Biotechnology & Ag Research II Honors Portfoliox

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North Carolina Career
-
Technical Education

Teaching Preparation Portfolio


This form should be completed and additional requested material attached. The form should be
submitted to

appropriate administrators for approval as required by the LEA.



General Course
Information


Copy from the Standard
Course of Study

and
paste into the gray area
at right.

State course code:

6872

State course title:

Biotechnology and
Agricultural Research II

Recommended maximum
enrollment:


16

Recommended hours of
instruction:


135
-
180

Course Description


Copy course description
from the Standard
Course of S
tudy and
paste into the gray area.
(Area will expand to
needed size.) Insert
explanations of enhanced
course expectations and
locally
-
established
requirements.

This course provides instruction in laboratory and safety skills
needed by agricultural research scientists. Current applications
of biotechnology in animal science, environmental science, food
science and plant science are emphasized. Basic concepts of
genetics and microbiology are applied to the agriculture industry
and its success in providing food and fiber for the world.
Opportu
nities exist for students to conduct individual or team
research experiments. Hands
-
on laboratories and current topic
discussions provide students an understanding of careers in
Agriscience research.

This honors course extends the Standard
Course of Study
to a higher, more challenging level. Students
can expect to complete extensive written research assignments
and presentations such as conducting as an Agriscience Fair
Project. In addition, regular presentations of their work will be
made to other student
s in class and to local agribusiness
leaders. To enroll in Biotechnology and Agriscience Research II
-
Honors, students must be a Sophomore or higher who has
successfully completed the Biotechnology and Agriscience
Research I course and must obtain teacher
-
approval.

Students within Biotechnology and Agriscience Research II
-
Honors should be active members of their local FFA Chapter.

Course Goals and
Objectives

Attach enhanced course blueprint.



Concepts

Attach enhanced course outline.





Generalizations

Generalizations

List
g
eneralizations,
then discuss briefly
how they
will be
used in the course.

For a student to gain employment in the Biotechnology career
area they must have a solid foundation in a number of areas that
will be vital to their success. A basic knowledge of the entire
Agriscience industry (from plants to
animals to bacteria) will be
vital as well as an ability to successfully complete research and
experimentation in their applied field of Agriscience. The
student will also be required to present and interpret the results
of these experiments or field tria
ls.


Describe how generalizations will be used in the course.


These generalizations will be utilized as a foundation for
student’s application and Agriscience fair project within this
course. Secondly, the comprehension of these generalizations
will
allow student’s to expand their rationale of various topics
covered within the curriculum.


Essential Questions

Essential Questions

List
essential
questions
, then
discuss briefly how
they will be used in
the course.

What leadership qualities are needed in biotechnology and how
are they demonstrated?

What are the major types of speeches and what are the qualities
of an effective speech?

Why and how are
Robert’s Rules of Order

used in a
meeting?

What are the steps to develop a school
-
to
-
work plan?

What are the elements of a financial statement?

How are advanced laboratory techniques utilized in
biotechnology and agriscience research?

What are the stages in developing a Genetically
Modified
Organism?

How are transgenic organisms created and used?

What factors impact plant growth and development as related to
biotechnology?

What factors are monitored when using plants in research trials?

What factors impact animal growth and developme
nt as related
to biotechnology?

How has biotechnology impacted animal breeding practices?

What techniques and processes in biotechnology are utilized in
food science?

How has biotechnology impacted environmental science and
environmental remediation?

What
biotechnology techniques are utilized in the area of
agrimedicine?

What are the ethical issues surrounding biotechnology?



Describe how Essential Questions will be used in the course

These essential questions reflect information covered within
each
unit of the course.

The questions will be utilized
throughout class discussions and integrated into applicable
research topics for students.

Sample biotechnology case studies
will also incorporate these questions and assist in expanding
student’s ability

to think critically and creatively.



Issues Particular to the
Course


List issues particular to
this course and discuss
how you plan to deal with
them

Students will be engaged in actual and
authentic experimental
research as part of the course which will include an extensive
review of primary and secondary sources. Research ethics,
including plagiarism, will have to be addressed as part of this
research. Additionally due the nature and potent
ial complexity
of the research projects all students will be expected to obtain
parent/guardian approval for their research plan.


Students will also from time to time be engaged in class
discussions on topics, such as cloning, that could be sensitive to
s
ome students. To create a positive classroom climate all
students will be encouraged to develop fact
-
based opinions and
arguments before these classroom discussions.


Expectations of
Performance


Explain how expectations
of performance differ in
the honors course from
the standard course


In addition to mastering the course objectives listed in the
Biotechnology and Agriscience II course blueprint, the student
is expected to complete a

research project in the field of
Agricultural Biotechnology. The project must be planned,
conducted and presented by students. When completed, this
research should contain a plan that follows the scientific
method, and interpret results that will be pres
ented to the
remainder of the class and members of the
biotechnology/agribusiness community.


Assignments


Provide selected
assignments and explain
how they differ in the
honors course and the
s
tandard course


The following are examples of assignments that will be
enhanced and incorporated within the Biotechnology and
Agriscience Research II
-

Honors course:



Units C
-
J, Obj 6.00
-
16.03

Have students generate a course
-
long journal of
news/current
event issues that they can locate on
Agricultural Biotechnology. There should be at least
one entry per week for the duration of the class.
Students are to copy the article and then generate a
summary of the article including how it relates to a
topic co
vered in the course and discuss the impacts
on the field of Agriscience Biotechnology.




Unit J
, Obj
16.02

Have students write an article for the local
newspaper discussing current trends in Agricultural
Biotechnology and the public perception of
Biotechno
logy and Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMO’s) Allow students
to
share their work with the
class. Focus on the effect legislation has on
regulating product labeling

for Genetically Modified
Organisms (GMO’s)




Unit C, Obj, 6.00


Agriscience Fair Pr
oject

As a summary: Student groups are to complete a
research trial in the field of Agricultural
Biotechnology. The project must be planned,
conducted, and reported by the group or individual.
The students will complete a research lab paper
based on the

completion/results of their study.



Timetables and Deadlines


Attach course syllabus.

Pacing Guide


Attach pacing guide.

Assessments


Explain how students will
be assessed in the course
and attach selected
assessments and rubrics.

Agriscience Fair Research Project description and rubrics

The Agriscience Fair

research

projects
rules, suggestions
and grading rubrics can be found at
http://ffa.org/index.cfm?method=c_programs.Agriscience





System for Grading

Semester

GRADING SYSTEM

Biotechnology and Agricultural Research II
-

Honors

Determining Your Grade

Classwork



20%

Quizzes



20%

Daily Grade



20%

Notebook



15%

Laboratory Notebook

15%

SAE





10%


Final exam: 20%



Instructional Materials,
Equipment, and
Technologies


List materials,
equipment, and
technologies needed for
the course.

Biotechnology and Agricultural Research II
-

Honors course
must be
equipped with appropriate technology as outlined in the
current edition of the CTE Equipment Guide and the Curriculum
Guide for the course.




Submitted



Teacher signature

Date

Amy Kidd
-
Agriscience Teacher



Approved



Administrator

signature

Date


Approved



Administrator

signature

Date


Approved



Administrator

signature

Date











































As part of the Honors Biotechnology curriculum each student works to identify a problem, design
and conduct an experiment related to
that problem, and present their findings to their peers. This
research project will become extremely beneficial to you as you prepare for life after high school.


The project consists of four main parts: the Research Paper, the Experiment, the Project Disp
lay,
and the Presentation. Each of these parts is tied to the other, everything is related. It is not
possible to leave out one part and have a quality research project.


Refer to the handouts for other guidelines, advice, etc for each part.


Research
Paper

The completed paper should be 8
-
10 pages in length, plus a title page, table of contents,
abstract, and any references. The paper should contain all parts of research paper (problem
statement, review of literature, experimental protocols, results, co
nclusion, and discussion).


Experiment

There are very few guidelines for your experiment. In general the experiment should be an
original idea, not something you find online. You should also take note of any possible ethical
issues that may arise from your

experiment.


Project Display

Refer to the National FFA Agriscience Fair Guide for guidelines.


Presentation

The oral presentation of your project should be the culminating activity. It should be no less than
4 minutes and no more than 6 minutes. During yo
ur presentation you should summarize your
research and present your findings. Your presentation should be designed so that it can easily be
modified for use in a science fair environment.


Project Rubric

Refer to the National FFA Agriscience Fair Guide for

a detailed project rubric. Teachers may
choose to develop rubrics for different sections of the research project.




Biotechnology Research Project Due Dates


Problem Statement
-

Feb 18


Literature Review
-

March 4

Experiment Protocols
-

March 29


Experiment Completed
-

May 6


Rough Draft of Paper
-

May 13


Final Copy of Paper
-

May 20

Project Display
-

May 27

Presentation
-

May 27










The purpose of this assignment is for you to become aware of the world around you and how
Biotechnology has an
impact in our world daily:


You are to keep a journal of news articles that relate to the topics or subjects that we have/will
discuss in this class. The article should be from the current month of school and can be from a
newspaper, magazine, or internet

source. You are to make a copy of the article to include in your
journal. This journal should be kept in a book
-
like manner in a 3 ring notebook or a pocket folder
that has brads in the middle.


With each news article you are to complete roughly a one p
age typed summary of the article with
includes the following items:



Summary of the news article



How this relates back to a topic/unit we covered in class



Impact on the field of Agricultural Biotechnology


The journal will be collected at the end of each gr
ading period and evaluated.

The dates of collection are:
March 29 (3
rd

Quarter) and May 27 (4
th

Quarter)


Grading Rubric:


Section/

Component

Does not meet
Expectations

Meets Expectations

Exceeds
Expectations

Points
Possible

Articles
Selected

The
articles do not relate
to the field of agricultural
biotechnology



0
-
20 points

More than half the articles
relate to the field of
agricultural biotechnology
but not all articles are
relevant


20
-
40 points

All articles are related
to the field of
agricult
ural
biotechnology



40
-
60 points

60

Summary of
Article

Body contains an non
adequate summary of the
articles that were selected


0
-
40 points

Body contains adequate
summary of the articles
but facts are not well
thought our and relevant


40
-
70 points

Body

contains superior
summary of the articles
but facts are well
thought our and
relevant


70
-
100 points

100

Relationship
to Course

Relationship to course is
extremely weak or
missing


0
-
10 points


Relationship to course is
covered but not
elaborated or
much
thought is given to
relationship


10
-
20 points

Excellent summary of
relationship to course
that includes in
-
depth
thought and summary


20
-
40 points

40

Appearance
of Journal

Articles and summaries
are included in a journal
but less than 50 percent
are

not typed and very
poorly arranged


0
-
15 points

Articles and summaries
are included in a journal
but between 50% and 100
percent are not typed and
poorly arranged



15
-
30 points

Articles and summaries
are included in a journal
100% are typed and
very
neatly arranged


30
-
50 points

50











Total: ____________

The purpose of this assignment is for
you to be able to discuss and share the current issues and
public perception of the field of Agricultural Biotechnology
:


You are to
type a newspaper arti
cle for submission on the current public perception of the field of
Agricultural Biotechnology. This article should be between 2 and 3 typed pages in length. You
should develop a title for your article and include the following items in your newspaper
article:




What the US consumer knowledge/opinions are on Biotech products including
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s)



What the European consumer knowledge/opinions are on Biotech products including
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s)



Impact on the
testing/marketing GMO’s in the US



Public opinion on the labeling/non
-
labeling of GMO’s

.

The final newspaper article is due on May 6, 2011.


Grading Rubric:


Section/

Component

Does not meet
Expectations

Meets Expectations

Exceeds
Expectations

Points
Pos
sible

Introduction

Introduction missing or
fails to adequately explain
the need for the speech


0
-
7 points

Introduction adequate,
explains the need for the
speech


7
-
15 points

Introduction captures
the attention of the
audience and leaves
them wanting
more

15
-
20 points

20

Body

Body contains less than
the 4

required
items
, may
be poorly organized


0
-
20 points

Body contains the 4
required
items

and flows
well


20
-
40 points

Additional facts are
presented to support the
argument, facts are well
thought out

and relevant

40
-
60 points

60

Conclusion

Conclusion is extremely
weak or missing


0
-
7 points


Conclusion restates main
points and ideas


7
-
15 points

Excellent conclusion
that includes a call to
action

15
-
20 points

20











Total: ____________


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