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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHA6146
Tracking Number - 4998

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: In review 9/4/14; to GC. Approved. To USF Sys 11/4; to SCNS 11/12. Appd eff 2/1/15. Nmbr 6140 appd as 6146. Updated to both online and face-to-face delivery 5/18/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-04-08
  2. Department: Medical Sciences
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Shyam S Mohaptra
  6. Phone: 8139748568
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHA
  9. Number: 6146
  10. Full Title: Introduction to Nanotechnology
  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?: 1
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nanotechnology
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Provides an overview of the distinctive features of nanotechnology and their application to biomedical problems. The course compares the macro/micro/nanoscale to highlight the unique properties of nanotechnology in nanomedicine.

  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? Supports the proposed Master's of Science in Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Science with Concentration Nanomedicine

    and the MS and PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences

  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.) experience with use of nanotechnology in biomedical research
  29. Objectives: • understand the fundamentals of nanobioscience

    • learn the principles of bioengineering at the nanoscale

    • become familiar with the types of nanomaterial used in biomedical applications (e.g., nanoparticles and nanoprobes) and the methods of characterizing them

    • be able to develop nanofabrication methods and select appropriate nanomaterials for specific applications in nanomedicine

    • be familiar with current uses of nanotechnology in medicine and the future diagnostic and treatment techniques for nanomedicine and personalized therapy

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will

    • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the ways nanotechnology can be used to improve medical diagnoses, provide more effective treatments and establish personalized medicine

    • Learn the methods of nanoengineering as they apply to biological systems

    • Learn the techniques for quality control of nanomaterials and be familiar with the instrumentation for defining nanoparameters

    • Understand the safety considerations, legal issues and governmental regulations as they apply to nanomedicine

    • Be able to develop programs for identifying promising new nanotechnologies and translating research findings into scalable, effective, marketable applications

  31. Major Topics: • Overview of nanotechnology from a biomedical perspective

    • Synthesis, fabrication, functionalization and characterization of nanomaterials

    • Polymeric nanoparticles and their applications in nanomedicine

    • Magnetic nanoparticles and energy delivery for therapy

    • Applications of nanotechnology in microfluidics

    • Design and synthesis of functionalized nanoparticles

    • Nanotechnology and highly organized tissues

    • Environmental and social impact of nanotechnology

    • Mitochondrial gene therapy and nanomedicine

    • Liposomes and micelles in nanomedicine

    • Developing nanomaterials and methods for personalized medicine

  32. Textbooks: - The Handbook of Nanomedicine []

    - Nanomedicine: Design and Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials, Nanosensors and Nanosystems []

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Current literature in the form of articles from appropriate nanomedicine journals will be utilized throughout the course. The students will need to access these for review and presentation.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Final grade will be based on:

    Exams 30% (three exams)

    Assignments 30% (three assignments)

    Written/Directed Research 30% (6 dissertation credits)

    Participation in Active Learning 10%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: - Three exams with short-answer format

    - Online assignments including summary and critique of recent publications in nanomedicine (papers must be approved by course director)

    - Written or directed research (may be used for dissertation credits)

    - Active participation of students in evaluating each paper presented online. All students will be expected to enter into the discussion of each paper presented. This will determine their participation grade.

  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: For an acceptable, documented absence, a student will be allowed to make up a missed exam or presentation. Students are required to abide by the USF policy on academic integrity.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master's of Science in Pharmaceutical Science with Concentration Nanomedicine
  39. Course Concurrence Information: MSc and PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences.

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