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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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

    3. Core (if applicable)

    4. Category I:
      Math or Science
      Students will:
      1. apply the scientific method by explaining and identifying its components in a variety of situations.

      Category III:
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. use methods, concepts, and theories in new situations (Application Skills).
      1. demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
        1. recognizing the problem;
        2. reviewing information about the problem;
        3. developing plausible solutions; and
        4. evaluating the results.
    5. 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
    6. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

      1. Course
      2. 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.

      3. Core (if applicable)
      4. Math or Science: There is evaluation and analysis of data regarding a course related topic; for example, data analysis related to creating recombinant proteins.

        Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: There are at least two Critical Thinking assignments, mostly as case studies, related to one of the Planned Topics.

        Other Evaluative Tools: The course utilizes exams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor’s course format.

    7. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

      Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval date - 3/2010; Revised 9/20/12; Revised 5/2013