Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme
The Molecular Biotechnology programme gives students:
- a thorough scientific background of living organisms (microbiology, animal biology/physiology, plant biology/physiology) (including the organismal, tissular, cellular and sub-cellular components)
- a thorough understanding of chemistry, physics, mathematics (including statistics) and notions of engineering technologies (process engineering; process modelling and control, etc.) that can be employed in molecular biotechnology
- an in depth scientific background in biotechnology related sub-disciplines (biochemistry, molecular biology and analysis methods, bio-informatics, immunology, molecular genetics, gene technology etc.)
- an understanding of related disciplines aiming for valorization of biotechnological products/processes (such as industrial, agricultural and biomedical biotechnology)
This is achieved by theoretical training as well as training in practical use of research methodology to study biotechnology. The student will develop a critical mindset that enables him to solve biotechnological problems. The Bachelor of Molecular Biotechnology has its own graduation finality, which is ensured by courses giving insight in the social context of biotechnology (such as market economics and marketing, project management, intellectual property, ethics, courses in company visits and seminars) and also through a big emphasis on the undergraduate thesis.
Next to that the programme is also very well designed to enable students to move on to various Master degree programmes related to biotechnology, at Ghent University as well as other Belgian and international institutions.
Next to the above mentioned knowledge and understanding, learning outcomes also include the following skills and attitudes:
- Readily assimilate knowledge that is offered with regard to living matter and/or molecular biotechnology in particular
- Search, assimilate and process information and new knowledge
- Use knowledge and insight to solve problems related to biotechnology through logical reasoning and analytical thinking
- Work goal-oriented, systematically and methodically
- Report and communicate clearly, intelligibly and scientifically (oral, written and graphical communication)
- Exhibit the capacity to put in place an experimental design and execute laboratory techniques in some specific scientific disciplines, with knowledge of the underlying
- Use the computer/ICT as a work instrument
- Work both self-reliantly as in a team, also in an interdisciplinary context.
- Receptive to new ideas
- Ethical awareness
- Conscious of the social and economical role of molecular biotechnology in the society;
- Focusing on lifelong learning
- Capable of great commitment.