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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6307

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-09-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 8/29/12. For Health Safety & Env. Conc of the MPH/PH program. ppd by GC Chair. To USF Syst 8/31/12. to SCNS 9/14/12.k Approved effective 11/1/12. Nmbr 6813 approved as 6307

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2898 2012-07-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Rene' Salazar 8139746628

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6307 Principles of Exposure Assessment & Control

    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)
    Exposure Assessment
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    - 0





    Course Description

    The student learns the principles and details of processes involved in assessment of inhalation, ingestion, and dermal contact exposures to chemical and biological agents encountered in environmental and occupational settings.

  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 course is required for completion of an online Masters degree related to environmental health and safety. There is a growing international demand for an online degree in this field.

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

    Yes, 2 times

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

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, students will:

    1. Understand the elements, goals, and uses of an exposure assessment.

    2. Understand the concepts of exposure and dose, and the practical implications of exposure theory.

    3. Gain a basic understanding of toxicological principles and how they pertain to the anticipation, recognition, assessment, and control of environmental and occupational hazards.

    4. Become familiar with the basic body systems affected by potentially hazardous exposures.

    5. Understand how biomarkers can be used as exposure assessment tool.

    6. Become familiar with the various processes useful for anticipating, recognizing, and assessing exposures, both in theory and in the field.

    7. Become familiar with various devices and how they are used in the field for conducting exposure assessments.

    8. Learn basic concepts important for conducting exposure assessments for gases, vapors, and solvents; particulates; noise; heat; biological agents; and indoor environmental quality of non-industrial indoor environments.

    9. Learn of the adverse outcomes potentially developing from exposures to various chemical, physical, and biological agents, and how relevant control measures for protecting those potentially exposed.

    10. Become aware of reliable reference sources used for interpretation of exposure assessment data, and be able to use available guidelines for determining exposure status.

    11. Be able to apply the concepts learned throughout the course for conducting an exposure assessment.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Describe natural and engineered health, safety and environmental systems and their interrelationships with human activities and human health;

    2. Relate the history of health, safety and environmental health issues to current practices and policies;

    3. Apply technical knowledge and skill for the prevention and/or control of specific health, safety and environmental health problems;

    4. Communicate orally and in writing relevant information concerning health, safety and environmental health issues;

    5. Identify scientific, cultural, political and ethical practices and decisions that may have adverse effects on at-risk human populations or the sensitive ecosystems on each geographical scale;

    6. Decide between alternatives, or strategies, to minimize or alleviate adverse health, safety and environmental impacts;

    7. Interpret published health, safety and environmental health research findings; and

    8. Engage in health, safety and environmental leadership activities at the community level.

    C. Major Topics

    Week 1 - Fundamentals of Exposure Assessment and Control

    Week 2 - Basic Principles of Toxicology

    Week 3 - Points of Exposure: Respiratory System, Skin, and Eyes

    Week 4 - Use of Biomarkers as an Exposure Assessment Tool

    Week 5 - Anticipation, Recognition, and Evaluation of Hazards

    Week 6 - Monitoring: Devices and Field Methods

    Week 7 - Gases, Vapors, and Solvents

    Week 8 - Particulates

    Week 9 - Noise

    Week 10 - Case Study

    Week 11 - Heat Stress

    Week 12 - Biological Hazards

    Week 13 - Indoor Environmental Quality – Non-Industrial Settings

    Week 14 - Fundamentals of Exposure Control

    Week 15 - Local Exhaust, Dilution, and General (Non-Industrial) Ventilation

    Week 16 - Respiratory Protection

    D. Textbooks

    Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene – Fifth Edition, edited by Barbara A. Plog and Patricia J. Quinlan, National Safety Council, 2002.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    No other purchases required.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Grading Scale:

    90% and above = A

    80% -

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The final grade for the course is based upon the following total point-values:

    15 QUIZZES @ 25-points each; 25% of course grade

    4 EXAMINATIONS @ 50-points each; 35% of course grade

    1 INTRODUCTORY POST @ 10-points; 5% of course grade

    1 RESPONSE POST @ 10-points; 5% of course grade

    EXERCISE-1 @ 100-points; 15% of course grade

    EXERCISE-2 @ 100-points; 15% of course grade

    A total of 795-points can be earned for this course. Therefore, the final grading scale for the course is as follows:

    715.5 – 795 = A

    636 -

    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

    No late assignments are accepted. Failure to complete any assignment will not result in an “Incomplete” grade in the course. Exceptions will be granted under extreme circumstances (severe illness, death of a family member, etc.) with appropriate documentation. All students are expected to read all course materials, perform all class activities, meet all course requirements, and take all examinations within defined dates.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MPH Health, Safety & Environment

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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