Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHZ6715
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Approved by SCNS
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 12/3. for PhD in Appled Physics. Replacing selected topics course. GC approved 12/3/12. to Sys 12/4/12. to SCNS 12/12/12. Appropved effective 2/1/13.
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2922 2012-09-04 Department College Budget Account Number Physics AS 125300000 Contact Person Phone Casey Miller 81397477771 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title PHZ 6715 Biophysics I 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) - Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
This is part one of a two-semester introductory course in biophysics designed to apply concepts
from thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism to describe the physical
behavior of macromolecules and biological membranes.
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?
This graduate level course has been offered every fall semester since the Fall 2002. This course is vital to the success of students engaged in biophysics research, which is one of three major research areas in the Applied Physics PhD.
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.)
- Other Course Information
The objective of this course is to apply the concepts of thermodynamics, statistical
mechanics and electromagnetism and to describe the physical behavior of biological
macromolecules and biological membranes.
B. Learning Outcomes
Students will (a) apply the concept of partition functions to describe macromolecular
systems. (b) explore how global transitions in macromolecules affect their binding
behavior (c) learn how to describe diffusion and appreciate its role in cellular and
sub-cellular transport (d) describe the conformation of biopolymers and explore
conformational transitions (helix-coil transition)
C. Major Topics
Overview of Cell Biology Gross Anatomy of Cells and their Organelles,
Biomolecules and macromolecules in cells, protein, Lipids, DNAMolecular
USF Graduate School - Graduate Course Status Page 2 of 3
Biophysics Review of thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics; Molecular forces
among macromolecules; The conformation of macromolecules in solution Molecular
association and reaction kinetics; Diffusion of macromolecules; Fluctuations and
Molecular Dynamics Macromolecules and Charges Screening of macromolecules
by ions (Debye-Hueckel Theory)Ions and Electrical Potentials across membranes
Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, by Meyer B. Jackson Cambridge University
Press, New York, 2006
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
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. Its 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
J. Program This Course Supports
PhD in Applied Physics
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