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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHY6436
Tracking Number - 2920

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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: o GC 12/3/12. for PhD in Physics Program. Replacing selected topics course. GC approved 12/6. to SYS 12/12. to SCNS 12/20. Apprpoved effective 2/1/13. Nmbr 6430 approved as 6436 Prefix PHZ approved as PHY

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: PHY
  9. Number: 6436
  10. Full Title: Applied Materials Physics
  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: PHZ 5405
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduces students to properties and applications of advanced functional materials, such as nanostructured materials and biomaterials.

  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 graduate level course has been offered every spring semester since 2003. This course is designed for advanced graduate students, and as such emphasizes modern research in materials.

    This course is repeatable for credit, supposing different instructors.

  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: This course will extend the knowledge gained in PHZ 5405 (Solid State Physics I) to treat modern functional material systems (e.g., nanostructures, thin films, composites, surfaces, and soft matter), along with significant exposure to contemporary materials research.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Learn processing techniques and properties of functional materials. 2.Learn the advantages and applications of advanced materials. 3.Develop an understanding of material properties in low dimensional systems. 4.Learn how nanostructures, films, and surfaces are used to tune physical properties. 5. Learn what materials and properties are being studied in contemporary research
  31. Major Topics: Emergent phenomena in modern materials research; ceramics; polymers; magnetic materials; energetic materials; nanostructured materials; biomaterials; thin films, surfaces, interfaces and heterostructures.
  32. Textbooks: “Physics and Chemistry of Materials” by Gersten and Smith
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  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:
  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD in Applied Physics
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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