Module 4 Introduction to Biotechnology

Happy Monday everyone!

We are excited to start a new module this week where we will revisit the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology! We will identify key features of bacterial genes and genomes to begin exploring the potential of using microbes to recycle electronic waste.

Microbe Image By Adrien Coquet, FR

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)


This week 2/20-2/24

  • Task 2 of your Team Project Design Challenge is due 2/21 by 5 PM.
  • Attend our in-person Lab on 2/21 at 10:15 AM in Jordan Hall 6109 & 6114
    • Come early! 
    • Remember to wear clothes that cover your legs and closed-toed shoes.
    • 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 2/23.
  • Come to our synchronous Zoom session on 2/23 to discuss the Central Dogma and learn from Christina Wytko Marchington from the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. 
  • Task 2 of your Team Project Design Challenge is due 2/25 by 5 PM.
  • Work on other Module 4 assignment due next week (see below). We do not recommend leaving them all for the second week: work on them as it fits in your schedule.


Next week 2/27-3/3

  • Attend our Zoom Lab session on 2/28 at 10:15 AM. 
  • Milestone 3 of your Public Science Project is due 3/2 by 5 PM.
  • Task 3 of your Team Project Design Challenge is due 3/3 by 5 PM.
  • Complete all Module 3 Learning Activities and Assessments before 3/3 5 PM.
    • Forum 4
    • Quiz 4
    • How We Argue Lessons 6-7
    • 1 Ethical reasoning case study on a topic of your choosing


We encourage you to make use of our scheduled lecture time to work on your Team Project Design Challenge. Your instructors are available for students hour 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!

Emory's bitmoji cheering for team-work with pom-poms!Dr. Goller bitmoji cheering for sequencingBitmoji of Dr. Sjogren sharing ideas about biotechnology

Your BIT Instructional Team,

Dr. Carlos Goller | email: 

Dr. Carly Sjogren | email: