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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6573
Tracking Number - 5341

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-06-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Biomed Eng. To GC. Approved; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Nmbr 6770 approved as 6573 Effective 6/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-12-17
  2. Department: Chemical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107-0000
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Babu Joseph
  6. Phone: 9740692
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BME
  9. Number: 6573
  10. Full Title: Nano-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?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nano-medicine
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course will provide a basic knowledge of the principles, technology and applications of nanotechnology in medicine with special emphasis on recombinant DNA technology, protein engineering, drug delivery, biomaterials, MEMs & tissue engineering.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Offered as enrichment course (not part of 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? Graduate students in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Medicine might be interested in this course.

    The last few times this course was offered as an elective, the enrollment was around 25

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A PhD in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field.
  29. Objectives: The objective of the course is to acquire an in depth knowledge about Nanomedicine with special emphasis on its application in several fields e.g. recombinant DNA technology, protein engineering, gene therapy, drug delivery, biomaterials, Imaging and sensors.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Define nanotechnology and its application in areas of science, technology and medicine.

    2. Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of cell biology, nucleic acids, protein functions and structures.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of recombinant DNA technology and Protein engineering.

    4. Demonstrate understanding of signaling pathways and applying that knowledge in the design of therapeutics.

    5. Demonstrate understanding of concepts of nanoscale drug delivery and how to design these systems.

    6. Demonstrate knowledge on application of engineered systems at the nanoscale and apply them to areas such as tissue engineering.

    7. Demonstrate understanding of current problems with the application of nano-scale materials such as toxicity and environmental impact.

    8. Effectively conceptualize ideas in Nanomedicine and communicate to their peeers

    9. Effectively provide critique/feedback on the ideas from their peers

    10. Demonstrate knowledge of the steps required to commercializing promising nanoscale technologies and translating them to clinics.

    as assessed by quizzes, examinations, discussions, etc.

  31. Major Topics: 1) Macromolecules of life, proteins, nucleic acids, Transcription, translation and replication.

    2) Functional genomics, Polymerase chain reaction

    3) Recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering

    4) Protein detection and engineering, sensors

    5) Signaling Pathways and their perturbation

    6) Nanoengineered systems and Tissue engineering

    7) Bottom up approaches for nanomaterials, peptide self-assembly

    8) Nanoscale drug delivery systems

    9) Nanoparticles and Quantum dots in imaging and drug delivery

    10) Environmental and social impact of nanotechnology

    11) Clinical trials in Nanomedicine

    12) Commercialization of Nanotechnology based medical devices

  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Instructor will provide notes and readings from current literature.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Category Weightage (%)

    Papers 30

    Participation 10

    Group Project 30

    Feedback quality of the undergraduate reports/papers 20

    Written feedback of their undergraduate team members (mentoring) 10

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments are mainly term papers (at least 4). They are on current topics in the field of Nanomedicine. Additionally, students are expected to mentor as well as write feedback on the reports of the undergraduates that are enrolled in the class. Also, graduate students are expected to work in groups as team leaders with 2-3 undergraduate students enrolled in the course.
  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. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Will follow USF policy
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Graduate programs in pharmacy, biomedical sciences, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Physics

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