Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science

The Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science programme has been designed in such a way that students will benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, critical thinking and a focused training on innovation and design thinking that will be of value to the existing and emerging biomedical industries in Singapore, the wider Asian market and beyond.

The programme aims to provide knowledge and experience leading to career opportunities in a wide variety of areas including biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental monitoring, public health, agrochemical and food sectors. With the increased importance of globalisation of education and training, these programmes will incorporate, where appropriate, issues of global significance.

In an effort to best match the needs of industry in this area, the Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science has a significant focus on skills development and employer-led, industry-required knowledge acquisition in areas such as technology and knowledge exchange, IPR, entrepreneurship, health & safety, marketing, growth strategies and innovation these to be presented and developed through business planning exercises, simulations and relevant case studies.

Hence the uniqueness of the Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science will be the fusion of strong skills, design thinking and knowledge development alongside business awareness and knowledge exchange required to meet the intended aims of interfacing academia and research with collaboration with industry.
Upon completion of the course, Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science is awarded by CSM Academy International.

Course Duration

Full time: 8 months (5-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week)
Part time: 12 months (3-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week)

Course Structure

There are a total of 6 modules have to be completed and passed for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science.

Course Module and Synopsis

Microbiology
This module will extend the knowledge of microbiology from the introductory module by relating structure and function. Topics to be covered will include bacterial growth and death and methods for the isolation and characterisation of microorganisms.Also covered will be a comparison of methods for measuring bacterial growth and for controlling their growth which will include antibiotics, disinfectants, ultraviolet light and pasteurisation. A topic of key importance in modern biomedical science relates to the ways in which genetic information is exchangedand this will introduce the students to the concepts of conjugation, transformation and transduction.

Physiology
Building on the structural aspects of anatomy and physiology developed in the introductory module, this module will extend the study of human physiology to deal with the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. In dealing with these topics relevant learning from other modules such as biochemistry metabolism and genetics will be integrated into appropriate parts of the module. Such cross referencing will help the students to acquire a more holistic view of the biomedical science discipline

Biochemistry
The primary focus for this module will be to relate the structures of the key biological molecules to cellular function. The key aspects of the organisation and regulation of metabolic pathways will be described and will includeglycolysis, the TCA cycle, the electron transport chain and oxidative phosphorylation. Also covered will be the mechanisms for energy storage and biosynthesis of such molecules as glycogen, glucose, fatty acids, lipids and amino acids. The biological functions of the nucleic acids will be further developed through a study of the molecular mechanisms for replication, transcription and translation.In terms of the key functions of proteins in biological systems (in vivo and in vitro), students will be introduced to the topics of enzymology and enzyme kinetics

Genetics & Molecular Biology
This module provides an introduction to the subject of genetics and introduces a range of modern molecular biology concepts and techniques. General molecular biology, molecular biology of genetic diseases and the use of molecular biology for biomedical applications will be addressed. Students will be given a thorough introduction to the principles of sequence analysis and how these techniques have revolutionised all areas of molecular biology. Particular attention will be paid to the technique of PCR. The module content will be delivered via a series of lectures and tutorials that will allow students to gain insight into the theoretical aspects of molecular biology. A series of laboratory practical sessions will introduce the basic techniques that lie at the heart of modern molecular biology such as DNA purification, PCR, restriction digestion, control of gene expression and nucleic acid/protein analysis via agarose and SDS PAGE gels.

Clinical Laboratory Management
Clinical laboratory management is included in the curriculum because it is essential that professionals in these particular fields should be able to manage efficiently a clinical laboratory. From a recent survey of employment opportunities in Singapore it would appear that there is a shortage of skilled laboratory managers in order to provide a reliable diagnostic service. Included in the study of laboratory management are four principal topics, these being

  • Quality control systems for laboratory tests which would also include validation of laboratory methods, design of experiments, collection of data from validation experiments, quality planning for laboratory testing processes and, finally, quality assurance practices applicable to healthcare laboratories (laboratory regulations and accreditation standards are reviewed and quality plans and procedures are developed to satisfy regulatory and accreditation requirements).
  • Financial management in which issues such as budgets, cost/benefit analysis, purchasing, accounting, reimbursements, inventory control, capital equipment acquisitions, billing and collection, cash flow analysis, the essential elements of the business plan and effective budgeting will be covered.
  • Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS) which deals with powerful laboratory information management systems that enable laboratories to manage complex workflows and processes, ensure regulatory compliance, and promote performance and enterprise-wide collaborationLaboratory health & safety and risk assessment which are of paramount importance in the laboratory. This will help make the students more aware of the hazards and risks involved in laboratory and research work, as well as giving them an overview of the legal requirements attached to this work. The curriculum discusses issues involved in the handling of chemical and biological agents, basic safety procedures and common hazards

Biology of Diseases
The module aims to provide an introduction to human disease at various physiological levels (cell, tissue, organ and system) and provide general principles that underlie pathological processes, such as epidemiology, microbial pathogenicity, immunology and the study of a range of diseases of specific human organs. The module will also examine the role of a biomedical scientist and methods required to analyse and understand specific human diseases.

Course Learning Objectives

The overall aims of the programme are to facilitate the development of a broad-based, core knowledge and understanding of Biomedical Science, coupled with specialist skills and knowledge in one or more areas of biomedical science.

In addition a key aim for the students is to possess a wide range of employability and transferable skills along with an understanding of professional ethics and the relevance of biology to contemporary practical and ethical questions.
On completion of the Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science programme of study the student will have the following skills:

A broad experience of practical laboratory skills used to safely and ethically collect data in subject specific areas, such as microbiology, immunology, toxicology, genetics and cell &molecular biology.

The ability to accurately disseminate scientific information using appropriate communication methods and media.

The analytical, numerical, statistical and IT skills to record data and then to extract and communicate informed and testable conclusions.

The skills to resolve complex scientific problems by acquiring, interpreting and analysing appropriate knowledge, involving both the critical analysis and evaluation of texts, original papers and reports by others.

The skills in identifying information needs, and in the systematic gathering and analysis of ideas, concepts and data from a range of scientific literature.

The skills of design thinking translated to the biomedical sciences with a view to gaining expertise in the practical, creative resolution of problems or issues.

A range of employability skills relevant to many professional contexts where there is a need for problem solving, decision-making and personal responsibility

The relationship between theory and practice will be constantly examined. The development of intellectual, practical, and employability skills will be embedded into all modules. A combination of examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts, business planning exercises, simulations, case studies and dissertation will be amongst the assessment tools used to reinforce and enhance the learning.

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, in classroom mode, practicals.

Course Commencement

January, April, July and October

Assessment Methodology

Examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts, business planning exercises, simulation and case studies.

Note:
In case students fail the main examination of a particular module, they are allowed to sit for ‘One’ supplement assessment with payment of the appropriate fee*. Students are to re-take the module, shall they fail the supplementary assessment. Modules are independent of each other.
* Refer to Miscellaneous Fees

Graduation Requirements and Awards

Students must complete and pass 6 modules to be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science conferred by CSM Academy International Pte Ltd.

Local students must achieve an attendance of 75% and international students must achieve an attendance of 90% in any month of the course.

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Research Assistance
  • Sales and Marketing Personnel for Health Sectors

Entry Requirement

  • Diploma in Biomedical Science awarded by local Polytechnic or CSM Academy International or other relevant Diploma holders.

English Requirement

  • IELTS with a minimum overall band of 5.0.
  • GCE ‘A’ level pass in English or equivalent.

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

International student: S$600 (before GST)
Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

For local students: S$ 1,600.00 per module totalling S$ 9,600.00 (6 modules) – before GST
For International students: S$10,500 (before GST)

Note:
Students are required to pay for the following miscellaneous fees on modules with lab sessions:

  • Laboratory Coat & Cap – S$30 (before GST)
  • Material cost for module with laboratory experiments – S$150 (before GST)

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.
****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.

Note:

  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Local students

Step 1 – Fill up the following online forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd

Step 2 – Attached the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity for foreigners with valid pass) / NRIC (For Singaporean / PRs)
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • A copy of resume
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post.

Step 5: Payment of Programme Fees
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment.

International Students

Step 1 – Fill up the following forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International
  • ICA Form 16 and Form V36 (complete in English and duly signed by applicant)

Step 2 – Attach the following documents:

 

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity)
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • Resume or Letter from employer certifying period of employment (if applicable)
  • Bank balance to show a minimum of S$30,000 for students from visa-required countries (China, India etc)
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post. Alternatively, you may also submit the documents to CSM Academy’s recruitment partner in your country.

Step 5: Application of Student Pass
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, CSM Academy will proceed to submit your Student’s Pass application via SOLAR+ to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You will know of the outcome within 1 – 2 months.

Step 6: Payment of Programme Fees
Once your Student Pass application is approved-in-principle by ICA, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment. Do contact our Student & Industry Outreach Executive if you require student services on arrival such as airport pick-up, accommodation, medical check-up and more.

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