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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
    2456 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 Neuropsychiatry of HIV Infection

    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)
    Neuropsychiatry HIV Infect
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    GMS 6541 and GMS 6542


    Course Description

    This course provides an understanding of the interactions between the immune system, brain, and behavior in HIV/AIDS patients.

  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 an elective in a new M.S. concentration in Brain and Mental Health. The goal of this program 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

    This course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the manifestations and sequalae of HIV infection including physiological, immunological and behavioral manifestations

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will learn the fundamentals of HIV/AIDS, and its clinical, physiological and behavioral manifestations.

    C. Major Topics

    The major course topics include: overview of HIV/AIDS; neurological complications of immunosuppression and the neuroimmunology of HIV infection; the neuropsychology of HIV infection; HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder; and psychiatric disorders in the context of HIV infection.

    D. Textbooks

    Neuro-AIDS, Minagar and Shapshak, editors, Nova Biomedical Books, New York, NY (2006)

    Neurobiology of Mental Illness, Charney and Nestler, editors, Oxford Press, 2009

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Valcour V, Sithinamsuwan P, Letendre S, Ances B. Pathogenesis of HIV in the Central Nervous System. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2010 Dec 31. Heaton et al. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders before and during the era of combination antiretroviral therapy: differences in rates, nature, and predictors.J Neurovirol. 2010 Dec 21. Giunta et al. HIV-1 Tat contributes to Alzheimer's disease-like pathology in PSAPP mice. Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2009;2(5):433-43.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    There will be 2 exams, each worth 40%, and discussions throughout the course, worth the remaining 20%.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The exams will consist of both 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: (

    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. Its 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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