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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - POS7910
Tracking Number - 2568

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-08-29
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 7/10/12. Needed for Government Ph.D. Program. GC appd 7/10/12; to USF Sys 7/10/12; to SNCS 7/18/12. Appd eff 8/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-06-22
  2. Department: Government and International Affairs
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1231-000-00
  5. Contact Person: Mark Amen
  6. Phone: 8139746912
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: POS
  9. Number: 7910
  10. Full Title: Directed Independent Research
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: Z - Directed Individual Study
  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): Dir. Independent Research
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The purpose of this Independent Study Project is to provide PhD students in Government admitted into candidacy the necessary tools for developing a dissertation proposal in their chosen area of research

  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? NA
  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: 1. Develop a dissertation proposal that would ensure a well conceptualized, theoretically appropriate and methodologically rigorous dissertation proposal.

    2. Focus on designing & evaluating empirical research.

    3. In sum, produce a dissertation proposal that includes, but is not limited to, stating a research problem, connecting appropriate theory to data & data collection. A 7000 level independent Study project with studentís major Professor and Committee members is the best way of achieving this objective.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Student will produce a well written rigorous dissertation proposal that will be defended in front of his/her dissertation committee. Verbal and written communication of the proposal will be defended to ensure studentís proper grasp of linkage of research problem to concepts, theory, and relevant data; and to ensure that research problem is researchable and analysis will satisfy inductive/deductive thinking, and proper use of disciplinary & interdisciplinary concepts.
  31. Major Topics: This will depend on the studentís dissertation topic.
  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: This will depend on the research topic of the dissertation proposal.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The student with the supervision of the Major Professor & Dissertation Committee will produce a dissertation proposal to be defended in front of the Committee.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: NA
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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: NA
  38. Program This Course Supports: Ph.D. in Government
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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