Biology 612: Special Topics

Genetics: Social Application and Impact - Online Course

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Course Coordinator

 Leta M. Tribble, Ph.D. (864) 943-4170; lmt@ggc.org

Course Description

Bio 612 is a hybrid course consisting of online didactic instruction followed by an in-person interactive laboratory workshop. This year the course provides a focused exploration of specific topics related to the societal impact of genetics. 

The course requires the completion of online didactic instruction and a concluding interactive two-day laboratory workshop either on the GGC campus in Greenwood or at Trident Technical College in North Charleston. 
 
Course materials will be available via Lander University’s Blackboard system beginning May 18. Participants are responsible for accessing the material and meeting all assignment deadlines. Access to Blackboard and registration for workshop dates will be available after completing course registration.

 

Credits

This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.

Course Objectives

The course will focus on four specific areas of societal impact as they pertain to social, ethical and legal issues. All topics will address SC Biology/Genetics Standards as they pertain to social, ethical and legal issues.

  • Genetics: Effects on Social Policy and Law
  • Proteins to Phenotypes:
    Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
    Ecogenetics
  • Biotechnology and Society:
    Stem Cells
    Biopharming
    DNA Profiling
    Gene Editing
  • Impact of Reproductive Technologies

Workshop

Participation in a two-day laboratory workshop is required. Workshops will feature all new lab activities. There are two workshops from which participants can choose to attend. A third workshop in Greenwood may be added if needed. 

  • June 22-23 - Greenwood Genetic Center - Greenwood, SC
  • June 25-26 - Trident Technical College - North Charleston, SC
 

Course Requirements

Bio 612 is a graded, graduate-level course requiring:
  • Viewing of all online lectures
  • Completion of all online quizzes and assessments
  • Completion of assigned readings
  • Attendance at one of the hands-on workshops

Materials

  • Articles and lectures posted to Lander University’s Blackboard system
  • Required text: Cummings, M. (2015). Human Heredity: Principles and Issues, 11th ed.

Registration

Registrations are invited from instructors at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and human genetics training. Three graduate credit hours will be offered to SC teachers through the Lander University Department of Biological Sciences. Teachers who have completed BIO 612 courses covering other topics can also receive credit for this year’s course.

The registration deadline is April 30, 2020. No late registrations can be accepted.
 
The course fee of $250 covers text, workshop materials, and lunch at the workshop.  A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration with the balance due by May 9, 2020. 
 
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