BTEC 1000: Engineering Life
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.
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 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:
- Grading Policy
- Is Online Learning Right For Me?
- Get to Know Your Course
- 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
- What is COVID-19?