Expectations for Module 4: Introduction to Biotechnology

Expectations for Module 4: Introduction to Biotechnology

We continue our biotechnology adventure in Module 4 where we will connect concepts of biology’s central dogma to its importance in biotechnology! We will identify key features of bacterial genes and genomes to begin exploring the potential of using microbes to recycle electronic waste. 


During this module we will practice using KBase and each of you will need to set up your FREE user account before our synchronous session on Thursday! Follow these instructions to sign up using your NCSU Google account!


Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • MO 4.1. Explain the Central Dogma in your own words. (CO 2)
  • MO 4.2. Identify key features of genes and genomes. (CO 2)
  • MO 4.3. Define microbes and microbial genomes. (CO 2)
  • MO 4.4. Explain how biotechnology can be used to harness microbial genetic potential. (CO 3)
Microbe illustration from The Noun Project

Microbe Image By Adrien Coquet, FR


Here are your Module 4 expectations:


This week 10/3-10/7

  • Read the Lab Protocol for DNA Isolation before the morning of 10/4.
  • Attend our in-person Lab on 10/4 at 10:15 AM in Jordan Hall 6114
    • Come early! 
    • Remember to wear long pants/skirt and closed-toed shoes
    • Please come wearing your own face mask, and we will give out high-quality masks N95/KN95 for you to wear as part of our COVID safety protocols.
  • Complete Book 4 with its accompanying Scaffolded Notes before Thursday.
    • Submit Scaffolded Notes 4 before 10/6 10:15 AM.
  • Watch this video on KBase and sign up for a KBase user account before our Active Learning Session on Thursday 10/6.
  • Come to our synchronous Zoom session on 10/6 to discuss the Biotechnology
  • Task 3 of your Team Project Design Challenge is due 10/7 by 5 PM.
  • Work on other Learning Activities and Assessments that will be due 9/30 by 5pm. We do not recommend leaving them all for the second week: work on them as it fits in your schedule.
  • Review your personal feedback from your instructors to improve on your assignments.


Next week 10/10-10/14

  • Attend our Zoom Lab session on 10/11 at 10:15 AM. 
  • Come to our Active Learning Zoom session on 10/13 at 10:15 AM.
  • Public Science Project Milestone 3 is due 10/13 by 5pm.
  • Complete all Module 4 Learning Activities and Assessments before 10/14 5 PM.
    • Forum 4
      • Be sure to read what others have shared and leave at least ONE comment on another person’s work.
    • Quiz 4
    • How We Argue Lessons 6-7
    • Reflection 4
    • 1 Ethical reasoning case study on a topic of your choosing
      • Be sure to read what others have shared and leave at least ONE comment on another person’s work.


We encourage you to make use of our scheduled lecture time to visit your instructors in student help chats and work with your groups on your Team Project Design Challenge. Your instructors are also available for student help chat appointments to support your hard work and enthusiasm in this class! As always, you can also email us any questions that you may have- we love questions!


Your BIT Instructional Team,

Dr. Carlos Goller | email: ccgoller@ncsu.edu 

Dr. Carly Sjogren | email: casjogre@ncsu.edu