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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6921

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-06-30
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): GMS 6921 is currently being offered for two semesters for one credit each semester as for a total of 2 credits required for the degree. This change is to reduce that requirement to one semester for one credit and thus reduce the number of credits required for the concentration of Clinical and Translational Research in the MSMS degree program.
Comments: recd 3/11/11- returned to faculty column for editing. Re-submitted for review 3/17/11; approved 4/18/11. to USF System for conc. 5/3/11. Ready for SCNS 5/11/11; SCNS approved the credit hour change for GMS 6921, effective 8/1/2011.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2464 2011-02-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medical Sciences MD 600105
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Anderson 8139745566

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6921 Building a Patient-Oriented Research Career

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Clinical Research Career
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Course introduces students to the characteristics of successful academic patient-oriented research faculty.The format is that of a colloquium of invited faculty who share strategies and lessons from their careers. Permission required.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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 designed to support the development of academic patient-oriented researchers capable of obtaining funding and building a clinical research career in an academic environment.

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

    Yes, 1 time

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

    Require experience in building a clinical research career.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The objectives of this course are to:

    1. learn career-building skills from the experience of successful academic researchers;

    2. develop strategies for addressing important choices to be made in the course of an academic career;

    3. develop strategies for pre-empting and overcoming obstacles to building a successful career in academic patient-oriented research.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Student learning outcomes include recognition of need to develop stategies for addressing priorities and dealing with obstacles by first hearing and discussing examples from experienced clinical researchers, then interviewing and preparing reports on their own discussions with selected researchers in their field that are shared with their classmates.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Recommended preparation for becoming an academic clinical researcher. 2. Setting priorities and implementing problem-solving strategies for overcoming obstacles in a clinical research career. 3. Developing support mechanisms and team approaches to a successful academic clinical research career.

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1. Participation: Attend and participate in class discussions (50%)

    2. Assignments: Interview write-up & written analysis of career strategies (50%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Each session consists of an overview by an academic clinical researcher faculty member of their career and a review of successes and failures and what they have done to continue and grow their patient-oriented research career. This is followed by discussion and a question and answer period with the students.

    Students are required to submit a mid-term written report on their own interview of successful academic researcher in the studentís area of research interest. Students are required to submit a final written analysis of career-building obstacles, errors, and alternative strategies.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting is required unless student contacts Course Director prior to the first day and is given permission to be absent.

    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. Itís 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

    The student will contact the Course Director for instructions on any make-up work that is needed for the course. In addition the policy on Academic Integrity of Students Reference USF Regulation 3.027 from the following weblink applies as it pertains to graduate students:

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MSMS and PhD with a concentration in Clinical and Translational Research

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at USF Health, by course director permission

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