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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6708
Tracking Number - 2572

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-04-09
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC review; need catalog copy 11/28/11. confirmed elective 12/14/11. Objectives are not objectives. Emailed faculty 1/13/12. Updated 2/9/12. GC appd 2/20/12. to USF Sys 2/20/12. to SCNS 2/28/12. appd eff 4/15/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-07-18
  2. Department:
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-6155-000
  5. Contact Person: Paula Bickford, Ph.D.
  6. Phone: 8139743238
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6708
  10. Full Title: Neuroimmunology
  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): Neuroimmunology
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Designed to provide an in-depth review of topics related to immunology in the nervous system.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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? Neuroscience is part of an integrated interdisciplinary initiative by both the College of Medicine and USF. This course provides an important component of both the PhD and MS programs and has been popular in the past with graduate students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All instructors will possess PhD or MD degrees and have experience in neuroscience and immunology
  29. Objectives: Students will learn an overview of basic principles of cellular and molecular organization of the immune system.

    Students will learn basic principles of neural regulation of the immune response (psychoneuroimmunology).

    Students will learn immune mediated protection and repair of the nervous system.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will learn an overview of basic principles of cellular and molecular organization of the immune system.

    Students will learn basic principles of neural regulation of the immune response (psychoneuroimmunology).

    Students will learn immune mediated protection and repair of the nervous system.

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:

    Peripheral immune system

    Properties of the CNS

    Blood brain barrier

    Psychiatric disorders


    Multiple sclerosis

    Viral encephalitais and prion diseases



    Neoplastic diseases

    neurodegenerative diseases

    Adjuvants, gene therapy and vaccinations

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate course reading and materials will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Class participation (10%)

    3 course exams (30% each)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Class participation (10%)

    3 course exams (30% each)

  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: For documented student absences, such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missed exams. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic intregrity described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD in Medical Sciences and MS in Medical Sciences (Aging & Neuroscience concentration)
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Students in other concentration in the Medical Sciences MS program could have access to the course.

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