FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS SCCMF-DP Science Laboratory Technology-Cell and Microbiology

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  • Two-year diploma with second year specialization
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.
Cell and Microbiology is a second year specialization in the Science Laboratory Technology program. Please click here for the first year of the program.


The Cell & Microbiology specialization will give you the necessary skills to pursue exciting job opportunities in Research & Development. The course work builds on the common first year of the program and provides advanced training in the fields of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. The final term of the Cell & Microbiology stream will introduce you to the emerging field of genomics and bioinformatics.

Graduates from this specialization will find employment as Research Technicians or Associates in a variety of organizations with Research & Development operations.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the first year of the Science Laboratory Technology program.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 2
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 2
1Labster Simulations ($70), Two Textbooks ($300 total) and Free Online Resources

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
ADMN-1010Introduction to Canadian BusinessRPL
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This course is designed to introduce the student to the complexities of the Canadian business environment. Exposure to business frameworks, accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resource management and operations management will be provided. Special emphasis is placed on small business; the driver of the economy and creator of most new jobs. The course will include case studies, applications, and analyses of Canadian businesses.

ADMN-2054Small Business Plans
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A practical opportunity for the student to realistically develop a detailed program or plan for a small business of their own. Students will increase their understanding of what it takes to succeed in an entrepreneurial career and create a comprehensive business plan for their new venture concept. The venture can be a completely new business idea, the development of a franchise, the purchase of an existing business, the succession of a family business or expansion of an existing business. The final business plan is developed, designed, written and printed entirely by the participant.

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This course focuses on innovation and entrepreneurial skills vital for success as a startup business or within larger organizations. The student will learn innovation, ideation, and business modeling strategies as well as obtain opportunities to explore and connect with Manitoba’s entrepreneurial community. New venture proposals will be tested through validation techniques, building of a minimal viable product and a feasibility report. The student will also learn and practice effective pitching techniques.

ADMN-2058Organizational Behaviour
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This course serves as an introduction to the field of organizational behaviour with a specific focus on how individuals work together within organizational systems to achieve common goals. The student will study the impact individuals and groups have on the organization through a wide breadth of theories and applications. Topics include dealing with different personalities, diversity, innovation, adaptability, Emotional Intelligence (EI), group dynamics, perception and decision-making, conflict, and ethics. The student will study and develop an awareness of how these topics can create an effective work environment and cultivate positive organizational citizenship.

BIOL-1004Applied Biochemistry
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In this course students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of biochemistry and will examine the structures and properties of bio-molecules using standard methods to quantify and identify them. Three major types of biomolecules: lipids, sugars, and proteins are specifically examined in this course. During lab sessions, students will build upon their biochemistry lab skills and generate lab records that meet professional and regulatory standards.

BIOL-2001Applied Molecular Biology
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This course emphasizes both theoretical and applied aspects of molecular biology. Students will examine recombinant DNA technologies, DNA sequencing, DNA amplification using polymerase chain reaction, and the basics of genetic engineering techniques. In the laboratory, students will have an opportunity to develop the skills required in a molecular biology lab environment while further enhancing their documentation and laboratory compliance expertise.

BIOL-2002Bioanalytical Methods
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This course describes the analytical methods applied to biological samples and examines selected bio-molecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Students will learn about various techniques such as blood typing, immunodiffusion, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), SDS-PAGE and DNA sequencing in this course. Students will also be taught about the application of colorimetric methods in protein quantification. These skills are used in bio-analytical labs and by companies involved in the field of biotechnology. This course is delivered through lecture and lab sessions.

BIOL-2004Advanced Biochemistry
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In this course, students will examine metabolic pathways and information pathways in living systems. They will study the structures and passage of metabolites and learn how genetic information is transferred into functional cellular products such as proteins. Through independent practice and team based lab activities, students will continue to expand their knowledge of bio-molecules and use these skills to purify and analyze bio-molecules.

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This course introduces students to the study of whole genomes. Students will use a combination of recmbinant technologies and DNA sequencing methods to analyze genomes. They will also conduct genome sequences using the Illumina iseq200 genome sequencer. This course also examines the construction and use of genomic libraries required for analysis.

BIOL-3002Applied Bio-Informatics
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In this course, students will learn how computer technologies, software, and statistical methods are used to manage and interpret biological data such as gene sequencing. Students will be taught how bioinformatics is used to analyze raw data obtained from genomic sequencing to obtain information and protein structures, gene functions, and additional applications.

CBST-1009Careers and Trends in Biotechnology, Pharma and Food
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Careers in Canada's emerging biotechnology industry are varied. This course is designed to help students decide on a profession that aligns with their unique skills and abilities. Through industry-led discussions and experiential classroom activities, students will develop a comprehensive perspective on biotechnology, pharma, food and their main industry sectors. They will be provided with an insider's view on each sector of the biotechnology industry, which will help them carve out a career path that fits with their interests and strengths.

Whether students are interested in a career in Manufacturing, Quality Control or Quality Assurance, they will benefit from this exploratory course that examines the day-to-day duties, and personal and professional development of people employed in biotechnology.

CBST-1013Fundamental Lab Skills
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This course focuses on the fundamental applied skills that are required for a career in a science laboratory. This includes using and ensuring that basic lab equipment, such as balances, pH meters, and microscopes are used correctly. Students will also be taught aseptic techniques and learn how to appropriately handle reagents and prepare solutions in a variety of science and technology-based workplaces. Following an introduction to potential workplace health and safety hazards, students will be taught how to contribute to the day-to-day maintenance and operation of a lab. In addition, they will practice generating lab records that comply with regulatory requirements.

CBST-1016Instrumentation and Equipment
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This course introduces students to the instruments, tools, and equipment used in a production setting. Through classroom lecture and demonstrations, students will experiment with the instruments used in a laboratory. They will also be provided with opportunities to develop the experience needed to install, use, inspect, dismantle, and service analytical and manufacturing equipment.

CBST-1018Measurements, Calculations and Physics Principles
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In this course students will be taught the fundamental skills and concepts required to conduct measurements and calculations in a laboratory environment. Students will learn how to express measurements using the metric system, to convert between different metric units, and to calculate solution concentrations in units such as molarity and parts per million (ppm). They will also review some basic concepts of chemistry, such as the mole, and discuss various aspects of statistics as well as the use of linear regression as applied to calibration. This course will also introduce students to the study of light and electricity to help them effectively use laboratory instruments and equipment.

CBST-1036Intro Instrumental Analysis
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This course introduces students to several of the standard methods and instruments commonly used in chemical analysis, with a special focus on UV-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and ion-selective electrodes. The operating principles and physical components of these instruments will be discussed throughout this course and students will be taught how to prepare standards and calibrate these devices. The use of each instrument to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses will also be examined.

CBST-1037Introduction to Validation
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This course introduces students to validation activities such as equipment qualification, cleaning, method, computer, and process validation to ensure consistency in the processes, procedures, methods, and products manufactures in various industry sectors. By the end of the course, through instructor-led training and hands-on practice, students will be able to complete validation activities such as protocol and report development.

CHEM-1006Organic Chemistry
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This course introduces students to the basics of organic chemistry. Fundamental concepts such as molecular structures and bonding and polarity will be reviewed. Students will also be introduced to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's (IUPAC) nomenclature system, which is used to name organic molecules.

Throughout this course, students will be taught about the structures, syntheses, and reactions, of the major categories of organic compounds, including alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, as well as amines and aromatics. Various types of isomerism and isomer naming conventions, such as the cis/trans, E/Z and R/S systems, will be discussed in this course. They will also examine the structures and properties of common polymers and the intersection between organic chemistry and biochemistry by considering biological materials such as amino acids and sugars. In the laboratory, students will become proficient in performing basic operations such as recrystallization, distillation and synthesis.

CHEM-1008Applied Chemistry Techniques
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In this course, students will perform quantitative and qualitative analyses using classic wet chemistry methods. They will learn how to accurately prepare samples and standards and use various reagents, glassware and apparatuses. Students will be introduced to standard identification tests for various chemical species and will be taught gravimetric and titrimetric techniques.

Through theory and practice, students will reinforce their understanding of basic chemistry concepts related to laboratory work, including: communicating concentration (such as molarity), stoichiometry and balanced reaction equations, naming chemical compounds, reaction equilibrium, and the fundamentals of acids and bases (pH, neutralization reactions, and strong/weak acids). They will also be taught how to apply these principles to perform the calculations necessary to derive results from test data.

COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-2171Communication for Life SciencesRPL
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This course focuses on communication requirements in the Life Sciences sector and will help students build on the skills they practiced in Communication Strategies. In this sector-level course, students will collaborate with their peers to manage, analyze, and communicate technical and legal information to differing audiences in a variety of formats. This collaboration will involve practicing active listening and feedback/forward strategies within a Life Sciences context.

COMM-2172Communication for the WorkplaceRPL
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This course reinforces the communication strategies practiced in COMM-1173 and applies them to the workplace. Students will further develop their interpersonal skills and digital fluency while also applying speaking, writing, and collaboration strategies to getting the job, adjusting to the job, and developing long- term career goals. Communication for the Workplace is a creative and participatory learning opportunity to set students apart in today’s competitive job market.

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Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job experience with classroom theory by integrating a term of paid employment with academic study. Students will have an opportunity to practice and apply skills required in a real-life workplace environment. As part of the work term, students will write a work term report and participate in a post-employment meeting with their coordinator.

INDP-2001Industry Project
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In this course, students will complete a capstone project for an industry partner. This course presents students with a unique opportunity to enhance their workplace skills through team building, conflict resolution, and project management.

MATH-1078Business Mathematics
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This foundational course demonstrates the importance of mathematics in today’s business environment. Through a modular design, the student will explore the terminology, characteristics, and calculations of business measures as they relate to general business skills, accounting, human resource management, logistics, marketing, and financial services

MATH-1099Applied Statistics
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In this course, students will learn how to summarize, analyze, compare, display, and interpret data. They will also be able to use probability distributions, determine appropriate sample size, perform regression analysis, and estimate accuracy and precision of data. Skills will be practiced in a computer lab statistical evaluation of given data. Students will learn how to use Excel and compile and analyze data sets.

MBIO-1002Applied Microbiology
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In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of microbiology. Through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and guided practice, they will develop the skills to required to perform various operations in a microbiology lab. Students will build the competence to accurately observe, cultivate, and identify selected bacteria and fungi and will learn how to apply different sterilization methods in a microbiology lab to maintain a safe and sanitary environment.

MBIO-2002Advanced Microbiology
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In this course, students will build on their knowledge of microbiology by examining its application in food production, water treatment, and other commercial products. Students will be taught how to grow and maintain bacterial cultures while performing microbial counts and using biochemical reactions to identify selected bacteria. They will also review the guidelines governing food safety, sanitation in food processing, and food microbiological analysis.

MBIO-3001Tissue Culture
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In this course, students will learn basic techniques widely used in biotechnology research labs to examine the biology of cells from multicellular organisms. In the lab, they will have an opportunity to practice aseptic techniques to maintain a sterile environment and to prevent cell culture contamination. Students will also perform cell counts and extract components of interest from cell and tissue cultures. Several topics will be discussed in this course, including the culture environment and media, cell enumeration, and isolation and cultivation of mammalian and plant cells.

PROJ-2017Project Management Basics
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This course teaches students the fundamentals aspects and principles of project management such as key roles and the project life cycle from initiation, planning, execution and closure. Students will generate a project charter and responsibility matrix, and develop a project management plan that defines the project scope, project deliverables, and project schedule. They will also assess issues affecting the project including quality, risk, resources, and communication, including conflict management and team building.

PROJ-2023Applied Research Projects
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In this course, students will complete an applied research project using a quantitative scientific method of investigation to collect data and analyze the results of their study. To begin, students will be introduced to different techniques and types of quantitative research and explore the frameworks and tools used to interpret and present data. They will also be taught how to use software to compile and analyze data sets and will apply the design of experiment (DoE) method to find cause-and-effect relationships. With guidance from an assigned faculty member, students will then select a research topic, design their study, and execute their investigation using the skills they have acquired throughout the program. Students will also prepare a final written report to capture the results of their study, which they will present at the end of the course.

QUAL-1003Introduction to Quality and Compliance
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This course introduces students to the concepts of quality and the basics of compliance, providing them with the building blocks for eventual success in the workplace. Students will evaluate their expectations of product quality and learn about good data and records management, good manufacturing practices, standard operating procedures and food safety to develop experience with the regulations, guidelines, and industry standards used to ensure quality and compliance.

QUAL-1004Introduction to Quality Assurance
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This course provides students with an introduction to quality assurance and an overview of the quality systems that are used in industry to support good manufacturing practices. Throughout the course, they will develop an awareness of quality assurance terminology, activities, and essential quality systems based on regulatory requirements. This course offers students the opportunity to practice applying regulations and using quality systems such as document and change management to complete industry-level quality assurance activities.


Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1. off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam
2. a high speed internet connection
Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload

Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.

Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

For students registered in the Science Laboratory Technology program with a 2020-2021 Catalogue year, the requirements to graduate are as follows:

  • A minimum grade of C in each of the Core/Compulsory courses in the program content
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 (as per policy A20)
  • Students must select one 3 credit or 6 credit elective in both term 3 and term 4

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Natalia Manko
Program Coordinator

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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