College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Course Descriptions

Master of Biomedical Sciences Degree Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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Course Name

ANATG 504

Human Anatomy with Laboratory

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This course provides a lecture and lab-based survey of human anatomy. Students will develop three-dimensional anatomical knowledge that is required for biomedical and allied health training. Case studies will be used to foster familiarity with typical clinical presentations, and to learn how to approach diagnoses from a basic anatomical perspective. Lab sessions include the study of human cadaveric prosections, and a regional dissection of a portion of the human body. Student progress is evaluated through written and practical examinations.

Credits: 4

BMMSG 505, 506, 607, 608, 609

Journal Club

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This 5-quarter sequence consists of weekly meetings for in-depth discussions of current research articles. These classes will greatly enhance the opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills. In the Winter Quarter, both first-year and second-year students will be in the class, allowing interactions between advanced and beginning students.

Credits: Each course 1

BMMSG 510

Research Topics and Methods

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The course explores a variety of research and professional issues pertinent to the basic scientist such as current policy, bioethical issues, and funding issues. Fundamentals of the scientific method and its limitations, research design, descriptive statistics, and information gathering are also discussed. The format of the class includes both lecture and small group discussion. The course is intended to provide each student with a broad understanding of professional research topics and issues with a view toward stimulating ideas for the master's research project.

Credits: 2

BMMSG 512

Research Literature Review

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This course is an independent study course designed to give master's students the opportunity to perform the literature research necessary for completion of the Master of Biomedical Sciences degree.

Credits: 2

BMMSG 515

Research Protocol

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This course is an independent study course designed to give master's students the opportunity to develop a specific, comprehensive research protocol that will be implemented during completion of the Master of Biomedical Sciences Degree.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

BMMSG 512 Research Literature Review

BMMSG 519

Laboratory Rotation

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Rotations are designed to introduce students to laboratory research in a practical setting. They also assist the student in choosing a laboratory for thesis work. The quarter will be divided into three, 3-week sections. In each section, students will perform a 20-hour rotation in a research laboratory under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. During rotations, students will learn laboratory safety, notebook keeping, and basic laboratory techniques.

Credits: 1.5

BMMSG 524

Immunology

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This is a basic immunology course focusing on the concepts and components of the human immune system, with clinical examples presented when appropriate for enhancing comprehension of the material. The course will discuss established paradigms, experimental approaches, and biotechnological applications of immunology. Instruction and assessment will focus on acquisition and application of basic knowledge, as well as creative and critical thinking skills. (Core Sequence 2)

Credits: 2

BMMSG 525

Microbiology I

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Graduate level introduction to central microbiological concepts orients students to current ideas and directions in the field. The course covers the basic biology of the major groups of microbiota; the relationships between microbes and their environment, between microbes, and between microbes and their hosts; evolution of microbes through the mechanisms of genome plasticity; and the relationship between microbial evolution and disease. The course includes student reviews of the microbiological literature. (Core Sequence 2)

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

BMMSG 550 Biochemistry

BMMSG 526

Microbiology II

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This course uses the transcendent concepts introduced in Microbiology I to study viruses, fungi, eukaryotic parasites and prions, mechanisms of infection and virulence, and specific bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases. The course includes student reviews of the microbiological literature, discussion of concepts, and special topics. (Core Sequence 2)

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

BMMSG 524 Immunology; BMMSG 525 Microbiology I

BMMSG 541

Genetics

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This course will introduce the student to classical, population, quantitative, and molecular genetics. In general, the course will be taught from a medical perspective, while keeping in mind the evolutionary significance of pathological alleles. Topics included are: the human genome, core DNA technologies, genetic variation, mendelian transmission of traits, genetic basis of diseases, epigenetics, cancer genetics, genetic approaches to treating disease, risk assessment, genetic counseling, and ethical issues in clinical genetics.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 550

Biochemistry

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This course covers the structures, properties, chemistry, and metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids within the context of human biochemistry. The regulation and integration of metabolism at the cellular and tissue levels within the human body during the fed and fasting states will be emphasized. Correlations to disease processes are used to illustrate clinical applications of biochemical concepts. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed with problem sets.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 554

Molecular Cell Biology

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This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the function of eukaryotic cells at the molecular level. Topics covered include cell structure, gene transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, DNA replication, cell signaling, regulation of cell growth and differentiation. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed using problem sets.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 574

Pharmacology I

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This course begins with principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as related to humans. The underlying physiology and pathology of disease is discussed as students learn about common drugs affecting major organ systems of the body, in particular the autonomic nervous system.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 575

Pharmacology II

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This course continues on the material presented in BMMSG 574, covering pathophysiology and drugs of the cardiovascular and renal systems, the central nervous system, hemostasis, the autocoids, the respiratory system, the gastointestinal system, the endocrine system, and chemotherapy.

Credits: 4

BMMSG 580, 581, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689

Laboratory Research

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The program culminates in a laboratory or clinical research project. It is the student's responsibility to identify a research mentor and laboratory (or clinical setting) in which to conduct their research. The student is required to take one or more credits of Laboratory Research each quarter beginning winter of the first year. Credits taken each quarter will depend on the research project, elective courses, and credits needed to retain full time status. A minimum of 24 credit hours is required for the degree. There is no limit to the number of research credits that can be taken.

Credits: BMMSG 580 1 credit; BMMSG 581 1-5 credits; BMMSG 682-689 1-10

Prerequisites

BMMSG 510 Research Topics and Methods

BMMSG 611

Research Design and Statistics

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This course introduces the student to the basic principles of statistical analysis, followed by specific statistical tests. The foundation will be laid by means of descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions, normality testing and data transformations, sampling and research designs, and the principles of statistical hypothesis testing and power analysis. Specific statistical tests will include the t-test, ANOVA and the chi-square test.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 612

Good Laboratory Practice

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This course reviews requirements and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and International Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Compliance issues and inspection procedures are covered for organizations involved in product safety testing in animals and the environment. A historical perspective is presented as to the development of the regulations and non-traditional safety testing. Quality assurance programs and management's responsibility will also be discussed.

Credits: 1

BMMSG 614

Advanced Research Design and Statistics

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This course follows immediately from BMMSG 611 and introduces the student to more statistical tests, such as the analysis of bivariate data, post-hoc tests following one-way and two-way ANOVA, ANCOVA, nested designs, and various non-parametric tests. This course, together with BMMSG 611, is designed to make the student proficient in performing various statistical tests and interpreting the results, especially for their own research data. It will also prepare them to understand and interpret the statistical analyses in the medical and allied literature.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

BMMSG 611 Research Design and Statistics

BMMSG 617

Philosophical Foundations of Research

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This course provides an introduction to the foundational philosophical concepts that underpin and justify research in the biomedical sciences, including epistemology (theories of knowledge), ontology (theories of being) and ethics (theories of responsible conduct). The course aims to develop critical thinking and writing skills and to familiarize students with factors that both legitimize and establish the limits of scientific inquiry as well as guide its everyday practice.

Credits: 2.5

BMMSG 690, 691, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697

Research Thesis

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The thesis is the culmination of the program. It describes the objective, research question, and design of the project; data analysis; and conclusions based on the information gathered. The student's Research Committee approves the proposal, oversees the research project, and approves the final research thesis and oral defense. Credits taken each quarter will depend on the research project, laboratory research, elective courses, and credits needed to retain full time status. A minimum of 4 credit hours is required for the degree.

Credits: Per quarter 1-4

Prerequisites

BMMSG 510 Research Topics and Methods; BMSMSG 512 Research Literature Review; BMMSG 515 Research Protocol; BMMSG 611 Research Design and Statistics

BMMSG 698

Research Seminar

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This course is designed to expose graduate students to a variety of scientific disciplines and projects with an emphasis on improving seminar presentation skills. This is accomplished by attendance at and critical evaluation of formal presentations by the research faculty at MWU and other research institutions throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Students will present a seminar to the MWU research community on the subject of his/her master’s thesis research. This presentation is intended to help prepare the student for a master’s thesis defense.

Credits: 1

HISTG 503

Histology

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The purpose of histology is to acquire a basic foundation in the structure of cells, tissues, and selected organ systems. This knowledge assists the healthcare professional in interpreting laboratory test results and in assessing normal versus pathologic structure. The histology terminology taught is the vocabulary for continuing medical education used throughout the healthcare professional's career.

Credits: 2

PHYSG 1572, 1583

Human Physiology I, II

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In this two-quarter series, students are introduced to the basic physiological principles that underlie normal function of various organs and organ systems. Emphasis is given to developing an understanding of health in physiological terms and appreciating the diverse regulatory processes that maintain the homeostasis of the human body. Topics presented include a general study of cell function; properties of excitable cells; and the function of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Credits: Each course 4