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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RCS6501
Tracking Number - 1524

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-05-10
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 disapproved - too similar to MHS 6430, 6432, 6433. Dept will use MHS courses

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-08
  2. Department: Dean's Office
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 1257000
  5. Contact Person: Sandra Reynolds
  6. Phone: x9750
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: RCS
  9. Number: 6501
  10. Full Title: Dynamics of Marriage and Family Therapy
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  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): Dynamics MarrFam Therapy
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduces the student to systems theory and its application to marriage and family therapy (MFT), including various models of MFT, their historical development, and how these models can be used to work with clients. Restricted to majors.

  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 not a new course; it is part of the sequence for the Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration in the MA in Rehab & MH Counseling; as well as the Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling. The Department wants to convert it from Selected Topics to a permanent course number.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal degree in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling or related area.
  29. Objectives: 1. Introduce students to key concepts of systems theory.

    2. Familiarize students with applications of systems theory in working with individuals, families, and couples.

    3. Sensitize students to the history of MFT, including key figures of the movement and their major contributions.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the key concepts of systems theory.

    2. Demonstrate the application of systems theory in working with individuals, families, and couples.

    3. Demonstrate familiarity with the history of MFT including the key figures of the movement and their major contributions.

    4. Demonstrate ability to conceptualize a clinical case based on specific models of MFT.

  31. Major Topics: History of systems theory

    Paradigm Shift & Postmodernism

    The Family

    Family Assessment

    General Therapeutic interventions

    Psychodynamic Approaches

    Bowen Family Therapy

    Experiential Family Therapy/Communication Approaches

    Structural Family Therapy

    Strategic Family Therapy

    Behavioral/Cognitive Approach

    Postmodern Approaches

  32. Textbooks: Required Readings:

    1. Text: Becvar, D.S. & Becvar, R. J. (2008) Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration (7th Ed.).

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Suggested Readings:

    1. Text: Nichols, M.P. & Schwartz, R.C. (2007). Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods (8th Ed.)

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grade Breakdown:

    Journal 60 points

    Genogram project 90 points

    Midterm 100 points

    Presentation 50 points

    Final Exam 100 points

    TOTAL 400 points

    380-400 A

    360-379 A-

    347-359 B+

    334-346 B

    320-333 B-

    280-320 C

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Date

    Theme Readings Due/Assignments (Exercises in parentheses)

    Jan 5th Syllabus/Intro to Systems theory

    Jan 12th History of systems theory Text: Preface, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

    Jan 19th Martin Luther King Jr. Day No Class

    Jan 26th Paradigm Shift & Postmodernism Text: Chapter 3 & 4

    Feb 2nd The Family Text: Chapter 5

    Feb 9th Family Assessment Text: Chapter 14 (Family Genogram)

    Feb 16th General Therapeutic interventions Text: Chapter 15 (In Class Presentations Due)

    Feb 23rd Mid Term Exam Study

    March 2nd Psychodynamic Approaches Text: Chapter 6

    March 9th Bowen Family Therapy Text: Chapter 7

    March 16th Spring Break No Class

    March 23rd Experiential Family Therapy/Communication Approaches Text: Chapter 8

    Text: Chapter 10

    March 30th Structural Family Therapy Text: Chapter 9

    April 6th Strategic Family Therapy Text: Chapter 11

    April 13th Behavioral/Cognitive Approach Text: Chapter 12

    April 20th Postmodern Approaches Text: Chapter 13

    April 27th Final Exam Review

  36. Attendance Policy: During class time, students will be expected to contribute to group discussions based upon the assigned readings (see weekly schedule). In class, material will be presented by lecture, case studies, in class learning activities and videos, which are all intended to supplement weekly readings. Students are expected to attend all classes; attendance will be reflected in your grade through in-class assignments, which cannot be made up and exam questions that will be taken from the class lectures.

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting: USF requires attendance at the first class so that the university can effectively utilize classroom space and ensure that all students have maximum opportunity to enroll in classes where demand exceeds availability of seats.

    Students are required to attend the first class meeting of undergraduate courses for which they registered prior to the first day of the term. Names of students who register prior to the first day of the term are printed on the first class roll for each course section. The first class roll is used by professors to drop students who do not attend the first day of class. Students having extenuating circumstances beyond their control and who are unable to attend the first class meeting must notify the instructor to the department prior to the first class meeting to request waver of the first class attendance requirement. Students who add course or late-register during the first week of classes will not be on the first class roll and, therefore, will not be dropped for nonattendance by the instructor. To avoid fee liability and academic penalty, the student is responsible for ensuring that he/she had dropped or been dropped from all undesired courses by the end of the 5th day of classes.

    Religious Preference Absence Policy: 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 at least two weeks prior to the anticipated absence and observed date(s).

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students are expected to attend all classes; attendance will be reflected in your grade through in-class assignments, which cannot be made up and exam questions that will be taken from the class lectures.

    “I” (Incomplete) Grade Policy: An “I” grade indicates incomplete coursework and may be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students. It may be awarded to an undergraduate student only when a small portion of the student’s work is incomplete and only when the student is otherwise earning a passing grade. The revised USF policy provides for the assigning of I grades combined with the total grade the student currently has attained factoring in zero for the missing work (e.g., “IC” “ID”). Until removed the “I” is not computed in the GPA for the student. The time limit for removing the “I” is to be set by the instructor of the course. If an instructor is willing, he or she may accept work from a student after an “I” grade has changed to an “IF” or “IU” grade, and assign the student a final grade in the course, unless the student has graduated. Whether or not the student is in residence, any change to “IF” grades will be calculated in the cumulative GPA and, if applicable; the student will be placed on appropriate probation or academically dismissed. Students are not required to register for course in which they are only completing precious course requirements to chance an “I” grade. However, if a student wants to audit a course for review in order to complete course requirements, full fees must be paid.

    Punishment for Academic Dishonesty: The punishment for academic dishonesty depends on the seriousness of the offense and may include assignment of an “F” or a numerical value of zero on the subject paper, lab report, etc., and “F” or an “FF” grade (the latter indicating academic dishonesty) in the course, suspension or expulsion from the University. A student who receives an “FF” grade may not use the university’s Grade Forgiveness Policy if the course is subsequently repeated. An “FF” grade assigned to indicate academic dishonesty is reflected only on internal records and prevents the student from repeating the course using the Grade Forgiveness Policy. If a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty drops the course, the student’s registration in the course will be reinstated until the issue is resolved. Notice that a student has been dismissed for reasons of academic dishonest may be reflected on the student’s transcript with the formal notation: Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty.

    • Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty or Disruption:

    • Student Academic Grievance Procedures --

    Plagiarism: 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, web sties, 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. If you are not sure please bring the material to the instructor for guidance. The student who submitted the subject paper, lab report, etc. shall receive an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of “F” or “FF” (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Cheating: Cheating is the (a) the unauthorized granting or receiving of aid during the prescribed period of a course-graded exercise; students may not consult written materials such as notes or books, may not look at the paper of another student, nor consult orally with any other student taking the same test; (b) asking another person to take an examination in his/her place; (c) taking an examination for or in place of another student; (d) stealing visual concepts, such as drawings, sketches, diagrams, musical programs or scores, graphs, maps, etc., and presenting them as one’s own; (e) stealing, borrowing, buying, or disseminating tests, answer keys or other examination material except as officially authorized, research papers, creative papers, speeches, other graded assignments, etc.; (f) stealing or copying of computer programs and presenting them as one’s own. Such stealing includes the use of another student’s program, as obtained from the magnetic media or interactive terminals or from cards, print-out papers, etc. Punishment will be based on the University guidelines for academic dishonesty.

    Hearings: An expedited emergency hearing may be held before an academic administrator appointed by the dean or by the appointed academic committee in cases that involve the safety, health or welfare of any student or staff member.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling; and Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Restricted to Majors.

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