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Dept. of Pharmacology, 8683
School of Medicine
Tulane University
1430 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Endocrine Pharmacology Course Policies

 

I. COURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Course Director:  Sarah Lindsey, PhD

 

II. COURSE INFORMATION

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. The book will be on Reserve in the medical school library, and all materials will be available on Canvas

 

III. COURSE ORGANIZATION

 

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 (12) will convene in Room 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".


References

  • 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

 

IV. SCHEDULE & ATTENDANCE


Attendance is mandatory. There will be a sign-in sheet for each session. Only one unexcused absence is allowed. Missing more than one session without an excuse will result in a reduction of grade by 5 points. To request an excused absence, please contact Dr. Lindsey (lindsey@tulane.edu) as early as possible prior to the class. Absence from class, whether excused or unexcused, does not exempt you from participation in the weekly assignment and discussion board. Failure to fulfill these requirements will result in an additional loss of points as outlined below. Class will begin the first week of January in the Pharmacology Conference Room 4700 and will typically meet on Fridays from 1:30-3:30 PM, unless there is a time conflict with exams. A detailed course outline with specific topics and assignments will be posted well before the first class. 

 

V. ASSIGNMENTS


The course will be graded on your small group presentation, participation in class, and activity on the Canvas discussion board. The weekly discussion board will contain the course materials (a short 30-40 minute lecture by Professor Robert Sapolsky as well as chapter from Dr. Sapolsky's book Why Zebra's Don't Get Ulcers as well as some "jumping off" questions each week to inspire your discussion posts. 

 

Discussion board postings

Discussion board postings as well as replies to other students' postings will be required of each student prior to each class session and will be graded from 0-5 points per week. Your initial post should be submitted no later than 48 hours prior to the day of the class so that participants can read your posts. After making your post, you will be automatically assigned to review and comment on two other discussion postings, which should be completed no later than 12 hours prior to class.

 

DISCUSSION RUBRIC

Criteria

Points

Reading or listening to the chapter(s)

1

Posting on time

1

Quality of post, i.e. mentioning pertinent articles, URLs or other references

2

Responding to two other posts

1

Total Points: 5 

 

Group Presentations.

Students will be assigned to small groups (2-3 students each) responsible for leading one class discussion. The presentation should not be regurgitation of the reading/listening material. Instead, the material along with the discussion postings of the class should be used to explore and extend the material. Presentations will be graded from 0-20 points based on engaging the class on key points from the readings as well as integration and synthesis of evolving ideas throughout the course.  

 

PRESENTATION RUBRIC

Criteria

Points   

Overarching theme

      5

Participation

      5

Presentation

      10

Total Points: 20 


 

VI. COURSE GRADES

Final grades will be based on timely discussion board posts and replies, active discussion in class, and student presentations as follows:  

  • Weekly discussion board activity: 5 points x 11 weeks = 55 points
  • Class participation and attendance: 25 points
  • Group presentation: 20 points

Grades will be based on a standard grading scale:

  • 100-95: A
  • 94-90: A-
  • 89-85: B+
  • 84-80: B
  • 79-75: B-

1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-83, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5444 cclarks@tulane.edu