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CMB 8202

Mechanisms of Animal Health and Disease II

Credits: 3 credits

Grading: A-F or S/N. 

Prerequisites: CMB8201 or consent of instructor

Course Coordinator: Dr. Bruce Walcheck, Dept. of Veterinary and Biomed. Sci.;

Course Description: This is a journal article-based discussion to further provide a framework for understanding and interpreting knowledge relevant to biological and biomedical topics in comparative medicine, and familiarity with the experimental methods and research tools available in these areas. Aspects of host/pathogen interactions will be covered in the areas of genetics and genomics, physiology, cell biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and host response mechanisms.  Mechanisms of pathogenesis are investigated utilizing lectures and discussion of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Statement of Objectives: The student will be expected to display an increased capacity to interpret research findings in the mechanisms of pathogenesis through the critical evaluation of current journal articles.

Course Assignments: Selected readings of current biomedical research literature as determined by instructor and type written critiques.

Evaluation Procedures: Grades will be based on weekly type written critiques and class participation. Approximate letter grades are A = 100-90, B = 89-80, C = 79-70, D = 70-65, F < 65.

Text and Reference Materials: No required text.  Readings as determined by the instructor.

Supplementary Information: Required of all CMB degree candidates unless waived by the Program Advisory Committee.  Credit toward CMB degree requirements is granted only for A-F grading. 

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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