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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Biotechnology Foundations in Agricultural and Environmental Science (8085/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom/lab instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Demonstrating Leadership Skills

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Exploring Foundations in Biotechnology

  1. Define agricultural biotechnology.
  2. Identify historical, current, and emerging developments and applications of biotechnology in agriculture.
  3. Describe how biotechnology is used in other disciplines.
  4. Identify careers related to biotechnology.

Preparing for Biotechnology Experiences

  1. Demonstrate safe laboratory procedures.
  2. Employ the scientific method and the technological/engineering method to solve biotechnology problems.
  3. Demonstrate standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the agricultural biotechnology lab.
  4. Analyze data generated from lab activities.

Introducing Macromolecules

  1. Explain the roles of sciences applicable to biotechnology.
  2. Explain the structure and cellular function of organic macromolecules.
  3. Analyze how organic macromolecules are detected and manipulated using biotechnological tools.
  4. Explain nucleic acids.
  5. Explain proteins.
  6. Describe the characteristics and functions of enzymes and the biotechnological processes used to produce enzymes.
  7. Model a biochemical pathway that includes enzymes.
  8. Explain antibodies.
  9. Use antibodies to detect and quantify antigens.
  10. Explain the function of carbohydrates and their role in biotechnology applications.
  11. Explain the function of lipids and their role in biotechnology applications.
  12. Perform separation and purification of macromolecules.
  13. Demonstrate the use of basic instrumentation in DNA analysis.

Exploring Biotechnology in Environmental Science

  1. Assess the social effects of environmental quality management.
  2. Investigate the purpose and design of biological treatment systems.
  3. Describe a bioremediation and biorestoration system.

Applying Biotechnology to Agricultural Species

  1. Investigate procedures used with tissue culture.
  2. Identify microbial applications in agriculture and the environment.
  3. Summarize the role of biotechnology in plant and/or animal modification.
  4. Outline the factors that jeopardize food safety.
  5. Examine advances of biotechnology in food science.

Exploring Bioprocessing

  1. Define bioprocessing.
  2. Describe the process of industrial fermentation.
  3. Investigate products generated from bioprocessing.
  4. Describe genetic engineering applications used in bioprocessing.
  5. Demonstrate the application of microbes in bioprocessing.
  6. Identify bioprocessing systems.

Investigating Genome Sciences

  1. Define genomics.
  2. Develop a historic timeline of milestones in genomics.
  3. Describe the importance of the genetic information contained in DNA.
  4. Demonstrate techniques for DNA extraction.
  5. Explain how genomics is related to disease prevention.
  6. Explain the importance of bioinformatics.
  7. Describe the relationship between reproduction and genetic improvement.
  8. Describe current technologies for genetic modification of plants, animals, and microbes.

Examining the Role of Biotechnology in Medicine

  1. Outline the contributions of plant, animal, and microbial biotechnology to medicine.
  2. Describe the ethical, legal, and social effects of biomedicine.
  3. Explain vaccine (immunology) research and development.
  4. Identify emerging healthcare technologies.
  5. Explain the applications of genomics in pharmacology.
  6. Describe the effects of biotechnology on preventive health care.

Investigating Forensics

  1. Define forensic science.
  2. Describe situations in which medical forensics can be used in agriculture.
  3. Describe situations in which forensic science can be used in criminal investigations related to agriculture.
  4. Describe situations in which biological forensic science can be used.

Understanding Bioengineering

  1. Define bioengineering.
  2. Identify uses of nanobiotechnology.
  3. Describe how bioengineering can affect food security.
  4. Propose a bioengineering solution to an agricultural/environmental problem.

Examining Social Aspects and Ethics of Biotechnology

  1. Define bioethics.
  2. Analyze the effects of biotechnology in agriculture.
  3. Differentiate among ethical principles and legal issues as they relate to biotechnology.
  4. Research regulations related to biotechnology in agriculture.