Distance MS Program Course Content and Instructions for Completing Required Didactic Courses

COURSE CONTENT and INSTRUCTIONS for COMPLETING REQUIRED DIDACTIC COURSES

 

P&TX750, P&TX785 and P&TX751 are the first three courses to be completed and in that order.

 

P&TX 750: Pharmacology I- Introduction to Pharmacology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the basic principles of biochemistry and molecular biology as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug action. Additional lectures will introduce students to principles of pharmacogenomics and microscopy.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

P&TX 751: Pharmacology II- Endocrine Pharmacology. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of endocrinology with an emphasis on the pathophysiologic details of diabetes and the pharmacology of treatment. Brief discussions on hypothalamic/pituitary, reproductive, thyroid and adrenal endocrinology and pharmacology will be presented.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX750 and P&TX785.

 

P&TX 752: Pharmacology III- Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems. 3 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of the autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, and select diseases of the CNS and their pharmacology.  

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX785 and P&TX751.

 

P&TX 753: Pharmacology IV- Cardiovascular and Renal Systems.  2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental principles of the cardiovascular system, renal system and their associated pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX785, P&TX751 and P&TX752.

 

P&TX 754: Pharmacology V- Immunopharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology. 2 credits.

This course is a detailed study of the fundamental concepts of immunology, inflammatory-related diseases and immunopharmacology, infectious diseases and gastrointestinal pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX750, P&TX785 and P&TX751.

 

P&TX 755: Molecular Toxicology. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamentals of the toxicology, drug transformations and the mode of toxicity of various drug classes.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX785 and P&TX751.

 

A. Completing a Didactic Course in the Distance Learning Program

After your admission, you will receive a KU id that will allow you access to University library services and the Blackboard website that houses all the didactic courses for the program. Navigate to the University of Kansas web page (www.ku.edu), click on the Blackboard link at the top of the page, enter your KU id and password and the list of your enrolled courses should populate your Bb page. Each course is divided into a series of topics that will be presented as voice over PowerPoint presentations or whiteboard presentations. The topic of each lecture will be clearly indicated in the course syllabi and on the Blackboard site. A series of 3-6 learning objectives will be present at the beginning of each lecture and will help you focus on important points to be covered in quizzes or exams. Your instructor will indicate when each quiz or exam should be taken. All assignments, quizzes and exams are designed to be completed within 8 weeks of initiating a course. However, this is not required and if you would like more time to complete any course, just inform the Course Director in writing of your intent (no explanations are needed).

If you fail to complete a course within 16 weeks, your grade will reflect a failure to pass the course (F) and further progression through the program will not be allowed. This will typically result in dismissal from the program. Satisfactory performance in graduate school is achieved by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or greater, which is achieved by receiving an “A” or a “B” in any given course. Receiving a “C” in a course will not necessarily result in dismissal, but the student will go on probation. Failure to raise the graduate GPA above 3.0 after taking 2 more courses may result in dismissal from the program.

B. Taking Quizzes and Exams in the Distance Learning Program

All quizzes or exams will be administered through ExamSoft. Please note that our license for the Examplify software only allows assessments to be taken on an iPad device. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a personal iPad device or secure access to an iPad to take all the assessments in the didactic component of the Distance M.S. program. Follow this ExamSoft link to get instructions on downloading the software for Examplify for iPad and to view a tutorial. Once you have downloaded and set up your software, you can access it directly on your device. Instructors will make quizzes or exams available to the enrolled students and these will show up on your Examplify screen. You then just download the quiz/test and tap start to initiate the timed assessment.

To familiarize you with the software, a sample quiz will be available for you download and complete in your first course, P&TX750. You should do this before you attempt your first real quiz/exam. Your instructor will indicate when each quiz or exam should be taken. You may take any exam/quiz at your leisure but each test will typically have a 15-60 minute time limit once the test is opened. The ExamSoft software will disable you from accessing the internet during your testing session. Since this is a distance learning exercise, the student is on his/her honor to avoid using outside resources to complete a quiz/test unless otherwise permitted by the instructor. 

For many of the courses, you will be able to download all the assessments and store them on your device if you choose. However, please be aware that each assessment can only be downloaded once. Thus, if something happens to your device (breaks, stolen, etc.) you will not be able to download the assessments again and there are no second chances. Thus, it is recommended that you download only the assessment you wish to take.

Once you have downloaded the assessment that you want to take, tap start to initiate the timed assessment. DO NOT click to begin an assessment unless you intend to complete it. Once initiated, the timer begins and you must complete the assessment. If you are not prepared, this may impact your performance and there are no second chances. Make sure your battery is sufficiently charged or that you can use your device while charging. If your battery dies, this may impact your performance and there are no second chances. Once you complete the assessment, it is necessary to upload the quiz/exam to the ExamSoft website to complete the assessment. If you lose your internet connection during this period, this will also be a potential problem if you cannot reconnect to upload your completed assessment. Please avoid taking the assessments during storms or at sites with unstable internet connections.

In many courses, taking the quizzes is totally self-directed. It is recommended that you try to work through the courses at an even pace and not try to cram completing the videos and quizzes into the final weeks of a semester.


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