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Last approved: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:01:14 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:08:28 GMT

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Change Type
Major
BIT (Biotechnology)
502
032509
Dual-Level Course
Yes
402
Cross-listed Course
No
Biotechnology Networking and Professional Development
BIT Networking
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Biotechnology (11BIT)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
3
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
BIT495Spring 20155
BIT495/595Spring 20169
BIT495/595Spring 201720
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
1
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture1
Course Attribute(s)


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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Sabrina Robertson
Teaching Assistant Professor
assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoWe anticipate 10 students in the undergraduate section and 10 students in the graduate section
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course provides students interested in the biotechnology field an opportunity to gain valuable network, job application and interviewing skills. Over the course of the semester students will meet with ~30 biotechnology professionals in our area. In addition, students will learn from individuals in biotechnology jobs about the diverse careers options available and strategies for navigating the job market successfully.

This course provides a unique opportunity for our biotechnology students to interact directly with biotechnology professionals in RTP.  Over the course of the semester students will meet with ~30 biotechnology professionals in our area.  It also provides time for students to work on their job applications (cover letters and resumes) and interviewing skills under the guidance of faculty in the biotechnology field.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
This will not affect my course workload since it has been a regular part of my workload since joining NCSU in the fall of 2015.

No additional resources are needed for this course

The goal of this course is to equip students with life-long networking and job search skills for navigating their careers in the biotechnology field.


Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:  


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:



  1. Prepare an effective resume and cover letter.

  2. Identify professional and effective interviewing skills.

  3. Evaluate effective networking strategies.

  4. Compare and contrast career options within biotechnology (industry, government and academia).

  5. Discuss current topics in biotechnology, including applications, benefits, risks to society, and the science behind them.


Specific Learning Outcomes for BIT595 students:



  1. Establish new network connections.

  2. Compare and contrast the career paths of individuals in their biotech network.

  3. Reflect on and revise their career goals as their career progresses


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Attendance40%See the Class participation rubric for more details. Class attendance is required for this course
Written Assignment5%Resume Peer Review
Written Assignment5%Resume
Other10%Mock Interview
Discussion10% - 400 level
5% - 500 level
Current Events Assignment (online forum discussion)
See Syllabus for more details.
Written Assignment10%Career Panel Questions

See Syllabus for more details.
Written Assignment10%Job Posting and Application

See Syllabus for more details.
Other10%- 400 level
5% -500 level
Interview a Professional
See Syllabus for more details.
Other400-NA
10%-500 level
BIT 595 ONLY: Network Interviews and Reflection Assignment:

Two additional interviews and reflections; see Syllabus for more details.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus for detailed outline
Clarified contact hours with permission of initiator - lecture runs at a 1:1 ratio followed by free networking time.

mlnosbis 8/28/2017:
1) BIT 595 in the learning outcomes on the CIM form and syllabus should be changed to BIT 502.
2) Add item #14 from the Graduate Course Syllabus checklist- attached under additional documentation.

pjharrie 8/29/2017 -The additional assignments at the grad level seem like a very minimal addition, and there needs to be a clear differentiation and raised expectations for the graduate part.
Should the course numbers in various parts of the syllabus and after the Weights in the evaluation part of the syllabus be changed to 402 and 502?

8/31/2017 Sabrina Robertson:
(1) All the 495 and 595 numbers have now been replaced with 402 or 502 on the syllabus and in CIM
(2) Item # 14 from the Graduate course syllabus checklist has now been added to the course syllabus
(3) The additional assignment required for the graduate students is not minimal. It requires significant outside networking. Students have to find an additional 3 professionals in the area (This is not easy for students. I had several come seek additional guidance on how to do this). Students also meet with them for 1 hour outside of class, and then write a paper reflecting on how those interviews went and how they impacted their career goals. I did alter the assignment length because in reality none of my students were able to keep this assignment to 2 pages. In addition this assignment is 10% of the grad student grade which is significant. Undergraduates in the course only have to interview 1 professional and write <1 page about the experience. I'm happy to talk more about this comment if necessary.

I believe I have addressed all the comments but please let me know if I have missed anything!

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No concerns taking into account the clarification about additional requirements for 500-level.

Administrative Board Comments 9/14/2017:
Please obtain a consultation from the Communications department because of potential overlap. Contact Dr. Deanna Dannels (dpdannel@ncsu.edu) and insert consultation summery in the consultation summary field of the CIM form.
sedought (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:52:42 GMT): Friday 9/29/2017 Sabrina Robertson: Consultation from Communications Department. Sabrina, Deanna contacted me to ask to carry out a consultation for your BIT course. I read over your syllabus today, and Here are my comments you can put into the CIM section for this: This well-designed, practical course provides professional development skills to biotechnology students in way that is very focused on a particular discipline (biotechnology). As such, the course does not overlap significantly with any current graduate course offerings from the Department of Communication. (Andy Binder, DGP, Dept. of Communication) Andy
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