The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion. At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation. The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit. Background Biotechnology allows the use of living organisms or their processes for human needs or purposes. Currently, this topic includes such general examples as cloning, stem cells (adult, umbilical cord, and embryonic), DNA fingerprinting, biological warfare, bioremediation, genetically modified organisms, vaccines, and transgenic plants and animals to name a few. In this assignment, you will explore specific examples of biotechnology applications. Assignment Details Part 1 Biotechnology is the use of a living thing or any part of a living thing to make a product or process that improves human life. For this part of the assignment, discuss the following: •What are some of the examples of biotechnology that have made improvements to your life? •Describe how one of these has made your life better. •Do you have any concerns with biotechnology? Explain. Part 2 In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved food derived from cloned animals. In addition, these products will not need to be labeled as “cloned” or “from clones” (Black, 2008). The FDA explains that you will not be eating the clone itself. It takes thousands of dollars to clone a food animal such as a cow or pig. Animals that are cloned for improved food production will be used for a breeding program to produce many offspring with the desirable traits for increased meat or milk yield. These offspring of the clones will be fair game for food. Discuss the following: •Do you think there are differences between a clone and a “normal” animal? •How do you feel about eating a cloned animal? •Is your opinion of eating a cloned plant different? Reference Black, R. (2008). U.S. approves animal clones as food. Retrieved from the BBC News Web site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7190305.stm Provide references in APA format. This includes a reference list and in-text citations for references used throughout the assignment. In your own words, please post responses to the Discussion Board posts of at least two of your classmates. Responses must be substantive, i.e. say something of substance that advances the discussion about the concepts. You will be graded on the quality of your postings. For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, the AIU Library, Web resources, and all course materials. Please refer to the following: •Unit 3: Biotechnology Online This assignment will also be assessed using additional criteria provided here. Grading Rubric 45% Purpose of Assignment/Content Development Demonstrates use of appropriate, relevant, and compelling content expressing topic, main idea, and purpose to fully answer all questions. 20% Critical Thinking Demonstrates ability to analyze assumptions and evaluate evidence, complexities of issues, and alternatives. Demonstrates ability to use creativity and originality in problem-solving. Applies critical thought to the main topic and to student responses sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB questions. 30% Effective communication Organization, Grammar, Presentation: Communicates ideas and content relevant to the assignment through clear and effective language and organization. Presentation and delivery are confident and persuasive. Audience, style, tone and perspective are consistent and appropriate to discussion. Correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. 5% Information Literacy, Research Student selects and uses high quality, credible references relevant to the assignment questions. Sources are correctly cited using APA style.
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