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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BSC6457

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Field J - Reduce credit hours to 2 hours to align with revised focus of the course material. The course has been restructured to focus on cutting edge technologies necessary for the students’ successful career. Standard components have been streamlined or eliminated to increase value to the student.
Comments: to GC Chair 2/5/13 - fro Cancer Bio PhD Change. Use LO for Obj; Write new LO; confirm Textbook. Faculty emailed 2/7/13. updated. GC apprvd 3/4/13. to USF Sys 3/5/13. to SCNS 4/22/13. Apprd eff 6/1/13

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3058 2013-01-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biology AS 121000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Kenneth L. Wright 8137453918

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BSC 6457 Modern Basic Tools of Research

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 1

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Cancer Research Techniques
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    An introduction to modern core research facilities and methodologies used in cancer research. Lecture, lab, demonstration.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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?


    course is required for students in the Cancer Biology PhD program.The

    course provides a necessary foundation in modern cancer research tools.

    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.)

    Experience in research techniques and a Ph.D. degree are required.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The primary objective is to provide an in-depth understanding of the types of modern molecular and cellular biology techniques utilized in basic and translational cancer research as performed in Cancer Center sponsored core facilities. The second objective is to provide knowledge of the principles underlying molecular and cellular biology techniques. A third objective is to provide knowledge of the practical applications and considerations for use of research core services.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will understand the types of molecular and cellular techniques available for basic and translational research in Cancer Center Core facilities. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the fundamental principles underlying the research techniques. Students will also develop an understanding of the practical applications of available Cancer Center core facilities.

    C. Major Topics


    within core facilities relating to molecular biology, tissue

    procurement, translational research, clinical pharmacology, high

    throughput screening, virtual HTS and molecular modeling, biostatistics,

    flow cytometry, cell therapies, proteomics, microarray, histopathology,

    analytic microscopy, animal imaging.

    D. Textbooks

    No textbook required

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings provided by guest lecturers and forums.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy


    quizzes, covering a module of core rotations will each be worth 25% of

    the final grade. Quiz format will be multiple choice and short answer,

    with a bonus essay question. A research paper, which will mimic the

    form of a predoctoral fellowship grant application, will be due on the

    last day of class and be worth 20% of the final grade. The research

    paper will be comprehensive for the course term, and will require

    integration and application of theoretical and practical knowledge

    rather than reiteration of specific core details or lessons. Final

    letter grades will be assigned with the following scale: A = 90-100%, B

    = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = below 60%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    - Two quizzes, one final research paper, and homework assignments.

    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


    missed quiz can be made up during the following class meeting with

    prior course instructor approval. Students will adhere to the University

    policy to maintain high academic integrity. The policy is available at

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Cancer Biology

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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