Aug 15, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EB 2000 - BioMolecular Engineering Lab Safety Ethics

1 lecture hours 0 lab hours 1 credits
Course Description
This course provides basic knowledge of laboratory safety and hazards including: safety regulations, potential hazards, personal protective equipment, elementary toxicology, good laboratory practices, and engineering controls. The course focuses on how to accomplish regulatory compliance, minimize hazards, and reduce the severity of any incidents that may occur in a laboratory. Ethical questions connected with the impact of the sciences and engineering are discussed in terms of global applications. This course must be passed in order to be part of any biomolecular lab experiments and senior design projects. (prereq: sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • An knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern tolls necessary for engineering practice
  • Recognize potential hazards in the laboratory settings and learn how to avoid them by utilizing safety measures, including basic guidelines of proper laboratory practice and engineering controls, as well as picking up and using properly the appropriate kind of personal protective equipment
  • Use MSDS to obtain information about potential material toxicity and appropriate safety measures
  • Research the information in regard to the safety guidelines and regulation to comply with them
  • Apply safety measures in the design and performance of biomolecular engineering experiments
  • Recognize the impact of the work of the biomolecular engineer on the environment and on society, as well as potential ethical questions connected to this work, and be prepared to discuss them in a professional manner, supported by related professional organizations guidelines
  • Recognize the need and value of life-long learning in regard to the safety and ethical problems in the continuously developing field of biomolecular engineering

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Sophomore standing

Course Topics
  • Introduction and guidelines
  • General laboratory safety rules
  • Personal protection equipment
  • Protection layers
  • Use of laboratory equipment
  • Physical, chemical, fire, electrical and radiation safety and hazards
  • Chemical safety data sheet
  • Biological safety and hazards
  • Biosafety guidelines
  • Good microbiological techniques
  • Engineering controls
  • Safe experimental design
  • Safety regulations: institutional, local and national
  • Life-long learning
  • Ethics in the workplace
  • Ethics in research
  • Lab tour
  • Paper discussions

Eryn Hassemer

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