Clinical Laboratory Sciences Syllabi


Syllabus for CLLS 5332
Master's Project
Instructor:Jianzhi Zhang, M.D., M.S., M(ASCP)
Contact Information:Office: SHP 4.432
Phone: (409) 772-9473
Course Description:The student will be given the opportunity to: 1) construct focused investigation of clinical laboratory science problem in real- world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions and 3) investigates and apply theory through practical implementation project. (15 hours conference, 90 hours laboratory)
Cognitive & Psychomotor Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Judge the acceptability of a selected method

2. Identify internal and external validity and applications to the clinical laboratory

3. Pose a research question and hypothesis of an observational or experimental study

4. Conduct a functional research study based upon the hypothesis

5. Present results in both an oral and a poster presentation

6. Write and defend a project thesis

7. Formal preparation and completion of the thesis for the Master Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Affective Objectives:Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the development of behaviors and attitudes consistent with those of the profession. Evaluation of these behaviors will be performed using the Affective Objectives and Evaluation checklist in the Orientation Handbook and the outcome of this evaluation will be reflected in the your course grade as part of your participation grade. You will have the opportunity to develop these attributes in classroom assignments and activities. You will be placed in different facility or assigned different mentor for your project. You will also be given opportunities to demonstrate your ability to work independently, follow instructions and be creative.
Methods of Evaluation: Students should refer to the Department's Academic Policies for general information regarding the Attendance, Methods of Evaluation, and Academic Dishonesty. Those general policies apply to this course. Students are required to complete all units, projects, and internet discussion sessions for this course.

Learning Activities

Percentage Weight

Participation (through seminar or discussion board posting or chats or online activities)


Draft Thesis


Revised Thesis


Oral Thesis Defense


Final Thesis and Research Notebook







General Policies of the School of Health Professions

Academic Progress:Information regarding the Student's academic progress in this course will be shared with their Academic Advisor and/or Department Chair. Student's making unsatisfactory progress will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for assistance.
Academic Integrity:Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such an act. Procedures to be followed in the event of alleged academic dishonesty are described in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, and the SAHS Student Handbook. Alleged academic dishonesty issues should be reported to the Student Affairs Officer.
Professional Behavior:As a part of a professional program, you are expected to conduct yourselves in a manner consistent with the level of trust and responsibility that will be placed on you when you are part of a health care team. You are expected to be honest in your dealings with your instructor and your peers. You are also expected to be able to follow instructions, to act with the utmost integrity, to follow safety protocols while in laboratory, to perform laboratory work with care, and to act in accordance with those standards characteristic of those we call "professionals."
Behavior during examinations, written and practical, will be monitored. Inappropriate behavior may result in pursuance of disciplinary action.
University Statement on Equality, Tolerance, and Affirmative Action:Please indicate by the end of the second week of the semester if you will need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336). If the need for ADA accommodations should arise during the semester you will need to make your request within one week of returning to classes. You may contact your Instructor or the Office of Student Affairs.
Course Evaluation:Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the instructor and course near the end of the course/semester. When submitting course evaluations students must follow the guidelines provided by the course instructor or the department.