Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture will provide students with an in-depth knowledge and skills in biopharmaceutical production, analysis and cell culture-related topics. Students will be exposed to a set of technologies that provide state-of–the-art tools for genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, drug discovery, screening and the analysis of biomolecules, such as DNA, proteins and small metabolites (biopharmaceuticals).
In addition, the programme will also introduce different chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques to analyse biopharmaceuticals, as well as other methods ranging from traditional immunoassays to state-of-the-art developments in bioarrays and nano-technology. The practical aspects of the programme will cover biopharmaceutical analysis techniques and essential cell culture skills.
The course will also train the student to critically evaluate approaches for method development in biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture, and to critically appraise scientific literature and identity future trends in the area of biopharmaceutical analysis. In summary, the programme will furnish the students with a competency required to undertake mammalian cell culture projects, and the ability to select the best techniques needed to analyse different biopharmaceuticals.
What are the learning outcomes?
On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
•Evaluate the principles of biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture.
•Critically evaluate the different techniques (traditional and modern) used in biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture.
•Ascertain and optimise suitable practical techniques for biopharmaceutical analysis from troubleshooting to successful experimental outcomes.
•Competently devise the appropriate medium and growing conditions for different mammalian cells and perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of the cells.
•Critically evaluate and revise approaches for method developments and future trends in the area of biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture through scientific literature.
How is this course delivered?
•The Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture programme is taught using a block approach on a part-time basis to facilitate students in full-time employment.
•Since this course is also offered as one module of the two year MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management programme, the Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture is only offered once every two years. The course will next run in January 2020, subject to sufficient student numbers.
•Over the duration of the programme, students will be required to attend WIT for approximately 8 days from January to May.
•This programme will be delivered through a blend of lectures, laboratory practicals and independent study. Students will be required to attend WIT for five days of lectures, in addition to three days of laboratory practicals.
•Continuous assessment will be carried out throughout the course of the programme.