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960 Biotechnology (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of biological processes from the molecular and cellular perspectives.
  2. Engage in the scientific process to form hypotheses, synthesize scientific information, gather and analyze data, apply statistical techniques and draw conclusions.
  3. Engage in effective scientific communication as individuals and as team members by listening, speaking, and writing and presenting in oral and poster format.
  4. Approach and solve biological problems critically with scientific literacy in individual and group settings.
  5. Demonstrate ability to perform molecular, cellular, and biochemical techniques used in biotechnology.
  6. Apply ethical practices and behavior in all aspects of biotechnological scientific endeavors.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through:

  1. Exams and problem sets completed in the following required courses: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C Biology I & II; PCB 3063C Genetics; BCH 3023C Biochemistry; PCB 3023C Cell Biology; MCB 3020C Microbiology; PCB 4522C Molecular Genetics; and BSC 4422C Methods in Biotechnology.
  2. Written proposal and application of technical aspects of research completed in the following required courses: ISC 3120 Scientific Process and BSC 4942C Senior Research in Biotechnology.
  3. Oral and written research presentations completed in the following course: BSC 4943 Senior Research Presentation in Biotechnology.
  4. Mastery of technical applications of methods in the following required courses: BSC 4422C Methods in Biotechnology; MCB 3020C Microbiology; PCB 3063C Genetics; PCB 3023C Cell Biology; BCH 3023C Biochemistry; and PCB 4522C Molecular Genetics.
  5. Research proposals and laboratory techniques completed in the following required courses: ISC 3120 Scientific Process and BSC 4942C Senior Research in Biotechnology.

 

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse
    perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone courses, BSC 4942C Senior Research in Biotechnology and BSC 4943 Senior Research Presentation in Biotechnology.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone course, BSC 4942C Senior Research in Biotechnology and BSC 4943 Senior Research Presentation in Biotechnology