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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PAS6022
Tracking Number - 3003

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-04-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 1/14/13. for MA in P.A.; GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-11-26
  2. Department: Graduate School
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC-10009-611600-000000-0000000
  5. Contact Person: Larry Collins
  6. Phone: 813-396-9424
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PAS
  9. Number: 6022
  10. Full Title: Gross Anatomy
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): GROSS ANATOMY
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: A comprehensive study of human anatomy utilizing systemic and regional approaches to the human body. The course will cover all aspects of human anatomy through lectures combined with practical application using full cadaverous dissection.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. 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? Consistent with other Physician Assistant Degree Programs
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PA, MD, PhD, ARNP, MSW
  29. Objectives: The student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of normal anatomy, embryology, cross-sectional anatomy and radiologic imaging of the human body.

    2. Apply anatomical knowledge to recognize and solve clinical problems.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomical differences in the human body from birth to senescence.

    4. Recognize when one has reached the limits of their anatomical knowledge when trying to apply it to understanding clinical problems, and be able to utilize other resources to obtain needed information in a timely manner.

    5. Recognize the anatomy and laboratory findings related to variations, pathology, previous surgery and human life cycle from gestation to the elderly patient.

    6. Utilize a variety of resources (faculty, textbooks, computers, internet, etc.) to locate anatomic, embryologic, and/or radiologic information in order to understand how it relates to clinical problems.

    7. Work together as a professional team in the anatomy laboratory and in small-group study sessions.

    8. Engage in self-evaluation and evaluate peer performance during the laboratory and small-group experiences of the course.

    9. Demonstrate professional values, attitudes and behavior in all your interpersonal interactions with faculty, staff and peers.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completing Human Anatomy, the student should be able to:

    1. Use standard anatomical terminology in describing the structure of the human body.

    2. Locate and palpate important anatomical landmarks utilized during the physical exam.

    3. Identify organs and describe their gross anatomy.

    4. Identify blood vessels and nerves and name the tissues they supply or innervate.

    5. Identify bones and joints, explain the movements possible at each joint, and name the muscle groups responsible for these actions.

    6. Apply the knowledge of muscle actions and motor and sensory innervation to predict how patients will present following nerve lesions.

    7. Describe the three dimensional structure of the human body, including the spatial relationships of organs, blood vessels, nerves, bones, and muscles.

    8. Apply the knowledge of three dimensional relationships to:

    a. anticipate the implications of an injury

    b. predict the spread of disease

    c. perform basic clinical procedures

    d. begin to interpret imaging studies

    9. Recognize the normal range of variation in human anatomy.

    10. Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively in a group

  31. Major Topics: Organization, Development, and Musculoskeletal System

    • Organization of the human body

    • Developmental Anatomy

    • Skeletal System

    • Muscular System

    • Joints of the Extremities

    • Surface Anatomy

    Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems, and Lymphatic System

    • Brain & Cranial Nerves

    • Spinal Cord & Spinal Nerves

    • General Senses

    • Special Senses

    • Lymphatic System

    Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, and Digestive System

    • Thorax

    • Cardiovascular System

    • Respiratory System

    • Digestive System

    Urinary System, Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    • Urinary System

    • Male Reproductive System

    • Female Reproductive System

  32. Textbooks: Gray, Henry, Richard L. Drake, Wayne Vogl, Adam W. M. Mitchell, Richard Tibbitts, and Paul Richardson. Gray's Anatomy for Students. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, 2010.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Computer-Based Learning (CBLA)

    CBLA activities encompass the following online educational and academic exercises that do not involve formal classroom presentations. Students are expected to independently utilize these materials to enhance their understanding of anatomy.

    1. Online Atlas of Anatomy by Gilroy with Winking

    2. Digital dissection videos – provides the opportunity to view and study AVI movies through Blackboard and computers with Windows Media Player.

    3. Cross Sectional Anatomy – accessed through Blackboard and viewed on computer with either PowerPoint or Windows Media Player.

    4. Computer-Base Quizzes – These mini-multiple choice exams cover all of the above.

    REQUIRED for dissection laboratory:

    • Dissection instruments kit – available in MCOM Bookstore (~$25.00)

    • Ύ-length white laboratory coat – available in MCOM Bookstore (~30.00)

    • Appropriate attire will also include long pants — scrubs are recommended

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: This course will have 4 computer-based tests (each worth 15% of the total grade) administered approximately every 2-3 weeks. Each test will consist of objective, multiple-choice type questions from assigned reading, lectures, and the laboratory dissection manual. Some questions may require identification of structures based on computer displayed images of tissues, cadaveric material or radiographic material.

    2 separate cadaver based practical examinations (each worth 20% of total grade) will be administered, one at mid-term and one at the end of the course. This practical examination will require identification of labeled soft tissue specimens, models, radiographic images (MRI, X-rays & CT scans), bones, and CBLA images on laboratory stations. Students are also responsible for identification of prominent surface landmarks.

    An answer key for each test will be available for a period of 1 week in the Office of Medical Education for viewing only. The software used for these tests will indicate to the test taker their raw score at the time a student completes the test. This can be used as an indication of performance but should not be construed as the final score, since questions may be mis-keyed, found to be flawed, or discarded for a number of reasons.

    Each computer-based test will be followed by a Group Test, where 4-6 randomly assigned students have the opportunity to discuss the more difficult questions as a small group and reach a consensus answer. The cadaver based practical will not have a group test.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 4 written exams - 15% each and 2 practical exams 20% each
  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Academic and Professional Integrity Standards

    Students are required to maintain both academic and professional integrity requirements to remain in good standing in the physician assistant program.

    Academic Requirements: To achieve satisfactory academic progress leading to promotion in the Physician Assistant Program, the student must achieve a GPA of 3.00 in each term (summer, fall, spring). In addition, the student may receive no single grade in any course less than a C. The PA program considers a grade below C to represent unsatisfactory academic progress. Unsatisfactory academic progress may result in conditional promotion, withdrawal, or dismissal from the program. Students are required to have a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 to graduate.

    Students earning a final grade of D or F in the PA program may be dismissed. This may also lead to withdrawal of financial aid.

    Professional Integrity Requirements: Students may be dismissed from the physician assistant program for failure to meet the following professional conduct standards:

    • Failure to comply with professional behavior standards.

    • Failure to comply with learning objectives set forth in a formal learning contract between the program and the student.

    • Clinical misconduct, including, but not limited to:

    • Conduct that constitutes harassment, threats or abuse of, or discrimination against peers, faculty, patients, or others.

    • Provision of physician assistant services, including laboratory experiences in courses, while under the influence of an illegal substance and/or alcohol.

    • Breach of patient/client confidentiality.

    • Failure, during a clinical experience, to comply with the Policies and Procedures of the clinical facility.

    • Failure to comply with the Physical Assistant Studies student and Departmental Policies outlined in the student handbooks.

    • Failure to comply with the Physician Assistants Ethical Guidelines to Professional Conduct (,

    Violations of the professional integrity requirements will result in a hearing with the Progress and Promotion Committee. Findings of misconduct to self, faculty, the University internship facility and/or patient may result in failure in the assignment, failure in the course or dismissal from the program. For situations that result in dismissal from the program, a notation of “Required to Withdraw for Program Integrity Reasons” will be placed on the student’s record and transcripts

    Academic Honesty Guidelines

    Students attending the USF Morsani College of Medicine are awarded academic degrees in recognition of successful completion of coursework in the study of medicine. Each individual is expected to earn his or her degree on the basis of personal effort. Consequently, any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. Unprofessional behaviors cannot be tolerated in the university community and will be punishable, according to the seriousness of the offense, in conformity with established rules and procedures.

    All students are required to abide by the USF Academic Dishonesty and Disruption of Academic Process Guidelines that have been accepted by the university and are displayed in detail in the USF Student Handbook.

    a. Consequences

    Punishment for the violation of any of the academic honesty guidelines will depend on the seriousness of the disruption and will range from a private verbal reprimand to dismissal from the Morsani College of Medicine.

    b. Appeal

    Students have the right to appeal disciplinary actions to the appropriate committee through the Morsani College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs. Such appeals must be submitted in writing within ten (10) business days of notification of the decision.

    c. Requirement to Report Criminal Incident

    Students are required to report any interaction with the police resulting in an arrest or that results in being brought before the criminal justice system within fifteen (15) days of the incident. This requirement is independent of whether or not there is a conviction involved. Failure to report any incident will result in action by the APRC for unprofessional behavior. APRC action may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the M.D. Program.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Physician Assistant
  39. Course Concurrence Information: n/a

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