Apply to USF Now | Graduate Admissions | Events & Workshops | Giving to the Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6943

Edit function not enabled for this course.

Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-05-05
Submission Type:
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1599 2008-03-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Molecular Medicine MD 614400020
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Inge Wefes, Ph.D. 9745360

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6943 Biotechnology Internship

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 I - Internships (Including Practicum) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Biotechnology Internship
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    BS in Biochemistry, Biology or Chemistry or consent of instructor



    Course Description

    The course teaches, hands-on, in companies and institutions, how the results of biological, biomedical and bioengineering research are translated into the development of drugs, devices, diagnostics, therapies, services as well as patents and licenses

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The course is a core course of the new Master's Program in Biotechnology that has been developed as a joint graduate program of the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Business Administration. An internship in biotech i

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The course is a required course of the new Master's Program in Biotechnology. However, all other USF graduate students are welcome to participate as well. Due to the outstanding importance of biotechnology, we anticipate an initial enrolment of 8 - 12 students number to rise with the increasing awareness of the course.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The Biotechnology Master's Program started its first enrollment in spring 2007. Because students and mentors prefer to place internships at the end of the formal course work, the biotechnology internship course will be offered for the first time in summer

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Internship locations such as the Moffitt Cancer Center, the Office of Patenting and Licensing, Intezyne Technologies LLC, The Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, Stedmann Clinical Trials LLC, the Center for Biodefense, to name a few, have been visited and evaluated by the course director. The internship mentors are experienced researchers, teachers and business people in specific subject areas. Mentors from industry or business settings are senior executive members of their respective institutions who are also frequently involved in the teaching of selected topics in biotechnology.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The internship in biotechnology institutions and companies introduces students to "real world" settings of biotechnology and provides valuable work experience and networking opportunities and thereby a competitive advantage to all students who are aiming for a career in biotechnology.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this class, students will have a solid knowledge of the specific aspect they have choosen as a hands-on experience of the translation of scientific results into applicable products and procedures. Depending of each student's specific interest and career plans, he/she will, for example, understand the importance of biotechnology for environmental and public health, will be able to apply multiple policies and regulations that guide and restrict biotechnology, will understand the value of personalized medicne, or will have in-depth insight into diverse business aspects of biotechnology.

    C. Major Topics

    The selection of the internship focus is left to the students' interest and future career plans. Focus areas include: Environmental Engineering, Biosafety Regulations, Bioterrorism & Biodefense, Genetically Altered and Cloned Organisms for Medicine, Agriculture and Industry, Personalized Medicine, Medical Devices, Health Policy Management, Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, Patenting and Licensing, to name a few.

    D. Textbooks

    There is no specific textbook required for this course. Some books that address

    different aspects of biotechnology are attached to the syllabus. Additional specific references will be provided by the course director when students discuss their selected area of interest in biotechnology.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or