Title: Introduction to Synthetic Biology
Coordinator: Eric Klavins, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Goals: For students to acquire the necessary tools for the analysis and design of synthetic biochemical systems.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Textbook: (Optional) U. Alon, Control Systems Engineering, An Introduction to Systems Biology.
Prerequisites by Topic:
Course Structure: The class meets for three lectures a week (MWF). There is weekly homework due; Grading is based on homework, one midterm exam, and a final exam. The grading percentages and nature of the exams are left to the discretion of the instructor.
Computer Resources: The course uses Matlab for homework problems. The students complete an average of 3 hours of computer work per week.
ABET Student Outcome Coverage: This course addresses the following outcomes:
H = high relevance, M = medium relevance, L = low relevance to course.
(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics (H) Lectures and homework deal with the application of differential equations, linear algebra and Laplace transforms to control systems. Students will also identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. Some of the homework assignments require students to evaluate different design approaches to reach an acceptable design.
(2) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors (H) Students are required to apply the skills acquired in this course to design control systems to meet specific performance requirements.
(4) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts (M) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities related to introducing new genetic material into the ecosystem. Knowledge of contemporary issues in genetic engineering, gene therapy, biofuels and energy, medicine and disease.
Prepared By: Eric Klavins
Last revised: 3/20/2019