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Course Number: Palm Beach State College Course Syllabus – Classroom/Hybrid Class
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom/Hybrid Class
General Class and Course Information
Course Number: BSC 2427
Course Title: Biotechnology 2 Lecture
Term/Dates: Fall 2016
Reference Number: 217112
Credit Hours: 3
Days: Monday
Time: 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Room: SC 211/214
Course Description:
This lecture course focuses on proteomics, which is the study of proteins. It builds upon the foundation set in Intro to
Biotech and Biotech 1. This course will include a study of amino acids, protein structure and the role of proteins in
molecular biology and biotechnology. The applications of proteins in industry, medicine, pharmacology, immunology
and agriculture will be emphasized. In a lecture science course where there is a required co-requisite lab, students
may withdraw from the lab class, but stay in the lecture class. (Students may also choose to withdraw from both.)
Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the lecture and remain enrolled in the lab.
NOTE: This is a hybrid-online course. The student is responsible for reading all lecture material online and
participating in peer-led online discussion boards. In-person class sessions will be used for assessments and studentdirected discussions concerning lecture material topics that the students would like to discuss. The instructor will not
lead traditional lectures in-class; it is the student's responsibility to come to class with questions/ideas to discuss.
The lecture discussion sections will coincide with the Biotechnology laboratory sessions when possible.
Distance Learning Class Information
This course is a combination (hybrid) of classroom and online instruction. Some courses may require students to take
examination(s) in a proctored lab setting. Before you decide to take the course with some online delivery of
instruction, it is recommended that you:
Visit – www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning/online
to obtain Detailed Facts & Information about
Blackboard Access
 Access to your Online Course is AVAILABLE each term on the FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
 Access to your Online Course will NOT BE AVAILABLE unless the course tuition is FULLY PAID
Blackboard Orientations
 How to Register for the Free Online Orientation Course: ELO1000
 Where/When to Attend On-Campus Orientation
Blackboard Tips & Tutorials
 How to Ensure your Computer is Compatible
 Ensure you Understand Examination and Assignment Rules
 Learn the Functions of Blackboard
Then Proceed To – https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com
to Login to your Course (not available before the first day of class) using the same
USERNAME and PASSWORD you used to register for classes.
For Additional Information and Notices Visit – http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning
*Please Note: Failure to access the Blackboard course website prior to midnight on the first day of class will result in the student being dropped from the course.
The free Blackboard Learn Mobile App can be downloaded to your phone/tablet for access to Bb course content. It also provides pop-up notifications when announcements and
grades are posted.
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Professor’s Information
Name: Alexandra Gorgevska, Ph.D.
Telephone: 561-207-5003
Faculty Web Page:
Office Location: SC 209 (inside Office Suite 204)
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours:
Monday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
The books listed below are suggested reference books, but are not required. Direct readings will not be assigned from
these books. Copies of these books are also on reserve in the PBSC Gardens Campus Library for your review.
Supplementary Books/Materials (copies of each of these books are on reserve in the campus library):
Edition Author
Molecular Biology
Weaver R.F.
McGraw Hill
Molecular Biotechnology: Principles
and Applications of Recombinant DNA
Glick B.R.,
Pasternak J.J.
ASM Press
Basic Laboratory Calculations for
Education, Inc.
publishing as
Seidman L.A.
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
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• Describe concepts of proteomics, protein synthesis, trafficking and posttranslational modifications.
• Distinguish prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function.
• Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic protein expression systems.
• Explain and discuss the basic principles of immunobiology.
• Describe the use of cell and tissue culture in biotechnology.
• Explain the concept of protein mutagenesis and protein engineering.
• Discuss methods of protein separation, analysis and interactions.
• Explain the concept and applications of biotechnology in cancer biology, diagnostics and therapeutic approaches.
• Explain and discuss concepts of regenerative medicine, pharmacogenomics, and stem cell research in biotechnology.
Full Course Outline: Click on the following link:
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
Pre-requisites: BSC2420, BSC2420L, CHM1046, CHM1046L (with a grade of C or higher)
Co-requisites: BSC2427L, CHM2210, CHM2210L (with a grade of C or higher)
Class Requirements
Assignments: Details for all assignments can be found on the website. There will be a class semester-long project. The
details of these projects can be found in the Assignment Folder on the course website. At the professor’s discretion,
there may or may not be additional extra credit assignments.
Course Website Participation: Students will be expected to participate in course discussions on the website. Students
are expected to post valid/relevant comments and participate in weekly discussions related to course materials.
Students will be required to post relevant questions/answers/ideas every week for each reading assignment. These posts
are required by Sunday night at midnight before the next class period. Late submissions will not count towards your
minimum requirement. Each student will, therefore, be required to post a minimum of 1 post per week for a total
minimum of 12 posts for the semester. Please note that some weeks will have multiple assigned reading units; for
those weeks you will be required to post in each unit’s discussion thread. Refer to the agenda at the end of the
syllabus for reading assignment info. Students are encouraged to carry-on these discussions and post above the
minimum requirement. There will also be Case Studies available for additional discussion on the website. Refer to
“Online Discussion Rubric” for grading guidelines.
Class procedures and schedule: Students are required to read and review two lectures per week. The reading schedule
can be found at the end of this syllabus. Questions pertaining to those lectures will be reviewed in the Discussion
section. Students are expected to come to class having read all necessary material. Read the lecture slides first and use
the recommended textbook chapters (along with any websites, videos, etc.) as additional resources. Students are
required to take all quizzes/exams related to the course and participate in all assignments. The in-class discussion
sections will not be traditional lectures; these sessions will be used for assessments (quizzes, exams, assignments, etc.)
and to discuss questions that students bring to class regarding the lecture topics. It is the student’s responsibility to
engage in a class discussion.
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Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Any suspected act of academic dishonesty or cheating, either active or passive, will result in a grade of “F” for the
course. If the suspected act of cheating occurred after the deadline to withdraw then the grade of “F” will be issued for
the course and you will be removed from the course permanently. If the suspected act of cheating occurs before the
“drop/add deadline” then the student will be asked to immediately withdraw from the course. The faculty member
reserves the right to bring the issue before the Associate Dean at his or her discretion and to refuse to allow the student
to participate in any of the Instructor's future courses. The Dean of Student Services may also be notified and further
action by the college may be taken against you and anyone else associated with the incident(s). Please be advised that if
you are a student within the biotechnology program and undergo disciplinary action by a professor for academic
dishonesty, you may forfeit your opportunity for an internship position. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse for your
actions. 100% Academic honesty and integrity will be expected from you.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
The grading scale is based upon the total of 200 points possible, obtained in two exams, two quizzes, homework
assignments, website participation and attendance. The midterm and the final, each one with 20 points (40 pts total);
two quizzes, each one with 10 points (totaling 20pts); a resume-based project worth 60 pts; classroom attendance
worth 20 pts; online discussion participation worth 60 pts (12 mandatory online discussion participations worth 5 pts
each); for the total of 200 points. This means that participation and attendance makes a significant portion of the final
grade. An accurate record of attendance will be kept for each course. If a student misses one-third or more of a class
session, the student will be counted absent. Three tardies will count as one absence. Leaving early is the same as being
tardy. If a student is absent on the day of an exam/quiz/assignment, they will receive a grade of zero. It is the student’s
responsibility to ensure all assignments are turned in on time.
Letter Grade
≤ 119
Percentage (if applicable)
≤ 59
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Attendance to the first day of class is Mandatory. Failure to do so will result in the student being dropped from the
course. Students will be expected to obtain all necessary lab materials from the Blackboard course website and
participate in course discussions on the Blackboard website. Students are expected to post valid/relevant comments and
participate in discussions related to course materials. Students are required to access the course website at least two
times per week to read the required lab materials, check the discussion board and course email regularly. Students are
expected to attend ALL class-related sections/events. 100% attendance and participation is expected. Students are
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required to sign-in on the attendance sheet immediately at the start of class-time. Failure to do-so may result in you
being considered absent for the day.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
The use of cell phones or other electronic devices during class is prohibited. If a student is caught using any such device,
they will be asked to leave.
Late Assignment Policy:
All required assignments are expected to be completed on time. If, due to an emergency, a student cannot meet the due
date, s/he is to request an extension from the professor. Documented evidence from a doctor/emergency room etc will
be necessary for extension requests. Assignments turned in late will have points deducted from them. It is at the
Professor’s discretion to either accept or deny a late assignment. If an assignment is accepted late, points will be
deducted. All assginments are due electronically via college or Blackboard email system and are due before the start of
class; failing to turn-in an assignment on-time may result in the professor deducting points or granting a grade of zero
for the assignment. For the resume-based semester project, failure to complete every part of the project will not only
result in a lower course grade but may also result in the instructor not recommending the student for an internship. This
resume-based project is geared towards preparing the student for applying for an internship; failure on the student's
part to complete each task will reflect poorly on that student and the seriousness with which they take the internship
Make-up Exam Policy:
Make up tests/quizzes are only given in emergency situations. These exams may be in a different format than the
original class exam. The student is responsible for the fee to take the proctored test in the Test Center. Special
arrangements for make-up exams should be discussed with and approved by the professor prior to the scheduled quiz
time. For any other situation, a grade of zero will be given for missed exams/quizzes. There are absolutely NO make-up
lab experiments.
Withdrawal Policy:
Students who fail to comply with the initial course requirements (i.e. attending the first day of class and logging into the
Blackboard course website by midnight of the first day of class) will be required to drop/withdraw from the course. After
the first day of class, any student finding themselves in a situation where they are required or chose to withdraw from
the course should notify the instructor and also follow the prescribed college procedures for withdrawing from a course.
Students should be mindful of the final date to withdraw for each term. Any student failing to properly withdraw from a
course will receive a final (possibly failing) course grade issued by their instructor.
Minimum Requirements: Attendance to 100% of the classes is required and beneficial to your grade. Approval of the
midterm, final exams, along with homework and quizzes.
Methods of instruction: Online hybrid lectures with on-campus class assessments and discussions.
Unique Requirements of the Course: Following the online content of lectures, plus attendance and participation of
the weekly discussions on campus, plus all exams/quizzes/assignments/ course-related material.
College Policies and Web Information
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Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is November 4, 2016. It is the responsibility of the
student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student
to a grade of "W" in the class.
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Other Information from your Professor:
Biotech II Lecture – *Tentative* Syllabus (Dates Subject to Change)
Fall 2016
(Each Week Will Cover ~100 slides)
Week #
Week of:
Reading Assignment for
the week:
Labor Day. No Class. *Still required to read
Task 1 Due Today by 2pm: Resume (see end of
syllabus for all task info + Blackboard examples)
Quiz #1 Today 2pm
Task 2 Due Today by 2pm: 3 Companies
First Day of Class
Midterm Exam 2pm
Task 3 Due Today by 2pm: Cover Letters
Quiz #2 Today 2pm
12. Part I
Task 4: Presentations 2pm
12. Part II
Task 5 Goal: Secure Internship Interview
Final Exam Review
Rm SC127 1-3pm
Mandatory Poster Session 1-3pm
Final Exam 5pm
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Online Discussion Rubric
Indicators & Total
Possible points/post:
0 pts/post
1.25 pts/post
2.5 pts/post
5 pts/post
Promptness and
Does not
respond to most
postings; rarely
Responds to
postings several
days after initial
limited initiative
to postings in less
than 24 hours;
good selfinitiative
Delivery of Post
Utilizes poor
spelling and
grammar in most
posts; posts
appear "hasty"
Posts topics
which do not
relate to the
context; makes
short or irrelevant
Does not express
opinions or ideas
clearly; no
connection to
Errors in spelling
and grammar
evidenced in
several posts
Responds to
postings within a
24 hour period;
prompting to
grammatical or
spelling errors are
noted in posts
posts off-topic;
most posts are
short in length
and offer no
further insight
into the topic
connection to
topic evidenced
in minimal
expression of
opinions or ideas
Frequently posts
topics that are
related to
context; prompts
further discussion
of topic
Opinions and
ideas are stated
clearly with
occasional lack
of connection to
reflection on
group’s efforts;
marginal effort to
involved with
attempts to
direct the
discussion and to
present relevant
viewpoints for
consideration by
group; interacts
Grading Criteria:
Relevance of
Expression within
the Post
Contribution to
the Learning
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Does not make
effort to
participate in
community as it
develops; seems
Consistently uses
correct posts
with rare
Consistently posts
topics related to
discussion topic;
cites additional
related to topic
opinions and
ideas in a clear
and concise
manner with
connection to
Aware of needs
of community;
attempts to
motivate the
group discussion;
presents creative
approaches to
the topic
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Resume Assignment
Task 1: Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) [aka Resume]. 15 pts
You are required to meet with the career counselors at Career Source Palm Beach County to register with
their workforce database and create a resume. You are expected to put forth a genuine effort in creating a
professional scientific resume. There are Bb web-links and a sample resume on the Bb course website.
Follow the layout of the sample resume. It is very obvious when you do not seek assistance with putting
together a professional resume and failure to produce an acceptable resume will result in a grade of zero for
this task. Late submissions will also receive a grade of zero. Your polished resume will then be emailed to
me as a Microsoft Word document for credit. (Do NOT send .pdf files)
Items to be sure to include in your resume (in addition to all the other good stuff):
-Any and all scientific poster presentations (and awards, if any)
-Any committees (and job titles) you held with the college/program
-Any volunteer biotech-related events you assisted with
Career Source Palm Beach County (formerly known as Workforce Alliance)
3400 Belvedere Rd
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone:(561) 340-1060
Task 2: Pick 3 local companies for Internship consideration. 15 pts
You will research the various biotech labs in the area and chose your top 3 choices. You will write (in your
own words) a paragraph about each one regarding their research goals and why you would want to work
there (and why you feel that you would be a good fit there). If you are choosing a lab from a research
institute, you must list specific Principal Investigators, you can’t just list “Scripps” as an option. There are
dozens of labs there, do your homework. You will email me the 3 paragraphs in a one-page Microsoft Word
document for credit.
For each lab/company you must include:
 Name of Company or Institution
 Department
 Supervisor or Principal Investigator’s Name and Title (If this info isn’t readily available then you must
call them to find out. Submissions missing this information will receive a grade of zero.) Note: For
research institutions like Scripps, you cannot just put the Department Chair’s name as the contact
person if their lab is not the one you are specifically interested in. Each Dept Chair has numerous PI’s
that work for them, so you must be specific about who the PI is for the specific lab you are
interested in. Generic submissions will not be accepted.
 Address, Phone number and email
 One paragraph explaining (in your own words) what the lab or company’s focus is, what attracts you
to that lab and why you think you would be a good fit (based on the skills you have learned thus far).
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Task 3: Three Cover Letters. 15 pts
Once you have your polished resume completed and your 3 companies chosen you must now create a
professional cover letter specific for each company/lab from Task 2. You should schedule an appointment
with Workforce Alliance to help with creating this cover letter. You will then submit the completed, polished
cover letters to me for credit. You will email me ONE Microsoft Word document that will contain all 3 cover
Each cover letter should include the following:
 Date
 Name and address of Principal Investigator/Supervisor
 Company name and address
 Proper Greeting (such as “Dear Dr. …..,”) “To Whom It May Concern” will not be accepted as these
letters need to be specifically addressed to someone.
In the body of the email you will roughly have a 3 paragraph format:
1. Paragraph 1: This is pretty short. Introduce yourself; explain that you are completing the PBSC
biotech program (include expected completion date) and that you are seeking an internship
position with their lab.
2. Paragraph 2: This paragraph is the longest one. In this paragraph you explain that you have done
your research into their lab (or company) and what their research goals are and why this is
interesting to you. You briefly mention any relevant skills you have that would make you a good
candidate to work in their lab.
3. Paragraph 3: This is your closing statement where you thank them for their time, let them know
you look forward to speaking with them soon, let them know you included your resume for their
End the letter with a proper closing, such as “Sincerely,” or “All the best,” then include your
signature and typed name.
 When the time comes for you to contact potential employers, you will send them an email with the
resume and cover letter (each as a PDF document) and in the body of the email you can basically
copy the body of the cover letter info (NEVER send a blank email with just the attachments).
Task 4: Presentations. 15 pts
You will create and deliver a 1-minute “elevator speech” about yourself for professional networking
situations. The purpose of this is to prepare you for networking events and interviews. In the first 60
seconds of meeting someone, many first impressions are made. You need to demonstrate the soft-skills that
are just as important as the science knowledge. This elevator speech is a lot like a cover letter. It introduces
you to the potential employer, lets them know what you’re interested in (that you’ve done your homework
on the labs around here) and know what you want. It will express what your current interest is (securing an
internship). It will demonstrate that you can communicate professionally and effectively. Practice, practice,
practice it before you come to class. The more you practice, the easier it will be.
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Task 5: Internship Interview. (Not a graded assignment-Just a goal)
Once you have your resume, cover letter and speech prepared, you are now ready to send them out (not
without prior approval by me or Dr. Mercer, however) and get yourself that internship interview. You will
email your resume and cover letter to each lab. If you do not hear back within one week, you may send a
follow-up email and/or call them. Once you have your interview scheduled, make sure you have a business
professional outfit to wear (if it is questionable then it is NOT business professional). Remember, do your
homework about the lab before going. You don’t have to be an expert (they don’t expect you to be one) but
you have to let them know you really do want this position and you’re serious. Be sure to smile and always
ask relevant questions about the lab. Never leave an interview without asking any questions. Failing to ask
questions makes it look like you aren’t really interested or that you didn’t research the lab prior to the
interview. Many labs/companies will give you a short quiz to test your math skills (for making solutions) and
basic understanding of science so be prepared for that type of situation. Follow-up with a thank you email
within 24 hours of the interview.
Task 6: Register for BSC 2945C.
You will need to register for the Biotech Internship course (2 credits) for the semester in which you plan to
do your internship. Yes, you are responsible for the tuition. In order to register for this course you must
speak with the Director of the Biotech Program to determine if and when you will be doing an internship
then the Associate Dean must provide the necessary override to allow you to register for the course.
No, this is not guaranteed to be a paid internship on our part. Yes, you can be hired on by the company
during your internship, but you are still required to complete all internship requirements. The course
requires you to work a minimum of 20 hours per week for 16 weeks (total of 320 hours). You can volunteer
as many hours over the minimum that you want, but you still have to complete 16 weeks. You will be
required to present a PowerPoint presentation on your Internship work. For more info about the course,
see the syllabus for BSC 2945C.
Department Contact Information
Name: Robert Van Der Velde, esq.
Telephone: 561-207-5416
Job Title: Associate Dean
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Office Location: SC 160
Email: [email protected]
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