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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHA6147
Tracking Number - 2612

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: To GC - elective for MS in Nanopharmacy. Restate 4b as outcomes. Updated 8/28/15. GC apprd. To USF sys 8/28/15. Cleared conc 9/7/15; To UGS for SCNS 9/21/15. Nmbr 6422 Appd as 6147 Eff 10/1/15. Updated to both online and face-to-face delivery 5/18/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-09-07
  2. Department: Pharmacy - Graduate Programs
  3. College: RX
  4. Budget Account Number: 84080
  5. Contact Person: Shyam Mohapatra
  6. Phone: 8139748570
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHA
  9. Number: 6147
  10. Full Title: Nanotechnology and Risk Management
  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?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 2
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nanotechnology and Risk Mgmt
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: N/A
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: An introduction into theory with simultaneous laboratory experience for instrumentation in nano-medicine, nanotechnology, and nano-pharmaceutics as well as risk management associated with nano production.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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? The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the distinctive features of nanotechnology and their application to bio-medical problems. The course will provide essential training for new graduates in the nanotechnology and medicine arena.
  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.) Terminal Degree required. Ph.D., PharmD and research and teaching experience translational nanotechnology and nano-medicine is preferred.
  29. Objectives: This course focuses the attention essentially on two main objectives:

    (1) understand what is available and current research needed using risk management methods to inform decisions about environmental, health and safety (EHS) implication of nano-materials.

    (2) Become familiar with the importance of ethical, legal and societal implication (ELSI) within nanotechnology, nano-medicine and nano-pharmaceutics.

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

    • Underst fundamental concepts within nanomedicine

    •demonstrate fFamiliarity of applications using nanomedicine in developing novel

    diagnostics and therapeutics

    •demonstrate kKnowledge of the most common uses of nanomedicine as they may apply to personalized medicine

  31. Major Topics: • Cross –cutting themes and recommendations

    • Introduction to risk management methods

    • Risk management methods and recommendations

    • Ethical, legal and societal implications of nanotechnology

    • Risk management and the work place (understanding and

    developing best work place practices, process and environmental

    exposure controls)

    • Risk management and product/material life cycle (develop

    nanomaterial-use and safety-incident trend information to help focus

    risk management efforts )

    • Uncertainty in life cycle assessment of nanomaterials: towards a

    decision-driven approach

    • Risk characterization information

    • Ethical, legal and societal implications: what are attitudes toward

    nanotechnology and how are they formed

    • ELSI and risk management methods communications

    • Case scenario: bringing risk management and ELSI together

    • Nanomaterials and environmental & instrumentation, metrology and

    analytical methods

    • Are the present toxicological test/endpoints traditionally used to

    evaluate new chemical sufficient to evaluate toxicity of

    nanomaterials or should new test/endpoints be considered?

    • Summary of grand challenges for nanotechnology EHS research

  32. Textbooks: The Handbook of Nanomedicine Nanomedicine: Design and Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials, Nanosensors and Nanosystems
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Current literature in the form of articles from appropriate nanomedicine will be utilized throughout the course. The students will need to access these for review and presentation.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Final grade will be : Test scores 30% Written, Directed Research 50% Participation in Active Learning 10% Completing Peer Assessment 10%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The two main objectives for this course are interrelated and tie into the course topics as follow:

    • understand the various risk management methods as applied within the larger social context where decisions are made

    • understanding of ELSI considerations to help ensure that specific risk • become familiarized with management methods which complement other societal responses to emerging technologies

    • learn the fundamentals of nanoscience

    • learn the principles of nanoscale engineering

    • understand the various types of nanoparticles and nanoprobes

    • become familiar with nanomedicine (both technologies and applications)

    • understand the foundations of integration with bioinformatics and personalized medicine

    Assignments, exams and tests:

    The course will require the completion of four exams - the format will be short answer.

    Each student will be expected to present a summary of a recent publication in the field to the class. The choice of publication must be approved by the course director. The student will be expected to present, discuss, critique and assign scientific significance to the selected paper as part of the presentation.

    All students will be expected to enter in the discussion of each paper presented. This will determine the class participation 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. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: For Documented student absence (illness) students will be allowed to makeup missing exams or presentations. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Master of Science in Medical Sciences; Concentration Nanomedicine
  39. Course Concurrence Information: N/A

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