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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6707
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-05-14
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-03-22
  2. Department: Graduate Affairs
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6111
  5. Contact Person: Michael Nolan, Ph.D.
  6. Phone: 9749416
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6707
  10. Full Title: Basic Medical Neuroscience
  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 Neur
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: 1 yr Biology; 1 yr Chemistry
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The course focuses on the function of the human nervous system and examines nerve cell biology and how cells are organized into functional systems. Structure/function relationships are emphasized including examples of abnormal cell function in disease.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is one of the four courses that comprise the College of Medicine's new Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences program which will be a fully on-line certificate directed at students who are interested in careers in health care or are intereste
  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 very strong demand by students and this course will fill an critical gap in our educational program by providing access to medically-related courses to students who cannot attend the conventional lecture courses. The course could also serve graduate students in other colleges who have an interest in medical neuroscience including those from engineering, biology and chemistry.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No, this course will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2007
  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 Anatomy, the Neurosciences or a related discipline and several years teaching experience at the graduate level.

    The current instructor has over 20 years of experience teaching this material at the graduate level and has won a number of teaching awards.

  29. Objectives: This course is designed to examine fundamental aspects of human nervous system structure necessary for understanding nervous system function. The course emphasizes basic principles of neuroscience as a basis for understanding individual nerve cells and how functionally organized groups of nerve cells work to produce normal sensory, motor and cognitive function. Selected abnormalities of nervous system function will be presented as a means of illustrating how specific neurologic lesions affect normal neurologic function.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, students will be able to describe the principals that describe the macroscopic (gross) structure and organization of the various component parts of the human nervous system; describe the microscopic structure and intracellular processes of nerve cells and other cells of the nervous system; describe the neuron-anatomical organization of functional neurological systems; describe the role of the nervous system in selected activities of everyday living; describe the macroscopic and biochemical environment in which the nervous system is located including structures and mechanisms required for normal neurological function and describe selected abnormalities of function that are commonly associated with specific neurological lesions or disease processes.
  31. Major Topics: The course focuses on basic neuron-anatomy and the structure and function of neural networks and includes descritptions of nerve cells and their intracellular processes, comparison of the central and peripheral nervous system, the mechanisms by which neurons process signals physiologically and electrochemically and the pathways by which signals are processed by the dendrites, somas and axons and how neurotransmitters and electrical signals are used to propagate signals in a neuron and how these activities are altered by disease.
  32. Textbooks: “Elsevier’s Integrated Neuroscience” (Nolte, J.) Elsevier, 2007

    ISBN-13: 978-0-323-03409-8

    “Fundamental Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications” (Haines, D.E.) Elsevier 2006

    ISBN-13: 978-0-443-06751-8

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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