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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6771

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-08-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 6/1/11; course dec too long. Emailed 6/28/11. cleared 6/29/11; GC approved 7/5/11. To USF Syst 7/5/11; to SCNS 7/13/11. SCNS questioned GMS vs. BMS. Approved GMS 7771 eff 8/1/11. Request to chg to 6771


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2557 2011-04-16
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Graduate School MD
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis 8139743189 sgarbuzo@health.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6771 Aging and Neuroscience

    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
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Aging and Neuroscience
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    Corequisites

    Course Description

    An overview of the aging central nervous system (CNS): normal structure and function, age-related changes, effects of traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases, and current and future CNS therapies.


  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 is a core course in the Aging and Neuroscience concentration which has been taught for more than 5 years with only a temporary number.

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

    No

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

    The course is taught by faculty members of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair and affiliated faculty at the USF College of Medicine.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course is divided into three sections. Section I will begin with CNS anatomy and function, followed by age-related physiological and functional changes, including effects of oxidative stress upon aging mechanisms, age-related changes in CNS cell biology, effects of genetics upon aging, and how CNS inflammation can exacerbate age-related pathologies. Lectures in Section II will focus upon changes in the CNS due to traumatic brain injury, and how neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) hasten age-related deficits. The third Section will review current and potential treatments for the CNS, including technological, pharmacological, and nutritional therapies. Much of this section will focus on future treatment options, including the potential of stem cell therapies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the completion of the course, students should have improved their knowledge of CNS structure and function, obtained a solid understanding of how aging, injury, and disease affect the CNS, and gained an appreciation for which therapies, including novel biotechnologies, show promise for CNS repair.

    C. Major Topics

    The course is divided into three sections. Section I will begin with CNS anatomy and function, followed by age-related physiological and functional changes, including effects of oxidative stress upon aging mechanisms, age-related changes in CNS cell biology, effects of genetics upon aging, and how CNS inflammation can exacerbate age-related pathologies. Lectures in Section II will focus upon changes in the CNS due to traumatic brain injury, and how neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) hasten age-related deficits. The third Section will review current and potential treatments for the CNS, including technological, pharmacological, and nutritional therapies. Much of this section will focus on future treatment options, including the potential of stem cell therapies.

    D. Textbooks

    N/A

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Reading material will be posted on Blackboard at least one week before class by the instructor for that class. Students are expected to read all the material for each class and be prepared to actively engage in class discussions regarding the lecture and reading material. Additional reading material can be obtained from the following web resources:

    Neuroscience on the Internet: http://www.neuroguide.com/index.html;

    PUBMED: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed;

    Internet Neuroscience Resources: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/resources.html

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    3 exams (2 midterm and 1 final), 1'st exam worth 30%, next two exams worth 35% each of final grade.

    EXAM CONDUCT

    1) Keep exam papers directly in front of you at all times.

    2) Students will remain seated at all times. If you have a question or require more paper, raise your hand.

    3) Avoid gazing at other student’s papers.

    4) No bathroom or water breaks will be allowed once the exam starts, except for students with medical conditions (provide a doctor’s note to course Director prior to exam).

    5) Once a student leaves the exam room for any reason, that student will not be allowed back in.

    6) Cell phones, pagers or any other electronic devices may not be used during the exam.

    7) All bags are to be placed at the front of the room. Only pencils, pens, erasers, watches, and/or student IDs may be on the table/desk during the exam.

    Failure to comply with these rules will result in an automatic F on the exam.

    LETTER GRADES (minimum passing score is "B")

    A 92-100

    A- 89-91

    B+ 87-88

    B 82-86

    B- 79-81

    C+ 77-78

    C 72-76

    C- 69-71

    D+ 67-68

    D 62-66

    D- 59-61

    F

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Mid-term Exam 1: 30%

    The purpose of this exam is to test the students’ knowledge of Section I of the course material. Each question will typically require at least a one page answer. Students will answer 4 questions (one from each lecture in this section).

    Mid-term Exam 2: 35%

    The purpose of this exam is to test the students’ knowledge of Sections II of the course material. Each question will typically require at least a one page answer. Students will answer 4 questions (one from each lecture in this section).

    Final Exam: 35%

    The purpose of this exam is to test the students’ knowledge of the course material in Section III. Each question will typically require at least a one page answer. Students will answer 4 questions (one from each lecture in this section).

    Total 100%

    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,

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/ogc%20web/currentreg.htm)

    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.

    Attendance is mandatory, even though participation is not counted toward the course grade. The course director must be notified in advance or as soon as possible if a student is unable to attend. A student may be required to provide a written assignment to make up for an absence. This course is an upper level course in which group discussions are expected. Articles and other required readings are only supplementary; they will not cover all lecture material. Students are expected to read all the class materials, listen attentively to the lecture, and engage in active class discussion.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master's Degree in Medical Sciences (Aging and Neuroscience Concentration)


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    PhD students



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