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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVR7923

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1878 2005-02-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Environmental Science and Policy AS TPA 122400 10000 CAS021 0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    L Donald Duke 48087

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EVR 7923 Doctoral Dissertation Preparation

    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 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Doc Dissertation Preparation
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate standing and consent of instructor


    Course Description

    This course will assist students in developing dissertation topics; to think creatively about their topics; to draft a dissertation proposal and a dissertation outline. Students should register for either EVR or GEO 7921 depending on his/her subject area.

  3. Justification

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

    A joint doctoral program in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy, approved at the October 2004 meeting of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, began in the Spring 2005 semester. Associated with this new program, a new doctoral-level curr

    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 part of the core for the Geography and Environmental Science and Policy Doctoral Program. The course GEO 7921 is to be completed by all students in the program that designate Geography as their subject area, and the course EVR 7921 is to be completed by all students that designate Environmental Science and Policy as their subject area. GEO 7921 and EVR 7921are tailored to students in the Geography and Environmental Science and Policy Ph.D program, and will not be taken by students outside of this program.

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

    No. This class has not been offered before because the Geography and Environmental Science and Policy Doctoral Program was just approved in October 2004.

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

    The instructor must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Geography or a related discipline to teach GEO 7921, or in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy or a related discipline to teach EVR 7921. They must also have a clear understanding of the scientific method, its practical applications, proposal writing, and presentation skills. The instructor must also have a proven record of research, as well as experience in structuring, supervising, and obtaining funding for academic research, and experience in mentoring of advanced graduate students.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To understand the language and approach of scientific and policy research and the scientific method; to understand how a research "problem" is selected; know the uses of library resources and services; understand the nature and development of a research proposal; understand the overall framework within which a dissertation is developed; understand the components of a dissertation; understand major considerations (content, organization, rules, style, etc.) related to writing formal, academic research reports in the sciences and in the field of policy analysis.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course students should be able to: understand and use the scientific method; write a detailed outline for a dissertation proposal; write a draft research proposal and compile a proposal packet for a specific funding organization; analyze and evaluate other proposals; demonstrate skills necessary to begin dissertation research; write a draft outline of the dissertation.

    C. Major Topics

    -Introduction to the Scientific Method; -Introduction to Writing Research Proposals: Know Your Audience; -Funding Organizations: Federal, State, Foundations, NGOs; -Writing Tips: Language Clarity; -Brainstorming and topical ideas; -Developing a proposal; -Problem Statement/Needs Statement/ Project Description; -Aim/Goal(s)- Objective(s)/ Hypothesis (es)/ Research question(s); -Literature Review/ Review of Research; -Methodology and Research Methods/ Plan of Action; -Field, lab or library preparation, Duration and Dissemination of Results; -Draft Proposal Outline; -Draft Proposal Preparation; -Dissertation Draft Outline; -Assessment of Draft Outline.

    D. Textbooks

    Berling, J. H. 1984, Guidelines for Preparing the Research Proposal, Revised Edition, Lanham MD, University Press of America.

    Booth, Wayne C., Joseph M. Williams, Gregory C. Colomb, 2003. The Craft of Research, 2nd Edition. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

    Haring, L., J. Lounsbury, and J. Frazier (1992). Introduction to Scientific Geographic Research. 4th. ed., Dubuque, IA: Brown.

    Locke, L. F. , W. W. Spirduso and S. J. Silverman, 2000. Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals, Fourth Edition, Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi, Sage Publications,

    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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