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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6000
Tracking Number - 2574

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-07-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: ready for GC review; back in queue for faculty edits; udpated; ready for GC. to GC 11/3/11. Approved. To USF System 11/28/11. to SCNS 12/6/11Approved 9/1/11 pending catalog copy. Received. Elective option. SCNS apprd 1/2/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-07-20
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6000
  10. Full Title: Medical Science Success Skills
  11. Credit Hours: 3-1
  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?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Med Sciences Success Skills
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course comprises a review of the material required for the biology and physics and mathematics and verbal sections of the MCAT exam.

  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? Many of the students in the Medical Sciences Masters program require reviews of the basic biology, physics, math and verbal skills required to be successful in future professional programs.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  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, MD or PharmD degrees or have extensive instructional experience delivering the information in the subject areas that comprise the course material.
  29. Objectives: The course objectives include:

    1)Learning more about the AMCAS admissions process.

    2)Understanding expectations for the MCAT personal statement or essay.

    3)Learning to apply specific methodology for each section of the MCAT to increase scores and overall performance.

    4)Reviewing the material covered in the MCAT Physical Sciences,Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences sections of the exam.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, the students will be able to:

    1. Describe the MCAT examination process

    2. Compose an improved personal statement

    3. Extensively discuss the material represented in the biology section of the MCAT exam

    4. Extensively discuss the material represented in the physics and math sections of the MCAT exam

    5. Complete assignments in the verbal reasoning section of the MCAT exam

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:


    Enzymes and Cellular Respiration

    Cellular Biology

    Nervous and Endocrine Systems

    Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

    Digestive and Excretory Systems

    General Chemistry:

    The Periodic Table


    Acids and Bases


    Carbonyl Chemistry



    Liquids and Solids

    Electrostatics and Magnetism

    Simple, Harmonic Motion, and Sound

    Verbal reasoning:

    Approach to VR

    The Six Steps

    Question Types

    Active Reading

    Two Cuts

  32. Textbooks: The following texts are provided for the course: Hyperlearning MCAT Science Workbook Hyperlearning MCAT In-Class Compendium MCAT Biology Review Hyperlearning MCAT Verbal Workbook MCAT General Chemistry Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Review MCAT Physics and Math Review MCAT Verbal Reasoning & Writing Review
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students are required to attend class, both the review sessions and the recitation sessions. Students are required to complete 3 full MCAT practice exams during the course.

    Course attendance = 40% of grade

    MCAT exams = 20% each for 60% of grade.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Course attendance = 40% of grade

    MCAT exams = 20% each for 60% of grade.

  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 missing case reports or exams. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity as described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S in Medical Sciences
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course is designed specifically for the Medical Sciences graduate program and is not suitable for other students.

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