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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEE6205
Tracking Number - 3085

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Changing special topics number to a permanent number
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 Elective. Objectives need revision; text missing. Faculty emailed 5/10/13. updated. Back to chair. GC apprd 8/5/13. to USF Sys. To SCNS 8/23/13. Nmb EEL 6210 apprds as EEE 6205 eff 10/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-02-11
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210600
  5. Contact Person: Andrew Raij
  6. Phone: 8139744786
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEE
  9. Number: 6205
  10. Full Title: Personal Health Systems
  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): Personal Health
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The theory and design of personal health systems. Students design, build and evaluate personal health systems that are patient-facing; enable ubiquitous interaction with health; and employ persuasive techniques for behavior change.

  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? Our students are not prepared to work in the growing personal health system industry and in technology startup cultures (see RockHealth startup incubator: and Wireless Health 2012 Conference: ). They are missing the experience of building new technologies that real people use day in and day out. This course fills this need.

    The current plan is to offer the course every Fall with the possibility of expanding offerings to include the Spring as well. Enrollment will initially stay at 15 students, but in the long-term the class could grow to as many as 30 students. The class requires significant 1-on-1 interaction with student project teams, and would thus be difficult to teach beyond 30 students.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Experience with 1) user-centered iterative design, 2) mobile technologies, and 3) behavior change theory and its application.
  29. Objectives: 1. Discussing the use of self-tracking tools to monitor health and change health behaviors.

    2. Engaging in the iterative design process to build a personal health system

    3. Designing personal health systems that change behaviors

    4. Evaluating personal health systems both on usability and ability to change behavior

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1.Students practice use of critical thinking to evaluate personal health systems and user interfaces

    2.Students learn best practices in user interface design and rapid prototyping, and apply these practices to the development of personal health systems

    3.Students learn how to transform wearable sensor technologies and smartphones into tools for health

    4.Students learn theories of behavior change & persuasion and apply them to the design and engineering of personal health systems

    5.Students learn to reason about the ethics and privacy decisions encountered when designing personal health systems

    6.Students learn how to work within an interdisciplinary team to develop and evaluate a prototype personal health system

  31. Major Topics: Personal informatics and self-tracking, Iterative design, Designing for behavior change, Mobile health technologies, Wearable sensors, Gamification, Social networks
  32. Textbooks: none; students use online readings
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Supplementary materials
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Blog Posts on Reading 20%

    Mini-Projects 20%

    Final Project

    1. proposal

    2. mid-semester update

    3. final project 40%

    Academic Paper Presentation 10%

    Participation 10%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Self-Tracking and Personal Informatics (2)

    Iterative Design and Prototyping (2)

    Science of Behavior Change (2)

    Designing for Behavior Change (2)

    Smart Homes (2)

    User Interface Evaluation (2)

    Gamification (2)

    Social Networks (2)

  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. 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: Academic Dishonesty Policy: Students are reminded that University policies pertaining to academic dishonesty commonly found in both UG and G catalogs will be applied in this course. Any form of cheating on exams or plagiarism on assigned homework and projects will result in an FF grade and further suspension or expulsion from the University with NO warnings given. Receiving or providing help on exams, assignments and project; Sharing of program codes and results, and not turning in individual work are all forms of cheating; Submissions that are "identical" in any way are clear evidence of cheating. Copying materials from textbooks and papers without properly referencing them or not giving due credit are forms of plagiarism. It is the student's responsibility to review and understand USF and EE Department policies and procedures on Academic Conduct, Dishonesty, and Disruption.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Electrical Engineering Masters and Doctoral programs
  39. Course Concurrence Information: n/a

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