Courses Catalog

About the School of Biotechnology

Mission

School of Biotechnology – Tan Tao University is being built up to provide for the society with Bachelors and Engineers who can understand, develop and apply the knowledge as well as highly valuable products from Biotechnological fields to the life in order to improve our life’s quality. Moreover, School of Biotechnology will equip students with the capability to preserve and develop the high value or extinct animals.

Vision

The vision of the School of Biotechnology is to become:

1. A center for Cancer Research & Diagnosis for Vietnam.

2. A center on Applied Research and Transfer the Biotechnological products to develop the Vietnamese agriculture, especially for Mekong Delta.

Program plan. Below is the preferred order in which the courses are delivered. Ideally, a student may not be required to choose a specific degree program until his/her third academic term.

Tan Tao University core courses

30

Tan Tao University electives from Biotechnology school or other schools and departments

24

School of Biotechnology core courses

49

Concentration core courses

15

Thesis

10

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

128

Tables of required courses. Below are the required courses for the degree program.

Tan Tao University core courses

HUM101

Writing and Ideas

3

HUM102

Culture and Literature

3

HIS101

Civilizations

3

HIS102

Modern Times

3

MATH101

Calculus 1

3

ECON101

Microeconomics

3

ECON102

Macroeconomics

3

MGT101

Introduction to Management

3

MGT102

Leadership and Communication

3

CHEM101

Core Concepts in Chemistry

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

30

 

School of Biotechnology core courses

BT_AB101

Introduction to Biotechnology

2

BT_AB102

Cell Biology

3

BT_AB103

Biostatistics and Practice

3

BT_AB104

Organic Chemistry

3

BT_AB105

Student Seminar in Biotechnology

2

BT_AB106

Lab Practices 1

2

BT_AB201

Genetics

3

BT_AB202

Basic Bioinformatics

3

BT_AB203

Biochemistry

3

BT_AB204

Human & Animal Physiology

3

BT_AB205

Molecular & Cellular Biology 1

3

BT_AB206

Animal Bioscience Experiment 1

2

BT_AB301

Lab Practices 2

2

BT_AB302

Protein Engineering & Proteomics

3

BT_AB303

Immunology & Immunogenetics

3

BT_AB304

Scientific Research Methologies and Scientific Writing Workshop

3

BT_AB305

Embryonic Stem cell and Therapeutic Applications

3

BT_AB306

Animal Bioscience Experiment 2

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

49

Concentrations. The following information describes each of the concentrations in the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology.

Biotechnology. Those who choose the Biotechnology concentration will experience animal, plant and aquaculture biotechnology, with a focus on embryonic stem cell, genome, animal cell and drug development. They will able to solve challenge in biotechnology study, and develop new therapies in disease’s treatment.

Biotechnology concentration core courses

BT301

Animal Biotechnology

3

BT302

Plant Biotechnology

3

BT303

Aquaculture Biotechnology

3

BT304

Genome Biology

3

BT305

Animal Cell and Drug Development

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

15

Applied Biology. Applied Biology Major is designed to provide students with a broad, well-balanced background in biological science. Students will study a combination of animal, plant and microbial sciences, underpinned by animal and plant physiology, biochemistry, genetics and computing and learn to apply this knowledge to solve the problems in many fields. Moreover, students will be taught for the methods that ‘How to apply the Biotechnological achievements into our life to improve human life quality’. Especially, they will be deeply trained for the knowledge and practice about Cancer issues as well as therapies for each patient (called Personalized Cancer Therapy)

Applied Biology concentration core courses

AB301

Microbiology and Biotechnology

3

AB302

Biopharmaceuticals

3

AB303

Gene & Cell Therapy

3

AB304

Nanobiotechnology Applied for Biomedicine

3

AB305

Cancer & Personalized Cancer Therapy

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

15

 

School of Biotechnology electives courses

SBT101

Advances in Stem cells and Applications

3

SBT102

Molecular & Cellular Biology 2

3

SBT103

Human & Animal Physiology of Reproduction

3

SBT104

Developmental Biology

3

SBT105

Biotechnology Product Development: Concepts, Biosafety and Regulatory Issues

2

SBT106

Biotechnology Start-up

1

SBT107

Biomaterials

3

SBT108

Bio-Energy

3

SBT109

Biophysics

3

SBT110

Forensic Biology and Criminalistics/ Sinh học pháp y và tội phạm học

3

Other Schools/ Majors

 

Thesis

10

COURSE LIST

BT_AB101

Introduction to Biotechnology

The objective of this course is to introduce students the multidiscriplinary area of animal biotechnology: from molecular, cellular, genomics and development issues to their technological applications. This course also teaches the basic applications of advanced biotechnology in the stem cell, cloning, transgenic animals, cell reprogramming, assisted reproductive technology (ART) and their applications in therapy, medicine, agriculture, marine biologyand forensics.

BT_AB102

Cell Biology

This course has been designed to provide students an introduction to cell biology and it will cover many different areas of cellular biology including chemical foundation of cells; the synthesis and function of macromolecules such as nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates and proteins; regulation of gene expression; membrane and organelle structure and function; cell adhesion and mobility; signaling mechanisms; cell division, and cell death. Examples about relevant human disorders will also be used to help students to understand what happens when cells don't work properly. Students who fulfill this course will have a picture or concepts about “what the cell is” and its applications in the various biological areas and especially in the cell therapies.

BT_AB103

Biostatistics and Practice

This course introduces statistical concepts and analytical methods as applied to data encountered in biotechnology and biomedical sciences. It emphasizes the basic concepts of experimental design, quantitative analysis of data, and statistical inferences. Topics include probability theory and distributions; population parameters and their sample estimates; descriptive statistics for central tendency and dispersion; hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means, variances, and proportions; the chi-square statistic; categorical data analysis; linear correlation and regression model; analysis of variance; and nonparametric methods. The course provides students a foundation to evaluate information critically to support research objectives and product claims and a better understanding of statistical design of experimental trials for biological products/devices.

BT_AB104

Organic Chemistry

This course provides a survey of basic facts and principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. Topics include measurement, molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, solutions, acid-base chemistry, gas laws, and the structure, properties, and reactions of major organic and biological groups. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental chemical concepts. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

BT_AB105

Student Seminar in Biotechnology

This course introduces the concepts of Gene expression and regulation, Animal Germ cells and development, Transgenic animals and gene knock-outs, Transgenic animals in medicine (pharming) and agriculture, Preservation and maintenance of animal cell lines, cryopreservation and transport of animal germplasm (i.e. semen, ovum and embryos), Future of molecular techniques for animal science, bio organ for human transplantation, Molecular biological techniques for rapid diagnosis of genetic diseases and gene therapy.

BT_AB106

Lab Practices 1

This course provides a survey of basic technique of somatic cells, stem cell and germ cells culture, and experimental and practical activities on the basic of animal biotechnology.Moreover, this course provides hands-on experience in many essential molecular biology techniques. The protocols used in this course are those commonly used in research as well as diagnostic labsIn this course, students will dotissue sampling and homogenizationtotal DNA isolation; PCR preparation and machine setting up; DNA electrophoresis using agarose gel; and gel image analyzing.Tissues of penaeid shrimps infected by white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) will be used in experiments due to the fact that they are absolutely safe to human health and fishery is a current world-wide “hot” field in which molecular methodologies are being applied aggressively.    

BT_AB201

Genetics

Understand the principles of Mendelian genetics, segregation, recombination and mutation as they apply to the inheritance of qualitative characters (coat colors and spotting patterns) and genetic defects in farm animals. Be able to evaluate genetic information from performance testing programs and beef and dairy cattle sire summaries and to explain the current genetic evaluation procedures used in the swine, poultry and equine industries.

BT_AB202

Basic Bioinformatics

Nowadays, with the dramatic increase of data from Genomics as well as Proteomics, it really needs some solution to work with these issues, and Bioinformatics is appearing as the best way to deal with those huge data. So, this course has been designed to provide students with the basic knowledge in the integration of Information Technology into Biology, especially focus on the fields of Biotechnology as the fastest way to jump into the Bioinformatics field. Throughout this course, students will have chances to work with DNA as well as Protein sequences in gene and genome level using several Bioinformatics Software to clarify many issues involving in diseases or disorders caused by the polymorphisms in genes/ Nucleotide sequences. Beside it will emphasize many the cutting edge topics such as Epigenetics, Cancer Genetics and Cancer Genome, which are getting a lot of considerations from Labs on all over the world. Students who fulfill this course will have a real picture about “what is Bioinformatics?” and its applications in the various biological areas and especially in medicine as well as agriculture aspects.

BT_AB203

Biochemistry

Biochemistry teaches the basic principles of biochemistry that govern human and Animals physiology in health and in diseases. The course is designed to link basic biochemistry to physiology, pathology, pharmacology, clinical diagnosis and nutrition. Student will initially learn about the structural and basic functions of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. The biosyntheses, trafficking and degradation of macromolecules and their relevancy to diseases will be discussed.

BT_AB204

Human & Animal Physiology

This course is designed to help further student’s understanding of the function of particularly humans and animals. The principal goal is to learn about the      function & regulation of the human body and physiological integration of the organ systems to maintainhomeostasis. Course content will include neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, as well as study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, and   endocrine organ systems.

BT_AB205

Molecular & Cellular Biology 1

This course has been designed to provide students an introduction to biology in molecular level as well as the relationships with Genetics and Biochemistry. Moreover, it will cover many different areas of Molecular cellular biology including the contents and structures of DNA/RNA; the replication of genetic materials as well as the repairs of those if they encounter some errors during the time of duplications, the mechanism for the maintenance of the ends of chromosomes, the recombination of chromosomes, the transcription in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the synthesis and function of proteins; RNA processing and posttranscriptional gene regulation. Examples about relevant human disorders will also be used to help students to understand what happens when the genes, DNA or proteins don't work properly. Students who fulfill this course will have a picture or concepts about “what the Molecular Cellular Biology is” and its applications in the various biological areas and especially in the gene and cell therapies.

AB_BT206

Animal Bioscience Experiment 1

The course aims to develop the student skills and knowledge in a specific area of animal bioscience. The student will carry out a laboratory research project under the supervision Instructor.

BT_AB301

Lab Practices 2

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of and hands on experience with current techniques of genetics, DNA collecting, sorting, alignment of a pair of sequences and genome analysis, Primer Design. This course also focuses on the basic techniques of cell reprogramming, in vitro development of germ cells and cell culture system.

BT_AB302

Protein Engineering & Proteomics

The object of this subject is to teach the process and technology which are needed for protein extraction and synthesis. Moreover, lectures on proteomics will present basic theory of expression profile and level of proteins that were expressed from genome.

BT_AB303

Immunology & Immunogenetics

This course has been designed to provide students an introduction to Immunology as well as its combination with Genetics field. From that combination, then the term Immunogenetics or Immungenetics has been used. Immunogenetics is the branch of medical research, and the students who are going to learn this subject will be introduced with the terms of the components which together form the immune system such as the major histocompatibility system, immunoglobulins, the complement system and. Moreover, they have also been learned about the way to create the genetic structure of the T-cell receptor as an analogous structure to cell-membrane bound immunoglobulin in the future. Students will be taught about the mechanisms of the body to react with infectious diseases or disorders related to the deficiency of immune system. Examples about relevant human disorders will also be used to help students to understand what happens when the immune genes don't work properly. Students who fulfill this course will be able to answer the question “Why does Genetics play an important role in immunological responses?”

BT_AB304

Scientific Research Methologies and Scientific Writing Workshop

A major goal of this course is the development of effective technical writing skills. To help student become an accomplished writer, student will prepare several research papers based upon the studies completed in lab. Our research papers are not typical "lab reports." In a teaching lab a lab report might be nothing more than answers to a set of questions. Such an assignment hardly represents the kind of writing student might be doing in their eventual career.

BT_AB305

Embryonic Stem cell and Therapeutic Applications

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of stem cell biology in the context of embryonic development and adult tissue maintenance.  Students will gain an appreciation for embryonic versus adult stem cells and how these pluripotent or multipotent cells may be utilized toward regenerative medicine (i.e., treatment of congenital defects, disease or injury). Finally, several lectures will also discuss current research focused on exploiting the body’s endogenous regenerative potential as well as potential therapeutic applications (including stem cell transplantation and bioengineering) to enhance tissue regeneration following injury or disease.

BT_AB306

Animal Bioscience Experiment 2

The course aims to develop the student skills and knowledge in a specific area of animal bioscience. Topics covered include:Requirements stipulated in legislation and by public authorities concerning the use of laboratory animals, laboratory animal ethics, biology and welfare of laboratory animals, experimental techniques, planning, execution and publication of animal experiments. This course is an advanced course to understand the concepts in genetic engineering for improvement of productivity in animal industry, and to introduce newly developed techniques concerning gene manipulation.

BT301

Animal Biotechnology

This course has been designed to provide students information about animal science with focus on biology and biotechnology. Students can understand methodologies, ethical and technical issues in application of gene therapy, transgenic, antibody engineering, molecular diagnostics, and biodiversity mining, and animal cloning.

BT302

Plant Biotechnology

This course will give students concepts about biotechnology in plant science. Students can understand about use of biotechnology in generate genetic variation and the factor that related to the expression of gene. It will provide student information about expression of plant traits in different condition of environment. In addition, it shows that biotechnology can contribute in food security and commercial gains in agriculture. With knowledge in plant biotechnology, student can apply biotechnology to solve global problems about food and industrial fields that related to agriculture.

BT303

Aquaculture Biotechnology

This course provides the overview of biotechnology application in aquaculture. Students can understand methodologies and technical issues in application of gene therapy, transgenic, molecular diagnosis in aquaculture. The knowledge also focuses on larval rearing biotechnology, nutritional control in aquaculture, reproductive control in aquaculture species, applications of genetics and genetic manipulations in aquaculture. Student can apply biotechnology to improve quality of aquatic organism that contribute to human benefits.

BT304

Genome Biology

This course has been designed to provide students an introduction to Genomics or Genome Biology with the whole picture about the huge and complexity of certain Genome of an individual and particularly human genome. In detail, the course describes the number of base pairs and the length of a genome within a cell. Moreover, it will reveal out the mechanisms used to compact the huge DNA strains into the extremely relative small nucleus of a cell. The metagenomics study from large number of species is also discussed to help learners to obtain the knowledge about the evolution as well as able to apply those sequencing data into diverse fields of medicine, agriculture and environment. The most importance is that this course will cover most of the molecular biological methods which have currently been using to do researches, diagnose and treat for diseases. Students who fulfill this course will have the knowledge enough to deal with almost aspects in the genomics area including the techniques for NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) and the applications in Personal Medicine.

BT305

Animal Cell and Drug Development

This course will teach about the general principles of drug discovery & development, including safety, toxicology, formulation, registration, and clinical trials. The course will explore the opportunities and challenges biotechnology has for medicine; among them the different new types of biotechnological drugs, gene therapy, personalized medicine, delivery problems, stem cells, genetically engineered animals, among others.

AB301

Applied Microbiology

The course has been designed to provide students information about microorganism. Students understand about diversity of microorganism, the living environment of microorganism species, as well as the roll of them in the nature. In addition, it will provide the technical issues in application of microorganism for human life. Students apply microorganism in many fields, such as medicine, environment, food, agriculture...

AB302

Biopharmaceuticals

The course will give students information about biomolecules (such as DNA, proteins and carbohydrates) and their applications as therapeutic medicine. Students can understand the relationship of biomolecules with diseases. In addition, students can have concepts about drug development process. Students who fulfill the course will have a picture about application of biology and biotechnology in drug development.

AB303

Gene & Cell Therapy

This course is intended to provide an introduction to the basic science and technology of genetic, cell engineering and gene and cell therapy. Examples of both pre-clinical research and clinical trials will be presented. In addition, ethical, regulatory, intellectual perspectives associated with the development of gene and cell therapeutics will be examined.

AB304

Nanobiotechnology Applied for Biomedicine

The objective of the course is to endow an overview of the fundamental concepts of modern biotechnology and to discuss the risks and benefits of its application in the areas of health, food and biomedicine.

AB305

Cancer & Personalized Cancer Therapy

This course has been designed to provide students information about cancer from cellular level to molecular level as well as the therapeutics strategies in each level. Students can understand about the spreading of cancer in our body and response of immune system in cancer disease. Moreover, it will provide information about the cancer-causative and cancer-prevention factors. The course covers all information that students obtained from Cell Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology courses previously. The personalized therapy topic will provide strategies in cancer treatment. Students who fulfill this course will have a picture about cancer and the application of knowledge in cancer therapy. Moreover, student can have concept about disease, therefore they can connect their knowledge to solve other diseases’ problems.

SBT101

Advances in Stem cells and Applications

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of stem cell biology in the context of embryonic development and adult tissue maintenance.  Students will gain an appreciation for embryonic versus adult stem cells and how these pluripotent or multipotent cells may be utilized toward regenerative medicine (i.e., treatment of congenital defects, disease or injury). Finally, several lectures will also discuss current research focused on exploiting the body’s endogenous regenerative potential as well as potential therapeutic applications (including stem cell transplantation and bioengineering) to enhance tissue regeneration following injury or disease.

SBT102

Molecular & Cellular Biology 2

This course has been designed to provide students with the advanced and updated knowledge in molecular biology, especially focus on the fields of DNA Technology as well as techniques to work and analyze gene and protein structure in detail. Moreover, it will cover many different areas of Molecular cellular biology including the subject of “How to clone the genes” by learning Recombinant DNA Technology. The course also provide the basic concepts about gene and genome structure through “Evolution and Organization of genome” chapter. Beside it will emphasize the cutting edge topics about what we call it as “Epigenetics” which describe for the trend in genetics beyond traditional genetics. More updated examples about relevant human disorders will also be used to help students to understand what happens when the genes, DNA or proteins don't work properly. Students who fulfill this course will have a real picture about “what the Molecular Cellular Biology is” and its applications in the various biological areas and especially in medicine as well as agriculture aspects.

SBT103

Human & Animal Physiology of Reproduction

The course provides undergraduate students with a state-of-the-art perspective on mammalian reproductive biology at molecular, cellular and whole-animal levels of organization. Among the topics covered are hypothalamic-pituitary function, oogenesis and spermatogenesis, folliculogenesis, uterine biology, embryonic development, pregnancy endocrinology, and photoperiodic and nutritional regulation of reproduction. The course is taught at a high level and is expected that students will have a good understanding of the fundamentals of reproductive biotechnology such as IVF, IVM, IVD and treatment of infertile in Human and animals.

SBT104

Developmental Biology

This course is designed to provide characteristics of mammal embryo during pre-implantation and post-implantation development with an emphasis on the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. Specific topics include fertilization, determination of cell fate and differentiation, cell migration, establishment of the body plan, formation of selected organs and organ systems, stem cells, and limb regeneration.

SBT105

Biotechnology Product Development: Concepts, Biosafety and Regulatory Issues

This course brings to students practical knowledge and experience of the research and development procedure of biotechnological products. The students will have chances to discover major topics relevant to the procedure including market research, technical development and verification, regulatory affairs and marketing strategies in the context of Vietnam business environment. Teachers might require students to construct projects in which especially interesting products or technologies are developed and promoted according to well-defined demands of pseudo-customers. Assessment is based on the quality of ideas, group collaborative level and interaction in discussion.

SBT106

Biotechnology Start-up & Entrepreneurship

In the scope of this course, students will have chances to deepen their understanding of biotechnology industry as well as to discover trends, opportunities and challenges in the evolving landscape of Vietnam biotechnology. Via applicable sharing from teachers and invited successful entrepreneurs, students could learn how to turn a good idea into a real business opportunity, understand how to avoid common pitfalls in the start-up environment, discover the various funding options available, develop management and leadership skills, etc. Teachers will facilitated additional hands-on activities in which students would play the role of biotechnology start-up owners and deal with common business issues such as setting up operational strategies, negotiation, crisis management, marketing competition, etc.

BT107

Biomaterials

This course focuses on concepts and promising applications of biological materials in human healthcare including cardiovascular medical devices, tissue engineering, vision supporting, burn dressings and skin substitutes, biosensors, drug delivery systems. Students will equip themselves with primary understanding of biomaterials, relevant human physiology, cell biology, materials processing and properties in terms of medical application. Definite case approaches are given on how one can ‘engineer’ medical devices or biological constructs for addressing tissue and organ repair.

SBT108

Bio-Energy

The course provides insights into fuel characterization, treatment and conversion technologies, environmental consequences, and resource sustainable utilizations in terms of bioenergy. Students would additionally achieve in-depth understandings of typical bioenergy generation systems, including bioheat, bioelectricity, biofuel and biogas, as well as their combinations. Students will be able to perform basic engineering calculations (mass and heat balances) for biomass-based energy systems and design suitable systems for bioenergy establishments. Biomass conversion technologies and relevant technical considerations is an important part of this course. Other common biological approaches, including bioethanol and biogas production, will be also digested.

SBT109

Biophysics

This course provides theoretical foundation of macromolecular structures, intrinsic atomic interactions, thermodynamics and kinetics in the context of biological systems. Students will know how to utilize the physical theory to predict behavior of biomolecules and discover a picture of mechanism in which they interact mutually. The emphasis will be placed on the central role of biophysics in the study of molecular pathology and the development of pharmaceutical remedies for various human diseases. Major experimental technologies such as crystallography, spectroscopy and magnetic resonance will be treated additionally in this course.