BIOT105 Introduction to Biotechnology

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Biotechnology

I. Course Number and Title
BIOT105 Introduction to Biotechnology
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
BIOT105 is a required course in Biotechnology (2119) program of study. The course can also be used to satisfy the core science/math requirement in other programs of study.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an introduction to the field of biotechnology. Topics include recombinant DNA, production of biological molecules, bioprocessing, and current events. Students also review employment and careers in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. Laboratories include aseptic technique, pipetting and measurement, DNA extraction and restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, and PCR.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain the scope, concepts, and terminology of biotechnology;
    2. investigate and explain current events and advances in biotechnology;
    3. perform techniques involving measurement;
    4. perform techniques involving the manipulation of DNA; and
    5. explore career opportunities in biotechnology
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. history of biotechnology
    2. areas of biotechnology
    3. DNA, genes, and gene Expression
    4. recombinant DNA technology
    5. animal cell culture and stem cells
    6. transgenic animals and gene therapy
    7. careers and employment in biotechnology
    8. student presentations
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student progress and achievement will be assessed through lab reports, laboratory practical, project presentations, worksheets, take-home research assignments, and in-class exams and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval date - 3/2010; Revised 9/20/12; Revised 5/2013; New Core 8/2015