BIO 280: Biotechnology (2-3-3)
Instructor: Misty Lawrence, M.A. Ed.
Online Hours: Monday 9:30 am – 11:30 am Wednesday 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Friday 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Phone: 704-484-5315 Section: OL521
Office Location: Bailey Center Room 5326
Office Hours: On Campus After July 13th
Monday and Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am-1:00pm
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides experience in selected laboratory procedures. Topics include proper laboratory
techniques in biology and chemistry. Upon completion, students should be able to identify laboratory
techniques and instrumentation in basic biotechnology. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course
Course Prerequisites – BIO 111 or CHM 151
II. REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
Thieman, William J. and Michael A. Palladino. Introduction to Biotechnology, 2nd Ed. San Francisco,
CA: Prentice Hall, 2009.
Supplies – Students may want to purchase a set of headphones with microphone. This is NOT a
III. COURSE GOALS/OBJECTIVES
A. To develop an awareness of the various applications of biotechnology.
B. To understand the laboratory techniques used to analyze DNA
C. To understand the processes required to produce and analyze proteins
D. To relate how biotechnology applies to our everyday life
E. To understand and be able to use the terms related to particular laboratory methods and procedures
F. To gain a knowledge of key instruments used in the field of biotechnology
IV. METHODS OF INSTRUCTIONS
B. Group discussion
C. Video presentations
D. Chapter Questions/ Quizzes
E. Research Topics
V. LEARNING ACTIVITIES
A. Observe and discuss common pieces of laboratory equipment
B. Observe and discuss the procedures of using laboratory equipment
C. Observe and discuss the applications of biotechnology
VI. CRITICAL/ANALYTICAL THINKING SKILLS
A. Locate an article about the topic for the week (newspaper, news, scientific journal).
B. Consider what techniques discussed in class are included in the article.
C. Analyze how to improve the research question, or how to take the research a step further.
D. Discuss which areas of biotechnology would be most applicable to the area in which the student
VII. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate laboratory skills required in the field of biotechnology, such as fermentation,
production of foods and biological products.
B. Discuss DNA structure and function, and demonstrate skills working with DNA in a laboratory
setting; isolation, gel electrophoresis and PCR techniques
C. Describe protein structure and function; develop laboratory skills in basic protein production and
D. Identify key instruments used in biotech product development, utilize equipment in a laboratory
setting and show how the instrumentation functions.
E. Discuss applications of recombinant organisms in biotechnology; demonstrate laboratory skills in
utilizing this technique.
F. Identify and discuss different applications of biotechnology in the marketplace, such as protein
products and chromatography.
G. Discuss biotechnology applications in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and plant genetics and breeding.
VIII. STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
A. Purchase the textbook. The illustrations and information within will be constantly referred to
B. Submit assignments on time.
C. Conduct yourself respectfully at all times.
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
A. Article Submission 66%
B. Attendance grade 17%
C. Discussion grade 17%
I. ATTENDANCE POLICY – Since this is an online class there is no set attendance policy. You will
be expected to turn your assignments in on time. Failure to do so will result in a loss of 5 points per day
the assignment is late. This is especially important since the course is only 7 weeks long.
Make Up Policy – In the event that something extreme occurs, it will be the students’ responsibility
to contact the instructor to inform her of the situation and to discuss possible accommodations that can
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY – Inclement weather should not affect this course.
II. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
Cleveland Community College expects students to practice academic honesty at all times.
Academic dishonesty refers to cheating on tests, examinations, projects, and other assigned work.
Plagiarism, a very serious form of academic dishonesty, is work that has been written by someone other
than the student submitting the work or work obtained from an undocumented or improperly
documented resource. Students are responsible for documenting both direct quotations and paraphrased
material. Direct quotations must appear within quotation marks and must be documented. Paraphrased
material (written in the student’s own words but taken from another source) must also be documented
completely and accurately.
III. GRADING SCALE
F Below 70
X. IMPORTANT DATES
June 28 Class begins
July 23 Last day to withdraw/audit course
August 2 Final day of class
IV. WEEKLY SCHEDULE
WEEK WEEKLY SCHEDULE
June 28 – July 4 Chapters 1 and 2 lesson
2 Chapters 3 and 4 lesson
July 5 – 11 Chapters 5 and 9 lesson
3 Chapters 7 and 10 lesson
July 12-18 Chapter 6 lesson
4 Chapters 8 and 11 lesson
5 Chapters 12 and 13 lesson
July 26 – August 1