PVI CyberScience Courses
Course topics include MicroBiology and Genetics...
The courses are advanced level semester electives,
coupled with bimonthly afternoon laboratory sessions at PVI. This format
requires a highly motivated, organized student capable of independent work.
Cyberscience courses consist of self paced, online
lecture notes. Lecture pages are similar to PowerPoint
slides. Lectures are supplemented with online discussions,
activities and podcasts. Students should plan 120 – 150 minutes per week for
lecture content. Additional time for reading the textbook and laboratory
procedures is required.
Quizzes are non-proctored and may be completed at
the student’s convenience prior to the deadline. Quiz topics will include
textbook chapters, laboratory preparation, lecture content.
Laboratory investigations will take place twice
each month at Paul
High School. Lab
materials will be available between 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Students may
complete the lab activity in 1 – 2 hours anytime between 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Lab reports will be submitted by uploading to the course website.
Chapter test will be online and proctored.
Tests may be completed at PVI in the following locations: science department,
library, and tech lab. Agreements for proctors off site will be arranged
as needed at the beginning of the course. Students may complete the
chapter test any time prior to the test deadline.
At this time, course credit will be issued from Paul
High School at the Honors
- Online delivery (120 – 150 minutes per week)
- Laboratories: PVI Lab (bimonthly , 1 – 2 hour,
available between 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
- Chapter Reading
Quizzes (approx. 8, timed, un-proctored)
- Lecture Checkpoint Quizzes (approx. 16,
- Pre-lab Quizzes (approx. 8, timed, un-proctored)
- Lab Reports (approx. 8, electronic submission)
- Chapter Tests (approx. 8, remote/ proctored)
Fall 2010 –
Microbiology offers a strong review of microbial anatomy and
metabolism before focusing on identification, infectious diseases, microbial
genetics, and immunology.
The laboratory sessions will deal with culturing
live organisms, microbial identification and classification, as well as plasmid
integration and microbial cloning techniques. Laboratory training will
include Bio-Safety Level 2 procedures in the BSL-2 Laboratory at PVI.
Spring 2011 – Genetics
Genetics features a reacquaintance with the tenets of Mendelian
inheritance, reinforced with classical laboratory exercises using Drosophila.
Dominant, recessive and sex-linked patterns of expression will be observed.
This classical approach is integrated with modern, molecular genetics and
amplified with hands-on laboratory experience in biotechnology to include
cloning, gene transfer and integration, manipulation of gene expression and the
use of DNA in determination of relatedness.
Dr. Michael Potter
- Paul VI Catholic High School science
department, 2001 to present as instructor in Biology and AP Biology
- Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Georgetown University,
- Teaching Fellow Wesleyan University, Middletown Connecticut
- Private practice of General Surgery/Trauma Surgery for 30 years,
- Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University , Washington, D.C.
- Master of Arts, Physiology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
- Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
- Postgraduate Training General Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Eileen Liberti
- Paul VI Catholic High School science department 2007 - present.
- Six years teaching at Corpus Christi School in Falls Church including middle school science.
- Over ten years in marketing and sales in pharmaceutical and biochemical research products.
- Two years working in molecular biology research lab at Boston University Medical School.
- Bachelor of Science Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, NY
- Additional courses/seminars in biotechnology, biology and oceanography including
Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers
Marine Lab, Key Largo, Florida
2004 Grants in Education Recipient from The Washington Post