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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6066

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1839 2005-09-08
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biochemistry MD 61111
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Larry P. Solomonson 9749558

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6066 Molecular Medicine

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

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



    Course Description

    A comprehensive introduction to molecular medicine with an emphasis on the integration of those aspects of biochemistry, cell biology and genetics that have immediate relevance to the understanding of various disease processes and their treatment.

  3. Justification

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

    Molecular medicine comprises an interdisciplinary course that is designed to integrate the various aspects of biochemistry, cell biology and genetics that are critical to an understanding of the pathogenesis of disease in humans. The course is designed 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?

    Molecular medicine is targeted at post-baccalaureate students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the biochemistry, cell biology and genetics of various disease processes such as students who are preparing for entry into medical school or other health-related professions or are interested in specifically enhancing their knowledge of molecular medicine. The course is part of both the Graduate Certificate Program in Molecular Medicine and the Master’s Program in Medical Science with an emphasis in Medical Science.

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

    A comparable course has been offered for the past four years as BMS 6206 which is restricted to first year students enrolled in the M.D. program.

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

    The instructors in the course are drawn from a variety of disciplines in the biomedical sciences and all possess either the Ph.D. or M.D. degrees.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The overall objectives of Molecular Medicine are to provide students with a fundamental understanding of biological and genetic principles basic to pathophysiological processes; to explain the molecular mechanisms that underlie the cellular aberrations in clinical disorders; and to understand, synthesize, and incorporate the fundamental principles learned as they apply to medicine.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will develop an understanding of cellular structure as it relates to function; be able to recognize and distinguish features of basic tissues; be able to relate gene structure and gene expression to phenotypic variability; understand the molecular analysis of inherited disease; understand how metabolic pathways relate to tissue specific function; be able to define cellular principles that govern responses of cells and tissues to normal and abnormal stimuli; develop a knowledge and comprehension of properties and functions of major classes of biomolecules; be able to relate nutrition to human health and disease and integrate molecular, cellular and genetic concepts with other basic and clinical science subjects.

    C. Major Topics

    Cellular structure and function; cell cycle; nucleic and amino acids structure and function; DNA and protein structure; enzyme catalysis; intermediary metabolism; gene structure and expression; immunology; specialized tissue structure and function; hormone biosynthesis and function; membrane structure and function; neurobiology and neurochemistry; genetics and disease inheritance; clinical cytology; nutrition; molecular techniques.

    D. Textbooks

    Marks’ Basic Medical Biochemistry: 2nd Ed, by Smith et al, Lippincott.

    Histology: A Text and Atlas: by Michael H. Ross, et al, Lippincott.

    Human Molecular Genetics 3: by T. Strachan & A.P. Read, Garland Science.

    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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