Clinical Laboratory Sciences Syllabi


Syllabus for CLLS 4326
Research in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Instructor:Jianzhi Zhang, M.D., M.S., M(ASCP)
Contact Information:Office: SHP 4.432
Phone: (409) 772-9473
Course Objectives:Upon completion of this course the student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to:
  1. test the research question and hypothesis of an observational or experimental study
  2. manage a functional pilot study based upon the hypothesis
  3. collect relevant data
  4. utilize statistical tools to identify descriptive and inferential information
  5. write an abstract and a research manuscript according to the format of scientific journals
  6. prepare and present a poster to report the findings of the research study
Course Process:Method of instruction will include small group discussions with faculty and research advisors, and independent laboratory analysis and manuscript development, under the direction of the research advisors, adhering to reasonable timelines.
Grading:Evaluation of learning will be based according to the following in order to determine the final grade for the course:

Learning ActivitiesGrading
Research Manuscript (115 points total) 
Proposal Introduction / Methods Rewrites10
Statistical Data Analysis15
Team Peer Evaluation10
Poster (including presentation at a State CLS Meeting)35
Total Points150
Assignments:The student will be responsible for arranging and attending planning sessions with his/her project advisor. Students must meet with their advisors at least once every two weeks. The student will provide the advisor with access to laboratory data books and double-spaced, dated computer copies of each section of their manuscript via electronic mail.

The course schedule contains deadlines for submitting portions of the final manuscript, the abstract, and the poster. While a difficulty may prevent a given section from being presented on time, the student must understand that delay in submitting sections has a tendency to snowball. Barring a decision by the course instructors, no student’s final drafts of these will be accepted after the deadline, a result which will significantly impact the grade that is earned.

Attendance:Due to the nature of this course it will be necessary for the student to work independently and to follow an individualized schedule as determined by the faculty research advisor. If an individual is unable to attend a scheduled meeting, he/she should contact the CLS Department Office or the faculty member directly. The instructors will determine what is a reasonable excuse & verification of cause for an absence may be required. Failure to communicate with the faculty advisor or the coordinating faculty within a three week period will constitute the need for referral to the program chairperson. Presentation of the research outcomes will be in the form of a poster at a State Clinical Laboratory Sciences meeting is a requirement in this course.
Required Course Materials:None.


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.
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