Sep 25, 2021
BIOL 1010 - Biological Foundations of Biofabrication Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course introduces students without a biology background to basic biological concepts required to succeed in subsequent courses for the biofabrication certificate. The course provides a working understanding of the scientific method, proper use of biological laboratory equipment including microscopes, pipettes, and bioprinter, principles of biochemistry, properties of biological molecules, cell and tissue structure, and cells used to 3D print biological material. The course includes hands-on projects applying the biological principles learned to the field of biofabrication.
Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of C or higher.
- Process of science to answer questions related to biofabrication.
- Characteristics of strong experimental design, including identification and control of variables that affect the process of biofabrication.
- Proper light microscope and pipetting technique used in examining cells and creating cell cultures and bioinks.
- Importance of water and buffers in cell culture and biofabrication.
- Polymers and properties of biological molecules as related to bioinks.
- Basic cell structure and organelles of the cell
- Cell transport mechanisms including diffusion/osmosis that constrain biofabricated constructs.
- Cell reproduction as related to biofabrication.
- Energy metabolism in cells as it pertains to survival of biofabricated constructs.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- develop a well-designed experiment to answer a scientific question related to biofabrication.
- make data-driven decisions related to the process of biofabrication.
- properly utilize microscope and other equipment to perform experiments and gather data, and differentiate between major cell types and structures as required in biofabrication.
- describe the basic structure and properties of matter as they pertain to the molecules that make up the cells utilized in biofabrication.
- apply knowledge of basic cell structure and the functions cells perform to reproduce and maintain homeostasis to problems related to viability of bioprinted cells.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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