The programme

A.A. 2021/2022

Servizi di orientamento

The new site of the Study Orientation Office, with new form and content, is the result of a long project aiming to give a better and more complete service to its many users. Users are mostly secondary schools pupils approaching the university world for the first time and schools' University Orientation Services who organize activities to assist their pupils in post-school choices. "Making a decision means choosing the best alternative to satisfy one's expectations, preferences and aspirations".

More details: www.univr.it/orientamento (italian page)

VAI ALLA PAGINA

Course of study in brief

The course offers a basic preparation in the field of biotechnology in both theoretical and experimental aspects. The graduate will be able to critically perform experimental biotechnological procedures, learning the correct use of the appropriate instruments, analyzing and integrating the information obtained.
These competences will be achieved through the study of basic scientific subjects including mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, along with subjects able to provide molecular and cellular knowledge of biological systems as well as an adequate technological culture and skills for biological data management by informatics tools.
The training also includes specific courses in the agri-food, environmental-industrial-bioresources, and molecular-medical sectors. In support of traditional teaching, the course includes intense laboratory activity in all the years of the course and a final internship to be held at a university laboratory or accredited company.
The course aims to train competent professionals in the biotechnological and related fields (biological, biochemical, microbiological).
The employment opportunities mainly concern the chemical and chemical-pharmaceutical industry, public and private research laboratories in the health, agri-food and environmental sectors and technology transfer and services companies.
The degree course in Biotechnology is scheduled access with admission test.
For the academic year 2018/19 the available places are 120.
The admission test includes questions in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
In the event that a student is admitted to the course having obtained an overall score of less than 6 in the two tests of Mathematics and Physics and overall less than 4 in the two tests of Chemistry and Biology, additional learning requirements (OFA) must be completed within the first year of the course.

Degree representative: Prof.ssa Tiziana Pandolfini
 

Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS)

As part of the Quality Assurance system, complete, updated and easily available information on objectives, study plan, resources used and results achieved for each degree programme is made available through the SUA-CdS - Scheda Unica Annuale del Corso di Studio (Degree programme annual factsheet). This includes an Overview and three public sections (Learning Objectives, Student Experience, Learning Outcomes) which together provide a wide range of information about each degree programme. The SUA-CdS also contains an administrative section (Administration and Quality Management) that is for internal use only.

The Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS), which is currently available only in Italian, is a valuable tool that can be used by the University to design, implement and reorganise, as well as to evaluate, each degree programme. However, the SUA-CdS factsheet is also useful for students, to help them choose the right programme of study.
 

  • Typology Corsi di laurea
  • Duration 3  years
  • Possibility of part-time enrollment Yes
  • Access Limited-entry degree programme based on qualifications
  • Category L-2
  • Site verona
  • Language of instruction Italian
  • Methods of teaching delivery Mixed
Il Corso di Laurea in Biotecnologie si prefigge di fornire conoscenze di base ed avanzate dei sistemi biologici e competenze tecnologiche che permettano al laureato di esercitare attività di ricerca e sviluppo nei diversi settori biotecnologici.
Obiettivo specifico del percorso formativo è preparare laureati con solide conoscenza di base di sistemi biologici interpretati in chiave cellulare e molecolare, in grado di realizzare strumenti concettuali e tecnici volti ad utilizzare o modificare cellule al fine di ottenere beni e servizi. L'applicazione di queste conoscenze viene indirizzata al settore delle biotecnologie della salute (ambito medico e alimentare) e allo sfruttamento delle risorse vegetali e microbiche ai fini industriali, agrari e ambientali. Il laureato deve altresì possedere solide competenze informatiche e linguistiche per la gestione
dell'informazione e della comunicazione ed aver acquisito esperienze professionali che facilitino l'operatività nel mondo del lavoro.
Per gli scopi indicati, il Corso di Laurea:
fornisce le conoscenze matematiche, statistiche, fisiche, informatiche e chimiche sulle quali fondare l'acquisizione delle conoscenze molecolari e cellulari dei sistemi biologici; fornisce gli elementi culturali e tecnologici per acquisire una reale operatività professionale, anche in settori applicativi diversi; integra la preparazione tecnico-scientifica con conoscenze linguistiche; prevede l'obbligo di tirocini formativi presso aziende o laboratori nazionali ed esteri.
Questi obiettivi vengono perseguiti predisponendo un corso di laurea basato prevalentemente su insegnamenti fondamentali ai quali sono attribuiti un congruo numero di crediti. Gli insegnamenti si susseguono nel triennio in modo che l'apprendimento degli aspetti di base dei vari ambiti sia finalizzato alla costruzione delle competenze operative ed applicative, obiettivo che si raggiunge O anche con la possibilità, al terzo anno, di scegliere tra tre diversi curricula.
I tre curricula prevendono l'approfondimento di tematiche inerenti l'applicazione delle biotecnologie rispettivamente alla produzione vegetale e qualità alimentare; all'ambito del risanamento ambientale e sfruttamento delle biorisorse; allo sviluppo di metodologie molecolari in biomedicina.
La formazione culturale viene ottenuta sia attraverso l'insegnamento ex-cathedra, sia attraverso attività di laboratorio assimilabile a quella che viene svolta nella realtà del lavoro biotecnologico.
Un elemento qualificante nel processo formativo del biotecnologo è rappresentato infatti dalla possibilità di acquisire, attraverso la corretta pratica di laboratorio, la metodologia del lavoro scientifico. A tale scopo, tra le attività formative nei diversi settori disciplinari, sono previste attività di laboratorio per un considerevole numero di crediti complessivi.
Il Dipartimento dispone di laboratori didattici progettati per dare la possibilità allo studente di lavorare in piccoli gruppi, sotto la guida di docenti. Le attrezzature presenti nei laboratori coprono un vasto spettro delle più moderne tecniche nell'ambito dell'ingegneria cellulare, della genomica e della proteomica.
Le esercitazioni in laboratorio sono fondamentali per l'inserimento immediato nell'azienda o in generale negli ambienti di lavoro: i laureati debbono infatti saper gestire le attrezzature caratterizzanti un laboratorio biotecnologico.

PROFILI PROFESSIONALI

BIOTECNOLOGO JUNIOR NEI SETTORI CHIMICO-FARMACEUTICO, SANITARIO MEDICO E VETERINARIO, AGROALIMENTARE

Funzione in un contesto di lavoro: Il laureato sarà in grado di: partecipare ad attività di ricerca, gestire attrezzare di laboratorio, elaborare rapporti tecnico-scientifici, operare nel controllo di qualità. Competenze associate alla funzione: Il laureato in Biotecnologie possiede: - conoscenza di base dei sistemi biologici in chiave molecolare e cellulare; - capacità di applicare tecniche del DNA ricombinante - padronanza delle metodologie biochimiche - analisi statistica di dati biologici - conoscenza delle metodologie analitiche in microbiologia - capacità di consultazione e utilizzo banche dati biologici Sbocchi occupazionali: I laureati in Biotecnologie si distribuiranno in settori eterogenei quali: - strutture di ricerca pubbliche e private nei settori medico-veterinario e agro-alimentare; - industria chimica e chimico-farmaceutica; - informatori e divulgatori scientifici; - società di trasferimento tecnologico; - società di servizi; - proseguimento in cicli successivi di studio (laurea magistrale)

BIOTECNOLOGO JUNIOR NEI SETTORI DELLA PRODUZIONE VEGETALE, AMBIENTALE E DELLE BIORISORSE

Funzione in un contesto di lavoro: Partecipazione attività di ricerca, valutazione della produttività vegetale, indagini ambientali e progetti di risanamento anche attraverso l'uso di microrganismi, elaborazione di rapporti tecnico-scientifici Competenze associate alla funzione: - conoscenza dei meccanismi genetici e biochimici di controllo della produzione primaria vegetale; - conoscenza delle metodologie analitiche e microbiologie; - capacità di consultazione e utilizzo banche dati biologici Sbocchi occupazionali: - strutture ed enti di monitoraggio e controllo ambientale -aziende di trattamento scarti di origine urbana, industriale e agricola -industria agrochimica -aziende di produzione di biocombustibili -aziende di micropropagazione vegetale - società di trasferimento tecnologico; - società di servizi; - proseguimento in cicli successivi di studio (laurea magistrale).


Quality Assurance

The quality of a degree programme is the extent to which it achieves its educational objectives and meets the quality requirements of the educational activities offered, which are determined in line with the needs and expectations of students and representatives of the world of work.

This programme has adopted a teaching Quality Assurance system in line with the University’s quality assurance guidelines and based on the e ANVUR national quality assurance guidelines, by carrying out the following activities:
  • periodic consultations with representatives of the world of work to assess the adequacy of the cultural and professional profiles offered in their courses;
  • design of educational contents and planning of resources;
  • organisation of educational activities and teaching services;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of teaching and planning measures to improve teaching and services;
  • provision of complete and up-to-date information on its website, relating to the programme (professional roles, expected learning outcomes, learning activities).
The above activities are scheduled and interrelated, based on the PDCA principles (Plan, Do, Check, Act).
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In a Quality Assurance system, students play a fundamental role: each student can play their part by participating in the Quality Assurance groups of their degree programme and in the Faculty-Student Joint Committees or, more simply, by taking part in the Student Survey on teaching, or questionnaires. It’s in this context that specific workshops for student representatives (‘Laboratori di rappresentanza attiva’) are periodically made available to students by the University and the University’s Quality Assurance Board. To find out more, please see the relevant section.

Il sistema di valutazione universitario e il ruolo dello studente

by Prof. Graziano Pravadelli: a lecture recorded on the occasion of the January 2021 workshop for student representatives.

QA bodies

QA in degree programmes

QA activities

Description of the training course - Didactic regulations

The Degree programme teaching regulations set out the organisational aspects of the degree programme, in line with the University’s teaching regulations. The first part of the document includes general information about the programme, the second part includes links to the relevant module web pages, and the third part specifies the administrative aspects.

Other Regulations

To view other regulations of interest refer to the section: Statute and regulations

The Italian University system

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First-cycle degrees: Bachelor’s degree programme

First-cycle degrees are aimed at enabling students to achieve a command of general scientific methods and content, and to acquire specific professional knowledge.
Admission requirements: secondary school diploma after completing 13 years of study in total and passing the relevant State examination, or equivalent foreign qualification; admission may be subject to further assessment.
Duration: three years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 180 CFU; doing an internship and preparing a dissertation/thesis may also be required. Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, graduates may continue their studies by enrolling in a Master’s degree or other second-cycle degree programmes and courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree (Laurea), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore”.

Second-cycle degrees: Master’s degree

Second-cycle degrees aim to provide students with an advanced training and knowledge to take on highly-skilled roles.
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or a foreign equivalent qualification; curricular admission requirements for each course may vary depending on each University.
Duration: two years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 120 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”. Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees
Some courses (Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy, Architecture and Building Engineering-Architecture, Law, Primary Education) are offered as Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees (Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico).
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a secondary school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification; admission is subject to passing an admission test.
Duration: five years (six years and 360 CFU for Medicine and Surgery, and Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics).
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 300 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis. Upon completion of a Single-cycle degree, graduates may continue their studies by applying for a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca) or other third-cycle courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”.

Third-cycle degrees

PhD programmes: these courses enable students to gain reliable methodologies for advanced scientific research through innovative methodologies and new technologies, and generally include internships abroad and lab activities at research laboratories. Graduates wishing to apply for a PhD programme must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition; PhD programmes have a minimum duration of three years. In order to complete the programme, students must produce a research thesis/dissertation and present it at a final examination.
Academic title: upon completion of a PhD programme, students are awarded the title of “Dottore di ricerca”, or “PhD”.
Postgraduate specialisation courses: these are third-cycle courses aimed at enabling students to develop advanced knowledge and highly-specialised skills, such as in the medical, clinical and surgical fields. To be admitted to these courses, applicants must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition. Postgraduate specialisation courses may last from two (120 CFU) to 6 years (360 CFU) depending on the type. Academic title: upon completion of this programme, graduates are awarded a “Diploma di Specializzazione”.

Professional Master’s programme

1st-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di primo livello”.
2nd-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Master’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di secondo livello”.

Other useful things

Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU/ECTS credits): Italian university courses are based on the CFU system. 1 CFU is equal to 25 hours of study. The average annual academic workload for a full-time student is generally assumed to be 60 CFU. CFU and ECTS credits serve the same purpose and generally have the same value.
Degree class: Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes that have the same learning objectives and activities are grouped into “degree classes". The educational content of each programme is set autonomously by each university; however, universities are required to include certain educational activities (and the corresponding number of CFU credits) set at the national level. These requirements are established in relation to each degree class. Degrees in the same class have the same legal value.
Double/Joint degrees: the Italian universities may establish degree programmes in partnership with other Italian or foreign universities. Upon completion of these courses, graduates are awarded a joint or double/multiple degree, one from each Partner University.

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