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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6601

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): GMS 6601 (Methods in Microscopy) originally covered microscopy as the major technique used for diagnostic purposes in histology and clinical laboratory medicine. The proposed change of GMS 6601 to “Introduction in Laboratory Medicine” more accurately reflects breadth of cellular, molecular and microscopic techniques currently employed in diagnostic laboratory medicine.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5400 2016-02-25
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medicine MD HSC61100010000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Patricia Kruk 8139740548

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6601 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 1

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Intro Laboratory Medicine
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    L - Blended (1-99% online) 5





    Course Description

    GMS 6601 provides a concise overview and introduction to clinical laboratory medicine.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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 is needed to provide students with a practical understanding and application of anatomical principles at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels in a clinical setting. This will better prepare students for future training and careers in medical or education professions.

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


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

    PhD, MD or equivalent professional degree.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Introduction to Laboratory medicine (GMS 6601) provides a concise overview and introduction to clinical laboratory medicine. By explaining the cellular and molecular techniques used for the diagnosis of the most prevalent disease, this course emphasizes the current cellular and molecular principles, techniques and instrumentation and applications of biology used for diagnostic testing.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    After the course, students are expected to:

    1. Understand the concepts of sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, prevalence and incidence.

    2. Learn the frequently encountered interference in many laboratory tests.

    3. Understand the steps in specimen processing and handling.

    4. Select the appropriate laboratory test for clinical application.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Principles of diagnostic assays

    2. Techniques and instrumentation in clinical laboratory medicine

    3. Operational principles in clinical laboratory medicine

    4. Specimen collection and processing for clinical testing

    5. Protocols for common clinical testing of hereditary, infections and neoplastic diseases

    6. Pharmacogenetics in clinical laboratory testing

    7. FDA-approval process for molecular testing

    8. Pitfalls of common clinical laboratory tests

    D. Textbooks

    “Fundamental of Molecular Diagnostics, 1e”

    (David E. Bruns, Edward R. Ashwood, Carl A. Brutis)

    1st edition

    Ed. Saunders, 2007


    ISBN-13: 978-1416037378

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    In order to appropriately address the teaching objectives of the course, students will be responsible for subject material from the assigned readings in the required course textbook that are not covered in the lecture modules. Moreover, maximum benefit will be obtained by reading appropriate textbook material (Assigned Reading) before viewing each module.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Grade will be based on the participation in class attendance/discussion (10%), midterm exam (40%) and final exam (50%). Final course grade will be based on a percentage performance basis for the course using the following grading scale:

    A 92-100 A- 89-91

    B+ 87-88 B 82 – 86 B- 79-81

    C+ 77-78 C 72–76 C- 69-71

    D+ 67-68 D 62-–68 D- 59-61


    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Grade will be based on the participation in class attendance/discussion (10%), midterm exam (40%) and final exam (50%).

    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. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Course participants are required to complete the course exams on the dates indicated in the syllabus and the Medical Sciences Masters’ concentration in Anatomy Fall calendar. Alternative dates for examinations are only given due to extreme circumstances, or emergencies. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation to support the claim of an emergency beyond their control, which will be determined acceptable by the course director BEFORE being granted an extension of time to complete an examination. No make-up exams will be scheduled prior to the regular course exams.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS in Medical Sciences concentration in Anatomy

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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