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    Biotechnical Engineering

    Mr. Rogan

    Hi, welcome to Biotechnical Engineering.


    In this course you will work in teams to solve problems and complete projects from the diverse fields of biotechnology, bioengineering, bio-medical engineering,bio-molecular engineering and forensics.  This format will enable you to apply and concurrently develop secondary-level knowledge and skills in biology, physics, and technology.

     Biotechnical Engineerin(BE)  

    The major focus of the course is the use of problem-based learning as experienced by engineers on a daily basis. Problems that have been investigated by students in the course include: using yeast to power a model car, transforming bacteria to produce a protein product and designing a prosthetic joint for use in medical procedures.


    -Attendance is critical in this course.  If you are absent you are not only falling behind, but you may be adversely effecting other members of your group.  If you know you will be absent, be sure to communicate with them to be sure they have what they need to progress without you.  

    -In the event of an absence it is your responsibility to consult with the teacher to see what you have missed.

    - What you do not accomplish in class you will have to make up on your own time. 

    - The scope of this course may require you and your team to spend a significant amount of time outside of class.

    Required Supplies 

    3-ring binder


    Pencil - everyday 

    Flash drive.  These can be purchased cheaply and will be very valuable for transferring work between computers. 


    Your grade will be based on your project grades, presentation grades and the occasional test or quiz.  There will be a comprehensive midterm and final exam.

    Student Responsibilities:

    Arrive on Time:

    Your success in this course starts with your attendance

    Be in your seat, quiet, and ready to work when class starts

    Take pride in your work

    Your effort and level of participation will greatly affect your grades

    All work must be completed and turned in on time.

    Take pride in yourself

    You are expected to work to the best of your ability at all times.  

    The more you put into this class, the more you will get out of it


    When appropriate, team work is expected 

    Use each others talents to the team’s advantage.

    All members of the team should be involved in all aspects of the project.

    You are not expected to know it all

    When in doubt… Ask!

    Classroom Rules:

    -Use common sense

    -The use of profanity is strictly prohibited

    -Respect the property of others.

    -No candy, food or drinks are allowed in the room because of the computers and equipment.

    -Take care of your workstation and keep it clean.

    -Safety glasses must be worn at all times when working in the lab.   

    -The room must be cleaned at the end of every class period. 

    Each student is responsible to clean up after him/herself.

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      Living Environment

    Mr. Rogan

    Materials Needed

    1. One large three ring binder
    2. One Pocket folder for labs and assignments
    3. Pen and Pencil

    Grading Policy

    Grades will be based on a combination of tests, quizzes labs and assignments.  Points will be deducted for late work.  The breakdown will be:

    60% Tests and Quizzes

    40% Labs and other assignments

    Laboratory activities are of particular importance in this course.  All lab activities must be completed one week before the end of classes in order to sit for the regents exam.  Lab deadlines for each quarter will be on week before the end of the quarter.


    Attendance is critical to succeed in this course.  If you miss a class for any reason, you are responsible for finding out what you have missed and for making up any assignments or labs.  Feel free to consult your classmates, but I would also like you to see me after any absence to make sure you know what has to be made up.  Any assignment due on the day of the absence will be due the following class period.  

    Classroom Procedure

    Every day when you enter there will be a five-question bell ringer quiz on the overhead.  These quizzes will be based on past notes or homework and will be open notebook.   You are expected to be in your seat and working quietly on the quiz when the bell rings.  You will have five minutes from the time class begins to complete the quiz, then it will be collected and we will go over the questions in class.  The remainder of class will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, demonstration, labs and activities.  Class meets 5 times in each 4 day cycle.  You are to remain in your seat until I dismiss you.  Please do not line up at the door.


    1. Be on time
    2. Be prepared
    3. Participate in a positive way.  I hope all students will participate in a way that enhances everyone’s learning experience.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  I expect you to be respectful of me and your classmates.

    I am available for extra help during my free periods and after school, so don’t hesitate to ask.