Chemical Lab Technician


Course List

Term 1

CHM-1106: General Chemistry I

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry through the integration of chemical theory and laboratory experiments. The theory portion includes the mole concept, gas laws, and electronic structure of atoms, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The laboratory portion is designed to apply the above theoretical concepts while developing basic skills of manipulation and careful observation through experiments in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

MTH-1063: Introduction to Mathematics I

This is the first of two courses designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of mathematical concepts. This course reviews and enhances topics in numeracy, measurement, graphs, algebra, solving equations, and statistics. Competent use of a scientific calculator is also emphasized.

BIO-1205: Cell Physiology

This course in cell physiology includes the core topics of the characteristics of life, microscopy, applied chemistry and biochemistry, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, molecular biology of the gene, Mendelian genetics, DNA replication and protein synthesis. Laboratory exercises are performed in order to emphasize and apply the topics discussed in class.

CHM-1703: Analytical Techniques

This course serves as an introduction to the fundamental analytical techniques required for performance in chemical laboratory-related work. Students will learn techniques useful in later areas of the program, including proper use of the analytical balance, correct pipetting and volume-transfer techniques, and wet chemistry techniques. The course will also help students develop skills of good laboratory practices (GLP), proper record-keeping and documentation, and chemical safety.

ENG-1173: Communications for Technology

This course is designed to improve students' writing skills by focusing on mechanics, sentence structure, spelling, technical writing style, and lab report writing. This course is also designed to develop students' oral communication skills.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Term 2

CHM-2106: General Chemistry II

This course will provide an introduction to organic chemistry and selected common functional groups in that field, some of which are important monomers in biological polymers and plastics. Students will also explore physicochemical properties of solutions, such as gas solubility, colligative properties, acidity and osmotic pressure. A large portion of the course investigates the chemistry of reaction processes, including chemical equilibria and the energy balance of chemical reactions as it relates to the flow of heat energy (calorimetry) and electric energy (electrochemistry). Fundamental processes involving nuclear chemistry and the chemistry and control of process water are introduced. Many of these concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course.

MTH-2063: Introduction to Mathematics II

This course is a continuation of MTH 1063, Introduction to Mathematics I, bringing the student to the required mathematical level needed to succeed in most of the college programs. It reviews and develops topics in algebra, logarithms, geometry and trigonometry.

BIO-2205: Biology II

This course covers the areas of molecular genetics, homeostasis and evolution. A laboratory component provides the learners with hands-on and computer simulation experience in exercises which complement the lecture material. This course is designed to provide the detailed theory and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

CHM-2306: Organic Chemistry

A one semester course designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of organic chemistry. This course is designed to familiarize the student with organic chemical structures, functional groups, nomenclature and basic physical properties and reactions of organic compounds. The laboratory portion is designed to provide the student with exposure to techniques used in handling, isolation and purification of organic compounds in a safe manner.

ENG-2173: Communications for Technology II

This course enhances students' understanding of technical communication including style, research, visuals, report writing, and presentation. Technical writing differs from most writing students have completed in their studies; therefore, it is necessary for students to learn the structure and style of technical writing to be successful in completing assignments such as labs, summaries, and reports. Also, research writing and APA formatting are important transferable skills. As well, students need to present technical information orally in an effective manner. All of these skills will give students the basis for technical communication required in their other coursework and the workplace.

Term 3

CHM-3706: Analytical Chemistry I

The student will be introduced to good laboratory practices for analytical labs and appropriate lab record keeping. In each area listed next, both theory and practical understanding is developed. Physical methods of analysis will cover gravimetry, calorimetry and stress-stain evaluations. Electrochemcial methods of conductivity, and pH are covered and electromagnetic methods, focusing on infrared, Atomic Absorption, and Atomic Emission

BIO-3205: Microbiology

This course will introduce theoretical, practical and applied concepts of microbiology. It will cover fundamental aspects of microbial cell structure and function. We will examine diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial world and its importance to the environment and society as well as the usage of microorganisms in biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical industries. Students will be offered with an opportunity to learn fundamental microbiological techniques in the lab, including media preparation and sterilization, aseptic transfer of microorganisms, their growth, enumeration and control. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and ability to safely work in a microbiological laboratory, perform microbiological analysis as well as conduct accurate record keeping of procedures and results.

BIO-4614: Introduction to Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals

Unlike petroleum, biomass (plant matter) is a renewable resource that can be used to make fuels and chemicals. This course will introduce students to energy crops such as corn and switchgrass and the use of agricultural waste as a source of biofuels and bio-based chemicals. Students will also learn about biomass pre-processing techniques such as materials handling, drying and grinding. This course will also introduce students to the chemistry principles underlying the production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals.

OHS-2012: Health and Safety for Industrial Processes

The graduate of this course will have a good understanding of safety aspects of the law, the legal responsibilities of the workplace, and his/her own legal rights and responsibilities, as well as work processes and procedures being used in present-day industry. This course will give them a basic understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its associated Regulations, and an understanding of health and safety issues in an industrial setting.

STA-1903: Statistics for Technology

This course contains descriptive statistics, basic probability, and regression analysis. The course also includes binomial distribution, normal distribution, Student's t-distribution and F-distribution. The statistical ideas of sampling, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing are introduced. This course also includes elements statistical process control, and system reliability.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Term 4

CHM-4706: Analytical Chemistry II

This course continues the exploration of analytical technology, beginning with the topics of sampling techniques. In this unit the students will learn about strategies for how and where samples are collected, and how they are stored and prepared. In the second unit chromatography in many of its variants is explored. The mechanisms of component separation are presented along with the hardware components of a typical system and how the generated data is analyzed. Some methods for improvement of separation are covered. In the third unit, methods of microscopy are covered, from the many optical methods to electron imaging and atomic force microscopy. In the final unit, a survey of new and potential methods are examined.

BIO-4305: Biotechnology

This introductory course focuses on the theoretical background and practical application of the techniques employed in a biotechnology laboratory. Techniques include those utilized in cell culture, fermentation, genomics, genetic engineering, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and interactomics. An overview of the regulation, history and ethics of biotechnology will be explored. Laboratory exercises and lectures will provide the tools and basic knowledge to understand the application of techniques to the industrial, agricultural, environmental and medical fields of biotechnology.

CHM-2812: Introduction to Industrial Chemical Processes

This course, specifically designed to support students involved in Process Technology and related technology programs, examines the development of industrial complexes, refining and petrochemical and petroleum products, plastics and rubbers (polymers), and the manufacture of ammonia, steel and aluminum. Basic principles of industrial chemistry process units and energy production, with particular focus on nuclear power, are reviewed and applied to typical processes drawn from a variety of industry sectors. This course also includes a brief overview of the general factors which lead to the development of a petrochemical complex, with particular emphasis on the history and subsequent development of the Sarnia-Lambton industrial complex.

CHM-4903: Quality Assurance and Control

Quality in the chemical laboratory is about the data being produced being free of error and with well defined and understood limits, consistence and uncertainty. There are national and international standards for quantifying quality. This course will understand the importance of quality in the laboratory, be familiar with the standards that control and define quality, know how to sample to ensure quality through appropriate sampling, method selection, measurement practices and documentation.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

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