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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6773

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective - MSMS: Aging Conc. To GC 11/30/15 GC Apprd; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Apprd eff 7/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5269 2015-09-18
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medical Sciences MD 615500
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Alison Willing 8139747812

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6773 Stem Cells and Brain Repair

    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
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Stem Cells and Brain Repair
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    This course will provide students with knowledge of basic issues in stem cell research today, with a focus on the treatment of brain injuries and disease. The class format is lectures and discussion of seminal articles in the field.

  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?

    This course has been offered for the last 11 years as a special topics course. It is included in the Aging and Neuroscience curriculum. In the last several years enrollment has ranged from 15-25 students per offering. While students are mainly from Aging & Neuroscience, we have also had Neuroscience PhD students, biomedical engineering students, and students from interdisciplinary biomedical sciences enrolled in the course.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    The instructors must have a advanced graduate degree (PhD, MD, DO)

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Specific objectives include:

    1. Understand what a stem cell is and how they develop.

    2. Understand current experimental techniques for studying the stem


    3. Clarify ethical issues in the development of a stem cell therapy

    4. Understand the normal brain and spinal cord physiology and the

    pathophysiological processes that occur with injury or disease.

    5. Understand how pathophysiology impacts the ability of stem cells to

    repair/regenerate brain

    6. Understand the basic mechanisms by which stem cells can repair

    injured or diseased brain

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will:

    1. Understand the current status of stem cell research and it's ethical


    2. Understand the reciprocal influence that stem cells and nervous system

    physiology and pathophysiology have on each other

    3. Understand the various mechansims underlying brain repair by stem


    4. Be able to critically evaluate research articles and understand the

    strength or weakness of the scientific evidence supporting a premise

    C. Major Topics

    What is a stem cell?

    Common Techniques for Studying Stem Cells

    Ethics in Stem Cell Research

    Development of the Nervous System

    Physiology of Aging Brain & Stem Cells

    Pathophysiology of Brain Injury/disease


    Adult Stem Cells - Transdifferentiation vs. Fusion

    Endogneous Neurogenesis

    Neural Reconstruction


    Trophic Support

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings from the current stem cell literature as chosen by course instructors

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    The assignments/exams are worth:

    15% Weekly Quizzes

    20% Midterm Exam #1

    20% Midterm Exam #2

    20% Final Exam

    20% Term Paper

    5% Participation

    The grading system for the course is

    A 92-110%

    A- 89-91%

    B+ 87-88%

    B 82-86%

    B- 79-81%

    C+ 77-78%

    C 72-76%

    C- 69-71%

    D 59-68%

    F less than 59%

    An "incomplete" may be assigned if 70% of the coursework is completed and only one or two outstanding assignments remain to be completed. This must be requested in advance of the submission of final grades and the student and instructor must enter a written contract that specifies what remains to be completed and the timeline for completion.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The completion of the weekly quizzes (12), the term paper (1) and the exams (3) is compulsory for every student. The quizzes will be held in the first 10 minutes of every class and if the student misses the quiz, they cannot make it up. The term paper must be submitted on time. If the paper is late, a letter grade will be subtracted for every day it is late. If it is a week late, the grade is an F.

    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. Its 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

    There will be no make-up opportunities for missed quizzes or the term paper. Students will be permitted to make up missed exams with the appropriate notification as to the reason for the absence or documentation (doctor's note). No make-up opportunities will be offered to students that have failed an assignment as a result of academic dishonesty.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Aging & Neuroscience Masters and graduate certificate programs

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    PhD in neuroscience

    Graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering

    Graduate studies in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences.

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