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2013/2014 New OCW Test Course 2013/2014 New OCW Test Course

This is the 2013/2014 test course.

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Agricultural Science and Policy I Agricultural Science and Policy I

This course highlights the relevance of natural resource conservation for ensuring healthy agricultural, food and environmental systems, as well as the various approaches for implementing it. This course, the first of two semesters, focuses on soils, water, air and energy. The second semester delves into plant nutrients, plant- pest interaction, crop breeding, and livestock production.

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Agricultural Science and Policy II Agricultural Science and Policy II

This course, semester two of a year long course, highlights the relevance of natural resource conservation for ensuring healthy agricultural, food and environmental systems, as well as the various approaches for implementing it.

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Basic Human Pathology: Parts I and II Basic Human Pathology: Parts I and II

Basic Human Pathology is a basic sciences course that transitions between the basic and clinical sciences. This course serves as a foundation for other courses and aids in the understanding of managing patients, particularly as more aged patients with complex medical histories continue to seek regular dental care.

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Biology of Water and Health Biology of Water and Health

This interdepartmental course explores the multi-faceted ways in which water and human health are related. This includes the influence of waterborne pathogens on human and environmental health, as well as by identifying the central role of water in preserving health through adequate sanitation and hygiene. Above and beyond this classic lens for examining water and health, the course explores social, economic, and behavioral dimensions in a global context. The course allows participants to become familiar with different disciplinary approaches for addressing the biological linkages between water and health.

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Blender 2.6x - 3D Design Blender 2.6x - 3D Design

Blender 2.6x - 3D Design is an introductory course that is intended to offer users an introduction to the world of computer generated 3D modeling and animation.

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Cardiovascular Pathophysiology Cardiovascular Pathophysiology

In the second year Introduction to Cardiovascular Pathophysiology course, students will be introduced to the pathophysiologic basis for common cardiovascular diseases. This includes the basics of  hemodynamic perturbations and congenital and arrhythmic disorders of the heart. Students are also introduced to the spectrum of coronary disease and cardiomyopathies as well as the basics of vascular diseases.

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Conceptual Distinctions: The Case of Heat and Temperature Conceptual Distinctions: The Case of Heat and Temperature

This course is an investigation of the global energy balance if Earth. Participants work with many resources and understand how formative assessment is an integral part of the teaching-learning process that takes place at each stage of scientific inquiry.

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Contemporary Biosocial Problems in America Contemporary Biosocial Problems in America

This course examines the application of basic biological ideas to modern social problems in America, in particular, the intersection of biological theories and social beliefs. Among the major issues examined are the ideeological uses of science, the biological basis of sex roles and homosexuality, behavioral genetics, evolutionary psychology, and the meaning of race in medical practice.  This course will stress the analysis of evidence in the original scientific literature and a critical reading of how science is reported in the press.

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This course teaches the basic skills needed to critique the medical literature by providing a fundamental understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics. Physicians have an obligation to remain current in their field of practice and to treat patients according to accepted standards of care. This requires reading those journals that are considered the most important sources of new information in your field of medicine.

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2010 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2010

The primary purpose of this course is to teach you the skills to read, understand and critique the medical literature.

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Force and Strategy Force and Strategy

This course  provides an overview of the role of force in international politics. It examines the circumstances under which states and non-state actors use force of the threat of force to advance their interests and enhance their security. the course consists of Part I, which reviews systemic theories on the causes of war and their implications for current U.S. grand strategy,  Part II, which examines theories and practice of coercion, and Part III, which examines current security challenges.

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Foundations of Nutrition Science Foundations of Nutrition Science

This course provides an understanding of basic human nutrition science to students with a limited scientific backgound.

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Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology

This course reviews the pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal conditions, and assumes a general understanding of gastrointestinal physiology. The materials presented in this course are a foundation for further learning in Gastroenterology. The course follows an organ based structure to include disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, small intestines, pancreas, biliary system, and liver.

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Genetics Genetics

Medical genetics involves the application of genetic principles in the practice of medicine. Medical genetics encompasses diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases, study of inheritance of diseases in families, mapping of disease genes to their chromosome locations, study of the molecular genetics and pathogenesis of inherited disorders, provision of genetic counseling for families, and recently, investigations of methods for gene therapy. The field of Human Genetics has expanded exponentially over the past twenty-five years. Unlike any other field, genetics represents a true integration between the basic and the clinical sciences.

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Geriatric Dentistry Geriatric Dentistry

The dentist is a key member of the health delivery team. This course teaches the student how to render comprehensive oral health care and teach prevention to a dynamic, diverse and rapidly growing elderly population. Since chronology does not always equal physiology, younger patients with significant medical, physical, mental disabilities and sensory deficits are eligible for treatment in Geriatric Dentistry. Students will learn the complexity of aging, patient management and the importance of dentistry in total patient care. In the three clinic sessions, students evaluate their patients holistically, which includes medical history, nutritional assessment, medications, diagnostic radiographs, and prevention. A comprehensive treatment plan is developed; treatment is started and is to be completed in the general practice clinics.

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GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Tutorial Collection GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Tutorial Collection

This course introduces you to ArcGIS 10.1. The introductory tutorials show you how to create a simple map using urban and state data sources. You will learn how to use ArcCatalog and ArcMap, two modules in ArcGIS Desktop.

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Histology Histology

Histology is the study of microscopic anatomy dealing with the structures of cells, tissue and organs in relation to their functions. The first part of the course deals with basic tissues (a collection of similar cells and the extracellular matrices surrounding them): epithelium, connective tissues, including blood, bone and cartilage, muscles, and nerves. The second part of the course deals with organs, systemic arrangement of tissues performing a specific function, as of respiration, digestion, etc.

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Histology: Study of Cells, Tissues and Organs Histology: Study of Cells, Tissues and Organs

This course presents the microscopic structure of cells, tissues, and organs, with emphasis on the correlation of structure and function.

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Human Growth and Development Human Growth and Development

Students will learn that there are diseases, conditions and disabilities that relate directly to the disruption of the development of physical or mental processes, that learning about Growth and Development also provides a framework for understanding in greater depth who a patient is as a person, and will gain knowledge of the normal "landscape" that can guide our exploration in clinical encounters. The course also helps us to understand precipitants to disease and disability, and to learn to know a person more thoroughly, thereby becoming better doctors than were we to meet patients without such informational prompting. The subject matter will be studied by following various developmental "tracks" longitudinally from birth to death and by studying the individual at various cross-sectional stages/ages of life.

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Human-Animal Relationships Human-Animal Relationships

This course is the first part of the Ethics and Values Signature Program, is designed to enrich the student's understanding of various aspects of our individual and communal relationships with animals, and to stimulate creative thinking about the expanding horizons of veterinary medicine, particularly those relevant to both traditional and newer forms of human-animal interaction.

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Implant Dentistry Implant Dentistry

This course provides fundamental and foundational knowledge relevant to simple surgical and prosthodontic procedures for today's implant dentistry. It develops an understanding of the history of implant dentistry and introduces the scientific basis of implant-host relations and interactions. The course covers how to include implants in an overall diagnosis and treatment plan, and provides an overview of the surgical techniques and healing time required for implants. The course introduces basic fixed and removable prosthodontic techniques for implants, as well as how to restore single tooth crowns, three-unit fixed partial dentures and implant overdentures on implants. This will include knowledge on temporization procedures for implant restorations.

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Intellectual Development Intellectual Development

This child development course aims to explore several of the major points of view currently influential in the field of cognitive development. It also examines implications of these various perspectives for the education and socialization of children.  The emphasis is on theory in the conceptualization of intellectual change processes.

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International Multilateral Negotiation International Multilateral Negotiation

This seminar is designed as an inquiry into the nature of multilateral negotiation. It looks at how the tools, techniques, and rhythms of multilateral negotiation is similar to bilateral negotiations and in what ways - if at all - are they different. The seminar focuses on negotiated decision-making in multilateral settings. It will survey process issues such as: the differences between bilateral and multilateral negotiations, the particular problems of negotiations involving a very large number of parties, the complexities of issue-linkage, managed negotiation processes, the role of coalitions, conference diplomacy, treaty negotiations, knowledge in negotiation, etc. These topics are discussed in the context of case studies dealing with a range of multilateral issues including international security, environment, and international trade.

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Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems

This course introduces the general principles of biomedical evaluation and management of common clinical pain problems. It presents ways to evaluate the biomedical characteristics of the pain experience - temporal pattern, severity, location, quality, intensity and exacerbating and relieving factors, with emphasis on viewing superficially diverse pain syndromes as part of a fundamentally unified group of processes.

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Introduction to Game Development Introduction to Game Development

Video game development is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative endeavor. In this course students from a range of interests across liberal arts and engineering will work in teams to create a video game. Topics covered in this course include: Game Design, The Game Engine, Sound, Rendering, 2 and 3D Graphics, Basic Game Physics and AI, Sprites, and Animation.

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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis

This course focuses on introducing students to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the urban/suburban/metropolitan environment.  Students will learn to work with urban spatial databases and cover many technical topics.

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Introduction to Modern Physics Introduction to Modern Physics

The course covers principles and concepts of Special and General Relativity; origins of Quantum Mechanics; quantum structure of atoms, molecules, solids; applications to lasers and microelectronics; nuclear and particle physics; and cosmology.

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Law and Veterinary Medicine Law and Veterinary Medicine

This course acquaints students with basic concepts of law as well as ethics, and also seeks to enable students to practice medicine more prudently through application of legal rules.  While substantive standards of law are presented, the role of process and creative thought in the development and application of legal and moral principles are also stressed.

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Medical Interviewing and the Doctor-Patient Relationship Medical Interviewing and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Effective interviewing of patients is essential for doctors. This course will provide the student with the basic skills, attitudes and knowledge required for that endeavor.

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Medicine I Medicine I

Year one of a three year medical course for dental students, this course teaches dental students basic medical skills. It focuses on Patient Assessment, History Taking, Physical Examination, and Introduction to Pharmacology and Prescriptions.

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Medicine II Medicine II

This course teaches the dental student to evaluate systemic health problems and appropriately apply the knowledge in a future clinical setting.

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Medicine III: Hospital Clerkship Program Medicine III: Hospital Clerkship Program

This course gives the dental student not only an understanding of the complexity of issues associated with the medically compromised patient but the ability to comfortably manage such patients in the dental setting as well.

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Microbiology Microbiology

This course introduces students to basic tactics used by microbial pathogens to establish infectious diseases. The course will illustrate the process of microbial and parasitic infection. With an emphasis on pathobiology, lecturers chosen for their expertise and speaking ability cover a wide range of topics in Slide Lectures from Streptococcus to Fastidious Bacteria.

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Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology

This course covers the disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system. Students will become familiar with the immunology and pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases that may predominantly affect joints but also affect multiple organ systems of the body in some diseases.

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Nutrition and Medicine Nutrition and Medicine

This course introduces students to 1) functions of macro and micronutrients, 2) the role of nutrition throughout the life cycle (pregnancy, lactation, infatns/children, adults, and the elderly), and 3) the clinical application of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease (cardiovascular, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer).

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One Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches to People, Animals and the Environment One Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches to People, Animals and the Environment

Emerging challenges to human, animal and ecosystem health demand novel solutions.The course will explore interdisciplinary team-oriented approaches to complex health problems and set a framework for similar cross-school collaborative learning and teaching experiences at Tufts.

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Ophthalmology Grand Rounds Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

The Grand Rounds provide a wide range of ophthalmology cases seen at the New England Eye Center.

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Oral Public Health and Community Service Program Oral Public Health and Community Service Program

This program examines the impact of society, disparate cultures, attitudes, health beliefs and risk behaviors on oral public health. The fundamental principles and practices of public health, epidemiology, civic engagement, and community service are presented from a practical and applied perspective. The significance of oral diseases and disorders as a "silent epidemic" and their grave impact on general health and well-being is emphasized, including specific examples of current issues and "hot topics" in oral public health. Strategies and methods to overcome existing substantial impediments to oral healthcare access for the most needy, vulnerable and underserved populations, is discussed from the perspective of community-based healthcare systems development.

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Pathophysiology of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Pathophysiology of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

This course provides a brief review of endocrine physiology. The course teaches the pathophysiology of each of the endocrine areas through didactic lectures and small group discussions. The student will learn the mechanism of action of the various medications used in the treatment of endocrine disorders as a way to emphasize physiology and pathophysiology. The concepts and facts learned during the lectures will be applied to solve clinical problems in the small group discussion sessions. The small group sessions prepare students to handle endocrine cases during their clinical years and prepare them for the USMLE exams as well.

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Pathophysiology of Infectious Diseases Pathophysiology of Infectious Diseases

Understanding of the role of microbes play in chronic illness, like coronary disease and arthritis, continues to evolve. For example, in the Emerging Infections and Agents of Biological Warfare Lecture, one will learn that while advances in identification, culture techniques, diagnosis and treatment have led to remarkable improvements in the consequences of infectious diseases worldwide, newly identified pathogens continue to emerge and affect mankind, such as Ebola, anthrax, smallpox, West Nile Virus, monkeypox virus, and others.

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Physics for Humanists Physics for Humanists

This course covers facts and concepts of classical and modern physics for the intellectually and emotionally curious student not intending to specialize in the natural sciences.

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Population Health Population Health

This course is designed to challenge and encourage you, as veterinary students, to explore the relationships between population health and public health, animal health and human health, and clinical and population-based health practice.

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Population Medicine Population Medicine

The purpose of this course is to shift your attention away from the pathophysiologic effects of disease on individuals, and refocus it on a much bigger question: what connection will you and your patients have with the health of the public?  In this course, we will use the elderly as a model population to explore the intersection between clinical practice and population medicine. 

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Preclinical Complete Denture Prosthodontics Preclinical Complete Denture Prosthodontics

Preclinical Complete Denture Prosthodontics is the basic complete denture course for second year Dental students. This is the introductory course to the treatment of the edentulous patient and continues as the student progresses to the Advanced Clinical Complete Denture Lecture Series and the clinical treatment of patients.

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Producing Films for Social Change Producing Films for Social Change

This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students pitch their ideas and then research, report, produce, shoot, write, and edit their own short documentary films on social issues affecting the local community, the U.S., or the world. Readings and discussions focus on current news, media ethics, media literacy, the declining credibility of the press, journalists' responsibilities to the public, social justice issues, First Amendment principles, corporate media ownership, media images of women and people of color, and the powerful role of media (TV news, documentaries, new media, digital storytelling) as tools for civic engagement and positive social change. We will cover the basic principles and techniques of video journalism, including directing, lighting, camera work, composition, interviewing, and character development. The classroom will be run like a newsroom, working collaboratively under deadlines with editorial guidance from Senior and Executive Producers. Students work in production teams on their films. The aim of this course is to help students become media literate and to sharpen their skills as producers and consumers of news through screenings, critiques, and guest lectures by prominent journalists, filmmakers, activists, and policy makers.

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Promoting Positive Development Among Youth Promoting Positive Development Among Youth

Students will learn about Applied Developmental Science (ADS) and to use research about human development to inform programs and policies pertinent to topics of social importance.

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Quality Oversight in the Health Care Marketplace Quality Oversight in the Health Care Marketplace

This module describes the key players in health care accreditation and assessment, current and emerging programs in performance measurement, and the role of report cards and pay-for-performance in creating incentives for quality improvement. The goal of this module is to present practitioners with information, strategies and tools to manage and provide high quality and cost-effective care for patients.

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Renal Pathophysiology Renal Pathophysiology

This course reviews how the kidneys adapt to extra-renal disturbances and explores disorders that arise from primary defects in kidney function. In addition, the course explores the pathogenesis and therapy of chronic kidney disease and the consequences of kidney failure.

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Special Care in Dentistry Special Care in Dentistry

Special Care in Dentistry is a curriculum designed to introduce you to some characteristics and dental care needs of persons with special needs. These units are designed to increase your knowledge and awareness of patients with developmental disabilities, and provide you with practical tools for providing high-quality care.

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Theories of Public Policy Theories of Public Policy

This course examines competing theories, models, and analytical frameworks for understanding policymaking. Case study application is used to underscore lessons learned and knowledge of the basic tools of lawmaking is sharpened. The course is taught as a seminar, allowing students to participate actively in class discussion.

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Tropical Ecology and Conservation Tropical Ecology and Conservation

This seminar plus field work in Costa Rica is designed to give students with an in-depth understanding of tropical ecology and conservation biology.

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Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute Workshop Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute Workshop

Over five thematic days, One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and internationally to attain optimal health for humans, animals, and our environmental ecosystems.

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Veterinary Gross Pathology Image Collection Veterinary Gross Pathology Image Collection

This photographic collection represents the collective experience of more than forty years of experience in veterinary diagnostic pathology and this invaluable resource is now available to the scientific community through Tufts OCW. The collection, approximately four thousand images, has been sorted, digitized, and organized for ease of viewing.

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Veterinary Respiratory Pathophysiology Veterinary Respiratory Pathophysiology

This course introduces students to the structure and function of the respiratory system under normal and pathological Diagnostic techniques and evaluation are presented along with common mechanisms of respiratory tissue injury and common diseases on several animal Emphasis is placed on the role of respiratory defense mechanisms and their defeat by host-adapted respiratory pathogens.

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Water and Diplomacy: Integration of Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Water and Diplomacy: Integration of Science, Engineering and Diplomacy

This seminar is to prepare a new generation of interdisciplinary water professions who will think across boundaries, emphasize integration of knowledge, link knowledge and action from multiple perspectives to help reduce water conflicts and increase the distribution of benefits among partners through mutual gains negotiations.

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Zoological Medicine 2008 Zoological Medicine 2008

The core curriculum in Zoological Medicine at Tufts is presented in two separate, but continuous courses: Introduction to Zoological Medicine and Zoological Medicine. Zoological medicine has recently been adopted as a universal term to be applied to all non-traditional species, including wildlife, zoo species, companion exotic animals, pet birds, marine mammals, and fish.

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