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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CGN6945

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-01-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Reinstate a discontinued course.
Comments: Approved for reinstatement 11/29/11. GC approval not needed. SCNS apprd eff 1/1/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2671 2011-11-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 2104000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sarina Ergas 8139741119

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    CGN 6945 Graduate Research Methods in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 D - Discussion (Primarily) S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Graduate Research Methods
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Course covers proposal writing including review of successful proposals and scientific literature, developing research hypotheses and objectives, presenting preliminary results and developing a research program. Required core course for doctoral students.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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 supports the growing doctoral program in Civil & Environmental Engineering and ensures that the students in that program have the information, skills, and support they need to advance to candidacy in a timely manner.

    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.)

    PhD required to teach the class

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The goal of this course is to provide information and support for students writing proposals for doctoral level research.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    - Develop their skills in writing research proposals

    - Develop their oral presentation skills

    - Form a community of scholars who assist each other in their growth as creators of scientific and engineering knowledge

    C. Major Topics

    Parts of a successful proposal

    The peer review process

    Searching scientific databases

    Development of research hypotheses and objectives

    Presenting preliminary results

    Developing a research program

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Students will read recent successful research proposals as well as each other's work

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will write a draft research proposal

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    written and oral critiques of class readings

    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,

    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. Its 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

    Students are expected to make progress on their proposals over the course of the semester. Make up work will be allowed in extreme circumstances.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD in Civil Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Open only to CE majors

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