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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6843

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-02-14
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1734 2006-10-18
    Department College Budget Account Number
    USF Health Office of Research MD 600105
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Anderson 45566

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6843 Scientific Communication

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Scientific Communication
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Postdoctoral Status, doctoral student in Medical Sciences


    Permission of Instructor

    Course Description

    Course teaches principles to improve scientific communication. Provides practical experience on preparing abstracts, presenting research to professionals/the public and how to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Instructor permission. Not repeatable.

  3. Justification

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

    This course has been developed to meet the requirements of a National Institutes of Health-supported program for training health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct academic patient-oriented research. The course is required to

    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?

    No courses currently exist that comprehensively cover the skills and provide the experience that will increase ability to effectively communicate research projects and results. The course is part of a required sequence to meet a concentration in Clinical and Translational Research in the Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree program in the College of Medicine. Upon consultation with course instructor, Medical Sciences doctoral students, and other postdoctoral individuals in the medical school may enroll.

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

    No. It is on the schedule for Spring 2007 as a Special Topics course.

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

    Minimum qualifications include a PhD and/or MD with experience in presenting and publishing scientific research studies.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Teach students how to prepare written scientific abstracts. 2. Teach students how to give oral abstract presentations. 3. Teach students how to prepare effective poster presentations. 4. Teach students manuscript writing and publication skills. 5. Teach students how to present scientific information to the press and lay public.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course students will acquire the skills and knowledge to write scientific abstracts, present abstracts orally and in poster presentations in an effective format, address the essential elements in preparing manuscripts and submitting research articles for peer review, gain experience in presenting scientific information to the press and lay public.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Overview of scientific communication. 2. Abstracts: specialty and general. 3. Abstract review. 4. Oral presentations-types and purposes. 5. PowerPoint presentations. 6. Scientific conference poster design. 7. Basics of writing and submitting research articles for publication. 8. Responding to peer review feedback on article submissions. 9. How to place clinical articles in top journals. 10. How to place basic science articles in top journals. 11. Scientific writing in English. 12. Presenting your scientific results to the media and the public.

    D. Textbooks

    Assigned readings will be presented in class, website assignments made, and videos provided for viewing.

    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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