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Modified Program 2012

Philosophy, Significance and Objectives of Program

  1. Philosophy
    What has come to be called “Biotechnology” and the genetic manipulation of agricultural products is nothing new. Indeed, it may be one of the oldest human activities. For thousands of years, from the time human communities began to settle in one place, cultivate crops and farm the land, humans have manipulated the genetic nature of the crops and animals they raise. Crops have been bred to improve yields, enhance taste and extend the growing season.
    Today, Biotechnology holds out promise for consumers seeking quality, value added, safety and taste in their food choices, for farmers seeking new methods to improve their productivity and profitability, and for governments and non-governmental public advocates seeking to offset global hunger, assure environmental quality, preserve bio-diversity and promote health and food safety.  
    As the largest industry in Thailand, food products account for more than 20 percent of the country's gross national product. Consumers drive the industry as they seek more convenience and nutrition, yet fewer calories, in the foods they buy. As the industry strives to meet consumer demands, the demand for trained food biotechnologists grows. The Faculty of Biotechnology, Assumption University aims to provide programs of study for students with an interest in Biotechnology. According to the collaboration agreement between University of California, Davis and Assumption University, the students will learn cutting-edge technology in the nation's fastest growing food industry. University of California, Davis is recognized worldwide for its expertise in beverage technology, industrial fermentation, microbial integrated manufacturing and more.
  2. Objectives: To produce graduates who have the characteristics, knowledge and skills as follows:
    1. Have consciousness and awareness of professional codes of ethics
    2. Demonstrate awareness of national and international laws, regulations and standard relating to foods and agricultural products
    3. Understand the fundamental knowledge of the components of the foods, their properties and structures, the changes of the food components during processing and storing, the roles of microorganisms in foods and able to select a proper method of analyzing the food components
    4. Capable of planning an experiment, collecting, analyzing, and summarizing the data for improvement of food processing and quality of the food products
    5. Able to use genetic engineering as a tool for improving and developing the quality of foods
    6. Have knowledge and understanding and able to apply skills in food business and marketing to run business in the food industry
    7. Have interpersonal skills and responsibilities
    8. Have numerical analysis, communication and information technology skills

Educational Management System

  1. System 
    Semester System, 15 Weeks per Semester   
  2. Summer Session 
    No summer session is offered. 
  3. Credit Equivalent to Semester System 
    None

Program Implementation

  1. Study Period
    First Semester : June - October
    Second Semester : November - March 
  2. Admission Requirements
    Hold a bachelor’s degree in Food Technology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Bioscience or related fields from an accredited institution.
    Obtain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or have at least 1 year working experience.
    Obtain a TOEFL score of at least 500 or equivalent
  3. Teaching and Learning Mode
    Classroom, laboratory, discussion, assignment, and self study 
  4. Credit Transfer, Course Transfer and Cross-University Registration 
    Students who formerly studied in other institutions may have their courses and credits transferred to their current programs in accordance with the Commission on Higher Education’s Criteria of Degree Transfer B.E. 2545. Cross-university registration can be done whereby AU allows students of other programs recognized by the Commission on Higher Education to register for courses at AU.

Curriculum 

Number of credits 39 Credits
Duration of Study
Students must complete all the requirements for the degree in a maximum of 5 years.
Curriculum Structure

Plan A Type A1: Thesis
Seminar Courses Non-Credit
Thesis
36 Credits
Total
36 Credits
Plan A Type A2: Coursework and Thesis
Required Courses
12 Credits
Elective Courses
12 Credits
Seminar Courses
3 Credits
Thesis
12 Credits
Total 39 Credits

Plan B : Coursework and Independent Study
Required Courses
12 Credits
Elective Courses
18 Credits
Seminar Courses
3 Credits
Independent Study
6 Credits
Total 39 Credits

Verification Process of Student Achievements

  1. Verification of Student Achievements while Studying 
    1. Evaluation of teaching and learning of the subject by students. 
    2. Proposal evaluation by thesis advisor.
    3. Thesis examination by appointed committees.
  2. Verification of Student Achievements after Graduation
    1. Survey of graduates for their employment and salary or their further studies

Graduation Requirements
Plan A Type A1 : Thesis

  • Have completed all the courses of the curriculum
  • Have passed the thesis defense
  • Have the thesis published or have obtained an acceptance of publication in a journal or academic publication or have presented it at a conference which has the proceedings
  • Have obtained library and financial clearance from the University
  • Have demonstrated good behavior and discipline

Plan A Type A2 : Coursework and Thesis

  • Have completed all the courses of the curriculum
  • Have obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00
  • Have passed the thesis defense
  • Have the thesis published or have obtained an acceptance of publication in a journal or academic publication or have presented it at a conference which has the proceedings
  • Have obtained library and financial clearance from the University
  • Have demonstrated good behavior and discipline

Plan B : Coursework and Independent Study

  • Have completed all the courses of the curriculum
  • Have obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00
  • Have passed the oral and written comprehensive examination
  • Have obtained library and financial clearance from the University
  • Have demonstrated good behavior and discipline

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