Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6186
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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
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2655 2011-11-03 Department College Budget Account Number Social Work BC 0-1261-000 Contact Person Phone Lisa Rapp-Paglicci 8139741809 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title SOW 6186 Foundations of Social Work Macro Practice 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) Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
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.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Needed for accreditation
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?
All MSW students (except Advanced standing students) will require this course.
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.)
An MSW degree plus two years practice experience.
- Other Course Information
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.
B. 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
C. Major Topics
Assess and intervene in macro settings
Community capacity building
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
No other purchases are required.
F. 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
G. 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.
H. 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: (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
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
J. Program This Course Supports
- Course Concurrence Information