Master Training Program in Microbiology

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Background

A Master Training Program in Microbiology was established at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University under the direction of a university-wide committee to train highly qualified persons for academic careers in Microbiology. Our program was revised extensively in the 2012 acquiring a new focus, providing a firm foundation in molecular biology, and microbiology along with rigorous training in research methodology. The program provides M.S. program for those who intend to perform microbiology studies.

Fields of Study and Research

  • Bacteriology

  • Mycology

  • Molecular Virology

Program duration

Although there are individual differences, most students complete their course requirements and research projects with a three year period. The required annual committee meetings help the student bring their thesis projects to successful and timely completion. Students who cannot complete his study on schedule due to impersonal cause can apply for prolongating the study period. Generally, full-time and part-time students should have no more than four years and five years period respectively. Students who are selected and funded by excellent master foundation can extend their study periods appropriately.

Research and training

  • Supervisor responsibility system

Master guidance group mainly leaded by supervisor is constructed, which concludes 3 to 4 persons. Supervisor and guidance group are responsible for drawing up training project and guiding the dissertation totally. Innovative scientific research and technology development will be carried out mainly by graduates themselves.

  • Course learning and research papers combination

Masters can master solid professional basic theory, basic knowledge and skills by course learning and can be able to engage in scientific research and competent professional work through research papers.

Courses and credit

  • Required Courses

Below are listed the courses required of all students in the program. These include degree courses and non-degree courses. Total credit students should get no less than 26, including 12 in degree courses and 14 in non-degree courses.


Category

Course code

Course name

Hour

Credit

Teacher

Assessment

Term

Degree course

1900801

生物科学专题()  Special topics on bioscience  I

30

1.5

Xiong Guan,

Ph.D  关雄

Paper exams

1

1900802

生物科学专题() Special topics on bioscience  II

30

1.5

Xiong Guan,

Ph.D关雄

Paper exams

2

1900803

高级分子生物学Advanced molecular biology

60

3

Shi-hua Wang,

Ph.D 汪世华

Paper exams

2

1900804

高级植物生理学Advanced plant physiology

60

3

Wei Chen,

PH.D 陈伟

Paper exams

1

1912812

微生物学

Microbiology

60

3

Zhi-peng Huang,

Ph.D林向民

Paper exams

2

Required course

0000818

汉语(上)Chinese I

70

1.5

Ning Zhang

Leifang Xu

Paper exams

1

0000819

汉语(下)Chinese II

80

1.5

Ning Zhang

Leifang Xu

Paper exams

2

0000820

中国概况Survey of China

60

3

Fafeng Huang

Paper exams

1

Elective course

1900805

Molecular ecology

分子生态学

40

2

Wen-xiong Lin,

Ph.D 林文雄

evaluation

1

1912801

Genomics

基因组学

40

2

Wei-ren Wu

Ph.D 吴为人

evaluation

2

1912802

Gene Engineering

基因工程

40

2

Da-ren Pan,

Ph.D 潘大仁

evaluation

2

1912803

Proteomics

蛋白质组学

40

2

Hua-qin HE

Ph.D何华勤

evaluation

2

1912804

Molecular Evolution and phylogenies

进化生物学

40

2

Tian-pei Huang

Ph.D 黄天培

evaluation

3

1912805

Chemical biology

化学生物学

40

2

Jin Chen,

Ph.D 陈进

evaluation

2

1912806

Natural products chemistry

天然产物化学

40

2

Hai-bin He

Ph.D 何海斌

evaluation

2

1912807

Comprehensive experiments of modern biology

现代生物学综合实验

40

2

Chun-ji Gan

     甘纯玑     

evaluation

2

1912808

Microbiology biotechnology engineering

微生物生物技术工程

40

2

Liao-yuan Zhang

Ph.D 张燎原

evaluation

2


Category

Course code

Course name

Hour

Credit

Teacher

Assessment

Term

1912809

Molecular immunology

分子免疫学

40

2

Zhen-hong Zhuang

Ph.D 庄振宏

evaluation

3

1912810

Biostatistics

生物统计学

40

2

Yong-xian Wen

Ph.D 温永仙

evaluation

3

1912811

Contemporary instrumental analysis

现代仪器分析

40

2

Gui-di Yang,

Ph.D杨桂娣

evaluation

2

1904901

Supervised literature reading

遗传学文献导读

60

3

Wei-ren Wu,

Ph.D 吴为人

Paper exams

2

1905801

Agriculture Ecology

农业生态学

40

2

Rui-yu Lin,

Ph.D林瑞余

evaluation

3

1911801

Programming for Bioinformatics

生物信息学程序设计

40

2

Xiong-en Liu

刘雄恩

Paper exams

1

1911802

Intelligent computing & its application

智能计算与程序应用

40

2

Yi-wen Zhong

Ph.D钟一文

evaluation

1

1911803

Bioinformatics

生物信息学

60

3

Hua-qin HE,

Ph.D 何华勤

Paper exams

1

1900806

JUNCAO Science Research

菌草学研究专题   

40

2

Zhan-xi Lin

林占熺

Paper exams

1

1900807

JUNCAO Cylic Industry and Sustainable  Development

菌草循环产业与可持续发展

40

2

Zhan-xi Lin

林占熺

Paper exams

2

1900808

JUNCAO Technology Extension and Internationalization

菌草技术推广与国际化

40

2

Dong-mei Lin

林冬梅

Paper exams

2

Compulsory part

Teaching practice

2

evaluation

Academic activities

5

evaluation

Opening report

Midterm examination


  • Supplementary courses

Expect for excellent graduates who study for a master degree in advance, students without graduate degree should take all degree courses corresponding to the enrolled graduate major. Those with different major graduate degree should take the degree courses corresponding to the enrolled graduate major with credit from 6 to 8. The supplementary courses are not included in the total credits.

Practical education

  • Academic activities (5 credits)

Academic activities include doing and listening academic reports. Academic reports will keep students abreast of the latest research developments in microbiology. There are several seminar series held in the university. Students can attend those seminars pertinent to genetics and their research interests throughout the course of the program. Students are required to make no less than two seminar presentation during their study period. Credits of attending academic activities should be 5, in which giving a special report is 1 credit per time, and attending national academic conference is 0.5 credit per time. After academic activities, students should write an abstract about the activities no less than 250-500 letters and fill in an academic activities enrollment which is effective only after signed by supervisor. Credits can be achieved only after qualified examination and verification. If one has not reached the requirement, he will be regarded as unfinished and will not be permitted to undertake thesis defense.

  • Teaching practice (2 credits)

During the second year each student should serve as a teaching assistant in one of a number of graduate courses or undergraduate courses. This experience is an important component of the training experience. Students should learn some teaching skill under guidance of supervisors, and take part in teaching activities for the graduate or undergraduate students by guiding the experiments or taking a teaching lesson. The total hours of teaching practice is 100 to 120, including preparing time for every master candidate. After qualified assessments, the candidate will get 2 credits.

Academic activities and teaching practice are required steps. The credits can be achieved only after qualified examination and verification and are not included into total study credits. Those who have not attended the practice education will not be permitted to undertake the thesis defense.

Comprehensive qualifying exam and mid-term examination

After all courses completed, in purpose of checking if the students master the basic theory and in-depth specialized knowledge of the discipline, comprehensive qualifying examinations should be carried out, which are important judgment to determine if students can enter into the stage of thesis. Generally, the examination will be arranged at the third semester which is chaired by examination committee consisted of 3 to 5 professors and associated professors majored in this or related discipline. Mid-term examination is carried out based on comprehensive examination. Detailed demands are showed in “Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University graduate student mid-term examination methods”.

Scientific research and dissertation

Doing scientific research and writing degree dissertation are important steps in master training. During study period, master graduates should mainly focus on scientific research and writing dissertations with no less than two years.

Supervisors should organize students to take part in high level scientific research work actively, and attend academic activities and international academic conference in this or related discipline. The scientific research and dissertation of master candidates should be in the field of basic research or applied research, or research in high and new technology. Research topics should emphasize their scientificalness and applicability, relate to economic construction and social development closely, and combine to national scientific research projects as far as possible. Master candidates can enhance their abilities during research practice, engage in scientific research work independently and earn the abilities of organizing scientific activities.

  • Opening report

Under the guidance of supervisor, students should understand their research direction, collect data, determine the research subject, carry out research work, and write review. The topic of dissertation should be advance, have important theoretical significance and application value. Detailed demands of opening reports are showed in “Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University interim provisions about graduate student opening report”.

  • Mid-term report

When entering the intermediate stage of research, students must put forward the reports about the progress of the work achievements, reflect the existing problems, listen to the comments and suggestions of supervisor and guidance group, and improve the research work, so as to ensure that research project can complete on schedule.

  • Finalizing of dissertation

Master degree dissertation must show that master candidates have firm and broad basic theory, systematic and in-depth expertise and related discipline knowledge, have the ability to do scientific research independently, and make creative achievements in the scientific or technical work. After finishing the research experiment, data sorting, chart production and theory analysis, students should write out thesis draft. Formal dissertation should be formed after checked and revised by supervisor, and should be printed in book.

  • Thesis defense

Requirements of published papers of master candidates before thesis defense application are necessary. After defense, work of master degree awarding should be carried out according to “Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University detailed rules for implementation of degree awarding”.