Program Description:

The Biotechnology program at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) prepares students for transferring to higher education and employment in the biotech industry. SLCC offers a Biotechnology Associate of Science degree and a Certificate of Proficiency. Classes are offered in a competency-based education format. Curriculum outlines for the program and materials for additional courses are available to view separately. 

Course Description:

This Biotechnology: Engineering Life course is the first of a number of required courses for SLCC's Biotechnology AS degree and the Certificate of Proficiency. This course "combines hands-on experimentation with analysis of the effects of these powerful technologies on global populations, both human and non-human." The following are the main learning objectives of the course:

  • Explain how biotechnology can both benefit and harm members of the global population.
  • Produce a genetically modified organism (GMO).
  • Purify a useful protein from a genetically modified organism (GMO) in a process analogous to modern pharmaceutical production.
  • Student analyzes their own DNA to predict a (non-medically relevant) trait.

Course Contents:

Course materials include a course curriculum outline, syllabus, and a Canvas .imscc file. The 5-page syllabus includes an in-depth course description, needed course materials, course format information, learning objectives, information about the signature assignment, and more. For the signature assignment, students "research a current issue in biotechnology, and create some form of media (e.g., podcast, video, article) that explains the technology, its applications, and how its use or non-use will affect the global population."

The 3-page curriculum outline includes similar information as the syllabus, but also includes additional notes and course learning outcomes mapped to SLCC college-wide student outcomes.

The .imscc file includes numerous folders and files from the Canvas course. Below is a list of modules, and a sample of topics, labs, and quizzes included in the course:

  • Orientation
    • Welcome
    • Syllabus
    • Grading Policy
    • Is Online Learning Right For Me?
    • Get to Know Your Course
    • Netiquette
    • Using th Open Lab
    • How Competency-based Education Works
    • Introduce Your self
    • Any Questions?
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
    • Introduction to Biotechnology
    • Quiz: Student Survey
    • Learn: Defining Biotechnology
    • Learn: Modern Biotechnology
    • Write: Impact of Technology on Global Population
    • Learn: Getting Started On Your ePortfolio
    • Write: Set Up ePortfolio and Introduction Page
  • Genetic Engineering
    • Learn: Introduction to Genetic Engineering
    • Learn: Vocabulary
    • Learn: Practice Terms Used om Genetic Engineering
    • Learn: Micropipettes
    • Learn: pGLO Transformation
  • Protein Purification
    • Learn: Introduction to Uses of Purified Proteins
    • Learn: Introduction to Purification of GFP
    • Learn: Introduction to Purification of GFP, continued
    • Industrial-scale GFP Purification
    • Learn: GFP Purification
    • Ordering the Steps in Protocol
    • Lab: Purification of GFP
    • Write: Protein Purification in Pharmaceuticals and Effect On Global Population
  • DNA Analysis
    • Learn: Introduction to DNA Analysis
    • Learn: Testing Your Own DNA: SNPs
    • Learn: Testing Your Own DNA: PCR
    • Learn: Testing Your Own DNA: Restriction Digest and Gel Electrophoresis
    • Quiz: Testing Your Own DNA: Protocol and Vocabulary
    • Lab: Testing Your Own DNA
    • Learn: Making a Hypothesis
    • Lab: Make a Hypothesis Based On Your DNA
    • Lab: Test Your Hypothesis
    • Learn: Medical Diagnostics
    • Write: Research a Diagnostic Test
  • Global Ethics and Biotechnology 
    • Learn: Introduction to Global Ethics and Biotechnology
    • Learned: Informed Consent
    • Quiz: Technologies' Impact on Global Population
    • Learn: New Tools - Powerful and Dangerous?
    • Write: Current Biotechnology Position Paper/ePortfolio
  • COVID-19
    • What is COVID-19?
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