Reflection: Student Ownership CASE STUDY - Can Hospitals Make You Sick? Lab Safety and Aseptic Technique - Section 4: Explain


The use of a SWOT analysis is a core practice in the biotechnology manufacturing facility as well as many biomedical biotechnology (clinic or hospital) venues. It is an extremely effective means of determining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with a particular issue or dilemma. In order to prepare using this strategy with students in my classes, I utilize the SWOT Analysis Game created by Innovation Games. By "playing" this game, students are able to predict the challenges that stand between the present and where they see themselves headed in the future in addition to the advantages they possess that can be used to overcome obstacles they may have identified. Rather than waiting to understand what is the best course of action or what should have been done in hindsight, they take time to identify what they must do to attain their goals. 

After experiencing the use of the SWOT Analysis technique through the game, additional lectures and discussions, students are then asked to apply this critical thinking routine to the analysis of a host of bioethical and biotechnology workplace situations using the SWOT Analysis notetaker. I am always amazed at how cleverly students approach this task and how much I learn from their unique, individual perspectives and viewpoints.

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  Student Ownership: SWOT Analysis Routine
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CASE STUDY - Can Hospitals Make You Sick? Lab Safety and Aseptic Technique

Unit 1: Introduction to the Biotechnology Workplace
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to communicate ideas and identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats present in a current medical dilemma (antibiotic resistance, lab safety, aseptic technique) in order to devise an appropriate course of action to effectively address the problem.

Big Idea: Potentially dangerous situations can arise if biotechnologists (students) do not practice proper lab safety.

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