Introduction to Biotechnology
Karl J. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Prince George's Community College

Dr. Karl J. Roberts
Office: CH 210J
Phone: 301-386-7539
Office Hours: TBA

Fall 2001

Course Objective

We will cover the basics of the modern science of biotechnology, including a brief history of the discipline and many of the current techniques used in research and forensic science. The primary focus of the course is the development of laboratory skills and familiarity with the equipment utilized in this rapidly developing branch of the biological sciences.

The course is composed of both lecture and laboratory sections.


DNA Science: A First Course in Recombinant DNA Technology (1990) D.A. Micklos and G.A. Freyer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and Carolina Biological Supply Company

World Wide Web

Additional labs and information will be found at the Microbiology/Biotechnology Website:

(note: schedules and types of examinations are subject to change)

There will be three (3) regular examinations, and one (1) comprehensive final examination, all held in the lecture room during final exam week. In addition, there will be two (2) laboratory practical exams to be held in the laboratory (CH 220). Grades will be assigned according to accumulation of total points, following the following scale:

Lecture Exams - 3 X 100 pts = 300
Final Exam       - 1 X 150 pts = 150
Lab Exams       - 2 X 100 pts = 200
Total                                      = 650 pts

Grade                  Pts
A                     585-650
B                     520-584
C                     455-519
D                     390-454
F                          0-389


Attendance is mandatory for all lecture and laboratory meetings. If circumstances arise to prevent you from attending, it is your responsibility to contact Dr. Roberts immediately. However, since all students will be given two days (48 hours) in which to complete regular lecture exams, make-ups will not be given except in the case of extreme emergency [defined here as and only as: illness requiring hospitalization of the student (requires certified excuse from a qualified physician), family emergency requiring hospitalization (same as previous), call to active military duty, or sudden change in working shift (only applicable if supported by a valid excuse slip from the employer, including two contact phone numbers for verification). No other excuse will be allowed for the making up of missed examinations. Due to the nature of scheduling and set-up, there will be no make-up of missed laboratory exams. If you can not meet the schedule of the class, please do not sign up.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form:

- Cheating on examinations,
- Copying other students work,
- Attempting to pass off the work of another as your own,
- falsifying information regarding the reasons for an absence during an examination period,

will not be tolerated. The first such offense will result in a grade of zero (0) points awarded for the assignment. The second will result in referral to the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for violation of the Code of Student Conduct regarding academic dishonesty.