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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHA6119
Tracking Number - 4925

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-12
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: recd after 3/1. To Chair - For Certificate. Concurrence clarified. Ok 6/2/14. Process with the GC report 9/8/14. to SCNS 10/1; to SCNS 10/8. Approved effective 2/1/15. Nmbr 6116 apprd as 6119. Updated to both online and face-to-face delivery 5/18/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-02-05
  2. Department: Medical Sciences
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 60821
  5. Contact Person: Shyam S Mohapatra
  6. Phone: 8139748568
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHA
  9. Number: 6119
  10. Full Title: Micro-/Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nanoscale Drug Delivery
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This is an advanced course for pharmacy students on novel approaches to drug delivery as it relates to medicine. The course will consists of lectures describing micro- and nanoscale methods of drug delivery. (by permission of the Course Director)

  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? The development of drug delivery methods is a rapidly evolving

    interdisciplinary science, which is expected to benefit all spheres of

    our society. The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Practice

    Management will benefit students hoping to make a career in medicine,

    pharmacy, science or engineering.Currently, no such program exists at

    USF. Hence, there is a need to train a new generation of researchers in

    this discipline.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD
  29. Objectives: to review the latest nanotechnology-driven drug delivery approaches

    • to discuss and evaluate novel drug delivery platforms

    • to discuss methods and approaches for targeted drug delivery

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete the course will have mastered the following competences:

    1. understanding the methods and approaches used in nanotech-driven drug delivery platforms

    2. identifying the strengths and weaknesses of these platforms

    3. developing an understanding of the requirements for an ideal drug delivery system

  31. Major Topics: new perspectives on medicine and basic concepts of targeted drug

    delivery in nanomedicine

    • overview of basic nanomedical systems design

    • targeting nanomedical systems to cells and assessing specificity and

    rare-event targeting of cells in vitro and in vivo

    • identification of normal and facilitated cell entry mechanisms

    • identification of nanomaterials for core design

    • importance of zeta potential for targeting in nanomedicine

    • description of surface chemistry: attaching targeting and therapeutic

    molecules to the core

    • challenges of therapeutic drug dosing with nanodelivery systems

    • nanodelivery of therapeutic drugs, nucleic acids and molecular

    biosensor feedback control systems and encoding information into

    nanomedical systems

    • animal testing of nanodelivery systems

    • assessing drug efficacy at the single-cell level

    • designing nanodelivery systems for in vivo use, issues of


    • designing and evaluating integrated nanomedical systems

    • quality control manufacturing, life-cycle assessment, workplace &

    environmental regulations

  32. Textbooks: The Handbook of Nanomedicine, Kewal K. Jain;

    Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities, by Robert A. Freitas Jr.,

    Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility, by Robert A. Freitas Jr.,

    Understanding Nanomedicine, by Rob Burgess

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Primary articles from the literature and/or reviews relevant to the lecture topics may be assigned on a weekly basis.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students should study ALL materials covered in class. There will be

    three exams. In addition, there will be two homework assignments, two

    project write-ups and one debate. The grade will be based on the


    Exam-1 1 Χ 70 points 70

    Exam-2 1 Χ 70 points 70

    Final Exam 1 x 80 points 80

    Projects 2 Χ 15 points 30

    Homework assignments 2 Χ 15 points 30

    Debate 1 Χ 20 points 20

    Total 300

    A 270 – 300

    B 240 –

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The completion of two scheduled projects, two assignments, one debate and three exams is compulsory for every student. The assignments, projects and exams must be submitted on time and late submission will result in a grade of F and possibly other penalties.
  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: There will be no make-up opportunities for missed homework, assignments and student debates. Students will be permitted to make up exams missed because of excused absences caused by (1) personal illness, (2) religious holiday or (3) an illness or death in the immediate family. The instructor must be notified in writing about absences for religious holidays at least two weeks before observance. In the case of an emergency, the student should contact the course coordinator by e-mail and provide written documentation as soon as possible. If the student fails to provide proper written documentation of the emergency, he/she will get a zero for the exams missed.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Practice Management
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Master’s in Pharmacy Concentration in Nanomedicine

    Pharmacy, PhD program in Biomedical Sciences or Engineering

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