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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6707
Tracking Number - 813

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-01-20
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for review 9/12/11; Abb. Title updated 10/11/11; to GC 11/3/11. Approved. To USF System 11/28/11. to SCNS 12/6/11. Apprd eff 1/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-08-10
  2. Department:
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 614500020
  5. Contact Person: Ingrid Bahner
  6. Phone: 8139743454
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6707
  10. Full Title: Medical Neuroscience
  11. Credit Hours: 3-7
  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?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Med Neuroscience
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: GMS 6xxx Core Principles and the Musculoskeletal System
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Emphasized in this course are those aspects of the nervous systems that have immediate relevance for clinical medicine.

    This course is restricted to students enrolled in the Masters of Science with a concentration in interdisciplinary medical sciences

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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? 10-15 students
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
  29. Objectives: The overall objectives of this course are to provide the students with a fundamental understanding of anatomical, biological and behavioral principles basic to human function; to explain mechanisms that underlie clinical disorders; and to understand, synthesize, and incorporate the fundamental principles learned as they apply to medicine.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Acquiring a fundamental understanding of medical principles that will permit life-long learning.
  31. Major Topics: Week 1

    Introduction and Overview of the CNS

    Cell Biology of Neurons

    Initiation of Action Potentials

    Propagation of Action Potentials

    Presynaptic Events

    Imaging the Nervous System I

    Meninges, CNS and the Ventricular System

    Lab Preview + Brain Lab - remove brain; meninges; brain and brainstem; cranial nerves

    Neuromuscular Junction

    E-C Coupling

    Post Synapic Events



    Week 2

    Autonomic and Peripheral Nervous Systems

    Integration and the Autonomic Nervous System

    Cranial Nerves

    Cranial Nerves

    Brain Lab - brain and brainstem; cranial nerves

    AL: Cranial Nerves


    Ventricular System and CSF


    AL: Thalamus

    Brain Lab - Cerebral Cortex, Diencephalon and Ventricular System

    Cell Biology of Glia

    Development of the Nervous System

    Spinal Cord Reflexes and Muscle Tone

    AL: Clinical Evaluation of Cranial Nerves

    Week 3

    Diseases of Lower Motor Neurons

    Control of Lower Motor Neurons

    Brainstem Control of Lower Motor Neurons

    Imaging the Nervous System II

    Lab Preview + Cervical and Brachial Plexus Lab

    Primary and Supplemental Motor Cortex and Movement


    Week 4

    Basal Ganglia


    Lab Preview + Brachial Plexus Lab

    Eye and Ear


    Movement Disorders

    Lab Preview + Lumbosacral Plexus Lab

    Eye and Orbit

    CNS Control of Extraocular Movement

    Clinical Evaluation of Extraocular Movement

    Week 5

    Development of the Eye and Ear

    The Visual System Retinal Processing


    Lab Preview + Eye and Ear Lab

    Week 6

    The Visual System Central Processing

    Somatosensory Transduction


    Lab Preview + Eye and Ear Lab

    Auditory System

    Vestibular System

    Medial Lemniscus

    Anterolateral System


    AL: Somatosensory Disorders

    Week 7

    Week 8

    Reticular Formation and the Reticular Activating System


    Nuerochemical Pathways

    The Limbic System

    Models of Learning



    Fear and Emotion

    Blood Supply to the Brain

    Week 9



    Personality Development I

    Personality Development II

    Executive Function


    Apraxias and Agnosias

    Consciousness, Brain Death and Anesthesia

    Family Communication Patterns



    Week 10

    Unexplained Neurological Symptoms

    Brain, Mind, Default Mode Network and the Sense of Self

    Medical Humanities

  32. Textbooks: Neuroscience, Dale Purves, et al. eds., 4th edition , Sinauer Associates, Inc. 2008

    Histology, A text and Atlas, Michael H. Ross, Wojciech Pawlina, 5th edition, 2005.

    Grays Anatomy for Students, Richard Drake, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 2009

    Atlas of Human Anatomy, Frank Netter, 4th edition, Saunders.; or Atlas of Anatomy, A. Gilroy, et al, 1st edition, Thieme.

    The Developing Human, Keith Moore & T.V.N. Persaud, 8th edition, 2006.

    Behavior Science in Medicine by Barabra Fadem

    Physiology, 6th Edition, Berne & Levy, Koeppen and Stanton, Elsevier/Mosby (2008).

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Test scores 96%

    Written, Computer Based (84%)

    Laboratory Practical (16%)

    Participation in Active Learning 3%

    Completing Peer Assessment 1%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: TEST 1 week 3: Monday 8:00am

    TEST 2 week 5: Monday 8:00am

    Anatomy Lab Practical week 7: Monday 8:00am

    TEST 3 week 7: Wednesday 8:00am

    TEST 4 week 10: Friday 8:00am

  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: Students who miss an examination for any reason are required to contact the Office of Educational Affairs (974-2435) prior to returning to class to determine the date and time of the make-up examination. Dates and times of make-up examinations are determined by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education in consultation with Course Directors. In general, make-up examinations must be taken within 48 hours of the original examination date.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Masters of Science with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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