Course Number and Title: BIT 270 Cooperative Work Experience
In this course, students are placed in a cooperative work experience to acquire skills as a laboratory technician in research, industrial, service, manufacturing or other facility in biology, biotechnology, or related fields.
- Apply didactic and lab principles in the laboratory setting. (CCC 7; PGC BIT 1, 5)
- Employ good laboratory practices while using instrumentation. (CCC 6, 7; PGC BIT 4)
- Exhibit professional behaviors in all matters relating to laboratory working environment. (CCC 3, 4; PGC BIT 2, 5)
- Comply with college and laboratory affiliate departmental policies and procedures. (CCC 4; PGC BIT 2, 4)
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in a laboratory setting. (CCC 2; PGC BIT 1)
- Perform laboratory testing with appropriate time management expectations. (CCC 1, 2, 7; PGC BIT 5)
- Apply principles of safety and demonstrate competency with laboratory safety regulations. (CCC 4; PGC BIT 4)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply didactic and lab principles in the laboratory setting.
- Use technical vocabulary.
- Use common solution laboratory techniques.
- Distinguish among and use stock reagents to specifications.
- Maintain reagent integrity through proper handling and storage.
- Accurately use a micropipette.
- Date, label, and store supplies and/or reagents.
- Prepare materials for laboratory use.
- Employ good laboratory practices while using instrumentation.
- Check laboratory equipment calibration.
- Operate laboratory equipment.
- Perform or schedule preventive maintenance.
- Maintain equipment logs.
- Employ proper documentation for use of equipment.
- Exhibit professional behaviors in all matters relating to laboratory working environment.
- Interact with colleagues.
- Follow oral and written directions.
- Work effectively in a group setting.
- Follow industrial and professional regulations.
- Comply with college and laboratory affiliate departmental policies and procedures.
- Apply appropriate protocols.
- Maintain a laboratory notebook.
- Attend required training.
- Perform waste disposal procedures.
- Comply with appropriate federal and state regulations.
- Comply with industrial and professional regulations.
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in a laboratory setting.
- Use the scientific method in problem solving.
- Apply mathematics to experimentation.
- Set up experiments.
- Write or update protocols, standard operation procedures (SOPs), manuals, reports, or technical summaries.
- Perform laboratory testing with appropriate time management expectations.
- Apply protocols, test procedures, or SOPs.
- Obtain, label, and prepare materials for testing.
- Calculate and prepare materials of appropriate composition.
- Categorize compounds, solutions, and materials for laboratory testing.
- Perform experiments, tests, or assays.
- Return, archive, or dispose of test materials appropriately.
- Use time management skills.
- Apply principles of safety and demonstrate competency with laboratory safety regulations.
- Identify first aid supplies, personnel, emergency protection areas, and evacuation plans.
- Comply with appropriate safety procedures, guidelines, and chemical hygiene plans.
- Comply with good laboratory practices.
- Employ proper techniques in the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials.
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Recognize safety symbols/signs.
- Choose and review appropriate safety data sheets/materials safety data sheets (SDS/MSDS).
- Recognize common lab hazards, and observe procedures for the safe use of instruments and centrifuges.
- Prepare a work area free from clutter.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Apply knowledge of biology and chemistry to solve problems in biotechnology.
- Integrate biological knowledge with the regulatory, ethical and business perspectives relevant to the biotechnology industry.
- Apply quantitative and computational skills and tools to analyze problems in biology and chemistry.
- Demonstrate good laboratory practices that are required by a person working as a biotechnology technician including laboratory safety and documentation.
- Demonstrate laboratory skills relevant to biotechnology including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequence analysis, and current analytical chemistry techniques.
- Work independently and collaboratively to create scientific oral presentations and written documents that are standard to the discipline.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.