COURSE CODE (Biol 4620H): COURSE TITLE : Biotechnology ...

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DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM (Biology)
TRENT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE (Biol 4620H): COURSE TITLE : Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and
Public Policy
2011-12 (WI )
Peterborough


Instructor:
Bradley White
Email:
bwhite@trentu.ca
Office Location:
DNA Building 107.7
Office Hours:
e-mail for an appointment and
8.50 pm Monday
Telephone ext 7113

Secretary:
Sandy Sisson
Email:
ssisson@trentu.ca
Biology Office Location:
Life and Health Sciences Building D102
Telephone: 7424
Course Description
:

The course covers a range of current and controversial biotechnology and genetic engineering
topics, in relation to public policy. Some of the in-class sessions involve debates, in which students
take different perspectives or role-play. These roles may include representatives of consumer groups,
biotechnology companies, patient organizations and environmental groups. Each student also gives 2
presentations and submits a written assignment on an aspect of a technology. Graduate students will
write a research proposal in addition to the above. Topics will include:
Human genetic engineering
Somatic and Germline gene therapy
Genetically modified foods
Uses of Stem Cells
Uses of DNA Profiles
Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Human cloning for procreation
Human cloning for organ production
Genetically modified crops and the developing world.
Animal Genetic Engineering and Cloning for human parts and products

Course Pre-requisites
: 13 university credits

Course Format
:
Please check
http://www.trentu.ca/admin/mytrent/Timetable/TimeTableGen0.htm
to confirm
times and locations.
Type (e.g., Lecture, Seminar,
Tutorial, Lab, etc.)
Day Time

Location
Lecture/Seminar Monday 6.00-8.50 pm GCS 103

2


Course Evaluation
:

Type of Assignment Weighting Due Date
Oral presentation of Proposal (10 min) 5% 30
th
Jan
Written Proposal 10% 30
th
Jan
Debate 15% 13
th
Feb
Written Assignment 15% 2
nd
April
Oral presentation (30 min) 15% 12
th
, 19
th
, 26
th

March and 2nd
April
Final exam 40% Exam Period

100%


University Policies
Academic Integrity
:
Academic dishonesty, which includes plagiarism and cheating, is an extremely serious academic
offence and carries penalties varying from a 0 grade on an assignment to expulsion from the
University. Definitions, penalties, and procedures for dealing with plagiarism and cheating are set out
in Trent University’s Academic Integrity Policy. You have a responsibility to educate yourself –
unfamiliarity with the policy is not an excuse. You are strongly encouraged to visit Trent’s Academic
Integrity website to learn more:
www.trentu.ca/academicintegrity
.
Access to Instruction

It is Trent University's intent to create an inclusive learning environment. If a student has a disability
and/or health consideration and feels that he/she may need accommodations to succeed in this course,
the student should contact the Disability Services Office (BL Suite 109; 748-1281;
disabilityservices@trentu.ca) as soon as possible

Week-by-week schedule
:
9
th
Jan Introduction to course material and assessment
16
th
Jan Survey of Topics
23
rd
Jan Survey of Topics and issues surrounding Public policy
30
th
Jan Student presentations (10 min) of Assignment Proposal
6
th
Feb Student presentations of Assignment proposal
13
th
Feb Debates
20
th
Feb Reading Week
27
th
Feb Debates
5
th
March Debates
12
th
March Student Presentations (30 min)
19
th
March Student Presentations (30 min)
26
th
March Student Presentations (30 min)
2
nd
April Student Presentations (30 min)


Department and/or Course Policies
:
Late submissions will only be considered with medical or other documentation