Program

  • Biotechnologies

Department of Biotechnologies

Department of Biotechnologies
Dr. DUHORANIMANA Emmanuel
Head of Department
Phone: +250 (0)789294890
Email: emmadu@ines.ac.rw

a. Specific Objectives 
The Department of Biotechnologies fixes himself among others for objectives of:
– scientific researcher avail for industries varied by a formation of quality centered so much on biotechnologies agricultural, animal that microbial;
– To provide hospitals and various laboratories in qualified and competent staff concerning complex analyses
– To form people capable to protect and to preserve the biologic balance of the biosphere by the slant of environmental biotechnologies to form people capable to help the population in his/her/its complete development while lavishing him of advices as for the new cultural techniques, while placing at its disposal of the quality seeds gotten via the in vitro micropropagation techniques.

A. Food Biotechnology
Introduction  
The Option of Food Biotechnology aims at producing graduates who are well equipped with skill and basic knowledge in biotechnology and food processing, capable of integrating the gained knowledge and applying it fruitfully for the benefit of the society and the country. It also aims at conducting applied research and extending accumulated knowledge to the local food industry and the society.  

Carrier opportunities  
Students graduating in this Option will have possibilities in food production, quality control, quality assurance, processing, fermentation processing, development of new products and research. The main carrier openings include:  

 Food industry:      

  • meat industry 
  • beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) 
  • cereals (baking, milling, pasta making) 
  • dairy industry 
  • Fruits and vegetables (canning, pastes, concentrates)
  •  roots and tubers (industry of starch and other processed products) 
  •  fats and oils  

Biotechnology:

  • bioethanol 
  • Organic acids (citric acids, acetic acids, etc.) 
  • proteins  
  • food additives and supplements production 

Essential oils and fragrant

  • Food  Regulation
  • Quality ensurance
  • food quality assurance
  •  food sanitation 
  • good manufacturing practice
  • food analysis 

Exit profile 
The principal objective of the Option is to train students to be food technologists and engineers equipped with chemical and biological skills and engineering methodology for a comprehensive understanding of physicochemical properties of foods, processing and preservation of food materials, and biotechnological applications. The Option emphasizes both basic principles and key technologies necessary for food and bioindustry. The curriculum is, therefore, designed to provide core courses such as food chemistry, food microbiology, food engineering, food processing and preservation, food analysis, food biotechnology, and biochemical engineering. Organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, applied mathematics, biochemistry, and molecular biology are also required to pursue major courses. Students will also have knowledge in food regulations and standards, food quality, safety and hygiene. 

Entry profile 
The student applying for this Option should have Interest in laboratory research and food science and technology, secondary school studies in biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, mathematics and physics. Here combinations of PhysicsChemistry-Biology (PCB), Physics-Chemistry-Math (PCM), Math-Chemistry-Biology (MCB), Math-Physics-Geography (MPG), and Biology-Chemistry-Geography (BCG) can apply for this option. The student should have also Computer skills at user level and good English both reading and writing. 

Facilities 
The department of Biotechnology at INES possesses three fully equipped laboratories (physic-chemistry, microbiology and tissue culture) and one molecular biology laboratory partly equipped. Plans for building food processing and analysis laboratories are there. The library is also equipped with books helpful for students to do their research. There are also class rooms, computer laboratories with internet connection to help students.  
Modules description
Level I 

Module

                                                 

Module code

Units

 

Credits

 

Languages I

 

LAN 111

CSE I

TEOE I

15

Research skills

RSK 112

Introduction to ICT

Introduction to Scientific Research

15

Philosophical studies

PHS 113

Introduction to Philosophy Introduction to Ethics

10

Mathematics

MAT 114

Algebra

Mathematical Analysis Differential Equation

 

 

20

Fundamental

PHY 125

Classical and Fluid Mechanics

 

physics

 

Electricity and Magnetism Optics and Waves

 

20

General chemistry

CHE 126

Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry

 

 

20

General Biology

BIO 127

Cell Biology

Plant Biology

Animal Biology

 

20

Total

 

120

Level II 

Module

 Module code

 Units

Credits

Languages II

 LAN 211  

 CSE II  

 TEOE II

10

Production

Techniques

 PTE 212

 Plant Production  

 Animal Production

15

Food Technology

 FTE 213

 Introduction to Food Science and Technology  

 Food Processing, packaging and Preservation

20

Food

Engineering

 FEN 214

 Food Engineering and Unit Operations I  

 Food Engineering and Unit Operations II

20

Advanced

 CHE 225

 Physical Chemistry

 

Chemistry

 

 Organic Chemistry

 Structural and Metabolic Biochemistry

20

Food Chemistry

 FCH 226

 Food Chemistry I  

 Food Chemistry II

15

Microbiology

 MIC 227

 General Microbiology  

 Food Microbiology  

20

Total

 

120

Level III

 Module                    

 Module code   

Units

 

Credits

 

Advanced                

Molecular Biology

AMB 311

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

20

Plant Products       

PPR 312

Processing  of  Cereals  Roots,  Tubers  and

 10

Processing

                                                 

 

                                                 

Sugars

Processing of Legumes, Fruits and Vegetables Fats and Oils Processing

 

 

20

Animal Products  

Processing

APR 313

Dairy Products Science and Technology Meat products Science and Technology

 

20

Total

 

60

Level IV 

Food                           

Biotechnology

FBT 424

Microbial Genetics

Microbial Biomass Production

Microbial Metabolites Production

 

 

 

15

Postharvest               

Technology

PHT 425

Perishable Products Handling

Non-Perishable Products Handling

10

Research                   

Methods                    

             

   

RME 426           

Descriptive Statistics and Probability

Biometry

Research Methodology

 

 

 

 

20

Professional             experience

PEX 427            

Seminar

Entrepreneurship

15

Industrial Attachment I

Total                                                                                                                                                  60


Level V

Module

 

Module code

 

Units

 

Credits

 

Biochemical Engineering

BCE 511

Industrial Enzymology

Bioprocess and Biochemical Engineering

15

Beverages Science and Technology

BST 512

Non-alcoholic Beverages Alcoholic Beverages

15

Products analysis

PAN 513

Physical  and  Chemical  Food  Analysis Special Methods of Analysis

20

Food quality and

Waste Management

FWM 524

Food Quality Management, Hygiene and

Sanitation

Industrial Waste Management Food Product development

 

 

 

20

Economics and Social Sciences

ECO 525

Agribusiness Management

Food Standards, Policies and Legislation

10

Human Nutrition and

Dietetics

HND 526

Human Nutrition

 

 

150

 

Dietetics

Community Nutrition and Food Security

Professional Experience

 

PEX 527

                         

                         

                                                 

Industrial Attachment II Dissertation

20

Total                                                                                                                                                60

 


B. PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY
Introduction 
  Plant biotechnology option is one of three option found in Department of Biotechnologies in Faculty of Applied Fundamental Sciences.  The Program of Plant Biotechnology aims at producing graduates who are well equipped with skill and basic knowledge in plant biotechnology and capable of integrating the gained knowledge and applying it fruitfully for the benefit of the society and the country. It also aims at conducting applied research in plant biotechnology as breeders, agricultural technician in tissue culture laboratories, cleaning and multiplication of seed. Those will help the student to be important in community and society.  Carrier opportunities 
Students graduating in this program will have possibilities to work in Agricultural institutions, Research institutions, NGO’s working in agricultural area, Private institutional as a worker, Private sector as breeders, cleaning seeds as multiplier. The main carrier openings include  Research institutions: 

 • laboratory of plant pathology
• laboratory of tissue culture
• laboratory of nematology 
• laboratory of molecular biology 
• entomology researchers 
• botanic garden and plant 
•medicinal 
• botanist 
Private sector as 
• multiplier of seeds
• cleaning and multiplication of seeds
• NGO’s working in agricultural area:
•seeds and manager coordinator 
• multiplier and seeds conservation Agricultural institutions:  
• plant quarantine  
• pest and diseases surveillance 
• seeds storage and conservation

Exit profile 
The principal objective of the Program is to train students and make them as plant biotechnologist and engineers equipped with a high knowledge in plant breeding, plant molecular, biological engineering, plant pathology and production, seeds biotechnology and conservation, seeds cleaning and multiplication, taxonomy and phytosocioloy. With this knowledge, the student will be able to help our country to go fast in research development that has a positive impact in the economy growth.  

Entry profile
The student applying for this option should have interest in laboratory research, plant production, agriculture and biotechnology basic. In this regard, secondary school students who have finished their studies in biology, Physics-Chemistry-biology (PCB), Maths-chemistry-biology (MCB), Biology-chemistry –Geograph (BCG), Maths-PhysicsGeography (MPG), Physics-Chemistry and Maths (PCM) are the ones who have to apply for this option with great competence in Biology and Chemistry. The student should have also Computer skills at user level and good English both reading and writing.  

Facilities 
The department of Biotechnologies at INES possesses three fully equipped laboratories (physic-chemistry, microbiology and tissue culture) and one laboratory partly equipped (molecular biology). There is also a botanic garden and medicinal plant, 2 greenhouses for transfer of plantlets from tissue culture laboratory. There are plans to build new laboratories, especially a plant pathology, nematology and entomology. The library is also equipped with books helpful for students to do their research and there is a constant renewal of books in the library.  There are also class rooms, computer laboratories with internet connection to help students in research work.  Note that the students in this option have the common courses in first year with other options in department of Biotechnologies. 
Curriculum of Plant Biotechnology program

Level I  

Module

Module code

Units

Credits

Languages I

LAN 111                                           

CSE I

TEOE I

15

Research skills

RSK 112                                                                                                                                                     

Introduction to ICT

Introduction to Scientific Research

15

Philosophical Studies

PHS 113                                         

Introduction to Philosophy Introduction to Ethics

10

Mathematics

MAT 114                                          

Algebra

Mathematical Analysis Differential Equation                        

 

 

20

Fundamental

Physics

PHY 125

Classical and Fluid Mechanics

Electricity and Magnetism Optics and Waves

 

 

20

General chemistry

CHE 126                                          

Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry

 

 

20

General Biology

BIO 127                                                 

Cell Biology

Plant Biology

Animal Biology

 

 

20

Total                                                                                                                                            120

Level II

Module

Module code

 Units

Credits

Languages II

LAN 211

 CSE II

 TEOE II

10

Biodiversity

BIO 212

 Ecology

 General entomology and pest control

 

15

Plant diversity

PDI 213

 Plant taxonomy and systematic

 Phytosociology

 

20

Physiology

PHY 214

 Animal physiology

 Plant physiology

 

15

Advanced chemistry

CHE 221

 Physical chemistry

 Organic chemistry

 Biochemistry

 

 

20

Level III

Module

Module code

Units

Credits

Basic Biotechnology

BBT 311

Basic concept of biotechnology

Environmental biotechnology

20

Plant Pathology and

Production

 

 

PPP 312

Introduction to plant production

Plant pathology

Insect and plant interactions

 

 

 

20

Plant Biotechnology

PBT 313

Plant tissue culture

DNA recombinant & Anti-sense RNA technology

 

20

Total

 

 

 

60

Level IV

Seeds

Biotechnology and

Conservation

SBC 421

Seeds production and conservation

Seeds technology

 

 

20

Biological

Engineering

BEN 422

Physical Methods of Analysis

Enzymology

 

10

Research Methods

REM 423

Descriptive Statistics and Probability

Biometry

Research Methodology

 

 

20

Professional

Experience

PEX 424

Seminar

Entrepreneurship

Industrial attachment I

 

 

10

Total

 

 

60

 

Level V

Module                          

Module code

Unit

Credits

Plant Breeding and        

PBI 511

Conventional plant breeding

Molecular plant breeding

 

 

 20

Improvement

Plant Genetic                  

Engineering

PGE 512

Basis of plant genetic engineering

Genetic engineering and Ethics

 

 

 20

Bioinformatics

BIO 513

Plant genomic and bimolecular analysis

Bioinformatics and functional genomic

 

 20

Economics

 

Agribusiness management

Plant and plant products trade and regulations Field trip

 

 

20

Professional                    

experiences                    

                         

PEX 522

 

 

Seminar

Industrial attachment II

 

 

 

20

Dissertation

DIS 523

dissertation

20

Total

 

 

120










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