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Fall 2021

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BIO117 - Introduction to Biotechnology

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: A survey course in the field of biotechnology. Topics include current career opportunities; biotechnology research; industry development and regulation; microbial, plant and animal biotechnology practices; biotechnology's role in modern medicine, agriculture and DNA profiling; bioethics and the impact of biotechnology on society. Includes an introduction to documentation (notebooks), Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Quality Assurance (QA), current Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Regulations.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Describe important historical events and figures in biotechnology during the past century.
2. Summarize the general properties of cells.
3. Compare and contrast top down and bottom up fabrication.
4. Summarize current biotechnological techniques and industry needs.
5. Describe job opportunities found within biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies based on educational levels.
6. Explain the steps of a clinical trial.
7. Describe biomanufacturing practices including documentation (notebooks), Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Quality Assurance (QA), and current Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP).
8. Identify regulatory agencies that approve pharmaceutical products and genetically modified organisms.
9. Differentiate between intellectual property, trademarks, and patents using examples from biotechnology.
10. Describe global and ethical issues in biotechnology.


Effective Term: Fall 2019