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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPW6806
Tracking Number - 2925

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-01-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: required for Spanish MA; to GC. Objectives and description need revision; Pending faculty edit. Emailed 12/10/13. upd 12/18/13. Approved 3/5/14. To USF Sys 3/19. to SCNS 3/27/14. Appd eff 1/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-09-06
  2. Department: World Languages
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-1241-000
  5. Contact Person: Pablo Brescia
  6. Phone: 8139742717
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SPW
  9. Number: 6806
  10. Full Title: Introduction to Hispanic Graduate Studies
  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?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Intro to Hispanic Grad Studies
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Introduce students to speaking, reading and writing at the graduate level and provide an overview of the MA in Spanish at USF.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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 will be required of all first year students in the Spanish MA program. It will introduce students to the basics of graduate research essential for successful completion of the degree.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Spanish
  29. Objectives: • Learn the basic principles of textual analysis

    • Identify and utilize research tools and methods and bibliographical resources

    • Learn about different academic forms of reading and writing

    • Develop an understanding of the basic steps for academic writing in Spanish

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course students should be able to: (1) understand the nature of literary and cultural analysis and be aware of issues of expression and style in the Spanish language; (2) be cognizant of research resources and bibliographies and databases; and (3) express, in academic written and oral form, their ideas about class content.
  31. Major Topics: Textual and cultural analysis; analytical writing; research methodology
  32. Textbooks: Daniel Cassany. La cocina de la escritura.

    María Teresa Serafini. Cómo se escribe.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: In addition to textbook readings, materials will be provided by the instructor (available mostly in the class Blackboard page).
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. Auto-correct exercises (15%)

    2. Homework (20%)

    3. Quizzes (20%)

    4. Oral presentation (20%)

    5. Final project: (25%)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Weekly auto-correct exercises

    2. Weekly homework

    3. Bi-weekly quizzes

    4. 1 group oral presentation

    5. 1 final project (essay)

  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: There are no make-ups or extra-credit, except in emergency cases. Emergency is defined as: a) serious illness or accident or b) death, serious illness or accident in your immediate family. Except in the stated cases, NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLAGIARISM/CHEATING IS NOT TOLERATED under any circumstances. Sources must be properly cited. Please be sure to review the university’s policy in the student handbook. I reserve the right to use the service SafeAssign which adds the ability to check assignments for plagiarism to myUSF. The component scans the internet as well as existing documents and provides a value indicating the percentage that the assignment matched existing work. The penalty for plagiarism is a “FF” (a F grade that cannot be erased from a student’s record). Students in need of academic accommodations for a disability may consult with the office of Students with Disabilities Services to arrange appropriate accommodations. Students are required to give reasonable notice prior to requesting an accommodation. Contact SDS at 974-4309 or
  38. Program This Course Supports: Spanish Masters
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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