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Courses & Workshops


 

The Center offers a number of tours, training programs, workshops and courses. These are listed below:

In order to register to any of these workshops, tours or courses go to: Registration Form



1. TOURS:
Since we want you to learn gradually and systematically, we do not want to rush you or overwhelm you. In fact, we want you to start your learning slowly by taking a tour of the Center first which is also the best way to get to know us.

We recommend taking a three-hour tour of the Center on Saturdays from 11.00 A.M to 2.00 P .M. Fee for the tour is $30.00. Please register by sending us an e-mail at info@scienceskillscentr.org.



2. COURSES:
Microbiology - An Introduction to Basic and Applied Science:

This is an ideal course for students who are interested in science but who have not yet decided about their career goals. It is also an ideal starting point for those who are re-entering the job market. The course is designed to motivate students toward science while showing how a small number of microbiological concepts forms the basis of procedures used in hospital, food, pharmaceutical, sanitary, dairy and cosmetic laboratories plus how the knowledge of microbiology when applied to our daily life enables us to live a healthy disease free life.


This course is open to all students. Although the minimum admission requirement is high school graduation, high school juniors and seniors are also eligible especially during the summer months. Also, since this is a motivational course, exceptions are also made on a case per case basis and younger students as well as older citizens are also admitted.


Objectives: The chief objective is to motivate students toward science while graphically illustrating that science is not a difficult subject if studied systematically and thoroughly. An additional objective is to demonstrate how science, especially microbiological science, is used to produce useful goods and services and to assure the safety and quality of goods and services and the environment.


Contents: This program provides an introduction to all aspects of microbiology, i.e., bacteriology, mycology, paracitology, immunology, virology, molecular biology and their applications. The course revolves around the study of seventeen major groups of microorganisms, their isolation, cultivation and identification, and relevant laboratory techniques of biochemistry, immunology and serology essential to these tasks.


The course also covers applied microbiological techniques used in clinical, industrial, sanitary and environmental laboratories. During this phase of the course, students test actual or simulated samples and thus experience a working laboratory environment.


Duration of the Program: Ten weeks - 150 clock hours (summer session is six weeks - 150 clock hours.)


Credits: The Center assigns a total of nine quarter hours or six semester hours to this course.


Schedule: This program can be taken during the day, evenings coupled with Saturdays, or as night classes coupled with Saturdays or as summer classes during the summer months.


Day classes meet a total of 15 hours per week, 5 hours each (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays;


Evening with Saturday classes meet a total of 15 hours per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (7:00 to 10:30 P.M.) and on Saturdays (11 A.M. to 3.30 P.M);


Summer classes meet five days per week, Monday through Friday (9.00 A.M to 2.00 P.M);


Night with Saturday classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00 P.M to 2.30 A.M and on Saturdays (11.00 A.M to 3.30 P.M)
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Enrollment: New classes begin four times each year on the first Monday of January, April, July and October (unless that date is a holiday - in that event, classes begin on the next working day) and run for ten weeks.


Summer classes begin on the fourth Monday of June and run for six weeks. In the event that the fourth Monday of June is a holiday, classes begin on the next working day.


Tuition: $600.00 for the course. This includes all laboratory supplies and materials as well as laboratory workbook. Partial scholarships are available to qualified students.


Course:150 concepts and skills of science

 

150 concepts and skills of Science:
This is a must take course and also a fun course as it takes out your fears and apprehensions about science. This course prepares you for becoming a scientist or to prepare yourself for Science and Technology based jobs and careers.

Many people, young and old, also pursue this course as a hobby thus catching up with science they left behind because they found the conventional mode of teaching and learning science much too difficult for them as they could not the logic of it. This science course is just the opposite of that as it connects you with your true potential.

. This is so because this course gathers in one place all of the techniques, procedures and the instruments scientists use to do science. As such, this is strictly a hands-on course given entirely in a lab setting. Additionally, students get so involved and so fascinated with the various instruments that many of their anxieties and fears just walk away. As such this course has been regarded as a therapeutic as well as a learning experience and is part of a new evolving system of therapy called Technotherapy™

During the course students learn to use real instruments such as light, dark field, phase contrast and fluorescent microscopes, pH meters, conductivity meters, incubators, water baths, pipettes, autoclaves, centrifuges, freeze driers, flash evaporators, homogenizers, mixers, spectrophotometers, dialysis, filtration, distillation, fractional distillation, density gradient centrifugation, various chromatography and electrophoresis procedures plus much more. Nothing useful is left out.

You can take this course during the days, evenings or weekends. This is also an ideal course for “After school, Saturdays or Summer science programs.” The overall course consists of 600 clock hours meeting 20 hours per week spread over two semesters. Advanced Biochemical and Biomedical Technology Courses:

Clinical Laboratory technology
Industrial laboratory technology
Sanitary and environmental laboratory technology
Research laboratory technology
These courses are offered through our sister institution, the International Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Technology. See www.iiubbt.com and click on educational programs.


Professional development workshops

 

If we concentrate on serving the student and the general public, we can reach only a limited number of people and it will take a long time, perhaps never, to have a science literate public. The best way to reach a larger number of people and that too on a perpetual basis is to work via the school system giving teachers what they missed out when they went to school which is mostly integrated, hands-on, lab based science education. We believe that since teachers have sufficient science background, the missing part of teaching in an integrated, hands-on fashion can be readily filled via a number of well planned lab based workshops.

Here we feel that the missing part is (1)systematic Microbiology and (2)familiarity with basic and applied lab procedures, instruments and tools such as the various forms of microscopes, pH meters, conductivity meters, filtration, sterilizing, distillation and freeze drying equipment plus procedures and instruments for chromatography and electrophoresis among others. Consequently, we have designed a GREEN MICROBIOLOGY™ WORKSHOP AND AN INSTRUMENTS AND PROCEDURES WORKSHOP WHERE TEACHES, AS PART OF THEIR CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, LEARN CLASSROOM APPLICABLE CONCEPTS AND SKILLS WHICH THEY CAN READILY INTRODUCE IN THEIR CLASS ROOMS.

Besides these two workshops we also have designed other THEME BASED WORKSHOPS which the teachers can take in the future building upon the two basic ones mentioned above.


Green Microbiology™ workshop

 

This is a thirty clock hour workshop and carries two Lane Credits and thirty CPDUs. Description of the workshop:

Since the biological revolution we are now living started with Microbiology back around 1880 and the people who made major contributions to modern and still evolving biology had their start as bacteriologists, our students need to have their start by learning and doing what the pioneers of the field did.

Microbiuology, however,deals with the study of microorganisms and working with microbes has generated a certain amout of fear among the public. It is to alleviate this fear that we have designed a new and safe curriculum for Microbiology called the Green Microbiology™ where all the basic concepts and skills of microbiology are taught using dead organisma and wehre live organisms are needed, limiting their use to Biosafety Level One organisms coupled with organisms such as the lactobacilli, the probiotic organisms people are consuming in yogurt and other fermented foods plus as live organisms in capsules. This approah rules out the use of any disease producing organisms includng the environmental ones which could also be disease producing - after all many of the disease producers do come from our environment such as the soil.

Workshop format and schedule:

The workhop consists of two portions. One is the hands-on lab portion and the other is the mentored E-learning portion.

The lab portion of the workshop will meet on three consecutive Saturdays from 10.00 A.M to 4.00 P.M The material for the E-learning portion will be available on the Sciene Skills Center website, www.scienceskillscentr.org one week prior to the beginning o the workshop and will remain available two weeks after the end of the workshop when the participants will complete the E-learning portion and submit the required on line or written report.

Lane Credit and CPDU certificates will then be issued.

Fee for the workshop is $400.00 plus $50.00 for lab suplies and materials.

Workshhop location:
Center for General and Applied Education
729 S. Western Avenue, Chicago Illinis USA 60612
Phone: 312-243-7716; Fax 312-243-2041
E-mail: info@scienceskillscenter.org
Website: www.scienceskillscenter.org
To register for the workshop go to: http://www.iibbt.com/green.regform.htm NOTE: Being a hands-on lab based workshop, space is limited. Register early to ensure seating,


Instrument and procedures workshop

 

This workshop carries 2 Lane Credits and thirty CPDUs

It consists of thrity clock hours broken down into eighteen lab hours and twelve hours of mentored E-learning.

Description of the workshop:

Science grew by leaps and bounds only after instruments such as the microscopes,(light, darkfield, phase contrast and fluorescent microscopes) the microtomes, the autocalve and the incubators plus a host of other such as the pH meter and the spectrophotometer were developed. Despite their hard to pronounce names, these are not dificult to use and science teachers need to be conversant with their use for then they can deal with the awe of science which keeps many a studnets away from sciene.

Workshop schedule:

The lab portion of the workshop will meet on three consecutive Saturdays from 10.00 A.M to 4.00 P.M

The material for the E-learning portion will be available on the Sciene Skills Center website, www.scienceskillscentr.org one week prior to the beginning o the workshop and will remain available two weeks after the end of the workshop when the participants will complete the E-learning portion and submit the required on line or written report.

Lane Credit and CPDU certificates will then be issued.

Fee for the workshop is $400.00 plus $50.00 for lab suplies and materials.

Workshhop location:
Center for General and Applied Education

729 S. Western Avenue, Chicago Illinis USA 60612
Phone: 312-243-7716; Fax 312-243-2041
E-mail: info@scienceskillscenter.org
Website: www.scienceskillscenter.org
>br> To register for the workshop go to:
http://www.iibbt.com/instru.regform.htm

NOTE: Being a hands-on lab based workshop, space is limited. Register early to ensure seating.