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BIO 100 - Introduction to Life Science Laboratory Skills

Spring 2021 Syllabus, Section 502, CRN 15447

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Course Description

This course is part of the Certificate of Specialization in Life Science Laboratory Assistant program. Students will practice basic lab skills in a research laboratory setting. Pipetting, solution and media preparation, dilutions, sterile technique, separation methods, lab math, quality control, documentation, and other appropriate skills are taught with an emphasis on standard lab instrumentation, calibration or verification, and maintenance. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 140 or higher, BIO 111 and Reading Proficiency

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Course Learning Outcomes

  1. practice lab safety procedures and use of personal safety equipment
  2. recognize, use and set-up commonly used lab glassware and plasticware for use in experiments
  3. prepare commonly used solutions and media for a life science research lab
  4. perform techniques for separating compounds
  5. prepare microbiological media
  6. perform microbiological techniques
  7. perform basic statistical calculations and prepare data presentation, e.g. tables, linear graphs, charts
  8. use common life science lab equipment correctly
  9. verify or calibrate common scientific equipment
  10. perform proper maintenance techniques for commonly used life science lab equipment
  11. perform basic troubleshooting techniques for lab experiments and equipment
  12. maintain a laboratory notebook according to current laboratory practice and good manufacturing practice
  13. maintain typical life science laboratory equipment records, such as daily temperature or maintenance logs
  14. calculate and apply quality control concepts, such as mean values,standard deviation, coefficient of variation, Levy-Jennings charts and how to calculate and/or graph these concepts
  15. present scientific information formally

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Technology Requirements

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  • You must e-mail your instructor from your STLCC student e-mail account.  E-mails from non-STLCC accounts will not be answered.
  • All students have free access to Microsoft 365 through their MySTLCC account, which includes software such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, a calendar, and e-mail. See the link STLCC Student Email and Office 365 for more information.
  • Knowledge and skills using Windows 10 / MAC OS is expected. For success, a student should have or quickly gain knowledge of how to use a computer to complete coursework.
  • Proficiency with OS file management, printing, etc. required.

• Current Acrobat Reader (.pdf files will be provided)

• Current Acrobat Flash Player

• Current Media Player (.swf, .mp4, etc. files will be provided)

• At least Firefox and Chrome browsers

• MS Office 2016 or equivalent - Word, Excel, PowerPoint (Office Mix included)

  • Some coursework will require additional online research, online tutorials, study, and practice. When needed, information about online resources will be provided.

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Late Work/Missed Exams Policy

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Academic Integrity Statement

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STLCC College Policies

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Withdrawal Policy

To formally withdraw, students must submit official forms to the Admissions/Registration office. The class will be shown on the transcript with a grade of W, and students are not eligible for a refund of fees. It is always the student’s responsibility to initiate a withdrawal.  Please speak with your instructor before withdrawing. 

For additional information on attendance and withdrawal, please visit the Registrar’s web page https://stlcc.edu/office-of-the-registrar/last-day-to-withdraw.aspx

Diversity & Inclusion, Non-Discrimination Statement

St. Louis Community College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure non-discrimination.

The College maintains a complaint procedure for the purpose of investigating and providing prompt and equitable remedy.

Student inquiries concerning discrimination or harassment, and the procedure for complaints of discrimination or harassment may be made to: Mary Zabriskie, Districtwide Director, Equity Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, 314-539-5345, mzabriskie@stlcc.edu.

Disability Resources and Access Office Information

STLCC is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. 

Access Office staff, available on each campus, work with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange academic accommodations. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability are encouraged to contact the campus Access Office:

Students with academic accommodations are responsible for providing their professors with Instructor Memos and should do so early in the course. For more information, see Access services (https://www.stlcc.edu/student-support/disability-services/).

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