A Blast from the Past:
Using Computer Analysis to Find a Deadly Microbe

Created by: Patricia Williams and Shaun Williams, Cleveland Community College


About the Series:

This instructional lesson is part of NC-NET's Creating Integrated Instruction series of faculty-developed integrated projects. Interdisciplinary teams of faculty collaborated to develop classroom-ready materials that:

  • Integrate career and technical content and academic concepts—reinforcing both
  • Use real-world scenarios to engage students and make content relevant
  • Foster critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills valued by employers
  • Encourage instructors to use active, authentic assessment techniques

Project Description:

Through the scenario of an archeological dig team who falls mysteriously ill after working at a dig site, students play the role of scientists and agents from the Center for Disease Control who come to investigate what caused the illnesses. Students will develop data collection and information processing skills in the context of DNA analysis and bioinformatics.

Estimated Duration:

Approximately two 50 minute class periods or one 2-3 hour laboratory class.

Appropriate Course(s) for Implementation:

  • BIO-111 (General Biology 1)
  • BIO-275 (Microbiology)
  • BIO-280 (Biotechnology)
  • BIO-250 (Genetics)
  • BTC-270 (Recombinant DNA Techniques)
  • CIS-110 (Introduction to Computers)
  • DBA-110 (Database Concepts)

Files for Instructors:

The materials to implement this project are self-contained within a single Microsoft Word file.

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