Posted by: Lee Thong Chuan | August 7, 2009

The crow and the pitcher story is scientifically proven

When we were kids, we often listened to stories told by our parents and teachers. Most of the stories instill moral value in ourself. Do you ever listened to a ancient Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher”?  It tells the story of a thirsty crow cleverly drops stones into a pithcher of water, raising up the water level to quench his thirst.

Recently, Nathan Emery (Queen Mary, University of London) and Cristhopher Bird (University of Cambridge) have conducted a simple study to prove crows have cognitive thinking to solve a problem, which were also shown by some animals such cimpanzees, orang utan, dogs, swines and etc. In the experiments, Emery and Bird gave each of four crows a clear plastic tube; the tube contained the larvae of a wax moth floating near the bottom, just beyond the reach of the rooks’ beaks. The results showed the crows able to reach the worms by pick up stones and drop it into the plastic tube containing water to raise up the water level. Video of the experiment can be accesses from the ScienceNOW article by Virginia Morrell, 6th August 2009.

It is amazing to us that many animals have cognitive thinking skills comparable to human. They can solve complex problems, in order to get to their food.

Posted by: Lee Thong Chuan | August 6, 2009

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Industrial Biotechnology Course Map

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Posted by: Lee Thong Chuan | August 6, 2009

Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons.) – Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology is an application of biotechnology for industrial purposes, including biomanufacturing, bioenergy and biomaterials. It includes the practice of using living organisms to generate industrially useful products for large scale bioprocessing and fermentation.

What do we offer?

Research activity is important to the fields of biotechnology. Our strength at UMP include molecular biology, bioprocess and biomaterial. In addition, our research and undergraduate programme is based on inter-disciplinary researches. Practical science, including laboratory and experimental work forms an important part of our undergraduate programme.

Programme infrastructure houses fermenters for microalgae and animal cell culture, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant laboratory and instruments for bioanalytical analyses.

Your degree

Our degree is a four year programme, where in the first year you will take fundamental biological science courses. In your second and third year, you will be exposed to various contemporary applied and industrial biological science courses such as biomaterials, bioprocess and fermentation. In addition, you will be introduced to various industrial safety, quality and assurance standards such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and ISO 9001:2000, and ISO/IEC 17025.

You will spend an additional semester during your fourth year to gain invaluable experience in an industrial or research laboratory. The final year of your degree will focus principally on an individual research project.

Your learning

Our degree emphasizes on practical science, and you can expect to spent much of your time in laboratories. Most practicals are taught either in wet laboratories, where you will handle chemicals and biological materials or in dry laboratories, where computer simulations and exercises are carried out.

In small-group tutorial you will discuss course-related topics, carry out problem-solving exercises and be expected to make an oral presentation. Assessment of your attainment will include a combination of examination, coursework, practical work, tutorial work and presentation.

Programmes’ Objectives (PO)

Once graduated, graduates will be able to develop the attributes in the workplace by contributing in the manner desired by the POs.

PO1: Produce a graduate who is competent with strong understanding of fundamental bioscience and basic technical knowledge.

PO2: Produce a graduate who has high professional integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities towards the Creator, clients and the society.

PO3: Produce a graduate who has the ability to communicate ideas scientifically and professionally.

PO4: Produce a graduate who is able to think creatively and innovatively to solve biotechnology problems.

PO5: Produce a graduate who is able to adapt him/herself to the international/global work environment.

PO6 Produce a graduate who can lead an organisation based on experience and knowledge of important current issues in biotechnology.

PO7 Produce a graduate who can conduct research, development, commercialization and innovation.

PO8 Produce a graduate who is able to enhance knowledge in cutting edge technology.

PO9 Produce a graduate who is able appreciate and apply their knowledge professionally and ethically.

PO10 Produce a graduate who is able to practice industrial quality standards such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and ISO 9001:2000, and ISO/IEC 17025.

Your career

Apart from public and academic career opportunities, graduates have various opportunities within the industry in agriculture, nutraceutical, food production, genetic resources conservation, bioinformatics, stem cell research and various life sciences related fields. Among the career options are to work as Molecular Biologist, Genetic Engineer, Biochemist, Biotechnology Patent Officer Technician in QA/QC laboratory and Bio-entrepreneur.

Entry Requirement

Matriculation/Foundation: At least Gred C (2.00) in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.

STPM:At least Grade C (CGPA 2.00) in Mathematics T, Chemistry and Biology.

Programme duration: 4 years

Number of students per intake: 60 students