Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6XXX
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Still in processing in College; confirmed 7/7/11
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2454 2011-01-18 Department College Budget Account Number Medical Sciences MD Contact Person Phone Lynn Wecker 9745189 email@example.com
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title GMS 6XXX Clinical Assessment in the Behavioral Sciences 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) Clin Assess Behav Sci Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
GMS 6541 and GMS 6542
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of clinical scales, semi-structured and structured interviews used for assessment of behavioral symptoms, traits and diagnoses for neuropsychiatric disorders.
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 an elective 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
- Other Course Information
The course will review the theory of assessment techniques and the most common approaches to objective evaluation of behavior, followed by a general survey of assessment tools, currently available and in development, and the knowledge gained from each of these techniques as applied to clinical practice and research.
B. Learning Outcomes
This course will provide students a knowledge base to allow selection, implementation and interpretation of assessment tools for the behavioral sciences.
C. Major Topics
The major course topics include: formalized clinical assessments; diagnostic interviews; and rating scales for assessing children's mental health, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia.
Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health, by Lee Baer, Mark A. Blais, Humana Press; 2009
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
There will be 2 exams, each of which will represent 40%, and discussions representing 20% of the total grade.
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
The tests will consist of multiple choice and short answer 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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
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
- Course Concurrence Information