BTEC 10 Research Skills for Career Opportunities in Biology (2)
Lec-17.5, Lab-52.5, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
Introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to work in the biotechnology industry, allied health or other biology-related fields. Basic concepts and lab skills will be taught at the college.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Formulate and write out appropriate research questions and hypotheses when presented with observation phenomena.
- Outcome 2: List the major steps in the scientific method of investigation.
- Outcome 3: Prepare appropriate data tables and graphs from data collected.
- Outcome 4: Use an appropriate spreadsheet program to present and graph data.
- Outcome 5: Demonstrate the use of general math skills in the application of the scientific method (i.e., computations, ratios, calculations, conversions logarithms.)
- Outcome 6: Describe, explain and apply the metric system of measurement.
- Outcome 7: Collect and evaluate experimented data to accept or reject hypotheses.
- Outcome 8: Explain the theory of spectrophotometry and demonstrate the proper care and use of the spectronic 20 spectrophotometer.
- Outcome 9: Demonstrate appropriate teamwork skills in the laboratory.
- Outcome 10: Describe the characteristics of the cell differentiating between the prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell.
- Outcome 11: Demonstrate the proper technique in using microscopes.
- Outcome 12: Sketch the atomic structure for elements with atomic numbers from 1 to 20.
- Outcome 13: Define PH, acids bases and buffers and describe their role in living systems.
- Outcome 14: Differentiate between ionic, covalent, and hydrogen bonds.
- Outcome 15: Compare and contrast the properties of the four major groups of macromolecules associated with living systems.
- Outcome 16: Demonstrate the proper use of pH meters and computer-based pH probes to collect and analyze date collected under varying conditions.
- Outcome 17: Describe the structure and function of enzymes.
- Outcome 18: Evaluate the affect of different environmental factors on the rate of enzyme catalysis.
- Outcome 19: Prepare agarose gels and successfully separate a mixture into constituent molecules using gel electrophoresis and column chromatography.
- Outcome 20: Demonstrate the proper use of micropipettes to measure small quantities of fluids.
- Outcome 21: Compare and contrast anaerobic fermentation and cellular respiration.
- Outcome 22: Differentiate between the light dependent and light independent reactions in photosynthesis.
- Outcome 23: Describe antigen-antibody reactions and give examples of how immunology techniques are used in scientific research, medicine, and the biotechnology industry.
- Outcome 24: Demonstrate appropriate skills in the aseptic culturing of cells.
- Outcome 25: Explain the structure of DNA and its role in cellular replication and protein synthesis.
- Outcome 26: Describe some of the major studies that elaborated the structure and role of DNA in cells. a. Demonstrate the appropriate laboratory skills when separating and identifying RFLPs (restriction fragment length polymorphisms) using agarose gel electrophoresis methods. b. Calculate Mendelian probabilities when given the appropriate pedigree information.c. List potential chemical and biological hazards in the laboratory and take proper precautions against them