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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PCB6093
Tracking Number - 3064

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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 PhD in CMMB. to GC for History MA/PhD?. Need Textbook confirmation. Faculty emailed 2/7/13. . GC apprvd 3/4/13. to USF Sys 3/5/13. to SCNS 4/22/13 updated. Apprd eff 6/1/13.

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: 6093
  10. Full Title: Advances in Scientific Review
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  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): Adv Sci Rev
  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: Introduce research graduate students to the review and generation of primary literature. It serves to prepare them for preparing their data for publication, and presenting it at national and international meetings.

  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 taken by new research students entering the CMMB program each year for the last 3 years. 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, and a history of engaging in peer review. The instructor should have extensive experience in presenting scientific data, and detailed knowledge of online resources for identifying primary literature.
  29. Objectives: A scientific career consists of reviewing and generating primary literature, presenting at the national and international level, obtainment of extramural funding, and laboratory management.

    The objectives of this course include an overall introduction to the following:

    1. Primary literature review and organization

    2. Scientific presentations

    3. Funding process (grant writing and review)

    4. Manuscript submission

    5. Record keeping and compliance

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this class, students should be able to efficiently search the primary literature and identify relevant sources. They should understand the principles of scientific presentations, and be proficient in scientific record keeping and compliance. Students will also have a firm knowledge of the grant review process, and a working understanding of manuscript preparation and submission.
  31. Major Topics: Introduction to Scientific Literature; EndNote Tutorial; Literature Review, Referencing and Bibliographies; Scientific Method/Peer Review Process; Guidelines for Critical Review; Research Compliance; Funding Resources and Review; Communicating Science
  32. Textbooks: No required text.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: None
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1 exam (18%), 4 Assignments (72%), 1 Critique (10%)
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1 exam- (100 points). Exams will be comprise “short-answer-” and “essay-” style questions. Questions will be derived from lecture materials, and assigned readings. If students have questions regarding examination grades they must contact the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours, within 7 days of the exam being returned to them.

    4 Assignments: Assignments (four in total) will account for 400 points of the final grade.

    • 1 annotated bibliography (100 pts.)

    • 1 Journal Critique (100 pts)

    • 1 Paper Review (100 pts)

    • 1 In-Class Presentation (100 pts.)

    Assignment #1: Annotated bibliography: (100 pts). Students must submit a research topic that they are interested in. These ideas will be discussed in class and modified and approved as appropriate. They will then find 15 key references for the approved topic. Each reference will be accompanied by a brief statement summarizing the content of the paper, why the student thinks it is a key and essential paper. The expectation in grading this assignment will be that students have found the 15 most critical papers describing the topic. A few key review papers are acceptable but most of the papers should be primary literature.

    Assignments #2 Journal Critique: (100 pts). Based on the approved research topic, students will describe and detail the premier journals within their field and discuss impact factor in relation to the caliber of science typically published within that journal. Minimum of 7 specialty journals are needed. Cell/Nature/Science Journals are not to be included in this list.

    Assignment #3: Paper review (100 pts each) Students will select 2 journal articles from primary literature to be approved by the instructor. The format, content and grading criteria for these reviews will be provided in class and on Blackboard. SafeAssignment™ will be used in analysis of written papers for plagiarism. For FAQs and other information of SafeAssignment™ see:


    Assignment #4: Presentation: (100 pts) All students will be required to give a 20 min presentation using Power Point (15 minute talk followed by 5 min open discussion) on the topic of their constructed bibliography along with 1 selected paper from assignment #1.

    Critiques: (50 pts): Students must provide a critique of the oral presentation of each of their classmates. They will be provided forms for the critiques, which should be constructive and address both the content and the presentation. Was the media used effectively? Were figures easy to understand and appropriately annotated? Was there sufficient introductory material to help understand the problem? Was the hypothesis to be tested reasonable? How good were the analyses? Were the conclusions justified?

  36. Attendance Policy: Lecture attendance is required for this graduate level class.

    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: If students miss an exam for a legitimate reason beyond their control (such as illness, death in the immediate family, jury duty, day of religious observance, etc.) they can take a make-up exam. If this is the case, they will have to provide appropriate documentation no later than 48 hrs after the scheduled date/time of the exam.

    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 course is designed specifically 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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