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What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2200 Bio-explore
Provides students with the freedom for innovative ideation in biotechnology-related projects to allow exploration of their inquisitive minds as well as to fortify teamwork.
CP2201 Bio-conceptualise
Provide students with experimental design principles, current trends in research and development (R&D) as well as project implementation to advance the ideation to conceptualisation of their project hypothesis.
CP2203 Physiology & Biochemistry
Introduces students to the basic organisation of the human anatomy through emphasis on the physiology and biochemistry of key body systems. The biochemistry behind cellular macromolecules and physiological mechanisms underlying associated tissue dysfunctions will be covered.
CP2204 Microbiology
Provides students with the theoretical foundation as well as practical skills in microbiology. Module emphasizes on good laboratory techniques in the handling and manipulation of microbes and laboratory safety.
CP2205 Immunology
Provides students with an overview of the fundamental concepts of immunology and its importance in clinical medicine. The key essential types and mechanisms of immunity response in defence and disease will be covered.
CP2206 Cell and Molecular Genetics
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology. Topics covered include the structure and function of cells, organelles and the central dogma of molecular biology. Gene expression and manipulation for recombinant technology will be covered.
CP4001 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Provides students with fundamentals in analytical and physical chemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts of moles, concentrations in different units, reduction-oxidation reactions and equilibrium. Students will also acquire basic practical skills to analyse a range of substances quantitatively through simple volumetric analytical procedures.
CP4006 Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
Provides students with essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of inorganic and organic chemistry. It enables students to understand the theoretical basis of physical and chemical properties of molecules. Students will also have a broad understanding of the chemical reactions of various functional groups of organic compounds.
LC0254 Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interactions with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
LC0255 Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively, and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience.
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
MS2101 Mathematics A
Provides students with knowledge in mathematics and statistics to solve problems encountered in their course of study. Topics include set theory, function, Boolean algebra, computer arithmetic, matrix algebra, geometric transformations, probability and statistics.
MS2103 Mathematics B
Equip students with an adequate knowledge of mathematics and analytical skills to handle the problems encountered in their course of studies. The topics include differentiation, partial differentiation, integration, numerical methods, first-order differential equations and their applications. Students will also learn how to use mathematical software in this module.
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2081 Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
Provides students with the fundamentals of organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Topics include stereochemistry, chemical kinetics, substitution, addition and elimination reactions.
CP2207 Molecular Techniques
Provides students with the practical skills in cell and molecular biology techniques. Emphasis will be on skills development and hands-on experience on the use of current molecular techniques in research and disease monitoring.
CP2208 Flow Cytometry & Microscopy
Introduces the principles and application of flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Students will be exposed to current flow cytometry and confocal microscopy platforms for applied research.
CP2209 Advanced Cell Biology
Provides students with concepts in cellular signal transduction, cell cycle and apoptosis. Their deregulation and associated pathologies including cancer will be covered. In addition, students will learn about key concepts in stem cells and their reprogramming.
CP220Y/Z Bio-discover
Project work originating from modules Bio-explore and Bio-conceptualise will be carried out by students within a holistic learning environment involving teamwork, industrial and academic interactions.
CP2210 Bioprocessing and Biologics Technology
Introduces bioprocess principles used in large scale production of mammalian and microbial cultures, purification and analysis of biologics. Topics include cell growth kinetics, bioreactors, protein separation and purification techniques.
CP2211 Cell and Tissue Engineering
The upstream considerations and techniques in biologics production such as vector selection, transfection, proliferation and differentiation of cells and cell growth in bioreactors will be covered.
CP2220 Proteomics
Provides an overview on the use of proteomics in biomarker discovery for disease detection. Students will also be introduced to methodology and techniques in protein extraction, separation and detection, including key techniques such as western blotting and 2-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis.
CP2221 Good Biosafety Practices
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to follow good biosafety practices. Students will be able to understand and follow biosafety and laboratory biosecurity principles and practices so as to minimise/eliminate potential workplace risks and threats. They will be able to interpret national and international biosafety legislations, standards and guidelines and comply with the requirements of biosafety and laboratory biosecurity in the workplace.
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
MS2231 Biostatistics
Provides students with the basic concepts of statistics in the areas of probability and statistical inference. The module covers an introduction to statistics, uncertainty in measurement, elementary probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions and calculating probabilities of discrete and continuous distributions. Statistical inference covers estimations and hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric procedures. Statistical software is used extensively to perform and simplify statistical calculations.
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
- Elective Module

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2213 Drug Discovery and Bioinformatics
Introduces the key concepts of bioinformatics and their applications including drug discovery. Basic and high throughput nucleic acids and proteins analysis as well as molecular interactions between drugs and target proteins are taught using current software programmes.
CP2225 Good Manufacturing Practice
Introduces students to the theory and principles in cGMP required for the manufacturing industries including pharmaceuticals and biologics.
IG203Y/Z Internship Programme
Allow students to apply and integrate the knowledge and hands on skills acquired through the Biotechnology course during their internship at the industries and/or research laboratories.
34 weeks

Elective Modules (To select one module in Second Year and one module in Third Year)

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2052 Introductory Pharmacology
Provides students with the basic concepts of the physiological, biochemical and anatomical interactions of chemical agents with living tissues. Pharmacological principles and mechanisms will be taught. The therapeutic and toxic actions of important drugs and poisons will also be covered.
CP2097 Cytogenetics
Provides students with an overview of the fundamental concepts and laboratory skills in cytogenetics.
CP2117 Forensic Biology
Provides students with the principles and techniques for handling and analysing biological samples collected from crime scenes and the application of DNA fingerprinting to identify suspects/victims. The various molecular biology techniques specific to forensic analysis are also applicable to many areas of biomedical research. In addition, students will be introduced to forensic pathology, a subsection of forensic science.
CP2215 Bioremediation Technologies
Provides an overview of how biotechnology, and in particular microbes, which can be utilised for industrial uses and environmental bioremediation. Students will also be introduced to different bioremediation technologies using microbes for pollutants generated by the chemical industries.
CP2216 Agrobiotechnology
Provides students with current techniques for application in the plant biotechnology industries as well as introduce methodologies for industrialized aquaculture farming which aids in the economic use of scarce land resources.


Please note: Course structure subjected to change.

Edmund Tan Kok Hong

Biotechnology Course Gold Medallist 2016


"The journey in SP Biotechnology was a memorable and impactful one. SP has given me many opportunities to explore the industry, allowing me to have a better understanding of my future prospect. SP also cultivates each student to be more confident as an individual and to be world ready!"