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Syllabus ( BENG 323 )


   Basic information
Course title: Fundamentals of Biotechnology
Course code: BENG 323
Lecturer: Assist. Prof. Onur SERÇİNOĞLU
ECTS credits: 5
GTU credits: 3 ()
Year, Semester: 3, Spring
Level of course: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Type of course: Technical Elective
Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Pre- and co-requisites: none
Professional practice: No
Purpose of the course: This course is aimed to provide necessary background for providing students with a basic understanding on the principles of biotechnology, introducing students to some the key process engineering technologies appropriate to the biotechnology industry, to emphasize the role of microorganisms as the basis for classical and molecular biotechnology, and to inform students of the diverse applications of biotechnology to medical science and agriculture.
   Learning outcomes Up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the fundamental techniques and the basic principles of molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology that are required for biotechnology.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  2. List the applications and impact of biotechnology in the areas of agriculture, medicine, and industry;

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Demonstrate sufficiency in English to follow literature, present technical projects and write articles

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  3. Apply the fundamental ethical and regulatory issues surrounding the biotechnology field.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Convert biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles into novel applications for the benefit of society,
    2. Design processes for the investigation of bioengineering problems, collect data, analyze and interpret the results.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Seminar/presentation
  4. Ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams, and communicate effectivelyin verbal and oral forms.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on current bioengineering applications from the industrial and scientific aspects
    2. Understand design and production processes in bioengineering applications.
    3. Design processes for the investigation of bioengineering problems, collect data, analyze and interpret the results.
    4. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams
    5. Combine and effectively integrate knowledge acquired from different disciplines.

    Method of assessment

    1. Seminar/presentation
    2. Term paper
   Contents Up
Week 1: Introduction to Biotechnology
Week 2: History of Biotechnology and Application areas
Week 3: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Week 4: Structural Biology and Drug design
Week 5: Genetics Engineering
Week 6: Plant Biotechnology
Week 7: Bioprocess Engineering
Week 8: Biocatalysis and Enzyme Engineering
Week 9: Biomaterials
Week 10: Biopolymers
Week 11: Biomechanics Applications in Biotechnology
Week 12: Biomedical technologies
Week 13: Ethics of Biotechnology
Week 14: Project Presentations
Week 15*: -
Week 16*: Final Exam
Textbooks and materials: Khan, Firdos Alam. Biotechnology fundamentals. CRC Press, 2011. Introduction to Biotechnology
Recommended readings: "Methods in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology” Bernard R., Glick & John E. Thompson.
1993. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

“Plants, Genes, & Crop Biotechnology” Maarten Chrispeels & David Sadavi. 2nd Edition. 2003. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

"Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA" Bernard R. Glick & Jack J Pasternak. Second Edition. 1998. ASM press, Washington D.C.

"Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals" J. Bailey & D. Ollis, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill
  * Between 15th and 16th weeks is there a free week for students to prepare for final exam.
Assessment Up
Method of assessment Week number Weight (%)
Mid-terms: 0
Other in-term studies: 14 60
Project: 0
Homework: 0
Quiz: 0
Final exam: 16 40
  Total weight:
(%)
   Workload Up
Activity Duration (Hours per week) Total number of weeks Total hours in term
Courses (Face-to-face teaching): 3 13
Own studies outside class: 3 12
Practice, Recitation: 0 0
Homework: 0 0
Term project: 6 4
Term project presentation: 3 1
Quiz: 0 0
Own study for mid-term exam: 0 0
Mid-term: 0 0
Personal studies for final exam: 4 4
Final exam: 2 1
    Total workload:
    Total ECTS credits:
*
  * ECTS credit is calculated by dividing total workload by 25.
(1 ECTS = 25 work hours)
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