Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
November 5, 2002

Members Present:         Barbara Eide, Thomas Krueger, Jonathan Majak, Sandra Krajewski, Carol Angell, Kent Koppelman, Steve Simpson, Susan (Boon) Murray, Roger Haro, Patricia Wilder, Carey O’Kelly

Members Absent:         Kasilingham Periyasamy (exc), Mark Kelley, Stephanie Connolly

Consultants:                  Charles Martin-Stanley, Diane Schumacher

Guests:                         Kathryn Hollon, Michael Winfrey, Gwyneth Straker, Thomas Kernozek, Rebecca Chance

1.   M/S/P to approve minutes of October 15, 2002.

2.   First Readings:

      Proposal #4, MIC 407/507, Pathogenic Bacteriology, course description, effective Fall 2003.  The study of pathogenic bacteria and their relationships to disease; principles of infection and pathogenesis, and unique properties of pathogens.  Laboratory emphasis is on techniques for isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria.  Not applicable to biology major; may be applied to the microbiology, clinical laboratory science major and/or degree as well as an elective for the Biology biomedical concentration.  Lect. 2, Lab. 4.  Prerequisites: MIC 230; MIC 406 or concurrent enrollment. 

MIC 425/525, Bacterial Physiology, prerequisites, effective Fall 2003.  Prerequisites: MIC 406; MTH 150 or higher;  CHM 300 (or 303);  admitted to microbiology major.

MIC 442/542, Plant Microbe Interactions, 3 credits, new course, effective Spring 2004.  This course will explore in depth various ways that plants interact with microbes in the environment, at the macroscopic, cellular, and molecular levels.  Case studies will include both parasitic and mutualistic (symbiotic) interactions.  Microbes include fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses.  Includes plant pathology and studies of the beneficial relationships between plants and microbes.  Inquiry-based labs are integrated into the lecture and discussion sessions.  Lect. 2, Lab. 2.  Prerequisites: BIO 204; MIC 230; BIO 306 or MIC 416. Offered Sem. II,  even-numbered years.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the first reading, Microbiology will notify Records and Registration about whether MIC 542 will be listed as elective in any of the biology master’s programs

Proposal #5, P-T 681, Research I: Methodology,  2 cr.,  course description, title, effective Spring 2003.  Research methodology with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course.  Methods for critically evaluating the literature, literature search strategies, ethics in research, issues of control, measurement and some basic elements of research design will be discussed.  Students will formulate a research question and develop a research proposal.  Offered Sem. II.

P-T 682, Research II: Applied Statistical Methods, 3 cr., course description, title, effective Summer 2003.  Specific quantitative research designs and statistics with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course.  The course will discuss methods for critically evaluating the literature based on the study design and statistical findings as well as their application to clinical practice.  Students will build on course content developed in Research I.  Prerequisite: P-T 681.  Offered summer session.

Due to a change in faculty, the course content will have less math focus. GCC discussion focused on what math should be required as a prereq and recommended refining the titles to be more descriptive. 

This was a first reading. There will be a second reading. 

 3.   Second Readings:

      Proposal #2R, P-T 671, Clinical Fieldwork: Extended Care, title, 2 credits, course description, number was P-T 571, effective J-Term 2003.  A clinically based learning experience with an emphasis on exposure to clinical practice.  Fieldwork assignment will be in a skilled nursing facility or a home health care agency.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of P-T 541 and P-T 549.  Function at beginning level in professional behavior.  4 weeks (40 hrs/week).  Pass/Fail grading.  Offered summer or J-term session.

P-T 672, Clinical Fieldwork: Rural Practice, title, 2 credits, course description, sequence, effective J-Term 2003.  Supervised clinical practice in a rural hospital setting with emphasis on general practice.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of P-T 541 and P-T 549 and function within developing level in professional behaviors.  4 weeks (40 hrs/week).  Pass/Fail grading.  Offered summer or J-term session.

P-T 773, Clinical Fieldwork: Outpatient-Orthopedics, title, 4 credits, number was P-T 673, effective Summer 2003.

P-T 774, Clinical Fieldwork: Inpatient-Acute/Rehab, title, 4 credits, course description, prerequisites, effective Summer 2003.  Continue clinical mastery with emphasis on case management of the medically complex patient in a hospital setting.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of P-T 671 and P-T 672 and all didactic coursework.  8 weeks (40 hrs/wk).  Scheduled out of class activity.  Pass/Fail grading.  Offered Sem. I or summer session.

P-T 775, Clinical Fieldwork V, course deletion, effective Fall 2003.

P-T 776, Clinical Fieldwork: Specialty, title, 4 credits, course description, prerequisites, effective Fall 2003.  Provide experience working in a health care setting that will allow students to apply the advanced skills they have obtained in their elective coursework.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of P-T 773 or P-T 774 and all didactic coursework.  8 weeks (40 hrs/wk).  Scheduled out-of-class activity.  Pass/fail grading.  Offered Sem. II.

Per recommendations at the first reading, course outlines and titles were changed for the fieldwork courses to be more descriptive; P-T 672 will be offered summer or J-term; the length of the clinical courses now state the number of weeks with a note that there is a minimum of 40 hours per week; and the effective dates have been corrected. The registrar requested that P-T 775 be deleted and 776 be revised instead of the way it is listed in the 10/15 minutes.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the second reading.

4.    Old Business--none

5.   New Business--none

The meeting adjourned at 4:23 p.m.  The next GCC meeting is November 19, 2002.


Diane L. Schumacher, GCC Secretary