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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ADE6966
Tracking Number - 1501

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-03-29
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by GC 10/19/09; sent to USF SCNS Office 11/23/09; SCNS approved 12/9/09; effective 1/2010; posted in Banner 12/10/09

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-03
  2. Department: EDU
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173100
  5. Contact Person: Waynne B. James
  6. Phone: 9740020
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ADE
  9. Number: 6966
  10. Full Title: Final Master's Seminar
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Final Master's Seminar
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Students should be in the last few seminars of their master's degree program.
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to provide in-depth review of various areas of adult education. It is designed to prepare individuals for the comprehensive exams. Emphasis also will be on developing familiarity with formal research literature.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed as part of recent program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be the final, integrating course for all students in the adult education masters program. Although not part of the course, comprehensive exams will be integrated into the semester for students graduating the semester the course is offered.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate in Adult Education and expertise in research related to adult education.
  29. Objectives: As part of this course, students will:

    1. Study/review basic tools and procedures of research.

    2. Explore issues/topics related to the student's field of study.

    3. Read, interpret, and critique literature and research studies in their respective areas of specialty.

    4. Develop skill and expertise in responding to essay-type questions-partially in preparation for comprehensive exams.

    5. Identify a proposal topic and develop a mini-proposal/study.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Ability to critique and respond to essay questions related to courses taken as part of the master's program. 2. Knowledge of basics of research and literature review. 3. Ability to write a min-proposal with identified components.
  31. Major Topics: A. Preparation for Comprehensive Exams

    B. Research in Adult Education

    1. The Nature of Research

    2. Graduate Student Research

    3. Framing the Research Study

    4. Reviewing the Literature

    5. Data Collection Procedures and Techniques

    6. Experimental and Descriptive Designs

  32. Textbooks: Merriam, S. B., & Simpson, E. L. (1995). A guide to research for educators and trainers of adults (2nd ed.). Malabar, FL: Krieger.

    American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:

    Individually based on group presentations related to previous course review.


    Proquest full-text dissertations and theses.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Each student is expected to participate in class activities and discussions.

    A percentage system is used to assign grades (i.e., 90-100% of the possible points, merits an “A”; 80-89% merits a “B”). To get an “A,” all assignments must be of satisfactory quality and the student must get a minimum of 20 points on the mini-proposal/study. Extra credit work could make the difference if the grade is borderline.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Topics:

    The Nature of Research

    Graduate Student Research

    Framing the Research Study

    Reviewing the Literature

    Data Collection Procedures and Techniques

    Ethical Dilemmas in Doing Research

    Writing Up Your Findings

    Experimental and Descriptive Designs

    Historical Inquiry and Philosophical Inquiry

    Meaning and Interpretation: Qualitative Methods

    Action, Participatory, Critical, and Feminist Research Designs

    Review of previous course competencies

    How to respond to essay questions


    1.Critique research literature- two written reports (5 points each). Due middle to end of semester.

    2.One written book report and one oral reaction to book related to adult education or area of research (5 points each). Due middle to end of semester.

    3.Group oral presentation and written report in more depth on a select topic (15 points). Due toward the middle of the semester,before comprehensive exams are scheduled.

    4.Critique of thesis/project/dissertation proposal or final defense (15 points).

    5.Development and presentation of mini-proposal/study (25 points). Throughout semester.

    6.Participation as “committee member’ in critique of mini-proposals(10 points). Towards end of semester.

    7.Critique and development of responses to sample qualifying examination questions(10 points).

    8.Reading assignments as appropriate.

  36. Attendance Policy: USF Policy on Religious Observances: “ Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.”
  37. Policy on Make-up Work: If class discussions are missed, students are expected to turn in written critiques of materials discussed. Each student is expected to earn her or his own grade on the basis of personal effort. Evidence of plagiarism will result in failing the course. University policy on academic honesty and the definitions of plagiarism and cheating are explained in detail in the USF Graduate School handbook.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Adult Education master's program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course will be the final, integrating course for all students in the adult education masters program. Although not part of the course, comprehensive exams will be integrated into the semester for students graduating the semester the course is offered.

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