Directed Studies Courses:
Please contact Dr. Jacqueline Quandt, Associate Director, Curriculum if you require additional information about our Directed Studies offerings.
Pathology has a series of Directed Studies courses that can be offered by faculty members to students, listed below:
Courses Currently Offered:
PATH 548Q (6 credits) Human Pathology (runs September – April). This is a graduate level course for PHARM-D students. This course gives a brief overview of the major topics in pathology to serve as back ground information to supplement the courses in the pharmacology curriculum.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Julia Flint
By the end of this course and upon personal study and reflection the students should be able to:
- Describe the etiology, pathogenesis and morphology, local and systemic effects of cell injury on the major organ systems of the human body.
- Explain the principles of inflammation and its relationship to disease and to therapeutic intervention.
- Describe the etiology, pathogenesis, morphology and clinical significance of certain inflammatory and neoplastic processes as they involve the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, genito- urinary, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems.
- To gain a broader understanding of the cellular mechanisms for the development of certain major disease processes as they affect some of the major systems of the body.
PATH 548C (3 credits) The Pathology of Types I and II Diabetes (runs January – March). This is a graduate level course for students interested in the physiology of pancreatic islets and the underlying mechanisms of glucose dysregulation in both types 1 and 2 diabetes.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Brad Hoffman
- To teach the basic concepts of islet cell development and physiology.
- To give the students a current picture of our understanding of the causes of type 1 diabetes and the dysregulation of immune function that accompanies its development.
- To compare the pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- By the successful completion of Path 548C, students will have a broad understanding of islet cell function, dysfunction and beta cell death which will assist them in developing their own research ideas on the underlying causes of diabetes and potential treatment options.
PATH 548K (3 credits) Hemostasis Biochemistry (runs Apr – June). A minimum of two, with a maximum of four students will be accepted into this course designed to understand the regulation of clot formation at a biochemical level. The subject matter will focus predominantly on the plasma proteins involved and some of the physical biochemical methods used to study macromolecular interactions.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Ed Pryzdial
- to learn advanced hemostasis biochemistry
- to enhance literature review skills
- to enhance oral and written communication skills
PATH 548L (3 credits) Experimental Design and Considerations for Data Collection, Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation (runs Apr – June). This course will provide students with insight about study design, data collection, data presentation, data analysis, and data interpretation.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Helene Cote
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Design a study and an analysis plan
- Identify sources of error, variability, and bias
- Present data transparently and informatively
- Perform simple statistical analyses using statistical software
- Read the scientific literature critically
- Know when and how to interact with a biostatistician
Historical Courses Not Currently Offered:
PATH 548O (3 credits) Cancer Bioinformatics (typically runs May – August). Understanding and utilization of current bioinformatics tools for genome and transcriptome analyses in the context of computational analysis of cancer genomes.
PATH 548P (6 credits) Genome Analysis (typically runs September – April).
New Directed Studies Course Proposals:
Directed Studies Courses are intended to be an opportunity to offer current students training on subject matter not covered by other courses offered by the department. Similarly, training that would otherwise be occurring as part of the students own research experience and training in the lab (i.e. their own lab) and specific to their project, should not be converted to credits towards their graduate curriculum. If a course is to be established because the topic, objectives, and outcomes are not addressed elsewhere, we strongly encourage that the course be made available to other students to enhance learning opportunities for all.
Each student and faculty member will be required to review the guidelines below outlining the content and evaluation methods for creating a new Directed Studies Course and must complete a Directed Studies Form (found here).
The Faculty of Graduate Studies has expressed that the assignment of credits and evaluation of students requires a well defined set of parameters to ensure consistency. The Curriculum committee have set the following guidelines in place, which we use as a point of review before recommending that a course be offered as a Directed Studies course for credit within our department.
They are the following:
- The directed studies sessions require a time table and objectives for each teaching session as well as learning outcomes. This includes a detailed schedule and outline of the sessions and topics to be covered.
- There must be comprehensive justification of the units and credits proposed, primarily through scheduling and workload.
- The evaluation criteria for any assessment of the student is to be well defined, and in as non-subjective a manner as possible. The supervisor should not be involved in the evaluation of their own student, and typically not solely responsible for the evaluation to avoid any perceived conflict of interest. The method of the evaluation should also be appropriate: as an example writing a review paper is not an acceptable learning outcome for directed studies.
If you are a faculty member the form must be filled out and returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator at least two months BEFORE the start of the semester to allow for sufficient time to advertise new course offerings to new and continuing students. Each course proposal will be reviewed by the Associate Director, Curriculum and approved by the Graduate Program Director.