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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6091

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-01-10
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1917 2004-08-20
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Interdisciplinary MD USF01HSC6101-001-0000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Paul E. Gottschall 9742543

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6091 Responsible Conduct and Success Skills for Emerging Bio

    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)
    Course Online? Percentage Online



    Course Description

    This course will introduce the tasks and skills required of a successful biomedical graduate student and their responsibilities and rights as a scientists. Issues of ethical and responsible conduct will be emphasized throughout.

  3. Justification

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

    The purpose of teaching responsible conduct in research to graduate students is to promote integrity in the work of scientists, scholars and other professionals involved in scientific inquiry and practice at the initial stage of their careers. Historical

    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?

    There is no other organized forum for training in common skills and responsible conduct for the scientist that is available on campus (as far as I am aware). This course has been taught as a special topics course for seven years, and the course is required of all graduate students who enter the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine. In addition, it is available to students in Master's degree programs in the College of Medicine, and the course is certainly open to any graduate student in the sciences who wishes to receive training in these areas. Nearly all examples used in the course are derived from the life sciences, so the course would be beneficial to graduate students in biology and psychology.

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

    Yes, seven times (every fall semester since 1997), but as a one credit hour course. The 2004 version is two credit hours.

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

    The minimum qualifications needed to participate as an instructor in this course are success as a scientist and success in training young scientists. Up to this point, all instructors have had (and will have) full-time academic appointments in a College at USF, and have had experience in training undergraduate or graduate students, or post-doctoral fellows in the laboratory. The course coordinator attended a week-long series of workshops on "Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics to Emerging Researchers", June 7-11, 1997 in Wheeling WV. This training of trainers course is given annually by a group of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh who have expertise in teaching issues of resonsible conduct and success skills.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The objectives of this course are to

    • reinforce and stimulate ethical behavior among biomedical science students during their graduate education and in their subsequent careers

    • identify and describe the tasks required for completion of a graduate program in the biomedical sciences

    • provide examples of the written and oral communication skills necessary for a successful research career and methods used to acquire those skills

    • illustrate the behavior of a mentor and characteristics of supportive and unsupportive mentors

    • describe the appropriate and proper use of animals and humans in research

    • describe the benefits of networking among ones peers, colleagues and collaborators

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    • recognize areas of conflict in a moral dilemma involving scientific research ethics, identify personnel directly involved in the conflict and develop a well-reasoned response to the dilemma

    • list the tasks required for the completion of their graduate program and some methods used to accomplish these goals

    • define the skills of written and oral communication and identify written documents used for communicating research results; identify potential areas of moral conflict in writing and reviewing scientific documents

    • describe the characteristics of a successful mentor

    • list the advantages of networking among colleagues

    C. Major Topics

    On Being a Trainee, The Life of a Graduate Student, Critical Reading, Responsible Conduct in Research, Written Communication Skills, Issues in Publication, Oral Communication Skills, Choosing a Mentor, Mentoring, Animal and Human Subjects, Data Management, Networking, Attending Meetings, Choosing a Dissertation (or Thesis) Project

    D. Textbooks

    The Ph.D. Process: A student's guide to graduate school in the sciences. Dale F. Bloom, Jonathan D. Karp, Nicholas Cohen, Oxford University Press, New York, 1998 OR Office of Research Integrity Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (Nicholas H. Steneck) 2003 Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Research Integrity.

    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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