Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science
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.
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 micro organisms. 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 exchanged and this will introduce the students to the concepts of conjugation, transformation and transduction.
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
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 include glycolysis, 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
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.
- In case of failure of a module, student is allowed to take up to 1 supplementary assessment with payment of the appropriate fee.
- The minimum number of students before the class commences is 15. Students will be notified 2 weeks in advance should course not commence.
- To graduate, a student must complete and pass all 6 modules.
- Application Fee
- For local students: S$ 53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST)
- For international students: S$ 321 (inclusive of 7% GST)#For Student’s Pass Holders only (Not applicable to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass / Dependant Pass Holders)
- Singaporeans / PRs are eligible for up to 50% SDF funding for the Advanced Diploma course
- 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 fee is in Singapore Dollars. • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer
- GCE”A” level with at least 2 “A” level passes or
- Diploma in Biomedical Science from CSM Academy International or equivalent
- English Language Requirements:
- GCE”O” or “A” level pass in English or equivalent. IELTS score of 5.0 if first language is not English
- Examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts, business planning exercises, simulation and case studies.
Graduation and Degree
- Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science
Length of course