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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS7939

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-04-09
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 11/3/11; objectives need revision. Corrected. To GC 1/13/12. ok to GC 1/23/12. to USF sys 1/24/12. to SCNS 2/1/12. Appd eff 4/15/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2245 2009-11-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    History AS 1235000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Fraser Ottanelli 9746209

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HIS 7939 Selected Topics for Doctoral Students

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Selected Topics Doctoral
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100



    Course Description

    Research in selected topics within the fields selected by the instructor. Restricted to Ph.D. students, instructor's approval required.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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 needed to meet the needs of students entering the newly established Ph.D. program in History. As the History Department was recently granted the new Ph.D. program, it is necessary for us to begin offering coursework designed specifically to meet the needs of our growing graduate program, and courses that are available only to Ph.D. students. Students from other programs (Sociology and Political Science) will also be required to take some of their coursework from the History Department, and need these graduate only courses to meet their degree requirements as well.

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


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

    Ph.D. in History

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Understand various aspects of reseasrch; acquire skills to successful complete the dissertation; learn to think critcially about the field of study and contribute at a professional level.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to critically evaluate information in light of its logical consistency, evidence, and justification of conclusions and analyze and explain relationships between presented information and concepts.

    Students will produce well-organized, well-developed papers that reflect appropriate use of language to achieve a specific purpose and addresses a specific audience.

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the complexity and dynamic nature of historical processes

    Students will demonstrate the ability to describe historical events and multiple interpretations of historical events using arguments supported by appropriate historical evidence.

    C. Major Topics

    Colonial through Modern US, the Ancient World, Early Modern Worlds, Modern Europe, and Latin America.

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Student participation in in-class discussions and the production of research paper or papers will be the primary focus of grading.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Late work may be accepted at the discretion of the instructor and only when the student has made arrangement with the instructor prior to the due date or can demonstrate extenuating circumstances byond their control.

    Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. Cheating is the attempted or unauthorized use of materials, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writing as your own. The instructor of this course reserves the right to: 1) request that assignments be submitted as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to

    For the university’s policy on plagiarism, go to

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

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