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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6186
Tracking Number - 2655

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-06-14
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/2/12. Course description too long. Emailed faculty 4/11/12. Cleared usf Sys 4/13/12. Cleared GC. To SCNS 4/18/12. Appd Eff 6/1/12. Sub as 6374; Appd as 6186

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-03
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-1261-000
  5. Contact Person: Lisa Rapp-Paglicci
  6. Phone: 8139741809
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 6186
  10. Full Title: Foundations of Social Work Macro Practice
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  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):
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Introduction to the process of planned change at macro-level practice within neighborhoods, communities, and organizations. Examines development of strategic models and techniques that primarily support social change.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  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? All MSW students (except Advanced standing students) will require this course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) An MSW degree plus two years practice experience.
  29. Objectives: The course will teach skills for assessment and intervention in social problems in broader macro settings (e.g. neighborhoods, communities, and organizations). The course will introduce methods of community organizing and capacity building.
  30. Learning Outcomes: After the completion of this course the student will:

    1. Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.

    Measurement: exam, peer teach-in, community indicator

    2. Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.

    Measurement: exam, peer teach-in, agency assessment, grant proposal

    3. Substantively and affectively prepare for action with groups, organizations, and communities.

    Measurement: exam, peer teach-in, agency assessment, community indicator data

    4. Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals.

    Measurement: exam, agency assessment, grant proposal

  31. Major Topics: Assess and intervene in macro settings

    Community organizing

    Community capacity building

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: No other purchases are required.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: A class environment that is conducive to learning requires respect for all participants. Students and instructor are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner.

    Community Macro Application Project =55 points

    Group Presentation and Feedback = 25 points

    Course Assessment =20 points

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Community Macro Application Project (CMAP) – 3 Parts

    Total Point Value: 55 points

    Objective: Each student will have the opportunity to participate in a non-profit community agency learning project. Students will individually complete the written component of the community indicator data assignment and agency assessment. Teams will be formed to work on choosing a community agency, scheduling and conducting agency staff interviews and developing a mini grant written proposal and oral presentation (see group presentation below).

    Distribution of points:

    Each student will receive points based on the following:

    • Community Indicator Data Assignment. Identify a specific geographic community, collect and compile information on community indicators. 10 pts

    • Agency/Service Assessment Assignment. Assess a service agency within the identified community, identify gaps in services and propose solution(s) to fill the gap 20pts

    • Mini Grant Proposal. Write a 5 page proposal focused on a comprehensive, innovative idea to address the macro issue/community challenge in the identified community 25 pts

    2. Group Presentation & Feedback

    Total Point Value: 25 points - 15 points presentation; 10 points feedback

    Objective: Students will work in assigned groups to prepare a presentation (30 minutes) summarizing their findings from the assessment of a community agency and sharing an innovative grant proposal which seeks to close an identified gap in services/programs identified through the agency/community assessment. Each group member must participate in the class presentation for full points to be awarded to the group. As an audience member, each student will be required to critique and offer constructive feedback on peer presentations.

    3. Course Assessment

    Final Examination: 20 points

    Objective: Students will have a final exam to demonstrate that they have learned and understand the concept of Social Work practice at a macro level.

  36. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be on time and prepared to participate when class begin as well as be present throughout the entire class meeting. Classroom exercises, discussions, role-plays, guest speakers and other in-class experiential exercises are essential for a student’s professional learning and continued development of self-awareness. This form of learning cannot be “made up” once missed. Accordingly, attendance is required at all class meetings. Excused absences are limited to the following instances: documented illness, deaths in the immediate family, and other documented crises, military duty, jury duty, religious holidays (consistent with University policy, 10-045), court-imposed legal obligations other than jury duty, and special requirements of other courses (must be documented by the faculty member of record). A student is considered absent if he/she arrives more than 30 minutes late to class, leaves 30 minutes or more early, or does not come to class. Students are allowed to miss two classes (for classes that meet twice weekly; or one class for classes that meet only once per week) without penalty. After that 5% off of the total grade may be deducted for each missed class, at the faculty member’s discretion.

    Students who experience an unforeseen circumstance such as a serious medical problem which interferes with their attendance or course assignments should notify the instructor immediately. Students and instructors should familiarize themselves with the USF Incomplete 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: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY

    Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. The University of South Florida has very specific policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process.

    If you have any questions, please refer to the University’s graduate Academic policy at

  38. Program This Course Supports: MSW
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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