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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AML5305
Tracking Number - 2669

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-02-13
Campus: Sarasota
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF-SM approved. To USF Sys 1/10. to SCNS 1/18/12. Approved effective 3/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-14
  2. Department: English
  3. College: AM
  4. Budget Account Number: 4-1223-000
  5. Contact Person: Valerie Lipscomb
  6. Phone: 9413594718
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: AML
  9. Number: 5305
  10. Full Title: Studies in Individual American Authors
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (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): Individual American Authors
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: AML 5305 provides advanced study of two or three selected authors who are considered to have made major contributions to the development of American literature.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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? Students in the USFSM service area seek graduate coursework in literature to further their current teaching careers or to fulfill degree requirements for the new graduate degree in secondary English education.

    The course currently is being taught at Florida International University.

  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.) Doctoral degree in related discipline is required in addition to Graduate-level coursework in the time period or authors selected for the course, or academic publication history related to the time period or authors selected for the course.
  29. Objectives: Graduate students will improve their abilities to understand, appreciate, and analyze the works of these major authors, as well as persuasively communicate their ideas verbally and in writing. They also will improve their research, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Moreover, graduate students will develop their understanding of the scholarly conversation surrounding these texts, and their abilities to place these works in a broader literary context.
  30. Learning Outcomes: The student will be able to:

    Demonstrate an understanding of literary texts in light of the various cultural contextual issues that may impact their creation and/or reception.

    Demonstrate an understanding of literature as an art form, evidencing certain aesthetic principles, which are relative and dynamic.

    Demonstrate knowledge of the canonical writers and texts in the British and American traditions, as well as efforts to “open” these canons.

    Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the conduct of literary argument and the judicious use of primary and secondary textual support.

    Write effective, correct scholarly prose, in accordance with MLA style.

    Demonstrate mastery of advanced literary research, encompassing a broader, deeper, and more discriminating body of scholarship.

    Conduct original literary argument, meticulously supported by appropriate sources.

  31. Major Topics: The aesthetic contributions of selected American authors and the cultural context of these authors' works. The focus will vary with the authors chosen for each section.
  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grades are based on 500 points, broken down as follows:

    Midterm Exam, 20 percent, 100 points.

    Final Exam, 20 percent, 100 points.

    Research leadership project, 20 percent, 100 points.

    Research paper, 20 percent, 100 points.

    Participation, attendance, and short assignments, 20 percent, 100 points.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: In addition to reading literary works and criticism, all students will participate in frequent full class, smaller group and Blackboard discussions. Active class participation is essential to success. They will complete reading quizzes, short writing and research assignments, two essay exams, a research paper, and a leadership project. Graduate research papers must be at least 15 pages in length. Graduate students will lead one portion of class individually. Graduate students will take leadership responsibility and contribute knowledge gained through research to the course conversation.
  36. Attendance Policy: Attendance and participation are mandatory. An absence may be excused for such reasons as a serious personal illness, serious illness or death of a family member, legal obligation, religious observance, or approved campus activity. For an excused absence, please provide documentation such as physicians’ notes, legal documents, or notices on USF letterhead. Unexcused absences will significantly affect the participation grade. Excessive tardiness or leaving class early also will lower the participation grade.

    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: For an excused absence, we will confer to determine a makeup schedule. Unexcused short assignments turned in late receive no credit. However, I will evaluate them and record that you handed them in. An unexcused late major assignment is docked one letter grade.

    All individual work must be your own and must be done specifically for this class. You are encouraged to seek info and advice from others, just as professionals do, but you must do your own research, writing, etc. Material taken from another source must be properly cited. I will use the Blackboard Safe Assignment feature to assess possible plagiarism. Please be sure to consult the USF policy on plagiarism in the USFSM Graduate Catalog and USF Student Code of Conduct. This course assumes you have studied plagiarism. See me if you are in doubt as to what constitutes it or whether you are citing a source correctly. Be sure to be familiar with the University Policy on Academic Integrity.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Arts in Secondary English Education
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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