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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6068

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4893 2014-01-24
    Department College Budget Account Number
    MD USF01HSC61440010000 0000000000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ingird Bahner 8139743454

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6068 Cancer Biology

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    8-3 O - Other -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Cancer Biol
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    GMS 7930 Introduction to Medical Sciences


    Course Description

    Cancer Biology is used to introduce the students to the concepts and core principles of medical sciences such as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and immunolgy.

  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?


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

    Yes, 1 time

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

    Expertise in the subject matter as well expertise in medical education.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The overall objectives of this course are to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the core principles of medical sciences focusing on cancer biology such that at the end of the course the student can explain the underlying mechanisms of disease and its clinical presentation.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course students should be able to:

    1. Relate gene structure and expression to phenotypic variability.

    2. Understand the molecular and biochemical basis of inherited disease and various forms of cancer.

    3. Know cellular principles that govern responses of cells and tissues to normal and abnormal stimuli and their effect on disease.

    4. Understand the basic principles and concepts of cellular signal transduction in normal cells and disease, including cancer.

    5. Recognize and understand the concepts of molecular cell biology and cell metabolism as pharmaceutical targets for the treatment and intervention of cancer and other diseases.

    6. Self-assess and communicate to peers and faculty their understanding of the core principles of medical sciences and major concepts of cancer biology with its clinical applications.

    7. Collaborate in Engaged Learning groups showing respect to group members through adequate preparation and active participation.

    8. Communicate ideas effectively with peers and demonstrate a willingness to consider other people’s viewpoints.

    9. Develop important professional habits of questioning the current state of knowledge of disease and current therapies.

    C. Major Topics

    Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Immunology of Cancer

    Specific cancers, such as colon, breast, lung and skin cancer as well as Leukemia.

    D. Textbooks

    The Biology of Cancer by Robert A. Weinberg (Taylor & Francis, 2nd edition, 2013), ISBN-13: 9780815342205

    Molecular Cell Biology by Harvey Lodish et al. (Freeman, 7th edition, 2012), ISBN-13: 9781429234139

    Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations by Thomas M. Devlin (Wiley, 7th edition, 2010), ISBN-13: 9780470281734

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    There are three tests during this course, each contributing 33.3% to the final grade. The final test contains an additional portion (10-15%) of comprehensive questions covering material of the entire course.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    In addition to three tests during this course, students receive reading assignments for each of the mandatory engaged learning sessions.

    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


    If the student has an unanticipated, unplanned absence on the day of an exam, he/she must contact the Course Director and the IMS program director by email or telephone by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the exam. When the student returns to school he/she must fill out and sign the Absence Report form. Documentation for the absence to be excused (e.g. physician’s note, accident report, etc.) will be at the discretion of the course director in consultation with the IMS program director.


    Students who miss course-specific mandatory events are expected to acquire the same level of competency as other students involved in the course. Therefore, students with an excused absence will be required to demonstrate to the Course Director that the student has acquired the appropriate experience. This demonstration may take a variety of forms depending on the activity that was missed. An unexcused absence from one of these activities will be deemed a violation of professional standards and be reported appropriately. Multiple or prolonged unexcused absences, could result in failure of the course or a grade of “Incomplete”, at the discretion of the Course Director. All absences of course-specific mandatory events and the outcome will be reported to the IMS program director by the Course Director.

    One of the primary roles of the course faculty is to facilitate the professional development of the students. As part of the professionalism initiative described above, all students of the Morsani College of Medicine are asked to abide by rigorous standards of academic honesty. Common violations of this include but are not be limited to:

    • lying

    • cheating

    • stealing

    • plagiarizing the work of others

    • causing purposeful or neglectful damage to property

    • impeding the learning process of a colleague

    • jeopardizing patient care in any way

    • failing to report others’ violations

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Masters of Science in the Medical Sciences with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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