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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BCH6935
Tracking Number - 2395

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-02-27
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Please change: 1. The course name FROM "Scientific Writing & Ethics" TO "Grant Writing & Scientific Communication" 2. Update course description
Comments: to GC 12/6/10; needs rev to desc., lrng outcomes, topics. Confirm var. title. Pending 2/16/11. Dept still working 3/11/11; emailed 6/29/11. Updated 11/28/11. need catalog copy. Recd. GC appd / to USF Sys 1/24/12; to SCNS 2/1/12. Appd eff 3/15/12.

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-11-01
  2. Department: Medical Sciences
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Jane Carver
  6. Phone: (727) 80488
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BCH
  9. Number: 6935
  10. Full Title: Scientific Writing & Ethics
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (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): Scientific Writing & Ethics
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: GMS 6001
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Development of skills related to scientific communication, including the preparation of effective scientific manuscripts and related communications, and the preparation of fundable grant proposals.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course:
  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?
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
  29. Objectives: Specific objectives include:

    • Analyze the essential components of and the skills needed to prepare effective grants, manuscripts, abstracts, posters and PowerPoint presentations.

    • Examine the process associated with: peer reviews, publication, development of a research plan, grant writing and application.

    • Integrate and evaluate students’ knowledge of proper written communication skills including grammar, punctuation, word usage and sentence structure, with an emphasis on producing clear, concise writing.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will: Be better prepared to develop effective grant proposals, manuscripts, abstracts, posters and PowerPoint presentations; Understand the peer review process associated with the submission of grant proposals and manuscripts; Have better written and oral skills related to scientific communication
  31. Major Topics: 1. The organization and preparation of effective scientific manuscripts

    2. The preparation and delivery of abstracts, posters and PowerPoint presentations

    3. The manuscript and grant proposal peer review processes

    4. Common problems in scientific communication

    5. Development of the abstract, specific aims, significance and innovation sections of a grant proposal

  32. Textbooks: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. Day RA and Gastel B, eds.

    NIH “Grant Application Writer’s Workbook”

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Final course grades will be determined by the weighting grades assigned to the following :

    Editing assignment



    PowerPoint presentation

    Class participation and attendance

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Absenteeism may impact the student’s class participation grade. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation, which will be determined acceptable by the instructor/course director(s) BEFORE being considered for an extension of time to complete the missed course work.

    University Policy on Academic Integrity included in course syllabus

  38. Program This Course Supports: MSG - Medical Science Graduate and Doctoral Programs
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Graduate programs in Medical Science, Public Health,

    Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology

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