratories under the government agencies, private commercial laboratories, manufacturing companies which centre on biomanufacturing and bioprocessing activities, plantation companies, and service-providing companies offering consultation, education, and training in biotechnology related fields. Placement selection and supervision of students during the training period will be jointly conducted by the department coordinator with the supervisor or manager of the agency or company concerned. Exposure to this industry training will increase the marketability of graduates as students will be able to practice their knowledge of the work processes and can grasp the nature of biotechnology career more effectively.

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  • Programme Recognition

The curriculum structure is developed based on the components and guidelines set by the Program Standards: Biotechnology to fulfill the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Universiti Putra Malaysia requirements.

 

 

 

 

Updated:: 10/07/2017 [m_radzi]

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