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BIO 299 Introduction to Co-Op: Biotechnology Internship
Credit Hours:  1
Effective Term: Fall 2013
AGEC: None
Credit Breakdown: 1 Internship - 45 hours
Times for Credit: 6
Grading Option: A/F

Description: The Biotechnology Internship offers a supervised cooperative work program for students in the biotechnology industry or for students who wish to pursue academic research. Teacher-coordinators develop and foster student competency, principles of job success and improved self-confidence in the biotechnology workplace. Topics include: Biotechnology workplace skills, communications, time and energy management, stress management, career exploration, job market preparation and problem-solving in the work place.

Prerequisites: BIO206

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: Completion of BIO206 with a grade of "C" or better

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis Level) Operate laboratory equipment, apply basic lab skills including the scientific method, preparation of solutions and reagents by following protocols, designing and trouble shooting procedures, aseptic techniques, and creating documentation and record keeping.
2. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate improvement in communication skills by maintenance of a laboratory notebook, and critiquing and improving oral presentations and written reports.
3. (Application Level) Demonstrate proficiency in maintaining a safe work place, including observation of lab safety procedures, use of personal protective equipment, and identification and avoidance of hazards.
4. (Application Level) Demonstrate improvement in the use of computers in the laboratory, including applications in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and use of online resources based on critiques and edited documents.
5. (Synthesis Level) Develop and demonstrate proficiency in laboratory management, including maintenance of an orderly work environment, inventory and ordering and set up or maintenance of equipment. Identify strategies for improving or managing workflow in the laboratory.
6. (Application Level) Demonstrate improved skills, competence and levels of accuracy in handling responsibility and work assignments, including prioritizing and performing multiple tasks in a timely manner based on critiques and feedback.
7. (Application Level) Demonstrate responsibility in the workplace by reporting promptly to work and demonstrating good management of time, energy and stress to achieve desired productivity.
8. (Synthesis Level) Develop ethics in biotechnology; explain and defend confidentiality and scientific accountability.
9. (Comprehension Level) Describe the various options in the Biotechnology career field and the preparation required for each pathway.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
This course was developed using the standards established by Pima Community College for their CO-Op course in Biotechnology. Course description and outline can be found here: https://bannerweb.pima.edu/pls/pima/az_tw_subcrse_catalog.p_subjcrse_list?p_subject_code=BIO
The need for this course was established through research in other biotechnology associate degrees from across the country and state including Mesa Community College (http://www.mesacc.edu/programs/detail/biotechnology-aas), Middlesex Community College (http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=4&poid=275&returnto=317) and Community College of Allegheny County (http://www.ccac.edu/default.aspx?id=143324).