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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6440
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-01-03
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-11-13
  2. Department: Graduate Affairs
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 610601-000000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 9749702
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6440
  10. Full Title: Basic Medical Physiology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Basic Medical Physiology
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: 1 yr Biology; 1 yr Chemistry
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course presents a concise introduction to the study of human physiology from a perspective of the function of various human organ systems with an emphasis on understanding important concepts and their correlation to the practice of clinical medicine.

  25. 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 the health or allied health
  26. 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 physiology that is accessible to distance students who cannot attend the conventional lecture courses. The course could also serve graduate students in other schools and colleges who have an interest in medically focused human physiology, such as Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Arts and Sciences.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. 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 Physiology 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.
  29. Objectives: The course develops a broad and thorough understanding of medical physiology. The course introduces the student to the basic functions of the various organ systems including the heart, circulation, lung and kidney, in addition to the endocrine, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems and focuses on topics such as factors affecting the regulation of normal body function, the structure and function of epithelial cells and the role of the integument, transport processes, the composition of body fluids and electrolyte balance, cell structure and function, life span and the integration of the various organ systems.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, students will be able to define homeostasis and explain why it is referred to as a “dynamic steady state”, discuss several conditions that must be maintained by homeostatic mechanisms and define the “internal environment” of cells and explain the relationship between the cells and the extracellular fluid; describe models of membrane structure and function and discuss various membrane-associated processes such as major signal transduction pathways, active and passive transport processes and diffusion-controlled events; explain the general use of membrane potentials as intra- and inter-cellular signals in nerve and muscle cells and the ionic mechanisms responsible for depolarization, repolarization and hyperpolarization in an action potential in addition to identifying the specific conformations of the ion channels during these events and the triggers that open or close them; describe the functions of the central nervous system, glial cells and the basic neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory, voluntary muscle activity and the physiological mechanisms associated with sleep and other stages of consciousness; explain the sliding-filament mechanism of muscle contraction (cross bridge cycle) and how it is controlled, the role of ICF Ca in skeletal muscle contraction and events that must happen at the neuromuscular junction and in the skeletal muscle cell for relaxation to occur; provide a detailed description of cardiovascular physiology, including the roles of red and white blood cells and platelets; describe the major functions of the respiratory system and discuss the processes that are used to accomplish its function; explain how the kidneys use the processes of glomerular filtration, tubular reabsorption and tubular secretion to accomplish their functions of regulating body water, ion, waste, and acid levels.
  31. Major Topics: This course emphasizes the principles of medical physiology including the basic the regulation of normal body function, the integument, body fluid distribution and cellular function; the musculoskeletal system, blood and hematopoiesis, the heart and vascular system; integrated cardiovascular function, the pulmonary system and the renal system and urinary tract; the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine system and the female reproductive system; the male reproductive system, life span and organ integration.
  32. Textbooks: The required course textbooks are: “Elsevier’s Integrated Physiology” (Carroll, R.G.) Elsevier, 2007

    ISBN-13: 978-0-323-04318-2 and “Essential Medical Physiology” (Johnson, L.) 3th Ed. Elsevier, 2004

    ISBN-13: 978-0-12-387584-6

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