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Module Overview

Can you imagine the ‘mad scientist’ working in the lab, healing broken bones, bad burns, blindness, deafness, heart damage, worn joints, nerve damage, and much, much more? Or constructing the skin from a patient's own cells? Exciting advances in medical biotechnology are set to improve the quality of healthcare you will receive in the future.


This module introduces you to the exciting fields of stem cell, gene therapy and regenerative medicine. You will learn about applications, methodologies and the controversies associated with these areas. Through these sessions, you will also gain an overview of the great potential of stem cell, gene therapy and regenerative medicine. The hands-on sessions will provide you with opportunities to discover interesting aspects of careers in biotechnology and healthcare industry. You can also look forward to interacting with graduates from Diploma in Medical Biotechnology, to find out more about what they do in the laboratory.


Future ‘mad scientists’ are strongly encouraged to sign up.


This module will be conducted within a duration of 22.5 hours.

What You'll Learn

At the end of the module, students will be able to:


  1. Describe the procedures of generating stem cells
  2. Differentiate therapeutic and reproductive cloning
  3. Define regenerative medicine
  4. List examples of how regenerative medicine can successfully change the quality of healthcare
  5. Perform basic cell culture techniques
  6. Describe the purpose of gene therapy
  7. List the applications of gene therapy
  8. Discuss the ethical issues involved in using stem cells, cloning and gene therapy
  9. Perform the detection of inherited mutated genes as a genetic counsellor


Assessment Components
Students will be assessed based on the following:


  1. Quiz
  2. Practical Test
  3. Class Participation
  4. Post-Lab Group Exercises


Completion Criteria
Students are required to:


  • Fulfill at least 67% of the attendance and
  • Obtain a pass mark of at least 50% upon completion of the module.

Module Schedule & Registration

For details of the ApLM@Poly module runs and registration, please visit ApLM Portal.




Contact Details

ApLM@Poly is designed for MOE Secondary School students.

For module enquiries, please contact:

For general enquiries, please contact the overall coordinator:

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.