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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BCH6070

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-12-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1749 2006-06-30
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Molecular Medicine MD 6111
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael J. Barber, D.Phil. 9740702

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BCH 6070 Introduction to Biotechnology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Introduction to Biotechnology
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    BS in Biochemistry, Biology or Chemistry or consent of instructor



    Course Description

    The course focuses on biotechnology, the integration of biology and technology and its applications in genomics, forensics, agriculture, engineering and medicine that have resulted in new products and services and solved biological/biomedical problems.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is one of the foundation courses for the new Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology offered by the College of Medicine and is also an integral component of the new interdisciplinary Master's Program in Biotechnology that has been developed and

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is a requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and the new Master's program in Biotechnology. We anticipate an enrollment of approx. 6-8 students per year in each program. This course can also be used as an elective in the M.S. in Medicial Sciences in the College of Medicine and can be completed by doctoral students in Medicine and Biology. Given the interest in this field, we anticipate there could be high demand by Medical Science and Biology graduate students.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    This course has previously been offered as a GMS 7930 special topics course in the Spring or 2006. It will be offered again in the Spring of 2007.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    All of the instructors in this course are senior faculty in the College of Medicine with Ph.D. degrees and extensive experience in teaching and research in the topics included in the synopsis.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The overall course objective is to provide a solid foundation and breadth of understanding in the various areas of biotechnology that will facilitate application to present or future research problems.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon clompletion of the class, students will have a strong background in the discipline of biotechnology including the major technologies and their applications in the fields of medicine, agriculture and microbiology. Students will also gain and understanding of regulatory and ethical considerations.

    C. Major Topics

    History of biotechnology, recombinant DNA technology, protein expression and purification methodologies, microbial biotechnology, plant and animal biotechnology, application to forensic analysis, bioremediation, aquaculture, medical applications, biotechnology regulations and ethics.

    D. Textbooks

    None are required. However, “Biotechnology: An Introduction” (Barnum, S.R.), Thomson, 2005, is recommended.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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