School of Natural Science and Mathematics
MSB Course Sequence and Description
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Biotechnology Course Descriptions
MSB 510 Protein Biochemistry (3)
This course explores the structure-function relationship of biologically important proteins. The role of proteins in cell structure, metabolism, transport, and signal transduction will be examined. Specific topics include: protein biosynthesis, protein structure, protein folding, protein-protein interactions, receptor-ligand binding, GTP-binding proteins, enzymes, and signal transduction.
Prerequisites: undergraduate B.S. or B.A. degree in biological scienceB
MSB 520 Molecular Genetics (3)
This course explores the expression and regulation of genes at the molecular level, focusing on gene structure and function and transcriptional and translational control of gene expression. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding how molecular biology has revolutionized the understanding of human gene function and the molecular basis of disease.
Prerequisites: undergraduate B.S. or B.A. degree in biological science
MSB 530 Bioinformatics (3)
This course explores the theory and practice of bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics. Students will acquire basic knowledge and practical skills in biological database searching and analysis. Topics will include: computer analytical methods for gene identification, assembly of genomic sequences, genome databases, comparative genomics, gene discovery, metabolic pathway discovery, promoter analysis, and functional genomics. Students will become familiar with common bioinformatic analysis software including GCG, Vector NTI, Entrez, BLAST.
Prerequisites: Molecular Genetics, Protein Biochemistry
MSB 610 Research Methods (3)
This is a laboratory course designed to integrate the content covered in the Molecular Genetics and Protein Biochemistry courses by teaching students basic laboratory techniques relevant to both courses. Students will be evaluated on their ability to execute experiments, collect data, and critically evaluate experimental results. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience with: plasmid purification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), generating recombinant molecules, cell culture, microscopy, electrophoresis of nucleic acids and proteins, and protein purification and analysis.
Prerequisites: Molecular Genetics, Protein Biochemistry
MBA 503 Financial Reporting and Control (3)
Accounting is the primary channel for communicating the economics of any business. Managers must understand the concepts and language of accounting in order to use this critical tool effectively for communication, monitoring and resource allocation. Financial Reporting and Control is not a comprehensive course in accounting. Rather, it provides a broad view of how accounting contributes to an organization and how managers can make the best use of accounting information, accounting records, systems, and accountants as internal resources for the purpose of making effective financial decisions. This course is designed to help students use accounting-based information to aid in managerial decision making. Case study analysis combined with written and oral case study presentation will be used extensively. Prerequisites: undergraduate accounting I and accounting II, or MBAP 001 and MBAP 002.
MBA 516 Organization Theory and Management Practice (3)
An intensive study of the development of organization and management theory, the functions of management, and the systems approach to organization and management. Emphasis is placed on the external environment of the business organization, the total organization and its subsystems, leadership, management, decision making, leading and managing change, and corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Case studies supplement and amplify theoretical considerations.
MBA 518 Management and Information Technology (3)
Provides an overview of the essential role of information and its management in the modern organization. It is a survey course in the sense that it does not explore any issue in depth, but it instead provides an introduction to a variety of important issues. Understanding the crucial role of information requires an understanding of the nature of information systems (IS). While an information system need not be computer based, most modern IS applications that add value to an organization incorporate the use of technology. Hence, the discussion of IS will be framed within the context of current technology. The audience for the course is managers in an organization; the course is not designed for information technology (IT) workers. The primary focus of the course will be on how building and improving IS can create a competitive advantage for a firm, improve efficiency and ultimately add value to the firm.
MBA 550 Introduction to Project Management (3)
This course provides students with the basic concepts of effective project management, including planning, managing, and executing projects. The course uses a life-cycle framework that follows best practices established by the Project Management Institute. Students use Microsoft Project to accomplish PM tasks.
MSB 620 Biotechnology and FDA Regulations (3)
This course introduces students to the laws governing FDA-regulated industries with particular focus on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Students will gain an understanding of how to navigate through the process of FDA approval of potential new therapeutics and will gain an appreciation of general business law, and FDA and ICH regulations and guidelines.
Prerequisites: Protein Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Organizational Theory and Management Practice, Introduction to Project Management
MSB 630 Ethics in Biotechnology Research (3)
This integrative course will focus on a variety of issues stemming from both business and scientific research areas. Specific topics of business ethics will include: fair and unfair competition, conflict of interest, and the responsibilities of senior management toward employees and to society as a whole. Specific topics of scientific research ethics will include: the ethical aspects of research study design (subject selection, conflict of interest, data acquisition and management, publication/authorship standards, scientific misconduct), and ethical issues surrounding human experimentation (informed consent, decision-making capacity, risk, vulnerable populations, disclosure of information, privacy). This course will provide students with a forum for discussing ethical issues, and encourage a commitment to act morally in the workplace.
Prerequisites: Molecular Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, Research Methods in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and FDA Regulations, Organizational Theory and Management Practice, Accounting and Finance, Management and Information Technology, Introduction to Project Management
MSB 640 Drug Discovery - Molecular Targets (2)
This course will investigate rational drug design for cellular targets of human disease. Mechanism-based design (signal transduction pathways) and structure-based design (computer-assisted modeling) will be covered, as well as screening methodologies and assays and in vitro and in vivo testing of potential drugs.
Prerequisites: Research Methods in Molecular Biology; Taken concurrently with Drug Discovery -- Product Development
MSB 650 Drug Discovery - Product Development (2)
This course provides an extensive overview of the process of pharmaceutical development by a biotechnology company, from discovery to successful commercialization. Topics will include: the economics of drug development, the clinical trial process, cost/benefit issues in clinical development, patents, and marketing. The course emphasizes the importance of intellectual property and the interaction between a biotechnology company and the FDA.
Prerequisites: Biotechnology and FDA Regulations; Taken concurrently with Drug Discovery -- Molecular Targets.
MSB 690 Capstone Experience (2)
In this course students work independent of the faculty to explore and propose a solution to an issue encountered in biotechnology. Students will work with local biotechnology companies and laboratories to identify a current problem. Students will research the problem and use the knowledge accumulated through the previous coursework to understand the problem and develop a solution. The culmination of this professional experience will be a written paper and formal oral presentation of the project outcomes to the sponsoring company/laboratory and members of the community.
Prerequisites: Molecular Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, Research Methods in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and FDA Regulations, Organizational Theory and Management Practice, Accounting and Finance, Management and Information Technology, Introduction to Project Managementƒ