INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering
||Introduction to Genetics and Bioengineering
||Number of ECTS Credits
||Class Hours Per Week
||Total Hours Per Semester
||2 + 2
|The course covers basic concepts of genetics and bioengineering and their connection with the spectrum of human activity. It serves as an introduction to the fundamental science and engineering on which genetics and bioengineering are based upon. Various topics within the realms of genetics and bioengineering are covered, and it is designed for students who are in their first year of genetics and bioengineering studies. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the general history of the field of biotechnology, including a basic knowledge of the important researchers within the field and their major contributions and discoveries. They will also be familiar with the basics of classical genetics and will understand the role of DNA in inheritance. The course is taken concurrently with a laboratory course.
|The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
• Giving students general knowledge about the field of bioengineering.
• Introduction to the history and applications of DNA/RNA technology, molecular biology and bioethics.
• Enabling students to analyze situations or phenomena related to the biological world in a bioethical perspective.
• Teaching students to conduct all experiments in a safe environment by introducing them to the basics of lab safety.
• Illustrating how to apply bioengineering in the laboratory environment.
• Introduction to experiment designing, result recording and result displaying.
- An introduction to genetics (definition and history)
- Genes and genomes
- Theory of operon
- Definitions and levels of genetic engineering
- Recombinant DNA technology and genomics
- Basics of biotechnology
- Microbial, plant, and animal biotechnology
- MID-TERM EXAM WEEK
- Definition and usage of various genetic markers
- Introduction to GMO
- Introduction to gene therapy
- Introduction to cloning
- Introduction to various molecular genetic techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, etc.)
- FINAL EXAM WEEK
- Week 1-11: The laboratory exercises will be based on the principle of designing an experiment and following the results through the entire course. Since the main aim of this course is to introduce students to genetics and bioengineering, through this lab, students will learn how to pose a hypothesis, how to create an experiment, measure and report the results, and display them adequately. This exercise will aid student in learning how to write a laboratory report which they will encounter through the entire
- Interactive Lectures
- Discussions and group work
- Case Studies
| Term Paper||1||20|
| Final Exam||1||40|
- Summarize the basics of genetics and bioengineering
- Organize the principles of biotechnology: bacteria, animal and plants
- Explain genome organization
- Point out the use of genetic markers and gene cloning
- Outline methodologies used in bioengineering
- Investigate the application of bioengineering in different fields
- Practice laboratory work in a safe environment
- Practice experiment creation and results reporting
- Nair, A. J. (2010). Introduction to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, 1st ed. Sudbury, MA, USA: Infinity Science Press
|ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
|Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)||15||2||30|
|Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)||15||2||30|
|Midterm Examination (1 week)||1||2||2|
|Final Examination(1 week)||1||2||2|
|Preparation for Midterm Examination||1||14||14|
|Preparation for Final Examination||1||15||15|
|Assignment / Homework/ Project||1||18||18|
|Seminar / Presentation||1||18||18|