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Analytical Lab & Quality Systems Certificate

1 Year Credit Program

Start your Advanced Manufacturing career today! The Analytical Laboratory & Quality Systems Certificate is a new program offered at the Devens campus of Mount Wachusett Community College. The one year certificate program will prepare students to gain entry level positions as laboratory and quality technicians for organizations requiring measurement and documentation of quality attributes following standardized and/or regulated procedures.

Year 1 Courses

Fall Courses

Credits

This course provides the student with an understanding of the fundamental principles of matter and energy. The course includes atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, patterns of chemical reactivity, solution chemistry, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and chemical bonding. A mathematical approach to chemical problems is used to develop problem solving skills as well as a conceptual understanding. Laboratory work is correlated with class discussion. Lab sessions will be hands-on experiences revolving around and applying the topics listed in the lab section of the syllabus. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT096 or higher (or corequisite), RDG098, or placement. Recommended: High school chemistry or other previous chemistry classes.

This course provides an introduction to the concepts used in STEM disciplines and manufacturing processes to ensure defined procedures are used to deliver results for materials of known and sufficient quality. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 096, RDG 098, (or placement).

Topics in this course are designed to acquaint students with the diverse field of biotechnology and to develop fundamental skills in the use, maintenance and calibration of common laboratory instruments. Principles of laboratory safety, documentation and the use of computers in the lab will be covered. Topics will also include a brief history of biotechnology, job opportunities in biotechnology, biology of DNA, recombinant DNA and protein products. Lab sessions will be hands-on experiences revolving around and applying the topics listed in the lab section of the syllabus. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 096 or higher (or corequisite), RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

This course provides an introduction to functions, graphing techniques, and modeling. Topics included: visualizing and graphing data, functions and their representations, type of functions and their rates of change, linear functions and equations, Quadratic functions and equations, polynomial, rational and radical functions and equations, and introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: MAT 096 or placement.

Spring Courses

BTC 191 | Quality and Compliance

Good Manufacturing Practice regulations (cGMPs) apply to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device products regulated by FDA. This course explores the content and interpretation of the regulations, with emphasis on the necessary practices, procedures and documentation required to achieve full compliance. The course will utilize case studies to facilitate interpretation and application of regulations. All participants will gain a fundamental knowledge of the basis of cGMP regulations, and the necessity of implementing them in daily operations. Additionally, this course is intended to give participants an introduction to the cGMP regulations and their application to laboratory activities, manufacturing processes and support functions, as well as demonstrate the need for thorough and comprehensive GMP training and documentation. The course also provides participants with an understanding of common terminology and the role GMPs play in their day-to-day responsibilities. Consequences of non-compliance will be examined to underline the importance of implementing and maintaining a robust cGMP posture. Prerequisites: BTC101 with a C or better OR AQS110 and BTC102 with a C or better.

AQS 115 | Quality and Compliance
Good Manufacturing Practice regulations (cGMPs) apply to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device products regulated by FDA. This course explores the content and interpretation of the regulations, with emphasis on the necessary practices, procedures and documentation required to achieve full compliance. The course will utilize case studies to facilitate interpretation and application of regulations. All participants will gain a fundamental knowledge of the basis of cGMP regulations, and the necessity of implementing them in daily operations. Additionally, this course is intended to give participants an introduction to the cGMP regulations and their application to laboratory activities, manufacturing processes and support functions, as well as demonstrate the need for thorough and comprehensive GMP training and documentation. The course also provides participants with an understanding of common terminology and the role GMPs play in their day-to-day responsibilities. Consequences of non-compliance will be examined to underline the importance of implementing and maintaining a robust cGMP posture. Prerequisites: BTC101 with a C or better OR AQS110 and BTC102 with a C or better.

This course will provide a background on the fundamentals of using instrumentation to measure chemical properties and concentration including sample preparation, calibration, and data analysis. The lab portion will provide hands-on experience with instrumentation used in a variety of different analytical instruments and will include experience with electrochemical analytical techniques, gas chromatography, advanced UV-VIS spectrophotometry, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography. Some physical testing may also be included. Lab sessions will be hands-on experiences revolving around and applying the topics listed in the lab section of the syllabus. Prerequisite: MAT 092 or placement; CHE 203, CHE 120 or CHE 107.

Professional Elective
Choose a professional elective
3-4
Professional Elective
Choose a professional elective
3-4

Total Credits 29 - 31

 

Professional Electives

This course provides an introduction to various industry (both manufacturing and service), international and US regulatory quality system standards. This course will also provide instruction on the audit process and principles. Prerequisites: ENG 098, MAT 096 (or placement). ENG 101 is recommended. Fall.

This course will provide the student with problem solving skills by exploring the process of conducting an investigation. The quality system tools used to document and facilitate an understanding of the problem and potential solutions will be studied. Prerequisites: ENG 098 (or placement); MAT 162 (or higher). ENG 101 and AQS 110 are recommended.

This course covers the principles of various processes associated with the production and recovery of different bioproducts derived from prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics include the classification of microorganisms, media development, instrumentation, fermentation principles, mammalian and insect cell propagation, product recovery, protein purification, and the principles of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). Lab sessions will be hands on experiences revolving around and applying the topics listed in the lab section of the syllabus. Prerequisite: BTC 101 with a C or better OR AQS 110, and BTC 102 with a C or better.

Good Manufacturing Practice regulations (cGMPs) apply to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device products regulated by FDA. This course explores the content and interpretation of the regulations, with emphasis on the necessary practices, procedures and documentation required to achieve full compliance. The course will utilize case studies to facilitate interpretation and application of regulations. All participants will gain a fundamental knowledge of the basis of cGMP regulations, and the necessity of implementing them in daily operations. Additionally, this course is intended to give participants an introduction to the cGMP regulations and their application to laboratory activities, manufacturing processes and support functions, as well as demonstrate the need for thorough and comprehensive GMP training and documentation. The course also provides participants with an understanding of common terminology and the role GMPs play in their day-to-day responsibilities. Consequences of non-compliance will be examined to underline the importance of implementing and maintaining a robust cGMP posture. Prerequisites: BTC101 with a C or better OR AQS110 and BTC102 with a C or better.

Students are introduced to concepts relating to communicating in a diverse workplace. Emphasis is placed on nonverbal communication, the writing process, and email. Students learn how to write memos and letters and communicate with customers, research and use information, develop and use graphic and visual aids. Students prepare reports and presentations; develop skills to communicate through the application and interview process. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

This course is an introduction to computer assisted design (CAD). It will introduce the student to the software and the hardware capability of the system by generating, moving, editing, deleting, and zooming the basic elements and features. Familiarity will be achieved with keyboard, menu, function buttons, and other system peripherals. Once the system's working characteristics are mastered, emphasis will then be placed on the steps of the layout process of utilizing AutoCAD, Solid Works, Siemens NX, or other computer assisted design software. Students gain proficiency in the operation of a PC-based CAD system and a functional understanding of basic CAD techniques. Course is a fundamentals approach and requires no experience with other CAD programs. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

A continuation of CHE 107 General Chemistry I, this course covers such topics as intermolecular forces, behavior of gases, liquids and solutions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction and electro-chemistry. A mathematical approach to chemical problems is used to develop problem solving skills as well as a conceptual understanding. Laboratory work is correlated with class discussion. Lab sessions will be hands-on experiences revolving around and applying the topics listed in the lab section of the syllabus. Prerequisite: CHE 107. Spring and summer.

Students should be comfortable with basic computer usage prior to enrolling in this course. Essential computer skills include utilizing web browsers and email as well as managing files and folders (save, locate, open, create, delete). This course is designed to develop spreadsheet skills, with an in-depth study of spreadsheet design and analysis as they relate to business applications. Topics include the fundamentals of spreadsheet design, coverage of business formulas and functions, linking multiple worksheets and files, proper layout and design, and an introduction to macros using the Visual BASIC for Applications (VBA) language. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

ENG 106
3

This course focuses on the study of basic writing patterns likely to be of use to the report/technical writer: summary, definition, explanation of a process, description and analysis, classifying data, designing effective formats and supplements, researching information, writing and documenting the research report, proposal writing, and the use of visual aids. The development of an effective reportorial style is emphasized. Overall, the course is designed to improve the students' powers of creative observation and develop accurate and concise writing skills. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

PLT 105
3

This course will introduce students, to the primary communication method used in manufacturing, the engineering blueprint, and freehand sketch. The course includes principles of orthographic projection, symbols, and dimensioning. The purpose and interpretation of the title block, revision block, notes, and bill of material will also be covered. Freehand sketching techniques will be introduced as well. Students may not receive credit for both PLT 225 and MET 105. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

This course presents students with an understanding of elementary statistics by familiarizing them with basic concepts of measures of central tendency and variability, regression and correlation, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. A calculator is required. Students will learn the use of statistical methods and SPC to improve quality and productivity through measurements, control, and reduction of process variation. Topics covered include:basic statistics, the normal distribution; control charting; process capability studies; gauge and measurement analysis. Simple metrology concepts and the basics of geometric dimensioning and tolerance are also covered. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or co-requisite), MAT 143.

Tuition and Fees

Program Cost Cost

Tuition and Fees
$6,036
Books and Supplies
$1,400

Total Cost $7,436

*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.

Transfer Options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Biotechnology/Bio-manufacturing Degree

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Bio-Techne

Our strong partnerships with local employers like Bio-Techne in Devens means that our grads can get great jobs after college! Learn what it's like to work in the clean, safe high-tech field of Advanced Manufacturing.

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Rocheleau

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