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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHA6618
Tracking Number - 5034

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: 9/4/14; to GC. Pending - address course not Program info. Emailed. Corrected content. Needs Justification. 11/14/14. Upd 12/9/14. GC appd 2/10/15. To USF Sys 2/27/15. Nmbr 6142 apprd as 6618. Effect 4/1/15. chged to online/face-to-face delivery 5/18/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-06-30
  2. Department: Graduate School
  3. College: RX
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Shyam S Mohapatra
  6. Phone: 8139748568
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHA
  9. Number: 6618
  10. Full Title: Principles of Geriatric Medicine
  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): Geriatric Medicine
  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: Prepares future health professionals to address the needs of their older patients expanding student understanding of psychosocial and communication issues exposing participants to cross-cultural issues in health care.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Elective for new Master's Program
  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? This course also recognizes the differences in older patients with respect to appropriate nanodrug formulations addressing absorption, distribution, metabolism, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics issues in older patients in conjunction with psychosocial and communication issues exposing participants to cross-cultural issues in Pharmacy care. Americans are growing older, living longer and have increasing health concerns. These facts are driving the demand for health workers who specialize in caring for older patients. The field of geriatric is expected to grow as the baby boomers generation ages. By 2030, more than one-fifth of Americans – 70 million individuals will be over age 65. Hence, a special emphasis on nanodrugs for elderly will provide an additional important perspective.
  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.) Instructor must have PhD./terminal degree in the discipline area
  29. Objectives: The learning objectives of this course are:

    1) To identify unique presentations of disease in older persons,

    2) To learn to differentiate disease states from "normal aging",

    3) To learn about changes in drug metabolism, distribution and absorption in elderly

    4) To understand nanodrug formulations addressing absorption, distribution, metabolism, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics issues in older patients

    5) To discuss about managing geriatric syndromes, and

    6) To discuss gaps in pharmacy research in aging and aging-related diseases.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Successful completion of this course will provide the student with the

    skills to:

    1) Understand the principles of care of older adults,

    2) Recognize unique presentations of disease in older persons,

    3) Differentiate disease states from "normal aging",

    4) Managing geriatric syndromes

    5) Understand clinical research in aging and aging-related diseases.

    6) Recognize different components associated to the care of older persons

    such as: social work, nursing, physician's assistant training, and physical


  31. Major Topics: The course will address key aspects of the care of older people, which include:

    1) Principles of care of older adults,

    2) Recognition of the unique presentations of disease in older persons,

    3) Differentiation between disease states and "normal aging",

    4) Management of geriatric syndromes

    5) Basis of clinical research in aging and aging-related diseases.

    6) Interdisciplinary nature of the care of older population in the context of

    social work, nursing, physician's assistant training, and physical


  32. Textbooks: Principles and practice of geriatric medicine, Volume 2

    M. S. J. Pathy

  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 × 70 points 70

    Exam-2 1 × 70 points 70

    Final Exam 1 x 80 points 80

    Projects 2 × 15 points 30

    Homework assignments 2 × 15 points 30

    Debate 1 × 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
  38. Program This Course Supports: Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Practice Management
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Master’s in NanoPharmacy

    Pharmacy, PhD program in Biomedical Sciences or Engineering

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