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Mr.
Curtis
Chinn


Galileo Academy of Science & Technology

Office/Room: 103

Email:
misterchinn@gmail dot com

Office Hours:

Mon/Wed 3:10
-
4PM


(Or schedule
appointments for after
school meetings)



1
st

year Biotechnology pathway course description:


Des
cription:

Biotechnology and Human Genetics (I) is a year
-
long course, delivered in two modules:



1
st

Semester:
We will explore possible careers in the field of biotechnology.
You will
learn the basic principles and concepts of genetics and genetic engineeri
ng techniques.



2
nd

Semester:
We will continue our learning of standard laboratory techniques and
applications of these techniques in real
-
life science.

The course will consist of class lectures, pre
-
lab and post
-
lab discussions, and weekly
laboratories.


Prerequisites:

Biotechnology & Human Genetics (I) is an upper level elective course offered to students
who have completed 1 year of biology and 1 year of chemistry (may be taken concurrently).
This course is the first of the 2
-
year series in the biotechno
logy pathway. Students who are
interested in learning more about biotechnology and possible careers in the field may be
selected to continue on for the second year course in the biotechnology pathway.


Course Outline:


Fall Semester


1.

Laboratory safety and
career exploration

2.

Basic Biochemistry (Review)

3.

Basic Cell Biology (Review)

4.

Mendelian Genetics

5.

DNA Structure

6.

Fundamental Biotechnology Techniques & Concepts

a.

Pipet and standard laboratory equipment handling

b.

Bacteria & Virus (Vector & Plasmid)

c.

Gel Electrophor
esis

d.

Bacterial culture and colony streaking

e.

Plasmid preparation

f.

Restriction digestion


Spring Semester


1.

DNA Replication

2.

Protein Synthesis

3.

Gene Regulation

4.

Human Genetics (Diseases)

5.

Bioethics (Risk Analysis)

6.

Fundamental Biotechnology Techniques & Concepts


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a.

Li
gation (vector and insert)

b.

PCR

c.

Transformation


Rules and Policies:


General Rules

In any classroom, rules and policies are created to provide the best and the safest learning
environment possible. In addition to following all Gal
ileo and District rules, Mr
. Chinn
’s rules
are as follows:


1.

Students are to show respect to the teacher and to their fellow students

2.

Students should support one another and work together as a team

3.

Students are to be on task; no unauthorized experiments or playing with equipment

4.

Stud
ents are responsible for their own actions at all times



Other Important Issues

5.

Come to class everyday and on
-
time! Tardiness and Cutting will definitely affect
your grade.

6.

Parents must excuse all absences. Work missed due to excused absences can be
made

up for no penalty within two school days after returning to class. Work
missed for unexcused absences (cuts) or tardiness cannot be made up and will
adversely affect grades.

7.

Cheating on exams or copying the work of other students will result in a failing
grade and a referral to the dean.


Safety Precautions (Pa
rents must read & sign off below)

.

Room 103 is used to teach biology and biotechnology all day; therefore, many dangerous
pieces of equipment and harmful
chemicals are present. For your safety and the safety of
others, inappropriate classroom behavior will be dealt with immediately and with harsh
consequences. Inappropriate classroom behavior includes, but is not limited to, the
following:



1.

Any unauthorize
d experiment or horseplay in class/lab (Absolutely forbidden)

2.

Abuse of classroom property, including equipment, lab materials, books, etc.

3.

Excessive talking in class that disrupts or distracts from classroom operations
(Constructive discussion of relevant
science topics during class time in an orderly
manner is welcome.)

4.

Disrespect shown toward the teacher, either verbally or physically (This will result in an
automatic referral out of the classroom)

5.

Disruptive behavior toward others, such as paper throwing
, name calling, cursing,
picking on students, physical threats, etc.


Equipment & chemical handling
(Parents must read & sign off

below)

It is important to follow directions on proper handling of equipment and chemicals. All
equipments used in biotechnolog
y course are extremely expensive. When a student is found
to be responsible for braking equipment (from lack of care), parent conference will be set up
and student’s grade may be affected.


Many chemicals used in biotechnology class are harmful if treated

improperly. Student must
follow instructor’s directions when handling chemicals to avoid contact or accident. Student

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who shows lack of care when handling chemicals in class will be removed from classroom
and parent conference will be set up to discuss da
ngerous classroom behavior. If no
improvement is shown, student will be dropped from the course to ensure the safety of all
students and teacher in the class.


Consequences

When an inappropriate behavior is observed, any one or more of the following action
s will
be taken:

1.

Verbal warning
(more than one will result in a loss of points)

2.

Conference with student

3.

Detention and call to parent/guardian

4.

Immediate referral to the dean’s office, call to a parent, and parent
-
teacher
-
student
conference



Grading Policie
s


General Grading Procedures

Students need to keep track of their own grades. Every 2
-
3 weeks, class grades will be
distributed electronically or posted online
. Your grade will be based on the total number of
points you earned throughout the semester. At
the end of the semester, the highest total
number of points from the two biotechnology classes will be adjusted to 100% and the rest
of the students’ grades will be adjusted accordingly as well.


Grading Scale

A

100% to 89.5

%

B

89% to 79.5
%

C

79% to 69.5

%

D

69 to 59.5
%

F

59
%

and below


Grades are based on the following:


Homework Assignments

Homework assignments are due on the designated “due dates”. Each day that the
assignment is late, there will be a 20% penalty subtracted from the total points earned.

Example:

If an assignment it worth 10 points and you turn it in one day late (without an
excuse note) you can receive a maximum of 8 points. After 2 days it’s only worth 6 points,
etc…


Notebook/Lab Book
Check

There will be pop (unannounced)
notebook/la
b book
checks. You are expected to bring your
science binder to class every time class meets.

Y
ou will need to have all your work and class
notes in chronological order at the time of the pop check. There will be no make
-
up
notebook/lab book

checks whether

it is an excused absence or not.

Labs are due the day
after the lab is completed.


Quizzes and Tests

Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Tests will be given at the end of each section.
There will be a final exam given at the end of the semester.



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Tracking Your Grades

You are also responsible for keeping track of your assignments and grades using your
assignment log (this should be in the front of your biotechnology
notebook
).



SPECIAL NOTE:


You are invited to come ask me questions anytime

before
, during, or after class. I want to
know about your progress so I can help you. Please do NOT wait until the last minute to ask
questions. I can also schedule meeting time if that is more convenient for you or your
parents/guardian. As always, excuses are
only excuses; they cannot get you out of
responsibilities in life. If you have been successful using excuses to get you out of trouble in
the past, do not expect that to work now in my classroom or later when you graduate into
the “real world”.




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Studen
ts:

I have read and understand the above policies, and will follow them as a student in this
class, for my good and for that of my fellow classmates.


Parents:

I have read and understand the above policies, and allow my student to participate,
knowing tha
t they are responsible for their actions..







Student Name (please print)


Parent/Guardian Name (please print)






Student Signature



Parent/Guardian Signature





( )




Home Phone Number





( )




Work

Phone Number


Parent/Guardian’s Comments:

*Parent must write in his/her own words
that they understand the
safety
policies
*












Student Comments:

*Student must write in his/her own words to
you understand the

safety
policies
*