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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Biotechnology Foundations in Technology Education (8468/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Exploring Foundations in Biotechnology

  1. Define biotechnology.
  2. Give examples of biotechnology milestones.
  3. Describe social implications of biotechnology.
  4. Describe technology transfer in biotechnology.
  5. Identify careers related to biotechnology.

Preparing for Biotechnology Experiences

  1. Demonstrate understanding of required safety practices and procedures in the classroom and laboratory environment.
  2. Use the scientific method and the technological/engineering method to solve biotechnology problems.
  3. Analyze data generated from lab activities.

Exploring Biochemistry

  1. Explain the roles of sciences applicable to biotechnology, including organic chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.
  2. Prepare buffer stock solutions and reagents.
  3. Explain the structure and cellular function of organic macromolecules.
  4. Analyze how organic macromolecules are manipulated and detected, using biotechnological tools.
  5. Explain the function of carbohydrates and lipids.
  6. Differentiate among the types of proteins found in organisms.
  7. Explain the basic principles of protein utilization in organisms.
  8. Explain the advantages of protein utilization in organisms.
  9. Illustrate the function or use of an enzyme, using a prototype or model.

Investigating Genetic Engineering

  1. Define genetic engineering.
  2. Develop a timeline of genetic engineering milestones.
  3. Model deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
  4. Assess the importance of the genetic information contained in DNA.
  5. Describe the function of DNA, ribonucleic acid (RNA), and protein in living cells.
  6. Demonstrate how the structure of DNA influences its function, analysis, and manipulation.
  7. Demonstrate how manipulation of nucleic acids through genetic engineering alters the function of proteins and subsequent cellular processes.
  8. Explain how genetic engineering is used in plants, animals, and medicine.
  9. Explain the importance of genetic mapping.
  10. Analyze social implications of genetic engineering.

Applying Biotechnology to the Environment

  1. Assess the social implication of environmental quality management.
  2. Investigate biotreatment systems.
  3. Examine the potential benefits of biological controls in plant and animal systems.
  4. Design a bioremediation system.
  5. Plan a biorestoration system.
  6. Demonstrate the use of biotechnology to restore or remediate contaminated environments.

Examining the Role of Biotechnology in Agriculture

  1. Demonstrate various procedures used with tissue cultures.
  2. Analyze social implications of biotechnology in agriculture.
  3. Identify microbial applications in agriculture.
  4. Summarize the role of biotechnology in crop modification.
  5. Identify factors that jeopardize food safety.
  6. Examine advances of biotechnology in food science.

Exploring Bioprocessing

  1. Define bioprocessing.
  2. Describe the process of fermentation.
  3. Prepare a product generated from bioprocessing.
  4. Describe genetic engineering applications used in bioprocessing.
  5. Demonstrate the application of microbes in bioprocessing.
  6. Describe the social and environmental effects of bioprocessing.
  7. Perform separation and purification techniques.
  8. Illustrate the design of bioprocessing systems.

Examing the Role of Biotechnology in Medicine

  1. Identify the influence of biotechnology on medicine.
  2. Describe the ethical, legal, and social implications of biomedicine.
  3. Explain vaccine (i.e., immunology) research and development.
  4. Describe the effects of molecular research on society.
  5. Identify emerging healthcare technologies.
  6. Explain the applications of genetics in pharmacology.
  7. Describe the effects of biotechnology on preventive healthcare.

Investigating Forensics

  1. Define forensic science.
  2. Describe situations in which medical forensics can be used.
  3. Describe situations in which forensic science can be used in criminal investigations.
  4. Describe situations in which biological forensic science can be used.
  5. Demonstrate the basic instrumentation used in DNA analysis for forensic purposes.

Understanding Biomedical Engineering

  1. Define bioengineering.
  2. Identify uses of nanobiotechnology.
  3. Identify examples of biowarfare.
  4. Design and produce a biomechanism.

Examining Social Aspects and Ethics of Biotechnology

  1. Define bioethics.
  2. Assess implications of biotechnology, including gene therapy, patenting of living tissue, and cloning.
  3. Differentiate among ethical principles that reflect social, religious, economic, and political perspectives.
  4. Identify regulations that affect biotechnology.