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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY7651
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-01-23
  2. Department: School of Aging Studies
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 0122900
  5. Contact Person: Sandra Reynolds
  6. Phone: x9750
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEY
  9. Number: 7651
  10. Full Title: Ph.D. Seminar in Cognition
  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?: N
  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): PhDSem Cog
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This doctoral seminar focuses on issues of cognition in older adults, including learning and memory, and also addresses change and chronic conditions that affect them. Specific content will be different each time. Repeatable twice for credit.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Along with one core course, our PhD students take a ProSeminar in the Fall semester, which is used to expose the students to professional conduct, each others' and the faculty's different areas of research. In the Spring semester, we offer another core co
  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? Each spring, we have the potential to enroll 12-15 students in two of these seminars. Doctoral students from other programs are welcome and could potentially come from Nursing, Social Work, Public Health, or Psychology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, twice.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Gerontology or related science.

    Expertise/research in cognition would be desirable.

  29. Objectives: Cognitive problems, including dementia,are often accompanied by neurodegeneration and represent some of the most debilitating age-related diseases. Genetic and environmental factors appear to interact and ultimately influence the onset of memory loss, difficulty in living safely in the community, and develop pathologies such as Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. The seminar is designed to help students gain knowledge about factors influencing cognitive change in older adults, with a special emphasis in each seminar placed on discussions related to theoretical perspectives and practical implications.
  30. Learning Outcomes: SAMPLE:

    At the end of the seminar, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical characteristics of AD and other types of dementia.

    • Understand differences between mild cognitive impairment and dementia/AD

    • Knowledgeably write about genetic and environmental influences on the onset dementia/AD

    • Evaluate medication and supplements used to delay the onset dementia/AD

  31. Major Topics: SAMPLE:

    *Assessment of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

    * Mild cognitive impairment

    *Theoretical perspectives

    *Genetic influences

    *Early-life influences

    *Cardiovascular health and dementia

    *Physical fitness and exercise

    *Diet and nutrition

    *Leisure and occupation

    *Stress and personality

    *Supplements and medication

  32. Textbooks: None: Articles:

    • Katzman, R. (2004). A neurologist’s view of Alzheimer disease and dementia. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 16, 259-273.

    • A. Alzheimer (translated by L. Jarvik and H. Greenson) (1987). About a peculiar disease of the cerebral cortex. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 1, 3-8.

    • Ferri, C. P., et al. (2005). Global prevalence of dementia: a Delphi consensus study. Lancet, 366, 2112-2117.

    • Petersen, R. C., Smith, Waring, S. C., et al. (1999). Mild cognitive impairment: clinical characterization and outcome. Archives of Neurology, 56, 303-308.

    • Ganguli

  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:
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