Courses

  • GMS BT 530: Introductory Pharmacology
    Prereq: one semester biology and 2 semesters of chemistry, BT405 recommended. This course introduces the basic principles of pharmacology and several major classes of therapeutic agents, with attention to their mechanisms of action. Issues of current and future directions in pharmacology are addressed including the source of information about pharmacologic agents, the ethics of human experimentation, the drug development process, and new biotechnological approaches to drug design.
  • GMS BT 532: Histopathology
    Prereq: BT 104 (Med Term) and BT 342 (Cell Bio), or consent of program director. The goal of the course is to give students a fundamental knowledge and practical experience of human histology, pathology and the techniques used to study cells and tissues in the normal and diseased state. This course familiarizes students with biospecimen processing and management at the organ, tissue, cellular and molecular levels. By studying different organs and organ systems, including: gastrointestinal, breast, respiratory, neuro-muscular, skin, brain, kidney and liver, students develop an understanding of the normal and diseased state at the macro and microscopic levels. Furthermore, the course provides hands-on experience, including: dissection, preservation, processing, microtomy, photomicroscopy, macro-photography, electron microscopy, and archiving. Students apply their understanding of medical terminology and cell biology. This course can help prepare a student for graduate work in pathology, for a Pathologists' Assistant program or for a career as a histotechnologists in a diagnostic or research laboratory. Laboratory course.
  • GMS BT 540: Regulatory and Compliance Issues
    Clinical research is conducted to meet the needs of the intended patient population with an investigational medical intervention. But a favorable medical outcome is not the only criterion that is used to judge whether a product can be marketed. Clinical research needs to meet the rigorous standards of the regulators, the ethicists, and the auditors. This course reviews the laws that are in place that are designed to guide the complexities of clinical research. We will use case studies to illustrate what can really happen when clinical studies are conducted -- you may be surprised with what you find. Using group activities and exercises, we will explore the options and approaches used to manage these clinical research issues. 4 cr.
  • GMS BT 550: Clinical Data Management
    Introduces students to the technology, process, and responsibilities of clinical data management. Students examine study setup, case report form (CRF) design, and the data life cycle, including data collection, data validation, coding of adverse events using standard dictionaries (such as ICD-9 or MedDRA), data review, and database lock. Data Management SOP's are discussed within this context. An industry-leading clinical data management system (CDMS) is utilized. Students also explore how new technologies, such as electronic data capture (EDC), affect these processes.
  • GMS BT 560: Good Clinical Practices (GCP) in Clinical Research
    This course introduces the international standards for ethical conduct of research and maintaining the highest level of scientific quality when conducting clinical trials. Topics include the regulatory responsibilities of sponsors, monitors, and investigators conducting clinical trials; the phases of clinical trials leading up to FDA approval of a new drug or device; and how to get a trial up and running including the selection of qualified investigators, obtaining approval to conduct the study from an ethics committee, and completing the regulatory documentation that is required for getting a site ready to enroll patients. The course also covers ensuring data integrity, handling ethical dilemmas, and reporting of serious adverse events. Case studies, review of current media, and exercises will be used to practice the application of information provided in class and to demonstrate GCP compliance from an industry perspective. Group discussions, individual and group projects, and guest speakers help students learn the practical skills used in the field.
  • GMS BT 575: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
    Prereq: knowledge of biostatistics. This course covers basic principles and current methodologies used in the design and responsible conduct of clinical trials. Topics include statistical design of clinical trials, sample selection, data collection and management, patient recruitment strategies, adverse event reporting, and compliance monitoring. Practical exercises include writing clinical research protocols and informed consent forms, and designing case report forms.
  • GMS BT 591: Biomedical Externship
    for Fall and Summer 1 semesters. The externship is the capstone project of the Bachelor of Science degree in the BLCS program. The externship objectives are for students to apply knowledge gained from coursework, learn new and challenging biomedical skills and procedures, and understand the purpose for performing these. In addition, students are expected to articulate the goals of their project and how their project fits within the overall mission of the host institution or department. Students also need to demonstrate initiative and curiosity, and be proactive in researching and learning the science behind their project. Directed study for matriculated students only; register via the program director.
  • GMS BT 592: Biomedical Externship
    for Spring and Summer 2 semesters. The externship is the capstone project of the Bachelor of Science degree in the BLCS program. The externship objectives are for students to apply knowledge gained from coursework, learn new and challenging biomedical skills and procedures, and understand the purpose for performing these. In addition, students are expected to articulate the goals of their project and how their project fits within the overall mission of the host institution or department. Students also need to demonstrate initiative and curiosity, and be proactive in researching and learning the science behind their project. Directed study for matriculated students only; register via the program director.
  • GMS BT 594: Clinical Research Practicum
    for Fall and Summer 1 semesters. Prereq: 16 credits in clinical research. Directed study offering direct experience with the conduct of a clinical trial. Student will work on a supervised project within an approved clinical research site. For matriculated students only; register via the program director.
  • GMS BT 595: Clinical Research Practicum
    for Spring and Summer 2 semesters. Prereq: 16 credits in clinical research. Directed study offering direct experience with the conduct of a clinical trial. Student will work on a supervised project within an approved clinical research site. For matriculated students only; register via the program director.
  • MET AD 501: Business Communication for International Students
    Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students for whom English is a second language. Prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree.
  • MET AD 510: Mathematics & Statistics in Management
    The goal of this course is to introduce to students foundational mathematics and statistics knowledge that will provide them skills and tools necessary to succeed in their area of study.
  • MET AD 555: International Commerce Regional Field Experience
    Enhances the theoretical regional business course (750 series) for a specific commerce area of the world. Course offers on-site experience exposing students to the region's geopolitical and cultural environment. Also examines business activities through lectures and tours of company and government locations as well as cultural activities.
  • MET AD 571: Business Analytics Foundations
    Prereq: AD100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory
    This course presents fundamental knowledge and skills for applying business analytics to managerial decision-making in corporate environments. Topics include descriptive analytics (techniques for categorizing, characterizing, consolidation, and classifying data for conversion into useful information for the purposes of understanding and analyzing business performance), predictive analytics (techniques for detection of hidden patterns in large quantities of data to segment and group data into coherent sets in order to predict behavior and trends), prescriptive analytics (techniques for identification of best alternatives for maximizing or minimizing business objectives). Students will learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools will be applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise.
  • MET AD 600: Economic Development and Tourism Management
    Provides a market oriented, strategic planning framework to address a broad range of tourism and regional economic and development issues that relate to tourism industry development and growth. The interplay of private, public and government organizations is discuss as they relate to the development of a comprehensive tourism plan. The combination of theory and practice will prepare students to analyze tourism markets, assess area, regional and national weakness and strengths as well as the security, infrastructure/logistics, marketing and costs associated tourism. Topics include: importance of tourism to the economy, developing the tourism strategy, ecotourism, research and analysis, positioning and marketing, funding tourism and developing new attractions.
  • MET AD 603: Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism
    Cultural tourism in the 21st century is more than the traditional passive activities of visiting a museum, hearing a concert or strolling down an historic street. It has become an active, dynamic branch of tourism in which half of all tourists have stated that they want some cultural activities during their vacation. In this course we will introduce various themes of cultural tourism including the relationship between the Tourist Industry and the Cultural Heritage Manager, conservation and preservation vs. utilization of a cultural asset, authenticity vs. commoditization, stakeholders and what should be their rights and obligations, tangible and intangible tourist assets, the role of government, private industry and the non-profit sectors in tourism planning and sustainable economic development. We will examine these themes in different areas of cultural tourism including the art industry, historical sites, cultural landmarks, special events and festivals, theme parks and gastronomy.
  • MET AD 605: Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
    This course helps students to develop an understanding of the impact of business processes on the organization's performance and provides students the key tools to analyze and improve processes in both manufacturing and service sectors.
  • MET AD 610: Enterprise Risk Management
    This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure?as well as the organizations within that structure?designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr
  • MET AD 611: The Social and Psychological Elements of Workplace Disruption
    This course focuses on the human-factor aspects of crisis management as they relate to maintaining reasonable business activity while facing continuity disruption, and the important areas of proactive versus reactive leadership during crises. In addition, the course will discuss the leadership qualities that are essential during crisis periods. The course will assist the student in understanding that, at times, the human resource elements of the workforce recovery may be even more complicated than the logistical ones. In fact, the ?best practices? for mitigating the impact of crises/disasters on personnel are often not well understood or sufficiently prioritized. Students will learn to appreciate that the reactions and needs of employees may vary and change over time. 4cr.
  • MET AD 612: COO-Public Emergency Management
    This course examines emergency management from national, state, local, and family perspectives of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The course encompasses knowledge of the specific agencies, organizations, and individual behaviors in emergency management as well as the interlinking partnerships between/among these groups. Areas of discussion include: responsibilities at federal, state, community and individual levels; guidelines and procedures for operations and compliance such as the National response Plan; Incident Command Systems (ICS); exercises; plan development, command, and control; communication; partnership development and maintenance; leadership; and numerous other elements related to effective emergency management. The unique and critical roles of private and public partnerships are reviewed and particular attention is paid to the interplay and interdependency among national, state, community, business (public and private), and the individual. 4cr.