Course Description: This course provides exploratory experience combining laboratory and real-life applications in the field of biotechnology. The content includes, but is not limited to, the following: • The nature of science • Chemical processes in biotechnology, pH, solutions, molarity • Cell propagation, growth and cultures for biotechnology • Biochemistry, proteins, enzymes, plasmids, recombinants, blood borne pathogens • Genetics and biotechnology, gene selection, transformation, analysis • Structure and function of various organisms used as genetic models • Interdependence of organisms, humans, and the environment, • Genetic diversity and selection • Connection between biotechnology, agricultural, food, and medicine and careers • Bioethics.
This course shall integrate the Goal 3 Student Performance Standards of the Florida System of School Improvement and Accountability as appropriate to the content and processes of the subject matter. Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental quality, and safety procedures will be an integral part of this course. Students will interact with materials and primary sources of data or with secondary sources of data to observe and understand the natural world. Students will develop an understanding of measurement error, and develop the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the data and resulting conclusions.
Equipment and supplies will be provided to enhance these hands-on experiences for students. A minimum of 20% of classroom time will be dedicated to laboratory experiences.
Since we will be focussing more on Laboratory Investigations, you are required to use "Biotechnology A Laboratory Skill Course" by Kirk Brown. In addition to this book, we will be using Elly Daugherty's "Biotechnology Science for the millennium" book too. You can check out both of these books at any time and must return by the due date.
You are required to complete a research project in Biotechnology from the topic of your choice. Your instructor will approve the research methodology and may provide enough resources you need to complete the project. However, you are more than welcome to participate with the University Labs to conduct your investigation. A final project report along with a display (poster or a trifold) must be submitted to pass this course.
Upon the successful completion of the program, your instructor may recommend you to appear for the CTE Exam at the end of the academic year. This certification will enable you to work as a Biotechnician with different Biotech Manufacturing Facilities. For more details click the link given below.