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S.T.E.M. Workplace Practices

  • Spring 2021
  • Section All
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 12/16/2020


This course will introduce students to vital concepts encountered by employees working in advanced technology regulated environments within the emerging global economy. This covers four main areas of working in an advanced technology environment: process control, safety and security, legal and ethical issues, and essential math and science skills. The lab work emphasizes systems thinking and continuous improvement concepts discussed during lecture. (Sp)


Prerequisite Courses: Minimum 2.0 in (MATH 119 or STAT 170) or MATH 109 concurrently or Math Level indicated below.
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6 and Math Level 5.
Recommended: A science laboratory course.

Contact Hours







Total Hrs



Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Write and follow detailed standard operating procedures (SOP).
  2. Recognize quality standards and accrediting agencies such as GLP, cGMP, ISO, A2LA, AIHA.
  3. Recognize fundamental concepts of systems and processes relevant to the global economy.
  4. Recognize ISO 17025 as representative of quality system concepts.
  5. Calculate basic laboratory statistics, control charts and measurement uncertainty.
  6. Perform serial dilutions, making solutions using a molar and % basis, calculating absolute concentrations, and metric conversions.
  7. Use MS Excel for lab statistics, MS Word for form templates, and SOPs.
  8. Trouble shoot a problem, use experimental design concepts, and basic control charting.
  9. Recognize safety standards and regulatory agencies such as EPA, FDA, CDC, OSHA, NIOSH, and MIOSHA.
  10. Interpret MSDS sheets.
  11. Locate safety information, know what safety gear is required, evaluate and respond to emergency circumstances, chemical, physical, nanotech and biological  safety.
  12. Recognize concepts in legal and ethical issues in regulated environments.
  13. Describe the essential need for accountability, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and cultural sensitivity in a high technology workplace.
  14. Identify the fundamentals of patents, copyrights, contracts, material transfer agreements and how it related to maintaining documentation.
  15. Describe the relationship between the Freedom of information act (FOIA) and maintaining documentation.
  16. Practice good laboratory etiquette/manners.


Other Materials/Resources

A course pack developed by the course instructors is required. Also, materials will be distributed to the student throughout the semester and/or posted on the Desire2Learn course site.

Introduction to Biomanufacturing

  • Author: Northeast Biomanufacturing Center & Collaborative
  • Publisher: Northeast Biomanufacturing Center & Collaborative
  • Edition: First
  • Price: 149.00
  • Required
  • may be purchased from (This is a self published book offered through

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator

  • Author: Kathy Baker
  • Publisher: Cold Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Optional
  • Highly recommended
  • Kindle version is acceptable

Lab Notebook-Carbonless

  • Publisher: Hayden-McNeil
  • ISBN: 978-1-930882-74-4



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 20-30%

Laboratory assignments

Class Participation 10-15%
Exams or Tests 40-50%
Papers 15-20%
Class Attendance
Additional Information

LCC Policy states that extra credit:

  1. Must involve student work that is directly related to the Student Learning Outcomes of the course.
  2. May be used to raise a student’s final grade a maximum of 0.5 on LCC’s 4.0 scale.
  3. All students in a section must have the possibility of earning extra credit; however, instructors may set eligibility criteria such as completion of all homework assignments or tests.


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%


Course Policies

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Class Attendance/Participation


Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items

Detailed Outline of Course Content and Sequencing

  1. Introduction 
    1. Overview of regulated environments standards: manufacturing, government, international, safety
    2. Define process/system concepts
    3. Define quality concepts
  2. Process Control concepts
    1. Introduce some quality standards and some accrediting agencies: GLP, cGMP, ISO, A2LA, AIHA
    2. Introduce ISO 17025 as representative of quality system concepts
    3. Introduce relevance of quality system thinking to life in the 21st century and global markets
  3. Lab Math & etc. 
    1. More on basic laboratory statistics, control charts and measurement uncertainty
    2. Make solutions using a molar and % basis
    3. Perform serial dilutions and calculate absolute concentrations
    4. Calculate metric conversions
    5. Use of MS Excel for lab statistics; MS Word for form templates; MS Access for data management
    6. Lab notebook maintenance
    7. Introduction to design of experiment
    8. Troubleshooting and CAPAs
    9. Basic control charts
  4. Safety and Security
    2. MIOSHA requirements, contact information, training/education, videos
    3. The MSDS: read and understand
    4. Basic lab safety; find safety information; safety gear; evaluate circumstances; personal protective equipment; controls – engineered, administrative, person, chemical, physical, nanotech and biological safety
    5. Rules for chemical handling, storage and disposal; reactivity concepts; shipping and receiving
    6. Rules for biologics: handling, storage and disposal, shipping and receiving
    7. Emergency response
    8. Universal warning symbols and color
    9. Videos & presentations on real life incidences, e.g., MIOSHA videos, Three Mile Island incident
  5. Legal and Ethical Issues
    1. Concepts in legal and ethical issues in regulated environments
    2. Employee handbook: Michigan
    3. Scenarios encountered in regulated environments
    4. Accountability, responsibility, honesty, integrity
    5. Cultural sensitivity
    6. Patents, copyrights, contracts, material transfer agreements, etc.
    7. FOIA: Freedom of Information Act
    8. Statement of uncertainty in measurements; use of lab data for different scenarios: regulatory, investigatory, survey, diagnostic, R&D, etc.
    9. Laboratory etiquette/manners