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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPA7826
Tracking Number - 3068

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-04-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 2/4/13 for PhD in CSD revisions. GC approved 1/28/13. to SYS 1/28/13. to SCNS 2/4/13. Approved eff 4/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-01-11
  2. Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 121900
  5. Contact Person: Jean Krause
  6. Phone: 8139749798
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SPA
  9. Number: 7826
  10. Full Title: Research Foundations of Neurocommunicative Science
  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): ResrchFoundations:NeuroCommSci
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course introduces doctoral students to fundamental topics in the area of neurocommunicative science. Students will learn about the research foundations of the field directly from seminal research articles and other primary sources.

  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 a formalization of our "Core Content - minimum of 12 credit hours" requirement. To date, students chose four different SPA 7931 Seminar in CSD courses, each taught on a special topic selected by the instructor. In its current form, students do not always get the core content in each of the four CSD research areas (speech science, hearing science, language science, and neurocommunicative science) that they need to study advanced topics in the field.

    In the proposed new format, students will be required to take one core course in each area (rather than choosing among seminars). This course will provide them with the core knowledge they need in the neurocommunicative science area.

  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.) Member of Graduate faculty (i.e. approved to supervise theses and dissertations) in CSD

    Research specialty within the area of neurocommunicative science

  29. Objectives: 1. To present the research foundations of the field of neurocommunicative science directly from seminal research articles and other primary sources.

    2. To teach foundational research concepts in neurocommunicative science designed to build the knowledge required to understand the key ideas in the research articles.

    3. To introduce current research topics in the field of neurocommunicative science with research presentations by members of the department as well as distinguished researchers from other academic, medical, and corporate institutions

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. List the fundamental research topics in the area of neurocommunicative science

    2. Summarize and integrate key research findings for each of the major research topics: neural mechanisms of language; neural plasticity; neural mechanisms of speech production; neural mechanisms of swallowing

    3. Describe the overall structure of a research presentation and its components

    4. Critically evaluate neurocommunicative research presentations and journal articles

  31. Major Topics: Neural mechanisms of language

    Neural plasticity

    Neural mechanisms of speech production

    Neural mechanisms of swallowing

  32. Textbooks: 1. Webster, DB. (1998). Neuroscience of communication. Singular.

    2. SPA 7826 Course Packet. Available through ProCopy (

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional articles and book chapters, as assigned: available through Electronic Reserve
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Homeworks 20%

    Basic Concepts Exam 20%

    Midterm Exam 30%

    Final Exam 30%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Exams

    Basic Concept Exam – One written exam will test your knowledge of the basic concepts necessary to understand the research articles that will be required readings throughout the semester. This core knowledge will be covered in lecture and readings during the first few weeks of the semester. Homework may also be used to address these issues. The formats and topics to be covered on the exam will be announced in class or on Blackboard, at least one week prior to the exam.

    Midterm/Final Exams – Two written exams (midterm and final) will test your ability to report key research results and synthesize findings from foundational research in Speech Science. This material will be covered in readings and class discussion throughout the semester. When applicable, homework may also address these issues. The formats and topics to be covered on each exam will be announced in class or on Blackboard, at least one week prior to the exam.


    Homework – Homework will be assigned throughout the semester to deepen your understanding of issues discussed in class. A minimum of four homework assignments will be associated with current research topics presented by guest speakers in conjunction with the Doctoral Seminar speaker series. In these homework assignments, you will be asked to critique research articles associated with the research presentation, defend your critiques in class discussion, and interact with the speaker during the presentation by asking at least one question. Other homework assignments throughout the semester will also be assigned as needed to solidify topics discussed in class.

  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: 3. Absences, make-up assignments, and late work policy:

    No exam can be made up unless you have a medical excuse documented by a physician (you or your immediate family) or a death in your immediate family AND you notify the instructor no later than 24 hours after the missed assignment. Similarly, excused absences will not be granted unless these conditions are met. For an excused absence, you may make arrangements with the instructor to turn in homework assignments late. Otherwise, assignments turned in late as the result of an unexcused absence will only be accepted if turned in by the next class meeting, and will be eligible for only half of the possible points. No late work will be accepted (if absence is unexcused) any later than the class meeting following the original due date. Students who wish to obtain an exception to this policy must submit their request in writing to the instructor by the second class meeting for consideration.

    13. Academic Integrity of Students

    Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is unacceptable. Selected examples from the USF policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process are included in this syllabus. Students are responsible for adherence to all USF policies and procedures even if they are not specifically printed in this syllabus. The complete set of policies and procedures may be found at:

    •Procedures for Alleged Academic Integrity:

    •Procedures for Disruption of the Academic Process:

    Plagiarism is intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one’s own. It includes submitting an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work which has wholly or in part been created by another person. It also includes the presentation of the work, ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper acknowledgement of sources. Students must consult with their instructors for clarification in any situation in which the need for documentation is an issue, and will have plagiarized in any situation in which their work is not properly documented.

    1. Every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and must be properly acknowledged by parenthetical citation in the text or in a footnote or endnote.

    2. When material from another source is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in one’s own words, that source must be acknowledged in a footnote or endnote, or by parenthetical citation in the text.

    3. Information gained in reading or research that is not common professional knowledge must be acknowledged in a parenthetical citation in the text or in a footnote or endnote.

    4. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of papers, reports, projects, and other such materials prepared by someone else.

    Fabrication is the use of invented, counterfeited, altered or forged information in assignments of any type including those activities done in conjunction with academic courses that require students to be involved in out-of-classroom experiences. Forgery is the imitating or counterfeiting of images, documents, signatures, and the like. Obstruction is any behavior that limits the academic opportunities of other students by improperly impeding their work or their access to educational resources.

    1. Fabricated or forged information may not be used in any laboratory experiment, report of research, or academic exercise. Invention for artistic purposes is legitimate under circumstances explicitly authorized by an instructor.

    2. Students may not furnish to instructors fabricated or forged explanations of absences or of

    other aspects of their performance and behavior.

    3. Students may not furnish, or attempt to furnish, fabricated, forged or misleading information to university officials on university records, or on records of agencies in which students are fulfilling academic assignments.

    4. Students may not steal, change, or destroy another student’s work. Students may not impede the work of others by the theft, defacement, mutilation or obstruction of resources so as to deprive others of their use.

    5. Obstruction does not include the content of statements or arguments that are germane to a class or other educational activity.

    Multiple submissions are the submissions of the same or substantially the same work for credit in two or more courses. Multiple submissions shall include the use of any prior academic effort previously submitted for academic credit at this or a different institution. Multiple submissions shall not include those situations where the prior written approval by the instructor in the current course is given to the student to use a prior academic work or endeavor.

    1. Students may not normally submit any academic assignment, work, or endeavor in more than one course for academic credit of any sort. This will apply to submissions of the same or substantially the same work in the same semester or in different semesters.

    2. Students may not normally submit the same or substantially the same work in two different

    classes for academic credit even if the work is being graded on different bases in the separate courses (e.g., graded for research effort and content versus grammar and spelling).

    3. Students may resubmit a prior academic endeavor if there is substantial new work, research, or other appropriate additional effort. The student shall disclose the use of the prior work to the instructor and receive the instructor’s permission to use it PRIOR to the submission of the current endeavor.

    4. Students may submit the same or substantially the same work in two or more courses with the prior written permission of all faculty involved. Instructors will specify the expected academic effort applicable to their courses and the overall endeavor shall reflect the same or additional academic effort as if separate assignments were submitted in each course. Failure by the student to obtain the written permission of each instructor shall be considered a multiple submission.

    Complicity is assisting or attempting to assist another person in any act of academic dishonesty.

    1. Students may not allow other students to copy from their papers during any type of examination.

    2. Students may not assist other students in acts of academic dishonesty by providing material of any kind that one may have reason to believe will be misrepresented to an instructor or other university official.

    3. Students may not provide substantive information about test questions or the material to be tested before a scheduled examination unless they have been specifically authorized to do so by the course instructor. This does not apply to examinations that have been administered and returned to students in previous semesters.

    Misconduct in research is a serious deviation from the accepted professional practices within a discipline or from the policies of the university in carrying out, reporting, or exhibiting the results of research or in publishing, exhibiting, or performing creative endeavors. It includes the fabrication or falsification of data, plagiarism, and scientific or creative misrepresentation. It does not include honest error or honest disagreement about the interpretation of data.

    1. Students may not invent or counterfeit information.

    2. Students may not report results dishonestly, whether by altering data, by improperly revising data, by selective reporting or analysis of data, or by being grossly negligent in the collecting or analysis of data.

    3. Students may not represent another person’s ideas, writing or data as their own.

    4. Students may not appropriate or release the ideas or data of others when such data have been shared in the expectation of confidentiality.

    5. Students may not publish, exhibit, or perform work in circumstances that will mislead

    others. They may not misrepresent the nature of the material or its originality, and they may not add or delete the names of authors without permission.

    6. Students must adhere to all federal, state, municipal, and university regulations for the protection of human and other animal subjects.

    7. Students may not conceal or otherwise fail to report any misconduct involving research, professional conduct, or artistic performance of which they have knowledge.

    8. Students must abide by the university’s policies on Misconduct in Research where applicable, which can be found in the University’s Policies and Procedures Manual at the General Counsel’s website.

    Misuse of computers includes unethical or illegal use of the computers of any person, institution or agency in which students are performing part of their academic program.

    1. Students may not use the university computer system in support of any act of plagiarism.

    2. Students may not monitor or tamper with another person’s electronic communications.

    Misuse of intellectual property is the illegal use of copyright materials, trademarks, trade secrets or intellectual properties. Students may not violate state or federal laws concerning the fair use of copies.

    Punishment for Academic Dishonesty: The punishment for academic dishonesty depends on the seriousness of the offense and may include assignment of an “F” or a numerical value of zero on the subject paper, lab report, etc., and “F” or an “FF” grade (the latter indicating academic dishonesty) in the course, and suspension or expulsion from the University. A student who receives an “FF” grade may not use the university’s Grade Forgiveness Policy if the course is subsequently repeated. An “FF” grade assigned to indicate academic dishonesty is reflected only on internal records and prevents the student from repeating the course using the Grade Forgiveness Policy. If a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty drops the course, the student’s registration in the course will be reinstated until the issue is resolved. Notice that a student has been dismissed for reasons of academic dishonest may be reflected on the student’s transcript with the formal notation: Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty.

  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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