Introducing engaged learning activities in PBIO 2050 Biotechnology: From Lab to Daily Life

Course Description

PBIO 1140 Foundations of Plant Biology

Introduces the concepts of plant physiology and cellular and molecular biology that are the foundation of all biological processes. Topics include DNA structure and function leading to genetics and evolution, theories of the origins of life leading to cell structure and function, and bioenergetics. The lab provides supplemental information and hands on activities to reinforce the lecture topics.

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PBIO 2050 Biotechnology: From Laboratory to Daily Life

What is biotechnology? This course includes information about research findings and their applications to the field, the marketplace and daily life. The course will cover the basic biological principles behind biotechnology from brewing to genetically modified organisms (GMO). Learn about what happens in the research lab and how that translates to daily life. This course will introduce students not only to the science but also to the public debate surrounding these issues.

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PBIO 4/5280, MCB 5280 Laboratory in Genomics Techniques

This laboratory course is designed to provide graduate students working on molecular biology and upper division undergraduate majors with hands-on experience in genomics techniques, including essential bioinformatics, genome and transcriptome analyses, DNA isolation, cloning and sequencing, protein extraction and interaction assays, immnoblotting, RNA extraction and expression analyses.

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PBIO 1140 Foundations of Plant Biology

Raven Biology of Plants, Eighth Edition 2013

Ray F. Evert; Susan E. Eichhorn

Textbook for PBIO 1140

Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the use of key scientific principles by describing the process of science and how it is used to gain knowledge to develop better products for human use.
  • Students will be able to perform an experiment to test a hypothesis including the collection, analysis and presentation of data.
  • Students will be able to identify the terms and critical features of the plant cell, photosynthesis, respiration, plant growth and reproduction, genetics, molecular biology, and evolution.
  • Students will be able to identify the organs/ tissues/cells/organelles involved in cellular respiration, photosynthesis, plant reproduction and growth, and gene/protein expression.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the reactions of photosynthesis and respiration and describe their roles and how they interact to provide the energy of life.
  • Students will be able to solve basic genetics problems and describe how genetics impacts our ability to breed plants for human use.
  • Students will be able to describe the structure and function of DNA/RNA/proteins and how these are used both by the plant for normal function and by humans in biotechnology.
  • PBIO 2050 Biotechnology: From Laboratory to Daily Life

    Introduction to Biotechnology, Fourth Edition 2018

    William J. Thieman; Michael A. Palladino

    Textbook for PBIO 2050

    Outcomes

  • Students will be able to define biotechnology, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and other related terminology.
  • Students will be able to describe the fundamentals of genetics, molecular biology and genomics, and how they apply to biotechnology.
  • Students will be able to describe the industrialization, regulation and marketing of GMO products.
  • Students will be able to give examples of biotechnology used in food production, agriculture, environmental remediation, and drug discovery/medicine.
  • Students will be able to outline the history of biotechnology and genetics engineering.
  • Students will be able to list examples of the public debate and ethical issues surrounding biotechnology.
  • PBIO 4/5280, MCB 5280 Laboratory in Genomics Techniques

    Data Oriented Genomics Techniques CC BY 4.0

    Zhihua Hua

    Textbook for PBIO 4/5280, MCB 5280

    Outcomes

  • Students will be able to use computational skills to analyze genomic data.
  • Students will be able to use modern molecular techniques to manipulate DNA.
  • Students will be able to perform biochemical techniques to analyze protein function.
  • Students will be able to analyze gene expression at the transcriptomic level.