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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SCE6644

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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1614 2007-11-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Secondary Education ED 172400
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Barbara Spector 9744254

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SCE 6644 Survey Update of Environmental research Management Policies

    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)
    Update Envir Rsch Management
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    Current & future scientific research topics of long term importance are explored providing an integrated update in sci. Complex connections among the various natural, math, & soc sci; agriculture; psychology; & engineering are emphasized.

  3. Justification

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

    Course is part of the Graduate Certificate in Informal Science Institutions Marine and Environmental Education

    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?

    Course is part of a required sequence in the certificate.

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

    Yes, twice

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

    Doctoral degree

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The purpose of this course is to provide a holistic overview of the complexities and integration of disciplines in current and proposed multidisciplinary research areas required for long term stewardship of this ocean planet.


    Learners will be able to

    a) Describe examples of the way current science research integrates varied disciplines

    b) Describe the state of the art of current research issues and those areas in which research is needed

    c) Describe the unifying themes evident in current research

    d) Explain decision-making processes to develop water related policies establishing viable management of this ocean planet

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to describe examples of the way current science research integrates varied disciplines, describe the state of the art of current research issues and those areas in which research is needed, describe the unifying themes in current research and explain decision-making processes to develop water related policies establishing viable management of this ocean planet in an informal setting by journal and paper writing, informal science/ teacher related projects, and class participation activities. Specific lists of graded assignments with due dates, while always reflecting the course goals and content outline listed above, may vary on given terms. Therefore, each student will be given a specific, updated list of course assignments and a class calendar for the given term at the first class meeting.

    •Online Reading/ Learning Log. Students will keep an extensive reflective journal of the integration of meanings being constructed from the learning experiences. This assignment is intended to (a) provide experience with writing as a vehicle to learn, (b) serve as a learning log to let individuals and others in the class understand how each of them is making sense of the learning experiences, and (c) be a stimulus for discussion among this community of learners.

    •Final Project. Students will investigate one of the areas of research addressed in this course. Use a variety of communication vehicles to share findings with the full class. The format selected should be original, inform an education professional not familiar with this research area, and be useful in both informal and formal education agencies. This product will be added to the COSEE-FL web portal as a resource.

    •Mini-teaching. Students will present their final projects before a group of educators and scientists from both formal and informal institutions in a mini-educator workshop for evaluation. Projects will be modified in response to feedback from the workshop and will be adapted to a different then originally intended audience. This product will be added to the COSEE-FL web portal as a resource.

    •Case Study. Students will conduct an interview with two scientists in the field of research chosen for the final project, compare perspectives, and create a case study using the SEACOOS case study template.

    •Attendance and Professionalism. Students will be present and on time for all class meetings and will participate in classroom discussions and presentations.

    C. Major Topics

    I. Current Condition of the ocean with its ties to atmospheric, land, and space conditions

    II. History of Florida’s Ocean Initiative and its relationship (alignment of values, processes, and products) to the national ocean initiative

    III. Research areas to be surveyed

    a) Water Quality

    b) Watershed and freshwater flow

    c) Human health issues

    d) Measuring coastal economies and determining human impacts on resources

    e) Monitoring/modeling systems and monitoring for research

    f) Aquaculture

    g) Impacts of climate change

    h) Habitat mapping and characterization

    i) Habitat restoration

    j) Living marine resources

    k) Harmful algal blooms

    l) Non-native invasive species

    IV. Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System (FL COOS Caucus) 20 top research components

    V. Sources for further information

    VI. Integrated data management and dissemination to managers and public policy makers

    VII. Connections among the seven National Ocean Literacy Principles, research management policies, and informal and formal education

    D. Textbooks

    Report of the Florida Ocean and Coastal Resource Council Jan 2006 FDEP

    Florida Coastal Ocean Observing (April 2006) System

    Gulf of Mexico Alliance: Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts March 2006-March 2009. Tallahasseee. Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

    An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century: Final Report of the

    U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Blueprint for the Ocean: U. S. Council on Ocean Policy Report 2004

    President Bush’s response to U

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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