|While reviewing this document, please keep in mind these important points:|
|This document builds upon the Common Core Skill Standards for Bioscience Technicians (CCSSBT). While we welcome comments on the entire document, the CCSSBT has been finalized and we do not anticipate making further changes. For the current document review, we are particularly interested in the additional Critical Work Funcitons, Key Activities, Performance Indicators, etc that are specific to Biotechnology Laboratory technicians.|
|Critical Work Functions and Key Activities that are specific to the Biotechnlolgy Laboratory skill standards document are highlighted in light yellow.|
|This spreadsheet contains several tabs along the bottom. Each tab contains the Key Activities of a single Critical Work Function.|
|Feel free to add comments directly to this spreadsheet by selecting the cell on which you would like to comment and then clicking the "Comments" button in the upper right corner of the browser window.|
|These skill standards are meant to identify those tasks which are reasonably expected of entry-level technicians throughout the country and are necessarily geographically independent.|
|We are particularly interested in knowing the following:|
*** Have we identified all tasks expected of entry-level biotechnology laboratory technicians?
*** Do we need to eliminate or merge any key activities (i.e. tasks)?
*** Do we need to improve the wording of the Critical Work Functions or Key Activities?
*** What peformance indicators could or should be added?
*** What assessments could be developed to determine a student's proficiency at performing a particular Key Activity?
*** Critical Work Function: The broadest areas of responsibility for an entry level technician. Critical Work Functions themselves have no definite beginning or end, but consist of several more defined Key Activities. Critical Work Functions are general enough that the vast majority of entry level technicians have job descriptions that encompass them.
*** Key Activity: An essential task performed by a worker on a regular basis. Each Critical Work Function will encompass several Key Activities. Key Activities are specific enough that students or entry level workers can be assessed to determine their level of mastery.
*** Performance Indicator: A guide that can be used to determine if a Key Activity has been performed well. The performance indicator may be written in suc a way that it indicates a method for assessment.
*** Underlying Knowledge: Includes areas of expertise that a worker must have in order to excel in performing a Key Activity.
*** Assessment: An exercise that can be undertaken to determine an individual's proficiency in performing a Key Activity. Assessments are intended to be accessible to any bioscience program, and thus do not require a specific make or model of equipment and should not be cost prohibitive.