Contemporary Communications in Biotechnology

Prerequisite – ELA2
1640 – 1/2 Unit (2 hour, 1 semester) CAA

Contemporary Communications provides students with a blended learning environment by which they explore fundamentals of effective communication in the 21st century while enrolled in Shawnee Mission Signature Program courses at the Center for Academic Achievement. Students develop and apply skills in personal communication including critical thinking, speaking, listening, and written communications linked to the signature programs of study of their interest (i.e. biotechnology) Students will participate in ongoing activities aligned to Kansas English Language Arts standards while enhancing content linked directly to the respective signature programs.

Biotechnology, Introduction to

Prerequisite – Biology
4145 – 1/2 unit biology science

This course is designed to give students an introduction to biotechnology industry including a description of the science of biotechnology; examples of careers; and job responsibilities associated with biotechnology. Students will gain introductory laboratory experience and biochemistry utilized in the biotechnology industry. Intro to Biotechnology can be taken concurrently with Biotechnology 1.

Biotechnology 1 (Standard Lab Operating Procedures – SLOP):AM/PM

Introduction to Standard Operating Procedures (SLOP)
Prerequisite: Biology 1 with “C” or better and Introduction to Biotechnology or concurrent enrollment
4133 – 1 Unit (2 hour, 1 semester) CAA

This course is designed to provide students an authentic laboratory experience. Each student will practice the safe use of laboratory equipment and techniques currently utilized in the “real” biotechnology industry. Students will have many opportunities to apply the laboratory skills techniques and knowledge of scientific process to design authentic scientific research. Critical thinking and communication skills will be developed in order to effectively communicate results of data collection and interpretation. There is a course fee of $30.00. Biotechnology 1 can be taken concurrently with Intro to Biotechnology.

Biotechnology 2H (Recombinant DNA Technology and Protein Production) S1 PM or S2 AM

Prerequisite: Biotechnology 2 with a grade of A
4143 – 1 Unit (2 hour, 1 semester) CAA

Students enrolled in Biotechnology 2 will apply advanced methods of investigation in the biotechnology and bioscience field. Each student will practice advanced techniques in such areas as recombinant DNA technology assay development and production/purification of proteins. The course includes opportunities to tour/job shadow local diagnostic and animal health laboratories*Honors credit requirement: participation/presentation of student original experimental research at a minimum 2 science symposia/competitions/science fairs

There is a course fee of $30.00.

Biotechnology 3H (Agriculture Biotech and Pharmaceuticals): S2 PM

Prerequisite Biotechnology 2 with grade of A
4145 1 Unit (2 hour, 1 Semester) CAA

Students enrolled in Biotechnology 3 will continue to develop advanced methods of investigation in the biotechnology and bioscience. Each student will practice advanced techniques in areas including application of biotechnology to agriculture and pharmaceutical industry. The course includes opportunities to tour/job shadow local diagnostic and animal health laboratories. Honors credit requirement: participation/presentation of student original experimental research at a minimum 2 science symposia/competitions/science fairs. There is a course fee of $30.00.