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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6754

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-10-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for review; Apprd by GC 9/4/12. To USF Sys 9/4/12; to SCNS 9/14/12. Approved eff 11/1/12. added to banner. Corrected objectives 1/15. Approved.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2894 2012-07-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    MSG MD 6108-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael J. Barber, D.Phil. 8139749908

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6754 Memory Loss

    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) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Memory Loss
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    The course explores the evaluation of memory loss and the differential diagnoses of a variety of disorders with varying degrees of cognitive decline or dementia together with the examination of medications that can be applied as disease-modifying agents.

  3. Justification

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

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    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?

    Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine represents a new and evolving discipline in the medical sciences that deals with an integrative and functional medicine approach to healthcare and disease prevention The discipline combines evidence based medicine with new approaches to therapeutics and patient wellness. Memory Loss represents a critical approach to understanding and controlling decreases in mental acuity that are often associated and caused by damage to neuroanatomical structures by memory disorder diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. The Metabolic Nutritional Medicine concentration currently has over 100 registered students and approx 20 registered for the first course offering.

    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.)

    All the instructors in the course are M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. or equivalent trained faculty.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course has the following objectives:

    Discussing the basic aspects of human cognition and the development of memory processes.

    Comparing and contrasting the different types of memory process.

    Identify causes and factors influencing changes in cognition and memory impairment.

    Comparing and contrasting the actions of different drug classes used to treat memory decline and dementia

    Developing diagnostic skills to effectively evaluate patients with memory impairment.

    Providing extensive discussion of the various diseases that lead to cognitive decline and dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease.

    Discussing the various effects on individuals who function as caregivers for patients with dementia.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    •Know how to evaluate the patient with memory loss

    •Recognize the differential diagnosis of memory loss including Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, dementia with Lewy Bodies (including Parkinson's Disease dementia), vascular dementia and vascular cognitive impairment, frontotemporal dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Cretzfeldt-Jakob Disease and other disorders

    •Know the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia

    •Learn medications that are disease-modifying treatments for memory loss

    C. Major Topics

    Course topics include:

    Evaluating the Patient with Memory Loss

    Pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment


    Treatments for Memory Loss and Dementia

    Differential Diagnosis of Memory Loss and Dementia

    Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

    Pharmacologic Treatment of BPSD

    Caring for and Educating the Caregiver

    Life Adjustments, Legal and Financial Issues

    Memory Systems in Dementia

    D. Textbooks

    The course features a single suggested textbook that provides expert coverage of the course material:

    Memory Loss: A Practical Guide For Clinicians – Budson, A. & Solomon, P., Elsevier, New York, NY, 2011. ISBN: 978-1594480935

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    The course requires the completion of 3 case studies research papers 15% each 45% of grade. Comprehensive midterm exam 23% of grade. Comprehensive final exam 23% of grade. 5 webcasts 9% of grade.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The course requires completion of 4 unit self-assessment quizzes, 3 case studies research papers, a comprehensive midterm exam, a comprehensive final exam and 5 webcasts.

    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 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.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    M.S in Medical Sciences- Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine concentration

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