Biotechnology and Consumer Sciences

Biotechnology

Biotechnology and Consumer Sciences

Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly expanding sciences internationally. The CPUT biotechnology programme offers a National Diploma (3-4 years), Advanced Diploma (1 year) and Postgraduate Diploma (1 year).

The National Diploma presents an intensive series of courses (theory and practice) which will produce a qualified biotechnologist equipped with the necessary skills required to embark on a successful career in biotechnology at both the academic and industrial levels. During the first and second semester students acquire broad insights into the microbiological and biochemical underpinnings of biotechnology. During the third and fourth semester teaching and training focuses on in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in microbial biochemistry, molecular biology, fermentation technology and bioprocessing fields. The learners will also be familiarised with ethics and basic business principles.

The Advanced Diploma course is structured to provide diplomats who are competent in theoretical, applied and general skills across a variety of scientific and technology disciplines. The graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology will be adequately prepared to take on a vital role in Research & Development as well as Quality Control sectors of the economy. They may also, should they choose, articulate into a degree program. Some of the envisaged graduate attributes are an intellectual ability grounded in both discipline and general biotechnology knowledge; development of critical thinking; technical knowledge that is both practice and contextually appropriate; an ability to manage time and work in a team; an appreciation of ethics and accountability in general and specifically in the practice of biotechnology; and community engagement towards societal good and effective citizenship.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology (PDBIOT) programme is to provide a platform where Biotechnology graduates come together with other graduates of diverse scientific, commercial, and other backgrounds to learn and contribute to the development of Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy in South Africa, Africa and the world. The programme specifically looks at industry practices, applied research and both entra- and intra-preneurship. In addition to current industry practitioners/intrapreneurs, candidates who wish to access higher (research) degrees and those who wish to venture into bio-entrepreneurship are welcome to participate.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology, therefore, provides an articulation route for such Biotechnologists, as well as provides for working professionals who wish to enter the postgraduate stream in order to deepen their knowledge of Biotechnology, its role in the bioeconomy, and to gain an understanding of contemporary thought with respect to sustainable, legislated and ethical practices in Biotechnology and associated disciplines. Hence, this Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology represents the fulcrum at which the traditional academic, the vocational, and the holistic and inter-related learning streams meet.The graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology will be adequately prepared to take on a vital role in existing Research & Development and Quality Control sectors as well as in new companies they play a role in forming for themselves. They may also, should they choose, articulate into higher degree programmes.

Graduates may apply for registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as Certificated Natural Scientists.

Consumer Sciences

Biotechnology and Consumer Sciences Consumers are becoming more aware of the relationship between lifestyle choices and health. The food industry, comprising the manufacturing and retail sectors, are both addressing consumer concerns regarding the need for good quality, healthy and safe food. Access to healthy and safe food is also high on the national agenda, leading to a need for qualified graduates with a sound knowledge of food and nutrition.

The Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition programme is unique in its integration of the study fields of food and nutrition and this is linked to an understanding of the consumer. Academic learning is complemented by the development of culinary skills. Knowledge of food science and nutritional principles is used in the development and production of food products with the emphasis on short life convenience foods.

This programme offers a wide range of career destinations in the food and retail industries for students who are interested in working with food and people.

Former students are working in test kitchens, formulating and developing recipes for industrial food production; training employees in retail and food manufacturing; implementing quality control systems; advising consumers on food and nutrition products; managing the preparation and production of convenience food products; supervising food retail departments and managing food service facilities.

Students also have the background to become entrepreneurs as these skills are developed by combining business subjects with food and nutrition knowledge and culinary skills.

Contact us

Department of Biotechnology and Consumer Science
Applied Sciences Building
3rd Floor
District Six Campus

PO Box 652
Cape Town
8000

Dr Vanessa Jackson

Head of Department
Dr Vanessa Jackson

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 9095
Email: jacksonva@cput.ac.za

Ms Nonelwa Mfayana 

Department Admin
Ms Nonelwa Mfayana

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 3186
Email: mfayanan@cput.ac.za

 

Head of Programme
Dr R Mundembe

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 3175
Email:
mundember@cput.ac.za

 

Head of Programme: Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition
Mrs Rache Hanekom

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 3431
Email:
hanekomr@cput.ac.za