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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6103
Tracking Number - 2361

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-11-02
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved 8/18/10. SCNS notified 8/25/10. Approved. Effective 10/1/10. Number 6103. Posted in Banner

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-07-19
  2. Department: Medical Sciences
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 614400
  5. Contact Person: Burt Anderson
  6. Phone: 9742608
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6103
  10. Full Title: Foundations in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  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): Found in Med Micro and Immunol
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: GMS6001 or equivalent
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the immune system and basic concepts in microbiology and infectious diseases using representative pathogens. This course is for doctoral and research-oriented master's students.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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? The current medical microbiology course in the College of Medicine is geared toward pre-professional master's students. The class is expected to have >80 stuents this year. It is impossible to teach the course at the depth ncessary for doctoral students and research-oriented masters students. This course fills that void. It is expected that the COM medical sciences doctoral students, doctoral students from COPH, Global Health as well as students from CAS, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology doctoral and research-based masters students will benefit from taking this course. It is hoped and expected that this will be an inter-college course bringing students together from three different colleges but with common interests.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All instructors will be current core faculty from the College of Medicine, College of Public Health or College of Arts and Sciences with expertise and active research programs in the area of instruction.
  29. Objectives: Course objectives:

    • Know the basic features of the innate and adaptive immune responses and appreciate how they are involved in protecting the host against infectious diseases and sometimes contributing to the disease process itself.

    • Understand the structure, basic properties of growth, replication and genetics of each of the three groups of pathogenic microbes

    • Appreciate the chemotherapeutic agents that are used to control each of the three groups of microbes presented in this course.

    • To understand the unique molecular mechanisms employed by select representative pathogens in colonizing, establishing infection and manifesting the disease in the host.

    • Become familiar with the laboratory methods used to study medically important microbes.

    Be able to read, summarize and critically review current publications in the field of medical microbiology and present this information to the class.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course the student will:

    • Understand the components of the immune system and how they control and sometines contributes to the disease process

    •Be able to read and critically review literature in the field of microbiology and immunology

    •Have an in-depth understanding of the molecular events required for the pathogenic process of select microbes

    •Be prepared to develope, design and initiate laboratory research projects in the field

  31. Major Topics: • Molecules, cells and organs of the immune response

    • The role of adaptive and innate immunity in controlling infections

    • The role of adaptive and innate immunity in contributing to the disease process

    • The fundamental biological properties of viruses, bacteria and parasites

    • The specific molecular events leading to the pathogenesis of representative pathogenic microbes

    • Literature review and presentation in medical microbiology and immunology as it related to infection.

  32. Textbooks: P.R. Murray, G.S. Kobayashi, M.A. Pfaller, and K.S. Rosenthal. Medical Microbiology, 6th Edition, Elsevier/Mosby, ISBN 0-323-03303-2
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Current literature in the form of articles from appropriate microbiology and/or immunology journals will be utilized throughout the course. The students will need to access these for review and presentation.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The final grade will be determined by:

    exams 80% (20% each of 4)

    paper presentations 15%

    class participation 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There will be four exams the format will be mulitple choice and short answer

    Each student will be expected to present a summary of a recent publication in the field to the class. The choice of publication must be approved by the course director. The student will be expected present, discuss, critique and assign scientific significance to the slected paper as part of the presentation.

    All students will be expected to enter in the discussion of each paper presented. This will determine the class participation grade.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: For Documented student absence (illness) students will be allowed to makeup missing exams or presentations.

    Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integtrity.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Doctoral degree program, concentration in allergy, immunology and infectious diseases
  39. Course Concurrence Information: 1. College of Medicine, Department of Molecular Medicine, Doctoral program

    2. College of Public Health, Department of Global Health, Doctoral Program

    3. College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Doctoral and Masters degree programs.

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