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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6772
Tracking Number - 2558

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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; obj/lrng outcomes need revision. Emailed 6/28/11. corrected 6/30/11; GC approved 7/5/11. To USF Syst 7/5/11; to SCNS 7/13/11. SCNS questioned GMS vs. BMS. Approved GMS 7772 Effective 8/1/11. request to chg to 6772

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-04-17
  2. Department: Graduate School
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis
  6. Phone: 8139743189
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6772
  10. Full Title: The Spinal Cord: Development, Pathology and Therapy
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): The Spinal Cord
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The course is a series of lectures/discussions by Department and College of Medicine faculty on spinal cord anatomy, normal development, physiology and pathology. Current and future treatments for spinal cord injuries and diseases will also be discussed.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. 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 ANS concentration which has been taught for two years with a temporary course number (GMS 7930).
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. 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 other faculty from the College of Medicine.
  29. Objectives: The student will:

    1. have an improved knowledge of spinal cord anatomy, development, and physiology.

    2. understand how injury and disease affect the spinal cord.

    3. be aware of which therapies, including novel biotechnology, show promise for spinal cord problems.

  30. Learning Outcomes: The student will:

    1. have an improved knowledge of spinal cord anatomy, development, and physiology.

    2. understand how injury and disease affect the spinal cord.

    3. be aware of which therapies, including novel biotechnology, show promise for spinal cord problems.

  31. Major Topics: The course is divided into three sections. Section I will cover spinal cord anatomy, development, including molecular mechanisms of development, and normal physiology. The second section will cover spinal cord pathology: injury and disease. The first lecture in this section will be an overview of various spinal cord pathologies. Topics discussed will include effects of trauma, tumors, infections, demyelinating diseases, degenerative diseases, and miscellaneous other spinal cord disorders. Emphasis will be given to spinal cord muscular atrophy and inflammatory processes in spinal cord injuries and diseases with emphasis on transverse myelitis. The third section will review current and potential treatments for spinal cord damage, including technological, pharmacological, and nutritional therapies and surgical intervention. One lecture will focus on future treatment options, including the potential of cell therapy for spinal cord repair.
  32. Textbooks: Because of the diverse nature of the course lectures, no single text book is required.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Reading material will be posted on Blackboard at least one week before class by the corresponding instructor. Students are expected to read all the class the material and be prepared to present the papers and engage in active class discussion and participation. Additional reading material can be obtained form the following web resources:

    Neuroscience on the Internet:;


    Internet Neuroscience Resources:

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 3 Exams, the first worth 30% and each of the remaining worth 35% of final grade.

    Grading Scale:

    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


  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Each exam will test the students' knowledge of the just completed section of the course. Exams will consist of 4 to 5 questions, 1 question from each lecture in the previous section. Each question will typically require at least a one page answer.


    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 studentís papers.

    4) No bathroom or water breaks will be allowed once the exam starts, except for students with medical conditions (provide a doctorís 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.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. 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.

    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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Aging and Neuroscience Concentration in Medical Sciences
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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