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BTC 100 - Survey of Biotechnology and Bioethics

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course introduces both non-science and science majors to the fields of biotechnology and bioethics.  Topics include the history of DNA technology, contemporary DNA technology, molecular biology methodology, agricultural biotechnology and commercial biological applications.  Additionally, discussion will focus on bioethics, social and legal aspects of biological research and ethical decision making in the laboratory.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of DNA structure and its role in protein synthesis.
  2. Apply basic knowledge of recombinant DNA technology used in biomedical research.
  3. Report biotechnology methods in medicine, pharmaceutical and agricultural enterprises.
  4. Demonstrate skills necessary for reading and evaluating scientific literature.
  5. Identify ethical issues that arise from biotechnology.
  6. Evaluate relevant ethical principles utilizing specific case studies.
  7. Determine ethical responsibility for the use of biotechnology in both industry and academic venues.
Listed Topics
  1. DNA and RNA structure and function
  2. Protein structure and function
  3. Recombinant DNA technology
  4. Careers in biotechnology
  5. Bioethics
  6. Research ethics
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials as required by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society and Citzenship
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 04/11/2019

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