BIOT105 Introduction to Biotechnology
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Biotechnology
Course Number and TitleBIOT105 Introduction to Biotechnology
Number of Credits4 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester3750
Other Pertinent InformationBIOT105 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- explain the scope, concepts, and terminology of biotechnology;
- investigate and explain current events and advances in biotechnology;
- perform techniques involving measurement;
- perform techniques involving the manipulation of DNA; and
- explore career opportunities in biotechnology
- Core (if applicable)
- apply the scientific method by explaining and identifying its components in a variety of situations.
- use methods, concepts, and theories in new situations (Application Skills).
- demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
- recognizing the problem;
- reviewing information about the problem;
- developing plausible solutions; and
- evaluating the results.
Math or ScienceStudents will:
Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- history of biotechnology
- areas of biotechnology
- DNA, genes, and gene Expression
- recombinant DNA technology
- animal cell culture and stem cells
- transgenic animals and gene therapy
- careers and employment in biotechnology
- student presentations
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course 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.
- Core (if applicable)
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.
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.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection 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