Special Topics Courses

Description

Special Topics elective courses allow a student the opportunity to personalize his or her education by engaging a mentored experience in a particular area of pharmaceutical science, pharmacy practice, or pharmacy education through individual or small group work under the direction of a faculty member.

Special Topics may take the form of immersion in a laboratory, a defined literature review, or other longitudinal experience, activity, or course co-designed by a student and a faculty mentor. Special Topics may be designed as a 1-credit, 2-credit, or 3-credit course, depending on the nature of the experience, expected commitment of the student, and stated outcomes of the course.

All Special Topics paperwork has been moved to an on-line web app. The web app streamlines the registration and documentation process. The web app allows, the faculty mentor, the student, as well as others, with responsibility for registration and tracking of participation to access to all of the content in a secure, on-line tool.

Students may enroll in multiple Special Topics experiences in one semester. However, a student cannot submit a second Special Topics Appendix A request via the on-line web app until an existing registration Appendix A has been approved.

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Special Topics web-app

Video Tutorial: How to complete the Special Topics form via the web app.

Requirements for Special Topics Courses

Prior to registration for the term in which the Special Topics course will be conducted:

  1. The student must meet with a faculty mentor for the Special Topics course to discuss expectations for the course.
  2. The student must complete and submit the Proposal for Special Topics Course form (Appendix A) using the Special Topics Web App. The signature collection and submission is all done electronically. When the faculty mentor approves Appendix A, an email is generated to the School of Pharmacy Academic Records Manager (Ms. Cheryl Sorensen) to register the student.  Because a Special Topics registration is a course registration, the Appendix A must be submitted, approved by your faculty mentor, an entered by the Academic Records Manager before the semester add/drop deadline.

No later than the end of the second week of the term in which the Special Topics course will be conducted:

  1. The student must complete and submit a course outline (Appendix B) using the Special Topics Web App. The signature collection and submission is all done electronically. When the faculty mentor approves Appendix B, this concludes the registration process. This information may be accessed and reviewed by the Associate Dean for Education (Dr. Susan Meyer). 
  2. The Appendix B must be approved by the mentor prior to the add/drop date for the semester. If an Appendix B is not approved by that date, the elective will be cancelled and the registration for it withdrawn.

At the end of the term during which the Special Topics course is completed:

  1. The student must prepare and submit a summary report via the Special Topices Web App prior to grade assignment for the course.
  2. The summary report should include:
    a.  A description of the experience.
    b.  Examples of the work completed for the project, such as abstracts, posters, or
    other documents, if appropriate.
    c.  A student reflection of the achievement of the ability outcomes for the project.