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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6141

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-01-03
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1618 2007-11-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Graduate Affairs MD 610601-000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael J. Barber, D.Phil. 9749702

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6141 Basic Medical Immunology and Microbiology

    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 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Basic Immunology/Microbiology
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    1 yr Biology; 1 yr Chemistry



    Course Description

    The course focuses on the fundamental aspects of immunology and microbiology that are critical to understanding the nature of the immune response and identify the various microbiological agents that are relevant to human health and disease.

  3. Justification

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

    This course is one of the eleven courses that comprise the College of Medicine's new Master's concentration in Health Sciences which will be a fully on-line graduate program directed at students who are interested in careers in

    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?

    Health-related careers continue to have a very strong demand

    by students and this course will fill a critical gap in our educational program by providing the first "on-line" course dedicated to the subject area of medical immunology and microbiology that is accessible to distance students who cannot attend the conventional lecture courses. The course could also serve graduate students in our doctoral program and other schools and colleges who have an interest in medically focused human immunology and microbiology, such as Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Arts and Sciences.

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


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

    The minimum qualifications to teach this course are a Ph.D. degree in medical immunology and microbiology or a related discipline and several years teaching experience at the graduate level. The current instructors have over 20 years of experience teaching this material at the graduate level.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course is designed to develop a broad and thorough understanding of the principles of immunology and microbiology and to identify the major pathological organisms and immunomodulatory events that control the functioning of normal human cells, tissues and organs and an understanding of how these processes are altered by infection.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of this course, students will be able to describe the principal components and function of the immune system and identify their roles in controlling infection by microorganisms and foreign pathogens; describe the role of the acquired immune system that is mediated by antibody recognition of antigens associated with foreign substances or pathogens and understand the nature of antibody-antigen interactions; understand the structure and function of the major histocompatibility complex and its role in the immune response; explain the components and properties of the innate immune system and how it provides a defensive barrier against invading pathogens; describe the adaptive immune response and hypersensitivity; describe the design and construction of immunoassays and provide examples of their application; identify the basic principles of bacteriology and describe the different types of clinically-important bacteria. Understand the principles of virology and mycology and demonstrate an understanding of the role of basic science in guiding diagnosis, management, therapeutics, and disease prevention.

    C. Major Topics

    The course features topics such as cells and organs of the immune system, antibody recognition and antigens, the nature of T-cell immunity and the role of the major histocompatibility complex, immunomodulation, immunoassays, infection and immunity, basic and clinical bacteriology, basic and clinical virology, mycology and parasitology.

    D. Textbooks

    The required course textbooks are: “Elsevier’s Integrated Immunology & Microbiology” (Actor, J.K.) Elsevier, 2007

    ISBN-13: 978-0-323-03389-3

    “Immunology for Medical Students” (Nairn, R. & Helbert, M.) 2nd Ed. Elsevier, 2007

    ISBN-13: 978-0-323-04331-1

    “Medical Microbiology” (Greenwood, D., Slack, R., Peutherer, J & Barer, M.) 17th Ed. Elsevier, 2007

    ISBN-13: 978-0-443-10209-7

    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

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