The programme

Here you can find an overview of the degree programme, including information on its organisation and regulations, as well as a number of useful information. In addition, this section includes an overview of the University’s Quality Assurance system and the Student Orientation services available to prospective students, to help them choose the right course for them.

Student orientation services

The new website of the Student Orientation Office, with new form and content, is the result of a long process aimed at providing a better and more comprehensive service to its many users. Users are mostly secondary school pupils approaching the University for the first time, and schools' University Orientation Services which organise 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)

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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.
 

  • Degree type Corsi di laurea
  • Duration 3  years
  • Part-time Study option available Yes
  • Admissions admission test, limited number
  • S.T.E.M. course Yes
  • Degree class L-2
  • Location VERONA
  • Language Italian
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 del percorso formativo è preparare laureati con solide conoscenze 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 può essere indirizzata al settore delle biotecnologie della salute (ambito biomedico-molecolare), allo sfruttamento delle risorse microbiche e vegetali ai fini industriali e ambientali (ambito ambientale-industriale) o al settore vegetale e della produzione agraria (ambito agro-alimentare). Il laureato deve altresì possedere solide competenze linguistiche per la gestione dell'informazione e della comunicazione scientifica 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, 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 nei diversi settori applicativi; integra la preparazione tecnico-scientifica con conoscenze linguistiche; prevede l'obbligo di tirocini formativi presso aziende o laboratori nazionali ed esteri.
Gli obiettivi formativi vengono perseguiti predisponendo un corso di laurea in cui si possono distinguere diverse aree di apprendimento che si susseguono anche su base cronologica. Una prima area di apprendimento riguarda le discipline scientifiche di base che si collocano principalmente al primo anno e alle quali è attribuito un congruo numero di crediti. Gli insegnamenti si susseguono poi in modo che l'apprendimento relativo alle discipline biotecnologiche sia finalizzato anche alla costruzione di competenze operative ed applicative (area di apprendimento delle discipline biotecnologiche). Gli obiettivi formativi più specifici relativi ai diversi ambiti delle biotecnologie si raggiungono infine con la possibilità, al secondo e terzo anno, di personalizzare il piano didattico scegliendo tra alcuni insegnamenti in gruppi di scelte. I gruppi di insegnamenti a scelta si riferiscono alle tre diverse aree di apprendimento relative all’applicazione delle biotecnologie alla produzione agro-alimentare, all'ambito industriale ambientale o 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 della biologia cellulare e molecolare, della biochimica, della microbiologia, 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

Funzione in un contesto di lavoro:
Il laureato sarà in grado di:
partecipare ad attività di ricerca in ambito biomedico-sanitario, vegetale e ambientale anche attraverso l’uso di microorganismi, gestire attrezzare di laboratorio, elaborare rapporti tecnico-scientifici, operare nel controllo di qualità e nell'indagine diagnostica, ambientale e della produttività vegetale.

Competenze associate alla funzione:
Il laureato in Biotecnologie possiede:
- conoscenza di base dei sistemi biologici in chiave genetico-molecolare, cellulare e biochimico;
- padronanza delle metodologie biochimiche, analitiche e microbiologiche
- capacità di applicare tecniche del DNA ricombinante
- analisi statistica di dati biologici
- 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 biomedico molecolare, agro-alimentare e ambientale;
- industria nei settori biomedico-molecolare, chimico-ambientale e agro-alimentare;
- strutture ed enti di monitoraggio e controllo ambientale o propagazione, miglioramento e micro-propagazione vegetale
- aziende di trattamento scarti di origine urbana, industriale e agricola
- aziende di produzione di biocombustibili
- informatori e divulgatori scientifici;
- 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

Degree Programme description and regulations

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The Degree programme teaching regulations, published on june/july set out the organisational aspects of the degree programme, in line with the University’s teaching regulations. It includes general information about the programme, links to the relevant module web pages and 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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