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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS5721

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-01-20
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: To GC 11/3/11 for Bridge Cert; GC approved 11/14/11, to USF Syst 11/28/11, to SCNS 12/6/11. Appd effective 1/1/12


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2623 2011-09-13
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Mental Health Law & Policy BC 582000050
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Eva Kimonis 9139748612 ekimonis@usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MHS 5721 BRIDGE Proseminar I

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    BRIDGE Proseminar I
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills for successfully applying for and transitioning into a graduate training program in the social and behavioral sciences


  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 will be offered as part of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy s BRIDGE Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence Graduate Certificate which is designed to prepare th post baccalaureate students for successful admission to and completion of graduate research in social and behavioral sciences A review of existing graduate courses available at the University of South Florida with a primary focus on professional issues was conducted through a search of the online graduate course catalog Eight related courses were found and the course descriptions were reviewed Six of these courses had prerequisites that would not permit students participating in the BRIDGE certificate to take them and all offered only partial components of what will be offered in the proposed Proseminar course The proposed course differs substantially from existing courses in that it is specifically designed for students in the BRIDGE certificate who will concurrently be taking a mentored research experience Given this the course will have a heavy emphasis on assisting students to incorporate professional development skills related to graduate entry and admissions and will focus on providing assistance to students on their mentored research projects

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

    No

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

    Formal training and experience in conducting research and publishing manuscripts in the social and behavioral sciences.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course is designed to 1 orient students to careers and research opportunities in the social and behavioral sciences 2 assist students in selecting and applying to graduate programs in the social and behavioral sciences 3 identify procedures necessary for the ethical conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences 4 teach research skills for the successful transition into a graduate program in the social and behavioral sciences and 5 familiarize students with APA style and how to structure a journal manuscript

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Specifically upon completion of the course students will be able to 1 identify a variety of research areas careers and related graduate programs in the social and behavioral sciences 2 select and apply to graduate programs on the basis of increased knowledge of critical factors including mentorship program entry requirements and available research experiences 3 apply the principles related to the ethical conduct of research to their mentored research projects 4 initiate the process of gaining IRB approval for the conduct of their mentored research projects 5 prepare a personal statement and curriculum vitae 6 conduct a literature review and develop a problem statement that is tied directly to their mentored research experience 7 apply APA 6th reference style to their literature review using correct citation and reference format

    C. Major Topics

    1 Careers in social and behavioral sciences Selecting graduate programs 2 Graduate admission process 3 Ethics Human subjects certification Responsible conduct of research 4 Literature reviews Locating research articles Using the library and internet resources 5 Preparing problem statements 6 Preparing a personal statement and curriculum vitae 7 Manuscript structure and the review process 8 Introduction to APA style plagiarism referencing and copyright issues 9 Research rotation

    D. Textbooks

    1 Silvia P J Delaney P F Marcovitch S 2009 What Psychology Majors Could and Should Be Doing An Informal Guide to Research Experience and Professional Skills 2 American Psychological Association 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Sixth Edition 3 American Psychological Association 2007 Getting In A Step by Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology 4 Kracen A C Wallace I J 2008 Applying to Graduate School in Psychology Advice from Successful Students and Prominent Psychologists

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1 Class Attendance and Participation 15 points Students are expected to attend class to have read the assigned readings for each class and to actively participate in classroom discussions including the group discussions and exercises Student presentation assignments will be included in the attendance and participation grade 2 Personal Research Notebook 25 points For this course you will create and contribute regularly at least weekly to an online research journal sometimes called research notebook via Blackboard that 1 records your thoughts about various concepts discussed and learned 2 documents your progress towards achieving the course objectives and 3 provides a platform for submitting course assignments and documenting progress on course activities and assignments More detailed information about the research journal including the grading rubric will be distributed in the first class and will be available on Blackboard Entries in the Personal Research Notebook should be stated in grammatically correct complete sentences and should be written in such a manner that your instructors can clearly understand the work you have completed on your weekly assignments 3 Personal Statement 20 points You will be required to prepare a draft of your general personal statement that can be later adapted for the graduate applications that you will submit This assignment must be emailed directly to the instructor or submitted via Blackboard Guidelines will be provided in class 4 Critique of Peer s Personal Statement 5 points You will be required to prepare and submit a one page critique of a peer s personal statement Feedback must be constructive and identify strengths and weaknesses of the proposal as well as suggestions for change 5 Curriculum Vitae 15 points Guidelines will be provided for preparing a CV to submit with your graduate school applications This assignment must be emailed directly to the instructor or submitted via Blackboard 6 Article Critiques 15 points You will be required to complete five critiques of research articles related to your area of interest Guidelines will be provided in class 7 Individual Human Subjects Protection Certification 5 points Students are required to complete the CITI Basic Course in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research Social and Behavioral Sciences and to turn in a certificate of completion The web based training is available at http www citiprogram org Grading Scale Student grades will be recorded on Blackboard Students should check Blackboard regularly for posted announcements Grading will be on a 100 point scale and the plus minus grading system will be utilized

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    2 Personal Research Notebook 25 points For this course you will create and contribute regularly at least weekly to an online research journal sometimes called research notebook via Blackboard that 1 records your thoughts about various concepts discussed and learned 2 documents your progress towards achieving the course objectives and 3 provides a platform for submitting course assignments and documenting progress on course activities and assignments More detailed information about the research journal including the grading rubric will be distributed in the first class and will be available on Blackboard Entries in the Personal Research Notebook should be stated in grammatically correct complete sentences and should be written in such a manner that your instructors can clearly understand the work you have completed on your weekly assignments 3 Personal Statement 20 points You will be required to prepare a draft of your general personal statement that can be later adapted for the graduate applications that you will submit This assignment must be emailed directly to the instructor or submitted via Blackboard Guidelines will be provided in class 4 Critique of Peer s Personal Statement 5 points You will be required to prepare and submit a one page critique of a peer s personal statement Feedback must be constructive and identify strengths and weaknesses of the proposal as well as suggestions for change 5 Curriculum Vitae 15 points Guidelines will be provided for preparing a CV to submit with your graduate school applications This assignment must be emailed directly to the instructor or submitted via Blackboard 6 Article Critiques 15 points You will be required to complete five critiques of research articles related to your area of interest Guidelines will be provided in class 7 Individual Human Subjects Protection Certification 5 points Students are required to complete the CITI Basic Course in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research Social and Behavioral Sciences and to turn in a certificate of completion The web based training is available at http www citiprogram org

    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 http usfweb2 usf edu usfgc ogc 20web currentreg htm 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 http usfweb2 usf edu usfgc gc pp acadaf gc10 045 htm 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

    If you will need to miss a class e g religious observance or sickness you are expected to contact the instructor preferably through e mail before the class session In the email students should describe how and when they will submit the work expected of them for the class period they will miss Students are responsible for material covered in class if they are absent and for completing and turning in individual and team assignments Absence from more than three classes will result in lowering the course grade by 5 points for each absence i e 4th absence will result in reducing grade by 5 points 5th absence will result in reducing grade by 10 points and so on

    J. Program This Course Supports

    This course is part of the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy’s BRIDGE (Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence) Graduate Certificate


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    N/A



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