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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW7981

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-08-25
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved 9/18; sent to USF SCNS Office 10/12/09. Approved. Effective 1/1/10. Number changed from 7936 to 7981


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1512 2009-09-04
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Social Work AS 126100
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. William Rowe 9742706 wrowe@cas.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SOW 7981 Proposal Writing I

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Proposal Writing I
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    Corequisites

    Course Description

    Guides doctoral students in preparing a dissertation proposal to be presented to the committee for final approval. The process will be explored from concept formation through the preparation of a detailed written proposal. PR: Ph.D. Majors only.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed as part of recent program/concentration/certificate change

    B. 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 is the first of two courses designed to guide doctoral students in the preparation of their dissertation proposal. The research process is explored from concept formation through actual preparation of a detailed research plan with special attention to the organization of the writing process.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 1 time

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    To teach this course, the instructor must have at a minimum a Ph.D.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course is designed to assist students in the development of a timeline for their dissertation work. Participants will be guided in the writing of an introduction, development of specific research questions or hypotheses, completion of the literature review, and tentative methodology. Students will be prepared to present the research plan to their committee for feedback. The course will seek to organize a working environment supportive of efficient writing and scholarship as well as provide students with an understanding of the graduate school and School of Social Work requirements for dissertations.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the semester students will:

    1. Develop a tentative timeline for their dissertation work.

    2. Write the introduction, specific research questions or hypotheses, complete the literature review, and tentative methodology.

    3. Present the research plan to their committee for feedback.

    4. Organize a working environment supportive of efficient writing and scholarship.

    5. Understand the graduate school and School of Social Work requirements for dissertations.

    6. Complete initial IRB training or annual update and provide evidence.

    C. Major Topics

    1. developing research questions or hypotheses as well as a tentative timeline for the dissertation

    2. the literature review process and an overview of methodology

    3. completing initial or updated IRB education and Refworks software training

    D. Textbooks

    Required:

    Heppner, P., Heppner, M. (2004) Writing and Publishing Your Thesis, Dissertation, and Research-A Guide for Students in the Helping Professions. Thomson Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0534559743

    Szuchman, L. T, Thomlison, B (2000) Writing with Style: APA Style for Social Work. Thomson Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0-534-26311-9

    Strongly Recommended APA Manual 5th Edition

    Refworks Software

    Locke, L., Spirduso, W., Silverman, S. (2007). Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals 5th ed. Sage. ISBN 978-1-41292422-1

    Krathwohl, D. & Smith, N. (2005). How to Pr

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Strongly Recommended:

    APA Manual 5th Edition

    Refworks Software

    Locke, L., Spirduso, W., Silverman, S. (2007). Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals 5th ed. Sage. ISBN 978-1-41292422-1

    Krathwohl, D. & Smith, N. (2005). How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Syracuse University Press. ISBN )-8156-8141-0

    Patten, M. (2005). Proposing Empirical Research 3rd ed. Pyrczak Publishing ISBN 1-884585-62-0.

    Pyrczak, F. (2000). Completing your Thesis or Dissertation. Pyrczak Publishing. ISBN 1-884585-21-3.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Final Grade will be distributed as:

    A+ 4.00

    A 4.00

    A 3.67

    B+ 3.33

    B 3.00

    B 2.67

    C+ 2.33

    C 2.00

    C 1.67

    D+ 1.33

    D 1.00

    D .67

    F 0.00

    Grading:

    Students are expected to submit drafts to the instructor on time via Blackboard. Students who are slightly behind the schedule may receive an I grade. However, those who are not making significant progress will receive an F in the course. Students will receive on-going feedback regarding their performance.

    Attendance 10%

    Proof of IRB Training 10%

    First Draft of Proposal 30%

    Final Draft of Proposal 50%

    Total 100%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Course Schedule:

    Class 1- Introduction

    Class 2- Refworks software Training

    Class 3- Overview of Methodology

    Assignments:

    Students will submit a well-written, APA style partial Dissertation Proposal which includes Introduction, research questions or hypothesis, Literature review, and tentative methodology. The partial proposal submitted should NOT be in draft format.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Students are expected to attend all three class sessions. They are also expected to stay in communication with their committees and the instructors of this course via telephone, e-mail, and Blackboard. Students who miss any classes will have points deducted for attendance.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Students are reminded that all program participants have signed the school of social work statement on plagiarism and academic dishonesty and have been provided with this statement as well as the NASW code of ethics in their copy of the Student Supplement for Research and Statistics.

    NOTE: Notes or tapes are not permitted for purposes of sale.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Social Work


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    This course will be part of the required program courses. All graduate students in the Ph.D. program will take it. It will not be offered to others outside of the School of Social Work.



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