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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - POS7980

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

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2569 2011-06-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    GIA AS 123-000-00
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Mark Amen 8139746912

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    POS 7980 Dissertation

    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
    2-19 G - Graduate Dissertation -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    POS 7980 will allow PhD candidates to conduct research on their dissertation topic in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD in Government. This research takes place following the successful defense of a dissertation proposal.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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?

    Needed for 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

    Student will conduct research that will lead to the completion of a dissertation that is well written and well researched; satisfies the requirements of rigorous research related to hypotheses testing, literature review, data collection and analyses, relevant methodology, and interpretation of research findings.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Student will produce a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the PhD in Government that will be examined by the studentís dissertation committee and defended. Verbal and written communication of the dissertation will be defended to ensure that dissertation is not only well reached but that students has a profound grasp of the linkages between relevance of research problem, methodology, and research findings, as well as contributions to the discipline and across disciplines

    C. Major Topics

    This will depend on studentís dissertation topic

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    This will depend on the research topic of the dissertation proposal.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    The student with the supervision of the Major Professor, and members of the committee will produce a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD in Government. Student will also be required to defend the dissertation in front of the committee.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Students will regularly consult with members of the dissertation committee.

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Ph.D. in Government

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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