Biotechnology Course Overview


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Biotechnology Course Overview

Chaves 2010

Biotechnology 885200

Grade 11 or 12 Credit: 3

Prerequisite: Biology, Competitive Application Process

This one year course is in the Loudoun Governor’s Career and

Technical Academy introducing
students to the
world of

biotechnology. Students explore the use of biotechnology as it

to increased plant production, ending world hunger,

improving the global crop economy,
promoting sustainable plant

development and responsible environmental management and


We will study plant biosafety in greenhouses and

investigate the environmental
impact of pest resistant crops,

examining issues related to the responsible development and

of agricultural biotechnology products.

This course is not confined to
a classroom.

Students will conduct

lab work in a greenhouse as
well as studies in the field and be

involved in projects involving plant culture and growth

physiology, genetic engineering and biorestoration systems.


will have
opportunities to
be involved in research with universities

and professional organizations.

course examines the role of

biotechnology in agriculture, biochemistry, medicine, the

environment, forensics, bioengineering and bioethics.

Competencies and Course Framework:

We derive our competencies from the CTE verso site combining Biotechnology Applications in
Agriculture and Biotechnology Foundations.

Biotechnology Foundations (8085)

36 weeks

This course focuses on various techniques that are used to modify living organisms, or

parts of
organisms, to improve plants and animals, and the development of microorganisms for specific
purposes. Student activities range from bioprocessing and genetic engineering to biomedicine,
biomedical systems, and the environment. Students gain insi
ght and understanding of
biotechnology career fields.

Biotechnology Applications in Agriculture (8087)

36 weeks

This course enables students to understand the uses of biotechnology in the fields of plant and
animal agriculture, the environment, and food
science. Students develop occupational skills in
agricultural biotechnology. Students have opportunities to apply the skills and concepts needed for
careers in biotechnology. The course provides students with the knowledge to make balanced
judgments regard
ing the benefits and concerns posed by agricultural biotechnology. The students
are involved in many research and application activities.


Our primary text is
Paradigm Publishing


Biotechnology: Science for the New
Millennium, First Edition textbook


DNA on a Chain: Extraction and Isolation
: students display their own DNA through
this lab

Fruit DNA Extraction
: this lab demonstrates the physical properties of DNA and teaches
students how to extract it

Protoplast Fusion
: students create a hybrid plant by fusing protoplasts from different

Intro to Biotechnology
: students
examine the physical properties of onion DNA

Mapping and S
equencing the Human Genome
: students learn the process of DNA sequencing
and the process of restriction enzymes related to understanding and mapping the human

DNA Extraction of Wheat G
this lab provides knowledge of properties and characteristics
of DNA and the lab procedure yields large amounts of DNA

plast Isolation
: this lab

ables students to view cells without their outer walls and shows
them the necessity of isolation

of protoplasts before hybrids can be created

PCR Based Identification of Foodstuffs from Genetically Modified Organisms
: students learn to
identify GMO in soybeans

The Peanut Allergy
: an investigation of this allergy and its DNA

Investigating and Apply
ing Genetics

Glo Germ Antiseptic Techniques
: a stunning look at the tenacity of germs and how to prevent
them from spreading

Introduction to Plant Cloning
: students attempt to clone African violets and carrots

Manual vs Chemical Pinch of Plant Material

students learn how to alter the height, flower and
bud production and leaf color through manual and chemical pinching

Asexual vs Sexual Plant Propagation
: students learn to multiply plants through different
manipulation techniques

Micropipetting Basics

students learn professional procedures used in genetics labs and
develop their own micropipetting skills

Production of a bioinsecticide

in this lab students produce a fermentation product that is
actually used as a commercial bioinsecticide

FFA Career
Development Events

Future Farmers of America (FFA), the co
curricular student organization for Agriculture Education,
provides many opportunities for students to apply the knowledge, skills, and processes learned in
a variety of courses. FFA activities and

competitive events related to the tasks/competencies in
this course appear below.

For additional information about the student organization, see the national FFA Web site at

and the Virginia FFA Web s
ite at

Career Development Events

Agricultural Issues Forum

Computer Applications Career Development Event

Crops Career Development Event

Environmental/Natural Resources Career Development Even

Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event

Farm Business Management Career Development Event

Marketing Plan Career Development Event

Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event

Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event

l Judging Career Development Event

Job Interview

Special State Events and Awards

Computers in Agriculture Award

Public Relations Award

Scrapbook Contest

State FFA Convention and National FFA Convention

State FFA Leadership Camp

State FFA
Leadership Workshops

Building Our American Communities (BOAC)


Animal Breeder, Husbandry

Animal Geneticist

Animal Scientist

Aquacultural Manager

Environmental Compliance Inspector

Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician



Food Scientist


Forest Geneticist

Plant Breeder/ Geneticist

Tree Surgeon

Agricultural Engineer

Environmental Compliance Inspector

Define terms related to biotechnology.

Demonstrate safe laboratory procedures.

examples of historical biotechnology milestones.

Describe social impacts of biotechnology.

Participate in student organization as an individual member, leader, and committee member.

Use the scientific method and the technological method to solve b
iotechnology problems.

Explain the roles of organic chemistry and biochemistry in biotechnology.

Analyze data generated from lab activities.

Describe technology transfer in biotechnology.

Identify careers related to biotechnology.

Understanding Bioprocessing

Describe the process of fermentation.

Prepare cultured products.

Describe genetic engineering applications.

Demonstrate the application of microbes in bioprocessing.

Describe the social impacts of bioprocessing.

Perform separation and purification techniques.

Produce bio

Explore processing design techniques.

Investigating Genetic Engineering

Develop a historic timeline of genetic engineering milestones.

Identify the importance of the
genetic information contained in DNA.

Demonstrate techniques for genetic manipulation.

Explain vaccine (immunology) research and development in relation to genetic engineering.

Explain the importance of genome projects.

Identify social impacts
of genetic engineering.

Examining the Role of Biotechnology in Agriculture

Demonstrate proper tissue culture procedures.

Explain the impacts of plant and animal genetic engineering on society.

Identify social impacts of biotechnology in agriculture.

Identify microbial applications in agriculture.

Explain animal physiological systems.

Explain plant physiological systems.

Discover the role of agrichemicals in biotechnology.

Identify the factors that jeopardize food safety.

Illustrate advances in food science.

Exploring Biochemistry

Explain the catalyzation process.

Explain the characteristics and functions of enzymes.

Identify applications for enzymes in an

Illustrate the function or use of the enzyme, using a prototype or model.

Explain the basic principles of protein utilization in organisms.

Explain the advantages of protein utilization in organisms.

Explain the function of

Examining Biotechnology's Role in Medicine

Identify the impacts biotechnology has on medicine.

Describe the impacts of molecular research on society.

Identify emerging health care technologies.

Explain the applications of genetics in pharmacology.

Describe the impacts of biotechnology on preventive health care.

Describe the ethical, legal, and social impacts of biomedicine.

Applying Biotechnology to the Environment

Explore the social impact of environmental quality management.

Describe biotreatment systems.

Identify biological controls in plant and animal systems.

Design a bioremediation system.

Plan a biorestoration system.

Examining Bioethics

Assess impacts of biotechnology (including gene therapy, patenting of life, cloning).

Differentiate among principles of ethics that reflect social, religious, economic, and political perspectives.

Identify regulations that impact biotechnology.

Investigating Forensics

Define forensic science.

Describe situations in which medical forensics can be used.

Describe situations in which forensics can be used in criminal investigations.

Describe situations in which biological forensics can be


Explain the types and purposes of instruments used in forensic science.

Understanding Bioengineering

Define bioengineering.

Identify uses of nanotechnology.

Identify examples of biowarfare.

Explain bioengineering of vaccines.

Describe biosensing engineering.

Design and produce a biomechanism.


Demonstrate safe laboratory procedures.

Demonstrate basic biological research techniques.

Practice quality control and data collection.

Follow state and national regulations regarding BioAgriculture.

Investigate careers related to BioAgriculture.

Explain issues concerning bioethics.

Discovering Plant Biotechnology

Illustrate examples of products of plant biotechnology.

Identify methods of plant breeding.

Conduct plant field trials.

Perform tissue culture.

Analyze gene transfer.

Explain gene verification.

Explore biocontrols.

Discuss the impacts of plant biotechnology.

Identify plant response systems and components.

Exploring Animal Biotechnology

Illustrate examples of products of animal biotechnology.

Investigate animal reproductive technologies.

Explore cloning.

Describe genetic engineering.


the use of biotechnology in food production.

Describe biopharming and its impacts.

Explain the impacts of animal biotechnology.

Discovering Environmental Biotechnology

Investigate the use of microbes in environmental management.

Explore how

plants are used in environmental management.

Describe the use of monitoring systems in pollution detection.