Course Offerings for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructor: Roman Miller, PhD

An investigative study of the topics of gametogenesis, fertilization, embryogenesis and organogenesis. Molecular influences and cell interactions involved in differentiation and development are emphasized. Laboratory investigations use both descriptive and experimental approaches to study amphibian, bird, and mammal development. A research project and paper are required.

BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (4 SH)

August 26- December 8, 2014
Instructor: Doug Graber Neufeld, PhD

A survey of structure-function relationships of biological molecules and systems. Emphasis is placed on enzymology, intermediary metabolism, and metabolic control. Laboratory focuses on protein chemistry and involves an extended independently guided research project in which students develop their own hypotheses and test them using the techniques learned early in the course. Three lecture periods and one lab per week.

BMC 601 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar I(1 SH)

August 26- December 8, 2014
Instructors: Carolyn Stauffer, PhD and Roman Miller, PhD

This course involves a first orientation to the biomedicine program. Examples of primary literature will be periodically selected and presented to the group by individual students. Major lecture/discussion topics include: library research techniques; technical writing practicums, creating an effective resume; survey of biomedicine-related careers; discovering biomedicine in the humanities.

BMC 621 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar III (1 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructors: Julia Halterman, PhD and Roman Miller, PhD

Major seminar themes include: secular and religious approaches to bioethics, theological themes in biomedicine, holistic healing. Skills: critical thinking on alternative medicine versus pseudomedicine. Applications: music therapy, faith and healing, applications in biomedicine.

BMS 501 Organic Chemistry I (4 SH)

August 26- December 8, 2014
Instructor: Tara Kishbaugh, PhD

Study of the relationship between the three-dimensional structure and the reactivity of carbon compounds. The chemical and physical properties of organic compounds will be linked to an understanding of orbital theory, electronegativity, strain, and sterics. Reactions of simple organic compounds will be described in terms of electron movement (mechanisms) and kinetic vs. thermodynamic parameters. The laboratory sessions emphasize purification, isolation, and identification techniques, particularly chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 510 Calculus for Biomedicine (3 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructor: Owen Byer, PhD

A survey of the concepts of differential and integral calculus. This course emphasizes the application of calculus to problems in science, with some examples in biomedicine. A graphing calculator is required.

BMS 511 Biomedical Physics I (4 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructor: Daniel King, PhD

A course with a laboratory that surveys topics in classical physics including mechanics, vibrations, waves, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Calculus based. (BMS 510 or equivalent is prerequisite)

BMC 522 Cell Biology (3 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructor: Jeffrey Copeland, PhD

A study of cellular architecture,communication, transport, motility, division, growth, and death. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of cancer at the cellular level, and on a quantitative understanding of cellular movements. Students read and report on research articles. The laboratory involves an introduction to common techniques employed in molecular biology followed by directed research projects of the student’s choosing. Two lecture periods and one extended lab per week.

BMS 562 Neurobiology (3SH)

August 26- December 8, 2014
Instructor: Greta Ann Herin, PhD

This course explores the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience with an emphasis on the biology of the nervous system. It includes the structure of the nervous system, how neurons communicate electrically and chemically, sensory systems, motor systems, and the neural basis of behavior. Two lecture periods and two laboratory/recitation periods per week.

BMC 613 Biomedicial Research Design & Statistics (2 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructor: Jess Kraybill, PhD

This course covers basic principles of research methodology and experimental design. Topics include research design, measurements, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and the analysis of data. A computer statistical package(SPSS) is used to analyze data. Students critically evaluate published reports of biomedical studies with specific attention to their experimental design and the application of statistics.

BMC 562 Human Physiology (4 SH)

January 6 – April 22, 2014
Instructor: Roman Miller, PhD

Investigative study of selected body systems including neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. Extensive laboratory work emphases quantification and experimentation while using live materials and physiologic instrumentation.

BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine (1 SH)

August 26 – December 8, 2014
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

Under the direction of a faculty member, this course guides a student through the process of library research. Each student selects a specific biomedicine-related topic and then researches primary and secondary literature to gain understanding and insight on their chosen topic. In addition to developing a mastery of the major components of the natural science aspect of the topic, the student is required to incorporate transdisciplinary elements of the topic that include social science, theology, and ethics. The outcome includes preparing an oral presentation and a review paper written in CSE style.

BMC 602 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar II

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: Judy Mullet, PhD and Roman Miller, PhD

Continued orientation to biomedicine with research on application process for medical school; professionalism in biomedicine; clinical shadowing experiences and reflections; brief orientation to research design and statistics; introduction to faith/science interaction themes.

BMC 622 Biomedical Transdisciplinary Seminar IV (1 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructors: Carolyn Stauffer, PhD and Roman Miller, PhD

Major themes include: leadership strategies, global and environmental issues in health. Skills: developing a leadership model, conflict resolution. Applications: Biomedicine in visual art; healing and shalom.

BMC 612 Human Anatomy (4 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

Anatomical study of body systems using mammalian and human cadaver materials. Histological studies are correlated with the above anatomical studies. Laboratory work includes dissection, osteology, and microscopy.

BMS 502 Organic Chemistry II (4 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: Tara Kishbaugh, PhD

Building on the prior course, this course deduces “new” mechanisms based on key principles of conformational preference, sterics, polarity, and bond strength. Aromatic compounds as well as oxygen and nitrogen containing compounds are studied so that the chemistry of biomolecules can be introduced. Structural determination of increasingly complex compounds by instrumental techniques, such as GC-MS, NMR, and IR will also be emphasized. The laboratory involves multi-step transformations, purifications, and advanced structure determination using primarily instrumental techniques. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 512 Biomedical Physics II (4 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: Daniel King, PhD

Continuation of BMS 511. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics (relativity, atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics).

BMX 613 Behavioral & Social Science Principles (3 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: Kim Brenneman, PhD

An overview of the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. Theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewed and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to health promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities. Basic principles from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other social science disciplines are analyzed in relation to the causes, consequences and control measures for public health problems.

BMX 611 Biomedicine Faith & Ethics (3 SH)

January 5 – April 29, 2015
Instructors: Doug Graber Neufeld, PhD and Peter Dula, PhD

This team-taught course explores relationships between science and Christian faith by investigating scientific foundational ideas and their interaction with theology. Topics such as global and human origins, chance and complexity, human nature, mind, health and healing, environmental and medical ethics are examined and viewed through the lenses of Scripture, theology, and natural science. Students will be led to form and articulate a multidimensional world view that incorporates the realities of science and a holistic Christian faith.

BMC 562 Human Physiology (4 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015 (4 SH)
Instructors: Julia Halterma, PhD and Roman Miller, PhD

Investigative study of selected body systems including neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. Extensive laboratory work emphasis quantification and experimentation while using live materials and physiologic instrumentation.

BMS 525 Medical Terminiology (2SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

This course uses a synchronous on-line approach with periodic classroom meetings to ensure student participation. The course is designed to provide the medical language and nomenclature background for students who plan to enter health care professions. Study of the uses of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots to formulate words describing meaningful medical conditions is emphasized as well as learning their definitions, correct pronunciation, and spelling. Using major body systems as a guide, students will learn the basic anatomic and medical terms related to the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, and urinary systems. Periodic testing with final examination comprises the assessment portion of the course. Students completing the course at 90% level will receive a certificate.

BML 615 The Health Care Delivery System (3 SH)

January 5 – April 20, 2015
Instructor: David Cockley, PhD

Gives the health care manager a broad overview of health care delivery within the United States, along with a brief perspective on the history of involvement in health care delivery by the Mennonite Church. The involvement of local, state, and federal agencies in the delivery of care, as well as its financing, will also be examined, along with an overview of the development of health policy. Technology’s impact on the health care environment both currently and in the future will be outlined along with an exploration of healthcare informatics. In addition, comparison to other nations’ health care systems will be made as well as projections for the future of the U.S. system.

BML 626 Managing in a Complex Healthcare Environment (3 SH)

January 5 – April 22, 2015
Instructor: Don Tyson, PhD

Focuses on the dynamics of leading the health care organization in times of rapid change and how that change can be used to leverage effective organizational performance. Continuous improvement and the use of data-driven decision-making and national benchmarking, along with the fostering of a high level of employee involvement will be emphasized, as well as the effective use of organizational accountability for performance. The effective partnering with governing boards will be identified. The use of the planning process as a tool for positioning the organization for effective performance along with a review of that performance using annual performance tools will be analyzed. The use of marketing to enhance the organization’s visibility in the community in which it serves will be outlined. The development of a workforce that is culturally competent and focused on the delivery of care that exceeds the expectations of a culturally diverse client base will be explored. The manager’s role in shaping the organization and self-management and its importance for effective leadership will be woven in as themes throughout the course.

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