Dept. of Pharmacology, SL 83
School of Medicine
Tulane University
1430 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-988-5444 or 800-347-5935

Endocrine Pharmacology Course Policies



Course Director:  Barbara S Beckman, PhD



All course information will be posted on Blackboard. Readings and audio lectures from Dr. Robert Sapolsky’s book, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping (3rd edition, Henry Holt, 2004) will be the focus of the course with special emphasis on corticosteroids.




A. “Flipping” the classroom

Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. “Guide on the side” rather than “Sage on the stage”. Class sessions (14) will convene in Rm 4700 in the Department of Pharmacology. “Flipping” the classroom will enhance learning of important concepts in endocrinology that have relevance to “stress and your body”. A detailed course outline with specific topics and assignments will be posted well before the first class. Discussion board postings will be required of each student prior to each class session and will be graded from 0-5 points per week. Students will be assigned to small groups to lead class discussions. Each small group will be responsible for leading two separate class discussions and will be graded from 0-17.5 points based on engaging the class on key points from the readings as well as integration and synthesis of evolving ideas throughout the course.


B. Course grades

Final grades will be based on timely Discussion Board posts as well as active discussion in class. Grades will be based on a standard grading scale:

100-95: A

94-90: A-

89-85: B+

84-80: B

79-75: B-



  • Novak GM, Patterson ET, Gavrin AD, Christian W. Just-in-Time Teaching: Blending ActiveLearning with Web Technology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall; 1999.
  • Crouch CH, Mazur E. Peer Instruction: Ten years of experience and results. Am J Physics.69 (9): 970-977, 2001.

1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-83, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5444