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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS7938

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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 tc 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
    2474 2011-02-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    History AS 1235000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Fraser Ottanelli 9746209

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HIS 7938 Ph.D. Capstone Seminar

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-4 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Ph.D. Capstone Seminar
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    HIS 7289, HIS 7939


    Course Description

    Synthesize the training that students have received as Historians and gain a better understanding of the research process as they compose a dissertation prospectus and prepare to write the dissertation.

  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.

    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.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Understand various aspects of reseasrch; acquire skills to successfully complet ethe dissertation; learn to think critically about, and contribute to the field of study.

    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

    Theory and methodology of the academic discipline of History. Technique and approaches to the composition of large-scale research projects. Selecting and perfecting research topics and plans for large-scale research projects.

    D. Textbooks

    Will Vary

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Will vary

    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

    The seminar will be divided into four parts. In the first part, students will read secondary historical scholarship dealing with the practice of historical research. The second is a research and writing intensive part in which each students—working in close contact with their advisors--will write a draft chapter of their thesis/dissertation. The third part of the course entails circulating the draft chapter among the other seminar participants who will then provide typed evaluations assessing the strength and effectiveness of the chapter’s argument, its use of evidence, and its engagement with broader historiographical literature. Finally, students having received written peer and faculty comments, will revise the chapter by the end of the semester. Both the draft and final versions of the chapter must be between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length

    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 persons 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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