Gero_310_syllabus_2009 - GERONTOLOGY 310 PHYSIOLOGY OF...

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GERONTOLOGY 310 PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING Fall 2009 USC Course Catalog Description: GERO 310 Physiology of Aging (4, Fa) Effects of normative aging processes on homeostatic mechanisms and how these changes relate to development of disorder and disease in later life. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: BISC 220 L or BISC 221 L. Classroom : Gero Smart Classroom, 2 nd Floor Time : Mon./Wed. 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Instructors: Kelvin J. A. Davies, Ph.D., D.Sc. Phone: (213) 740-8959 FAX: (213) 740-6462 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: by appointment Christian J. Pike, Ph.D. Phone: (213) 740-4205 Fax: (213) 740-4787   E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: by appointment Joanna M. S. Davies, M.D. Phone: (213) 740-8959 Fax: (213)740-6462 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours by appointment Course Description Examination of human aging with major emphasis in the physiology of the later years and implications for health maintenance. The goal of the course will be to solidify biological concepts and theories that underlie the phenomena of human aging. Throughout the course special effort will be made to differentiate normal aging processes from age-related deterioration caused by disuse, misuse or abuse, and disease. Course Objectives By the conclusion of the course, students are expected to be able to: 1) Provide an informed opinion on key issues in biological gerontology relevant to health care practitioners, social service professionals, educators, administrators, and policy analysts. 2) Discuss the nature of biological aging as a composite of genetics and environment. 3) Clearly distinguish between normal aging processes and age-associated diseases. 4) Clearly distinguish between problems of disuse, misuse, abuse, and normal aging changes. Textbook The required text book for this course is Human Aging: Biological Perspectives (2 nd Edition) by Augustine G. Digiovanna, and there will be additional assigned readings for some topics. Students are also expected to use a medical dictionary to assist them in understanding the text and the
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assigned readings. Evaluation This class is primarily a lecture course with audiovisual presentations, a textbook, and supplementary reading material. Evaluation in the course will be based on one midterm examination, a term-paper, and a final examination. The final examination will not be comprehensive. Examinations will consist of short essay questions designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. An outline of the examination schedule is given below: Test Date Dates/Topics Covered Midterm October 19 Aug. 24 through Oct. 14 Final Examination December 14 (from 8:00am to 10:00am) Oct. 21 through Dec. 2 Students will be evaluated on the basis of: 1) Midterm Exam. (33%) 2) Final Exam. (33%) 3) Term Paper (34%) The Term Paper is due on or before the last day of class on Wednesday, December 2 If you are going to miss an examination, you MUST CALL AHEAD of time and reschedule to take the make-up test within the next week. Anyone who does not call ahead of time to reschedule will
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