BIO 250 - Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills at Blue Ridge Community College

Course Description

Effective: 2011-08-01

Provides students with knowledge and advanced laboratory skills needed for employment in the biotechnology industry. Focuses on use of basic and specialized lab equipment and techniques such as solution chemistry, cell culture, DNA extraction and analysis, and protein extraction and analysis. Emphasis in on lab safety, documentation, quality control, and use of SOPs.
Lecture 1 hour, Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 7 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide students with lab skills in order to prepare them to pursue entry-level, technical-level, or professional-level careers in bioscience and biotechnology. This course will focus on providing students with a set of basic biotechnology labs skills such as documentation, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) and good laboratory practices (GLPs). Students will also learn concepts of experimental design and analysis, cell culture, bio-manufacturing, immunology, protein analysis, DNA techniques (i.e. genetic engineering, polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequencing, and forensic analyses), and bioinformatics. This course is also designed to serve as the prerequisite to other biotechnology courses in DNA analysis (BIO 251) and protein analysis (BIO 252).

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Students are expected to have completed BIO 101 or BIO 173. Co-requisite is BIO 253 Biotechnology Concepts must either be taken previously or concurrent with enrollment in this course.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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