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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW7919

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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 7938 to 7919

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1514 2009-09-04
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Social Work AS 126100
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. William Rowe 9742706

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SOW 7919 Directed Studies in Social Work Research

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    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)
    Social Work Research
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Prepares students to identify a research topic, review existing literature and formulate a research question or hypothesis as the basis of the dissertation. Students will learn to prepare a scholarly manuscript to submit for publication. PR:Ph.D. Majrs

  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 course is designed to prepare students to identify a research topic, review existing literature on this topic and formulate a research question or hypothesis which may become the basis of their dissertation. Students will learn to prepare a scholarly manuscript and submit it for publication according to the guidelines for peer-reviewed journals. This course is necessary because first-time authors must understand both the rigor of and the format for submitting articles to peer-reviewed journals in social work and related fields.

    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

    Students will be assisted as they conceptualize a scholarly research topic that will contribute to the social work knowledge base. Students will also conduct an extensive review of literature, identify theoretical models within the respective area of research as well as identify social work journals that offer an appropriate audience for research on the topic. Additionally, students will prepare a manuscript according to the selected journal’s guidelines for publication and submit the manuscript for publication.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the semester students will:

    1. Conceptualize scholarly and timely research topic that will contribute to the social work knowledge base

    2. Conduct extensive review of the literature on previous research on this topic

    3. Identify theoretical models within their respective areas of research

    4. Identify social work journals that offer an appropriate audience for research on this topic

    5. Prepare manuscript according to selected journal’s guidelines for publication

    6. Submit the manuscript for publication

    C. Major Topics

    1. formulating a research topic

    2. identifying an appropriate journal audience

    3. preparing a cover letter, title, abstract, author’s page and outline of paper

    D. Textbooks

    Required Reading:

    Rubin, A. & Babbie,E. (2001). Research Methods for Social Work Brooks and Cole, CA (Chapters 4 and 5)


    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    Szuchman, L.Tl, Thomlison, B (2000). Writing with Style: APA Style for Social Work. Thomson Brooks/Cole.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases



    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

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Course Guide:

    Class 1-Lecture and Seminar Discussion on formulating a research topic and identifying an appropriate journal audience

    Class 2- Cover letter, title, abstract, author’s page, and outline of paper due

    Class 3- Individual consultations arranged

    Class 4- Individual consultations

    Class5- Final draft of manuscript due


    Class Participation 25%

    Manuscript 75%

    H. 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.”

    I. 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.

    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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