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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6847
Tracking Number - 1627

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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-10-12
  2. Department: Molecular Medicine
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 614400020
  5. Contact Person: Inge Wefes, Ph.D.
  6. Phone: 9745360
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6847
  10. Full Title: Translational Biotechnology
  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): Translational Biotechnology
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: BS in Biochemistry, Biology or Chemistry or consent of instructor
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: The course teaches how the results of biological, biomedical and bioengineering research can be translated into applicable procedures and products and enhances the information via site visits to local non-profit and for-profit biotech institutions.

  25. 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. It introduces students to
  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? The course is a required course of the new Master's Program in Biotechnology and is also offered as an elective course in the Medical Sciences Ph.D. Program and the Biotechnology Certificate Program. Space provided, 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 but expect this number to rise with the increasing awareness of the course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? This course has been offered as a GMS 7930 special topics course in spring 2007
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The course instructors are experienced researchers and teachers in the subject area they present. Instructors from industry or business settings are senior executive members of their respective institutions who frequently present on the selected topic.
  29. Objectives: The course "Translational Biotechnology" is designed to provide students with an overview of the diverse areas where the results of biological, biomedical and bioengineering research are converted into applicable procedures and products and equips students with information and analyses that will support their careers in academia and industry. Visits to local non-profit and for profit biotech institutions offer additional "onsite" education about the opportunities and challenges of modern biotechnology.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this class, students will have a solid knowledge of the diverse aspects of translating scientific results into applicable products and procedures. The students will understand the importance of biotechnology for environmental and public health, will know multiple policies and regulations that guide and restrict biotechnology, and will have insight into diverse business aspects of biotechnology. Site visits to local Biotechnology institutions will further deepen their understanding.
  31. Major Topics: Biotechnology in Environmental Engineering, Biosafety Regulations, Bioterrorism & Biodefense, Genetically Altered and Cloned Organisms in Medicine, Agriculture and Industry, Personalized Medicine, Regulated Industries, Principles of Health Policy and Management, Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, New Venture Formation, Intellectual Property Law/ Patent Law.
  32. Textbooks: There is no specific textbook required for this course. Some books that address different aspects of biotechnology are attached to the syllabus. Additional updated references will be provided specific for each class.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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