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Core Competencies for the
Bioscience Laboratory
Jeanette Mowery
Linnea Fletcher
• Round 2, DOL TAACCCT Award to Forsyth Tech CC
– Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials
– 12 colleges, 3...
Why this effort to define core skills?
• Give educators the tools to develop courses,
certificates, modules, etc.
– Assess...
DRAFT: Common Core Bioscience
Laboratory Skill Standards
Draft of Common Core based on:
2007 Biotechnology and
Biomedical Skill Standards;
Copyright 2007
http://www.bio-
link.org/...
Existing draft
• 10 Core topics
• Common Work Tasks
• Useful to stimulate discussion
• Wording and organization are import...
Laboratory
Skills
Biomanufacturing
Biomedical
devices
?
Organization of Skill Standards
• Critical Work Functions
– Major responsibilities of the job
• Key Activities
– Activitie...
Example
Then… drill down
Performance Criteria
Texas Skill Standards
• Skill standards tell us what a worker needs
to know and be able to do at work and
how well he or s...
Texas Skill Standards Elements
• 3 “Work-Oriented” Elements:
– Critical Work Functions - broad areas of
responsibility (10...
Example
• Critical Work Function
• 2. Clean and maintain environment
• Key Activity
• 2.1 Clean laboratory environment
Per...
• 3 “Worker-Oriented” Elements
Occupational Knowledge, Skills and Conditions – technical know-
how plus tools, resources &...
Elements in Skill Standards
• 7th Element:
• Statement of Assessment – how to
evaluate skill competency of person, as
reco...
So…
• Current draft is not organized in this way
• Next steps?
Process?
• Identify Core Critical Work Functions
– Big buckets
– Not too many of these
– Put activities in appropriate buc...
Possible: Critical Work Functions
• Perform routine laboratory support
• Maintain a safe and productive work
environment
•...
Key activities for one Critical Work Function
• Perform record keeping and manage data
– Maintain laboratory notebook
– En...
Discussion Time
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Dr.'s Jeanette Mowery and Linnea Fletcher talk about the process of identifying core competencies for biotechnology education.

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Core Competencies for the Bioscience Laboratory

  1. 1. Core Competencies for the Bioscience Laboratory Jeanette Mowery Linnea Fletcher
  2. 2. • Round 2, DOL TAACCCT Award to Forsyth Tech CC – Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials – 12 colleges, 3 centers • Identify Core Competencies in 3 Sector Hubs • Biomanufacturing – NBC2 • Medical Devices (new) • Bioscience Laboratory – Bio-Link
  3. 3. Why this effort to define core skills? • Give educators the tools to develop courses, certificates, modules, etc. – Assessments • Define skills and knowledge necessary for entry level positions – Students know and can articulate what they know – Industry recognizes what students know – Means to measure learning outcomes • Possibly develop credential based on those core competencies
  4. 4. DRAFT: Common Core Bioscience Laboratory Skill Standards
  5. 5. Draft of Common Core based on: 2007 Biotechnology and Biomedical Skill Standards; Copyright 2007 http://www.bio- link.org/home/shoreline- community- college/biotechnology-skill- standards Bioscience Competency Model: U.S. Department of Laborwww.careeronestop. org/COMPETENCYMODEL/ pyramid.aspx?BIOSCI=Y
  6. 6. Existing draft • 10 Core topics • Common Work Tasks • Useful to stimulate discussion • Wording and organization are important if going to find common ground between other two sector hubs
  7. 7. Laboratory Skills Biomanufacturing Biomedical devices ?
  8. 8. Organization of Skill Standards • Critical Work Functions – Major responsibilities of the job • Key Activities – Activities need to accomplish a critical work function • Performance Criteria – Concrete, visible ways that we will know the individual is doing the activity correctly
  9. 9. Example
  10. 10. Then… drill down
  11. 11. Performance Criteria
  12. 12. Texas Skill Standards • Skill standards tell us what a worker needs to know and be able to do at work and how well he or she must perform to be competent in the job.
  13. 13. Texas Skill Standards Elements • 3 “Work-Oriented” Elements: – Critical Work Functions - broad areas of responsibility (10-12) – Key Activities – major tasks required to achieve Critical Work Function (3-6) – Performance Criteria – standard or proficiency level to which Key Activity must be performed – Plus 3 “Worker-Oriented” Elements
  14. 14. Example • Critical Work Function • 2. Clean and maintain environment • Key Activity • 2.1 Clean laboratory environment Performance Criteria • 2.1.1 SOPs are followed • 2.1.2 Personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves, eye protection, aprons and respirators are worn as needed • 2.1.3 Appropriate agent(s) and amounts for cleaning are used • 2.1.4 Cleaning is documented
  15. 15. • 3 “Worker-Oriented” Elements Occupational Knowledge, Skills and Conditions – technical know- how plus tools, resources & equipment • Knowledge of the cleaning agents, pest control and other pertinent information needed to clean and maintain the laboratory environment • Knowledge of company EH&S, GXPs, and OSHA • Knowledge of documentation • Knowledge of basic chemistry • Company SOPs • Cleaning Agents • Gloves, goggles, apron, respirator • Safety SOPs, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and related documentation • Other PPE as needed • Company safety forms for activity PLUS – Academic Knowledge and Skills – traditional subjects – Employability Knowledge and Skills – SCANS-type competencies
  16. 16. Elements in Skill Standards • 7th Element: • Statement of Assessment – how to evaluate skill competency of person, as recommended by industry • Examples: Lab practical, lab notebook
  17. 17. So… • Current draft is not organized in this way • Next steps?
  18. 18. Process? • Identify Core Critical Work Functions – Big buckets – Not too many of these – Put activities in appropriate bucket
  19. 19. Possible: Critical Work Functions • Perform routine laboratory support • Maintain a safe and productive work environment • Perform record keeping and manage data • Use measurement instrumentation accurately • Practice quality control and comply with government regulations
  20. 20. Key activities for one Critical Work Function • Perform record keeping and manage data – Maintain laboratory notebook – Enter and manage laboratory information electronically – Follow/write documentation such as SOP, batch record, etc.
  21. 21. Discussion Time

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