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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6915
Tracking Number - 2675

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-02-16
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): None
Comments: to GC 12/5/11; approved. To GC 1/23/12; to USF Sys 1/24/12; to SCNS 2/1/12. Appd eff 3/15/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-18
  2. Department: Mental Health Law & Policy
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 580200050
  5. Contact Person: Roger A. Boothroyd
  6. Phone: 8139741915
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6915
  10. Full Title: Directed Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences
  11. Credit Hours: 1-6
  12. Section Type: R - Supervised Research
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): N/A
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Students work directly with a faculty mentor in a one-on-one research experience in the area of behavioral and social sciences research and design, conduct, and disseminate an independently designed and conducted research project.

  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? This course was deigned to replace the Independent Study requirement in the BRIDGE Graduate Certificate because it more accurately reflects the one-on-one mentored research experience that students recieve as part of the Certificate.
  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.) Faculty mentors must be actively engaged in behavioral and/or social science research and have the subject matter expertise to guide students through the research process. A Masterís degree is requirement and a Ph.D. is preferred.
  29. Objectives: At the completion of this directed research, students will have:

    1 Identified and selected a research topic for study

    2 Completed a comprehensive review of the literature associated with this topic

    3 Developed a set of significant research questions to be studied

    4 Conceptualized and designed a study to address these research questions

    5 Obtained necessary reviews and approvals to conduct the study

    6 Collected, analyzed, and summarized the data to required answer the study research questions

    7 Completed a research manuscript written in APA style, summarizing the study

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the conclusion of this directed research, students will be able to:

    1 Describe the research process

    2 Locate, critically review, and synthesize relevant research literature

    3 Complete an Institutional Review Board application

    4 Analyze data using either quantitative (e.g., SPSS, SAS, MPlus) or qualitative (e.g., Atlas.ti, In Vivo) computer software

    5 Write a research manuscript in APA style

    6 Create a research poster following recommended guidelines

    7 Orally present the research findings

  31. Major Topics: 1 Conducting a literature review

    2 Developing research questions and hypothesizes

    3 Research design

    4 IRB approval process

    5 Data analysis

    6 Writing a research manuscript

    7 Preparing poster sessions and oral presentations

  32. Textbooks: Although there is no assigned textbook for the Direct Research, it is anticipated that students will rely heavily on the qualitative and quantitative research textbooks from their previous courses.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Although there are no specific readings associated with this directed research, all students are required to locate, read, and synthesize the research literature relevant to their proposal research study.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1 Study Work plan/Timeline. Students will be required to develop a research study work plan that will summarize: (1) the tasks to be completed, (2) the timeframe needed to complete each task, and (3) the product that will result from each task. The work plan will be reviewed and approved by the faculty mentor prior to implementation.

    2 Literature Review. Students will be required to identify, read, and synthesize the research literature pertaining to their research studies.

    3 Institutional Review Board Approval. Students will be required to obtain all necessary approvals for conducting their study.

    4 Research Manuscript. Students are required write a research manuscript summarizing their research findings using APA style.

    5 Poster. Students are required produce a poster summarizing their research findings.

    6 Presentation. Students are required to formally present the research findings at a local research symposium hosted by the Department.

    Students who successfully complete these requirements wil receive an S grade.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: See above
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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: The USF policies on incompletes and academic and research integrity will be applied to this course.
  38. Program This Course Supports: BRIDGE (Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence) Graduate Certificate
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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