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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMSXXXX

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Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2614 2011-09-07
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medical Sciences MD XXXXXXXXX
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Shyam Mohapatra 8139748570

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS XXXX Nanotechnology and Risk Management

    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) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Nanotechnology and Risk Mgmt
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Nanotech Risk Management provides critical information and analyses of how, through risk management strategies, nanotechnology products, services and investments may be positively leveraged while avoiding long-term losses.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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?

    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.

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


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

    Research and teaching experience translational nanotechnology and nanomedicine

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course focuses the attention essentially on two main objectives: (1) Discuss the information available and the research needed on risk management methods to inform decision about environmental, health and safety (EHS) implication of nanomaterials. (2) Explore the important role played by ethical, legal and societal implication (ELSI) of nanotechnology. These two objectives are interrelated: risk management methods are applied within the larger social context where decisions are made, AN understanding of ELSI considerations can help ensure that specific risk management method complement other societal responses to emerging technologies.

    Specific objectives include:

    • the fundamentals of nanoscience,

    • the principles of nanoscale engineering,

    • various types of nanoparticles and nanoprobes,

    • nanomedicine (both technologies and applications); and

    • integration with bioinformatics and personalized medicine.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Be able to understand the fundamental concepts behind nanomedicine.

    Be familiar with application of nanomedicine in developing novel diagnostics and therapeutics

    Know the most common uses of nanomedicine as they may apply to personalized medicine

    C. Major Topics

    Analyses of risk; risk management strategies, nanotechnology products, services and investments may be positively leveraged while avoiding long-term losses

    D. Textbooks

    The Handbook of Nanomedicine Nanomedicine: Design and Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials, Nanosensors and Nanosystems

    E. 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.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Final grade will be : Test scores (one mid-term at 15% and one final exam at 15% for a total of 30% of the overall grade in this course. A Written, Directed Research project at 50% of the overall grade in this course. Participation in Active Learning via discussion boards at 10% and Completing Peer Assessment for 10% of the overall grade in this course.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There will be two exams in the form of short answer/essay type questions to be answered based on the course material presented.

    Each student will be expected to present a summary of a recent publication in the field to the class via discussion boards. 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.

    Students will be presented with a directed research project at the beginning of the semester with which they will be required to build upon as they learn new theories, techniques, methods and gain a better understanding of nanotechnology and the risks associated with it.

    Peer Assessments will be required on the Final Directed Research project posting. Each student will be asked to review at least two students (specified by professor so that each student is reviewed by at least two students) and a critique of each project will be required.

    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,

    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.

    I. 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.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master of Science in Medical Sciences; Concentration Nanomedicine

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