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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW7982
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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. Nmbr changed from 7937 to 7982

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-04
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 126100
  5. Contact Person: Dr. William Rowe
  6. Phone: 9742706
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 7982
  10. Full Title: Proposal Writing II
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (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): Proposal Writing II
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. 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.

  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 is the second 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.
  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.) To teach this course, the instructor must have at a minimum a Ph.D.
  29. Objectives: By the end of the semester students will:

    1. Have completely written the proposal which consists of: Introduction, specific research questions or hypotheses, literature review, methodology, and tentative statistical analyses

    2. Present the research plan to their committee for feedback and develop a tentative timeline for their dissertation work

    3. Prepare the formal proposal defense and deliver the presentation to peers and Instructor 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 dissertation

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

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, doctoral students will have completely written their dissertation proposal, presented the research plan to their committee, prepared the formal proposal defense and delivered the presentation to peers and instructor for feedback.
  31. Major Topics: The research process, beginning with concept formation through the actual preparation of a detailed research plan, will be explored.
  32. 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 t

  33. 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.

  34. 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


    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.

    Final Draft of Proposal 70 points

    Defense Presentation 30 points

    Total 100%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments:

    1.Students will submit a well-written, APA style, completed research Proposal which includes Table of Contents (outline), Introduction, research questions or hypotheses, Literature review, methodology, and tentative statistical analyses. This should NOT be in draft form.

    2.Students will make a formal proposal defense presentation which includes slides and handouts. They will prepare the following slides: Title slide, Introduction/Importance, Lit. findings, Research ques./hypotheses, Design, Methods, Measures, Variables, Sampling, and Analysis and be prepared to speak for 20 minutes and to field questions from peers and instructors for approximately 15-20 minutes.

    3.Students should be prepared to ask questions of their peers after watching their presentations.

  36. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all class sessions. They are also expected to stay in communication with the instructors of this course via telephone, e-mail, and Blackboard. Since there are only two class meetings, students may not miss any classes. Students who miss any classes will not receive a passing grade in the course.
  37. Policy on Make-up Work: "Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact

    words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a

    published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public at large, or the form, structure, or style of a secondary source must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Only widely known facts and first-hand thoughts and observations original to the student do not require citations. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism, also, consists of passing off as one’s own, segments or the total of another person’s work."

  38. Program This Course Supports: Social Work
  39. 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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