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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6608

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Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): GMS 6608 (Advanced Microscopic Anatomy) originally covered the histology, morphology and organization of human tissues and organs. The proposed change of GMS 6608 to “Pathology Case Studies 5” more accurately reflects both the normal and diseased states of endocrine organs at the cellular, molecular, tissue and organ structures. In addition, the course will no longer have a laboratory component. We also propose to reduce the variable credit hours currently listed as 3-6 hours to 2 credit hours only.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5401 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 6608 Pathology Case Studies 5

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    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)
    Pathology Case Studies 5
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    L - Blended (1-99% online) 10





    Course Description

    This course emphasizes the principles of pathology, including cell injury, inflammation, immunopathology, neoplasia and congenital and environmental pathology, by focusing on the anatomical, pathophysiological and pathologies in the endocrine system.

  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 in our MS in Medical Sciences concentration in Anatomy as pathology constitutes one of the major disciplines of anatomy. As a result, this course is needed to provide students with an understanding of anatomy in the diseased state of endocrine organs. 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

    Pathology Case Studies 5 (GMS 6608) presents a concise introduction to the basic pathophysiologic principles that are found in the endocrine system. The course develops a broad and thorough understanding of the principles of human pathology by examining major endocrine disorders through published case reports.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    All material is presented in the context of modern medicine such that at the completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Communicate an understanding of tissue injury and disease processes, using appropriate pathology terms in endocrine diseases.

    2. Recognize the morphological and functional differences between normal, injured or diseased endocrine tissue.

    3. Identify the common endocrine tumor types.

    4. Explain the causes of various endocrine diseases.

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the most frequent endocrine pathologies.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Etiology of the most common congenital endocrine diseases

    2. Common hereditary endocrine diseases

    3. Common metabolic endocrine diseases

    4. Etiology of the most common metabolic endocrine diseases

    5. Most common infectious endocrine diseases

    6. Etiology of the most common immunologic endocrine diseases

    7. Etiology of the most common endocrine tumors

    8. Clinical presentation of injuries to the endocrine system

    D. Textbooks

    There is no required course textbook.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Lecture presentations based on case reports using PowerPoint will be delivered by the individual course faculty as indicated in the course schedule. These presentations are intended to represent the main method of information delivery and may be extended by the addition of selected reading assignments designed to emphasize the clinical importance of the course material.

    Specific reading assignments in the form of published case reports will be assigned for each lecture. The reading assignments are additional means by which each student will acquire the core content of the course. It is essential that students complete the reading assignments prior to each class.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    The course will have five online quizzes as indicated in the class schedule. Grades will be posted in the grade book for each quiz and will be included in the calculation of the final grade

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Final course grade will be based on the five online quizzes, each comprising 20% of the final grade. 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


    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’ in Anatomy 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 a quiz. No make-up quizzes will be scheduled prior to the regular quizzes.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS in Medical Sciences concentration in Anatomy

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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