BI-453 : Biotechnology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-453 Biotechnology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours 3 laboratory hours 1 hour recitation

Credits: 5

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-201

Course Description in college catalog:

A course in molecular biology that introduces recombinant DNA techniques and methods of genome analysis that are currently employed in industry. Topics covered include gel electrophoresis, plasmid transformation, restriction mapping of chromosomes, Southern hybridization, Polymerase Chain Reaction and forensic DNA fingerprinting.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (elective)

A.S. Health Sciences

QCC/York College Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Have a clear understanding of current molecular biology principles and techniques used by the biotechnology industry.

2. Tools for genetic engineering, drug design, forensics, sequencing, fluorescence tags, bioinformatics and bio ethics will be discussed.

3. Lab designed to expose students to valuable hands on experience on the topics that are coordinated with lecture.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

This is a writing intensive course. Students are required to maintain a lab notebook and also submit a typed 4-5 page lab report every week.

To get Honors credits, students will be required to give oral Powerpoint presentations at the honors conference. Topic of the presentation will include one of the topics learned during the semester in consultation with the instructor.

Three Lecture Exams 10% each plus a final exam 10%

Lab reports 40%; 4 Lab Quizzes 20%

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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