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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6110

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-07-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): First, title change from "Host-Parasite Interactions" to "Microbial Pathogenesis and Host-Parasite Interactions", which better reflects the course topic taught for the last five years. Second, credit hour increase from 2 to 3 hours, which better reflects the course time with the new grading system of 3 exams and 1 presentation/paper for select topics that students have to prepare in addition to course lectures.
Comments: Elective course for the MSMS program. For the 2012-2013 Grad Concil Processing Year. Appd 6/18/12. to USF Sys 6/18/12. to SCNS 6/26/12. SNCS approved eff 7/9/12.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2873 2012-05-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biochemistry and Molcecular Biology MD
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Andreas Seyfang 8139742332

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6110 Microbial Pathogenesis and Host-Parasite Interactions

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    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) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Microbial Pathogenesis
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    This course examines the basic concepts in microbial pathogenesis using select medically important microorganisms as examples. It studies the reciprocal interactions that take place between human host and microbial pathogen.

  3. Justification

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

    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?

    Master's of Science in Biotechnology, Master's of Science in Molecular Medicine, Master's of Science in Pre-Professional Program(MSP3)

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    Minimum qualification for the instructor is a Ph.D. and faculty position at USF

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The main objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts in microbial pathogenesis using select medically important microorganisms as examples.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    To gain a better understanding of microbial pathogenesis and host-parasite interactions using select medically important microorganisms as examples.

    C. Major Topics

    Microbial pathogenesis and host-parasite interactions using select medically important microorganisms as examples, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

    D. Textbooks

    Not required. Recommended textbooks are:

    Medical Microbiology. 6th Edition, PR Murray, KS Rosenthal, MA Pfaller. Elsevier Mosby, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-323-05470-6

    Sherris Medical Microbiology- An Introduction to Infectious Diseases. 4th Edition, KJ Ryan and CG Ray. McGraw Hill, 2004; ISBN: 0-8385-8529-9

    Bacterial Pathogenesis – A Molecular Approach. 2nd Edition, A Salyers and D Whitt. ASM Press, 2002; ISBN: 1-55581-171-X

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Original research papers on select topics in microbial pathogenesis.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    3 exams and 1 oral presentation/paper each counting 25%.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    3 exams and 1 oral presentation/paper each counting 25%.

    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

    Make-up exams will only be permitted in case of documented exceptional circumstances and need to be completed within 7 days of the original exam date.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master's in Medical Sciences Program, Morsani College of Medicine

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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