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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6XXX

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Still in processing in College; confirmed 7/7/11

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2453 2011-01-18
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medical Sciences MD
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Lynn Wecker 9745189

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6XXX The Neuroendocrine System, Gender and Mental Health

    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
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Neuroendocr Gender Ment Hlth
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    GMS 6541


    Course Description

    This course provides an understanding of the interactions among hormones, the brain, and behavior with a focus on an integrated neuroendocrine system that influences physiological and behavioral responses.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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?

    This course is a requirement for a new M.S. concentration in Brain and Mental Health. The goal of this programs is to serve the needs of the community by increasing the knowledge base of midcareer professionals in the mental health arena, thereby enhancing the knowledge and broadening the skills of mental health professionals, leading to better brain healthcare delivery.

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


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

    M.D. or Ph.D. or both

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course is designed to provide an understanding of the interactions among hormones, the brain, and behavior. The main focus will be on how the endocrine system and the nervous system form an integrated neuroendocrine system that influences physiological and behavioral responses.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will learn the fundamentals of neuroendocrinology and how alterations in neuroendocrine systems disrupt homeostasis and the normal mechansims controlling behavior. They will also learn how the neuroendocrine system serves as a target for diagnostics and therapeutics.

    C. Major Topics

    The major course topics include: the nervous system and behavior; the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; the stress response; mood disorders in women of childbearing age; hormones, aging and Alzheimer's disease; the neuroendocrine system, anxiety and eating disorders; and the genetic basis of neuroendocrine function and meantal health.

    D. Textbooks

    An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology (3rd edition)

    by Randy J. Nelson, Sinauer, Inc. Publishers (2005)

    Women’s Health: Hormones, Emotions, and Behavior, Regina C. Casper, editor, Cambridge University Press (2008)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Symposia and Mini-Symposia: Estrogen, Menopause, and the Aging Brain: How Basic Neuroscience Can Inform Hormone Therapy in Women, John H. Morrison, Roberta D. Brinton, Peter J. Schmidt, and Andrea C. Gore, The Journal of Neuroscience, October 11, 2006, 26(41):10332-10348

    Postpartum Depression, Katherine L. Wisner, Barbara L. Parry, and Catherine M. Piontek., N Engl J Med 2002; 347:194-199

    Steroid psychosis: a review, Francois Sirois, General Hospital Psychiatry 25 (2003) 27–33

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    There will be 3 exams, each worth 25%, and discussions throughout the course, worth the remaining 25%.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The exams will consist of both multiple choice and essay questions.

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Attendance is required for all sessions. Absences must be approved in advance or immediately upon return in the case of illness or personal emergencies. Students will be given an opportunity to make-up missed material, provided a reasonable excuse is provided. Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting. All students are expected to maintain academic integrity as per USF Guidelines USF Regulation 3.025.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    A new M.S. concentration in the M.S.M.S. program in Brain and Mental Health.

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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