BI-554: Research Laboratory Internship

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-554 Research Laboratory Internship

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 90 internship hours

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-201 and permission of the instructor

Course Description in college catalog:

This internship provides an opportunity to learn advanced techniques and gain practical experience working in a modern research laboratory. Students are placed with selected research laboratories for a minimum of 90 hours. Course requirements include submission of a detailed lab notebook and a final report summarizing the activities at the end (exact schedule to be arranged with affiliated lab) of the internship. A final grade will be determined by the internship coordinator based upon the final report, lab notebook, and lab supervisor’s evaluation. 

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

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science

A.S. Degree in Public Health

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. To conduct research level laboratory science

2. To maintain a laboratory notebook

3. To conduct a literature search and use background information to inform the research

4. To prepare and present a summary of the research conducted to students and faculty

5. To write a laboratory report summarizing the research conducted

6. To complete a module in Ethics Training for Research

Program-specific outcomes

1. Demonstrate competency in the concepts and methods of the foundation science courses required for transfer to the junior year in Biotechnology at York College.

2. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills and good lab practice necessary for Biotechnology research

3. Utilize scientific methods to propose and test a working hypothesis

4. Demonstrate an understanding of ethics in science and responsible conduct of research while analyzing their results and writing lab reports

5. Work in teams of two to complete an honors project and make a presentation at the end of the class

6. Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills in in preparing and presenting a well-reasoned, professional quality technical report that compares data/evidence critically to support/refute different points of view on a topic

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:

Written laboratory report, presentation and quality of research

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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