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MEng Introduction to Biological Engineering Design

Catalog id : 20.020
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Online

 Duration
0 Months
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

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0 USD
National
0 USD

Application fee

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Department
Architecture
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577

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About this course

This class is a project-based introduction to the engineering of synthetic biological systems. Throughout the term, students develop projects that are responsive to real-world problems of their choosing, and whose solutions depend on biological technologies. Lectures, discussions, and studio exercises will introduce (1) components and control of prokaryotic and eukaryotic behavior, (2) DNA synthesis, standards, and abstraction in biological engineering, and (3) issues of human practice, including biological safety; security; ownership, sharing, and innovation; and ethics. Enrollment preference is given to freshmen.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Examination

Most MIT departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and an appropriate Subject Test. page 4 of this booklet for information on the department to which you intend to apply. The fee for the GRE ranges approximately from $160 to $190 US. The General Test is offered only on the computer in the US and in most locations around the world. The computer-based GRE General Test is available year round, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time.

International English Language Testing System

IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.

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Course Modules

L = Lecture

S = Studio

Week
Ses #
Topics
Activites
Key Dates
1
L1
Design, build, test
Paper airplane
 
S1
Sampling of past projects
iGEM project review
 
L2
Science as a take-apart
Take apart a tape recorder
Homework PDP1 due
2
L3
Engineering as a rebuild
Reassemble the tape recorder
Homework PDP2 due
S2
Broader project landscapes
Scripts and storyboards
Homework PDP3 due
L4
Decide what's worth doing
Play "Decide" (an exercise in policy and team dynamics)
 
3
S3
Sorting hat into project camps
Temporary teams brainstorm projectideas
Homework PDP4 due
L5
Knowns vs. unknowns
The Clock of the Long Now
Homework PDP5 due
4
L6
Backyard biology
Kitchen DNA, Lego™Phoresis
 
S4
Project teams assigned
Work on team contract and Facebook page
Team contract and Facebook page due

Homework PDP6 due

Homework PDP7 due
L7
FooCampers guide to bioengineering
More Lego™Phoresis
 
5
L8
Scientist as activist
Video of DNA experimentation hearings, 1976
Homework PDP8 due
S5
Design day 1
MIT Libraries research guide webpage

Work on projects
 
L9
Interface between scientific/engineering community and the broader public
Guest lecture by Prof. Jonathan King, MIT
 
6
L10
Project work day
 
3 ideas presentation due
S6
3 ideas presentations
 
 
L11
3 ideas feedback
Final project selection
 
7
L12
System overviews
Flip books, iGEM "bacterial buoy"project
 
S7
Design day 2

Abstraction in action part 1: systems to devices
Work on projects
 
L13
Abstraction in action part 2: devices to parts
 
 
8
L14
Parts and registry
 
 
S8
Design day 3
Test and debug; data-driven decision making
 
L15
Hypothesis-driven engineering
Validate system operation, learn from modes of failure
 
9
L16
Project work day
 
Tech spec review due
S9
Tech spec review presentations
 
 
L17
Tech spec feedback
Plan project re-design
 
10
L18
Reliability
Failures of materials, system performance and human sources
 
S10
Re-design day 1
Join registry of standard biological parts
 
L19
Ownership and sharing
Inventor vs. investor role playing
 
11
S11
Re-design day 2
Drew Endy teaching
 
L20
Project work day
Drew Endy teaching
 
12
L21
Project work day (cont.)
 
 
S12
Consultations on projects
 
 
L22
Tips on oral presentations
 
 
13
L23
Project work day
 
 
S13
Final presentations day 1
Three teams present
 
L24
Q&A and project work
Class evaluation
 
14
L25
Q&A and project work (cont.)
 
 
S14
Final presentations day 2
Three teams present
Final reports due
L26
Wrap-up and celebration
 
Project log due

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How to Apply

Application form including $75.00 application fee to be paid by credit card.
GRE scores   Have your official scores sent from ETS directly to MIT. The institution code is 3514 and our department code is 2703. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, in order for your application to be reviewed.

For non-native English speakers, either the IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL score is required. Have your official scores sent from either IELTS or ETS directly to MIT. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, and you must meet the minimum score requirement, in order for your application to be reviewed.

Three letters of recommendation enter the evaluators’ contact information in this section.  is in your best interest to send the emails out as soon as possible; do not wait to submit the application before sending the emails.  You can later return to this page to see which letters have been submitted.

English Proficiency Requirement

All students whose first language is not English are required to take the English Evaluation Test (EET) prior to registration at MIT. Even students who satisfy the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement for admission may be required to take specialized subjects in English as a Second Language (ESL), depending on their EET results. These subjects do not count toward the required units but will prove helpful to students who need to develop the skills necessary to write a thesis.

 

 

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