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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHZ5430
Tracking Number - 2919

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-01-29
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 12/3/12. for PhD in Physics Program. Replacing selected topics course. GC approved 12/6 to SYS 12/12 SCNS 12/20. Approved eff 2/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-09-04
  2. Department: Physics
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 125300000
  5. Contact Person: Casey Miller
  6. Phone: 81397477771
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHZ
  9. Number: 5430
  10. Full Title: Introductory Physics of Materials
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  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: -
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Phenomenological introduction to the structural, thermal, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, and optical properties of materials.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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 has been offered every fall semester since the Fall 2002 as a special topics course. This course is vital to the success of students with an interest in materials physics, as well as those in other areas interested in breadth.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
  29. Objectives: The course will introduce students to the structure and properties of materials, including the physical and chemical origins of fundamental properties.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Identification of basic structures of materials 2. Understand the physical origins of material properties. 3. Identification of classes of materials.
  31. Major Topics: Structural, thermal, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, and optical properties of materials.
  32. Textbooks: “Properties of Materials” by Mary Anne White, Oxford University Press
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: n/a
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: see syllabus
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: see syllabus
  36. 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. 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: see syllabus
  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD in Applied Physics
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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