Biomedical Research 5-6

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Biomedical Research 5-6

Biomedical Research/MCB 102 (University of Arizona Dual Enrolled) are courses for students
with an emphasize in in human genetics and biotechnology including career exploration, history
and applications of recombinant DNA technology, the human genome project, and laboratory
safety practices. These courses will allow students to perfect biotechnology techniques, learn to
read research papers, and hear about cutting edge research at the University of Arizona. It
includes advanced biotechnological techniques, fundamentals of cell biology and genetics,
applications of biotechnology, bioethics, and careers in biotechnology. These courses offer a
unique opportunity to motivate high school students who possess a strong interest in pursuing
advanced education in bioscience and biomedical science. Through laboratory activities and
field-based research, students will conduct independent research in an active laboratory, ad learn
to communicate. The novel scientific research will be presented at the Southern Arizona Region
Science Fair (SARSEF). These courses are a continuation of MCB 102. Continuing Research &
Lab Tech allows students to continue their research from the previous year in Biomedical
Research and students can mentor current Biomedical Research students.

Course Objectives:
Develop knowledge about biosciences, including biotechnology, genetics, toxicology, and
bioengineering, subjects not taught in traditional high schools.
Develop biotechnology skills of pipetting, making solutions, sterile technique, transformation,
subcloning, restriction enzyme analysis, gel electrophoresis, PCR and protein purification.
Develop self-confidence by conducting a research project.
Develop skill at reading research journal articles and talking about the research they participate
Prepare and present their research poster at SARSEF.
Upon completion of these courses, you should be able to do the following:
•Describe the objectives of the human genome project and potential benefits to society.
•Summarize the history of recombinant DNA technology and explain its impact on modern
•Utilize scientific methods to formulate and answer questions.
•Gain proficiency in standard laboratory techniques such as metric measurement of volume,
mass and length, gel electrophoresis, PCR, bioseparations, transformations and following a
•Demonstrate safe laboratory practices.
•Describe and perform key techniques used in recombinant DNA technology and studies of
the human genome.
•Discuss the ethical, legal, and social issues emerging from the human genome project and
•Examine careers in biotechnology.
•Perform activities to demonstrate improvement in the general education goals of
communication, critical thinking, and mathematics as they relate to biotechnology.
•Present independent research in both oral and written form.
Textbook: Biotechnology, Science for the New Millennium by Ellyn Daugherty. This text gives
background in biotechnology, biology, genetics and current issues. Laboratory protocols and in class assignments will be provided.

Biomedical Research 5-6 Unit by Unit

•SARSEF Research Project 1st through 3rd Quarter
o Develop Research Question
o Literary Peer Journal Reviews
o Determining Research Design (SOP & Procedures)
o Writing Research Proposal & SARSEF Documentation Approval Process
o Experimentation
o Data Collection
o Analyzing Data
o Reflecting on Further Research
o Scientific Poster (Poster–Board & via PPT)
o Present Research at SARSEF
•4th Quarter:
•Unit 12: Ethics
•Unit 13: Biotechnology Career Exploration
•Unit 14: Cancer Probe Design
•Unit 15: Lab Shutdown (Calibration, Maintenance, and Inventory

School Information: 
Marana Unified School District
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Friday, April 10, 2015

As this is a dual enrollment credit, need to see how courses articulates before assessing credits.