Course Description- Arts and Science

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Course Description- Arts and Science 2016-10-31T04:37:30+00:00

English I

This is the first trimester of two-trimester course in which students will learn how to write effective, coherent, unified, organized, well-developed and supported multi-paragraph essays.  By the end of the trimester students should strive for essays which are relatively free of mechanical composition and usage errors.  This course exposes students to a wide range of reading material thus enhancing their versatility in writing for diverse purposes, audiences and situations. It deals with a variety of writing styles and purposes. It covers some of the basic mistakes that college students may make when writing as well as the

Mechanics needed in order to write a successful academic essay.

Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, impromptu speeches, question and answer sessions during which students are encouraged to participate.

A variety of class exercises will be given to develop students’ comprehension skills and to help them develop structural competencies such as grammar, usage, word choice, spelling and punctuation.

English II

This is the second trimester of a two-trimester course, the prerequisite of which is English I.  The course continues the development of fluent, effective and confident writers, expands students’ abilities and versatility in reading, language awareness and composing for a range of purposes, audiences and situations.

Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, impromptu speeches, and oral presentations.

A variety of class exercises will be given to develop students’ comprehension skills and to help them develop structural competencies such as grammar, usage, word choice, spelling and punctuation.

General Chemistry I

This course explores some of the basic principles of chemistry.  The course covers structure of the atom, the periodic table, formulae and equations, moles, pH scale and pH calculations, redox, transition metals, gas laws, Introduction to spectroscopy and radioisotopes in medicine.

The instructional method will be lecture and laboratory sessions.

General Chemistry II

This course continues exploration of the basic principles of Chemistry.  This will be built on principles and techniques mastered in General Chemistry I and explore further atomic properties and chemical bonds, enthalpy changes, reaction kinetics, acids and bases, buffer solutions and equilibria, further spectroscopic methods of analysis (UV, Infra-red, mass, nuclear magnetic resonance), chromatography.

The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

General Physics I

This is a one trimester introductory physics course for students whose academic plans require thorough introduction to the fundamental facts and principles of physics (e.g. pre-health professionals).  Applications relevant to the medical profession will be made throughout; other applications will also be highlighted.

The algebra-based course explores some of the basic principles of physics.  The course covers classical mechanics, fluids, waves and heat.

The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions

General Physics II

This is a one-trimester course to introduce the fundamental facts and principles of electricity, magnetism and remote sensing.  Applications relevant to the medical profession will be made throughout; other applications will also be highlighted.  The algebra based course explores some of the basic principles of electromagnetism and remote sensing, optics, modern physics and remote sensing X-rays.

The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

Introductory Biology I

This course begins the exploration of the basic principles of biology.  It seeks to introduce the students to the scientific method, chemical and physical science basics for biologists, cell structure, biochemical pathways and finishes with a vigorous survey of genetics. The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

Introductory Biology II

This course continues the exploration of the basic principles of biology.  Topics covered are evolution, animal structure and function and ecology.

The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

Organic Chemistry I

The organic chemistry course will serve as an introduction to the essentials of life at a molecular level

The structure, stereochemistry, synthesis and reactivity of several of the most common classes of organic

Compounds will be discussed.  Although the course is obviously being tailored to address the concerns

And demands of the medical school, it will be an intensive survey of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Topics will cover atomic and molecular orbital theory, reaction fundamentals, stereo chemistry, structure synthesis, and reactivity of alkanes, alkynes alkenes, and alkyl halides and analyses of various important reaction mechanisms

The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

Organic Chemistry II

This course continues the exploration of organic chemistry.  This course will focus on multi-step synthetic methods.  The structure, synthesis, and reactivity of alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aromatic compounds, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acid, derivatives, amines and enrolls will be surveyed.  Detailed analyses of various important reaction mechanisms will also be considered.

The course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

Pre-Calculus

This course which is of one trimester duration will be the study of trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial and other functions and their applications. This course is intended to develop the techniques and concepts which are needed to take the Calculus course.

Calculus

Many physical laws and many phenomena in Biology are in fact formulated in the language of calculus. Applications of differential calculus in the life sciences include simple growth models, interaction between organisms, invasion of organism, epidemiological modeling, change of gene frequencies under random mating and many others. This course, which is of one- trimester durations covers basic aspects of functions, sequences, limits, differentiation and integration.

Statistics and Probability

This course which is of one trimester duration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of concepts in probability and statistics.  Topics include data collection and analysis, managing uncertainty – permutations and combination, probability theory, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, analyzing and interpreting data- sampling distribution and estimation and hypothesis testing.

Introduction to Anatomy

This course is designated specifically for pre-medical students intending to apply for medical school. The level of the course is suitable for students with no background to the subject. The course features a structure approval to the human body, starting with the essential terminology and then progressing regionally throughout the body. The course intends to introduce medical terminology. It also allows the student to develop an understanding of regional anatomy and clinical application of anatomical knowledge.

Introduction to Physiology

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the function & regulation of the human body and physiological integration of the organ systems to maintain homeostasis.  Course content will include neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, as well as study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, and endocrine organ systems. Students will be required to have a keen interest and will be encouraged to have a deep understanding of the subject taught.

Introduction to Histology

The name “Histology” is derived from the Greek word for a tissue “Histos”, and “logos”=the study of.  Today the concept of Histology as a subject includes far more than just the study of tissues, but includes understanding of the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, which can better be described as “Microscopic Anatomy”.  It is evident from the title that the study of Histology or Microscopic Anatomy involves the use of microscopes (light and electron) as basic tools.  In addition to understanding the histology and ultra structure of cells, tissues and organs, it is also necessary to complement the morphological observations with an understanding of the biochemistry, physiology and biophysics of these structures.

This course is required for all Third Trimester Pre- medical students.

Introduction to Genetics/Biochemistry

The course introduces the student to basic aspects of biochemistry and molecular genetics.  Basic concepts in biochemistry include a brief introduction to carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.  The biochemistry section of the course permits the student the meaning and the role of biochemistry as the study of life at the molecular level. The molecular genetics section of the course allows the student to understand basic building blocks of DNA and RNA and their function.  The course also takes the student into basic understanding of techniques in the field of genetics and discusses recombinant DNA, cloning and the use of restriction enzymes. Instructional approach will be through lectures and group discussions.  The students will be assessed and evaluated based on their performance in exams, interaction in class and presentations.

Introduction to Microbiology/Immunology

Introduction to microbiology/immunology is a study of the distinguishing characteristics of micro-organisms based on structural-functional relationships, growth, and physical and chemical agents of control including antibiotics, metabolism and genetics.  It also introduces applied microbiology emphasizing infectious diseases, microbial physiology, basic concepts of immunology, mechanisms of resistance, and microbial ecology.

Medical Terminology

This course will provide students with a basic medical terminology vocabulary which will enable them to become successful communicators in the health care setting.  This will be achieved through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining vowels to build and define medical terms.  The course will also allow the interpretation of medical terms used in written and verbal communication.

Introduction to Psychology

This course is a general survey of the important concepts in psychology with traditional theories and modern developments.  It includes, but is not limited to, such topics as the history of psychology, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, memory, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, motivation, emotions, personality, intelligence, gender and sexuality.

Sociology

The course which is of one-trimester duration is intended to serve as an introduction to the subject matter of sociology.  It focuses on the many structures that constitute societal life and maps out how these structures can come to influence and impact the behavior of individuals in society.