Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science

INTRODUCTION: REAL LAB, REAL EXPERIENCE

The Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Biomedical Science have been designed for students to benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, with critical thinking and focused training on innovation. Design thinking that will be of value to the existing and emerging biomedical industries in Singapore, the rest of the Asian market and beyond.

The programme aims to provide knowledge and experience leading to career opportunities in a wide array 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.

To best match, the needs of industry in this area, the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science have 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, to be presented and developed through business planning exercises, simulations and relevant case studies.

DURATION

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

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

COURSE COMMENCEMENT

January, April, July, October

Note:

– A minimum number of 15 students for the commencement of the class.

– Students are informed two weeks before the commencement of class.

DELIVERY MODE

Classroom-based lectures and laboratory sessions.

Laboratory sessions conducted at an industrial

laboratory.

ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

A combination of examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts, business planning exercises, simulation and case studies will be among the assessment tools.

Note:

In case students fail the main examination of a particular module, they are allowed to sit for “one” supplementary assessment with payment of the appropriate fee*. Students are to re-take the module, should they fail in the supplementary assessment. Modules are independent of each other.

* Refer to the Miscellaneous Fees

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete and pass all six modules each for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma program to be awarded a Diploma in Biomedical

Science and Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science respectively. Attendance requirement for local students is 75% and for international students are 90% in any month of the course.

COURSE DEVELOPER AND AWARDING BODY

CSM Academy International, Singapore

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Employment opportunities include technical posts in a variety of biomedical science specialists laboratories within the hospital environment (haematology, medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry, pathology, etc.) or technical posts within pharmaceutical companies or research groups (academic and industrial), for example:

Cardio Technologist
Cardio Technologist

Medical Technologist
Medical Technologist

Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Sales and Marketing personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

The topics covered by the curriculum are sufficiently broad, which allows students to also diversify into allied disciplines like biological sciences, biotechnology and life sciences.

Our students will also have the relevant knowledge and skills to consider further education and training in a range of health-related programme such as physiotherapy, radiography, nursing.

COURSE MODULES & 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 characterism of micro-organisms.

This module covers the comparison of methods for measuring bacterial growth and for controlling said “growth” includes antibiotics, disinfectants, ultraviolet light and pasteurisation. A topic of high importance in modern biomedical

science relates to how genetic information exchanged. Introducing 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, other modules such as biochemistry metabolism and genetics 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 biological molecules to cellular function. The key aspects of the organisation and regulation of metabolic pathways will be described and will include glycolysis, the TCA cycle, the electron transport chain and oxidative phosphorylation.

This module also covers the mechanisms for energy storage and biosynthesis of such molecules such as glycogen, glucose, fatty acids, lipids and amino acids. 

The biological functions of the nucleic acids further developed through a study of the molecular mechanisms for replication, transcription and translation.

In terms of the main functions of proteins in biological systems (in vivo and in vitro), students 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 & techniques. General molecular biology, molecular biology of genetic diseases, and the use of molecular biology for biomedical applications are addressed.

Students are given a thorough introduction to the principles of sequence analysis and how these techniques have revolutionised all areas of molecular biology.

The main focus of this module is the technique of PCR. This module delivers a series of lectures and tutorials that 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 biologies such as DNA purification, PCR, restriction digestion, control of gene expression and nucleic acid/protein analysis via agarose and SDS PAGE gels.

For Advanced Diploma

Minimum Entry Requirements

• Diploma in biomedical science awarded by local
polytechnic, CSM Academy International or
other relevant Diploma holders

English Language Requirements

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

FEES

Application Fee
(Non-Refundable and non-transferable)

Local Students: S$50
International Students: S$600

Course Fee

  • For local students: S$ 1,600.00 per module totalling to 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, details below:
– S$30 for Lab Coat (before GST)
– S$150 for the material cost for modules with lab experiment (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

Miscellaneous Fees:
Please ask for a copy of the document from our Programme Executives or Recruitment Agents.