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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PCB6956
Tracking Number - 3063

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 1/31/13; for new Ph.D. in CMMB. Obj/LO need revision; confirmation of text. Faculty emailed 2/7/13. updated 2/27 - to gc. GC apprvd 3/4/13. to USF Sys 3/5/13. to SCNS 4/22/13. Apprd eff 6/1/13. Nmbr 6094 apprd as 6956

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-01-04
  2. Department: Biology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 01210000
  5. Contact Person: Lindsey Shaw
  6. Phone: 8139742087
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PCB
  9. Number: 6956
  10. Full Title: Scientific Grant Writing
  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): Sci Gr Wri
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Teach research graduate students the art of scientific grant writing. It also serves to prepare them for their written qualifying exam. It is only for research PhD students within the department of CMMB

  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 is taken by new research students entering the CMMB program each year as part of their core course requirements. It has been taught as a selected topics class for the last 3 years, with enrollment ranging from 10-20 per year. It is expected that these numbers will remain constant, or rise in the coming years.
  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.) A PhD in Biology or equivalent is required to teach this course. It should also be taught by a research scientist, familiar with publishing scientific manuscripts. A history of grant funding is also necessary in order to teach the proper grantsmanship
  29. Objectives: At the completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Prepare scientific papers and grant proposals.

    2. Recognize gaps in the literature and produce hypothesis driven scientific questions

    3. Produce a scientific plan for experimentation that is based on contemporary techniques and modern methodologies from the literature

    4. Discuss their experimental outcomes and data in the context of existing literature

    5. Develop scientific projects in the form of grant applications that are clearly justified and reasoned, and contain adequate rationales

    6. Generate data interpretation strategies, and alternative approaches for research plans.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. The elements, formatting, style and language involved in preparing grant application.

    2. How scientific papers are prepared, structured and produced

    3. Appropriate scientific terminology and phraseology associated with grant and paper writing

    4. The workings of peer review for both and grants and papers

    5. The importance of clearly articulated and reference scientific writing in the context of data dissemination.

  31. Major Topics: Research proposal construction (comprised of: hypothesis, specific aims, rationale, background and significance, preliminary results, experimental design and alternative strategies).

    Manuscript Preparation (comprised of: The peer review process, title, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion)

  32. Textbooks: There is no text or assigned readings for this classe
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: None
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 3 papers (2 worth each 20%, one worth 40%), 1 quiz (8%), participation (12%)
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The final grade for the course will be determined from a series of homework assignments related

    to research grant and manuscript writing (200 pts). An in-class quiz on writing skills (30 pts) and

    in-class participation in discussions and oral presentation of peer reviews (20 pts) will also

    contribute to the grade. A total of 250 points can be reached. Students will be guaranteed the

    following letter grade in the course if they accumulate the total number of points indicated for

    that grade.

  36. Attendance Policy: Attendance is required and counts towards the participation grade (20 pts). If students have

    to miss a class meeting because of a medical or family emergency, please let the instructor know at

    the earliest opportunity to avoid losing points. If students miss a class meeting for any reason, they will be held responsible for all material covered and announcements made in their absence. It will be their responsibility to consult with students in the class concerning what was missed.

    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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: The only acceptable reasons for requesting a make-up are medical (individual or immediate family only), legal (an accident or court case individual only) or funerary (immediate family only). The reason for requesting the make-up must specifically relate to the time period of the missed work, and be submitted in writing to the instructor within 48 hours of the work missed. Requests for a make-up must be accompanied by written documentation by an involved professional. The instructor retains the right to make additional inquiries concerning this documentation. The instructor also retains the right to give a make-up that is different in style and content than that which was missed. For additional information on this, students should refer to the USF policy on academic integrity contained within the graduate catalogue.
  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This class is designed specifically as a core course for CMMB PhD students. It could also serve students enrolled in the MS in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology, and students in the MS in Microbiology degree programs.

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