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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - QMB7557

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-10-11
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13. Approved. Cleared Syst Concurrence 7/31/13. to SCNS 8/5/13. Nmbr 7555 Appr eff 9/1/13 as 7557

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3120 2013-03-04
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Business Administration BA 142600
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. Jacqueline Reck 8139746721

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    QMB 7557 Research and Writing Skills for Doctoral Students

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 D - Discussion (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Research and Writing Skills
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Required of all doctoral students in their first semester, this course is intended to develop skills in data collection and statistical programming and improve students ability to write for academic publication.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to meet state requirements, licensure, etc

    B. 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 one credit-hour course, required of all doctoral students in their first semester of the program, allows the College to meet the Board of Governors requirement that all doctoral programs contain a common core. As interpreted by the Graduate Council at the University of South Florida, that means all doctoral programs must, at a minimum, have a course that all doctoral students are required to take.

    The course serves two additional purposes: 1) to help students develop skills in data collection and statistical programming early in the program and 2) to help students improve writing skills for academic publication.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1)describe and discuss intellectual capital rights and restrictions, 2)identify data sources available at the University of South Florida, 3) access databases to retrieve and save archival data in a usable format, 4) design simple logic statements and statistical programs, and 5) write a structurally and gramatically correct research paper that adheres to a specified document style

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1) the student will demonstrate skill in data collection and statistical programming appropriate to conducting academic research

    2)the student will develop writing skills appropriate for publication in academic journals

    C. Major Topics

    1) introduction to USF library resources for research as well as citation builders and documentation specifics, 2) datasets and research tools, 3 )Introduction to SAS, STATA, and other statistical packages such as SPSS, 4)differences between research papers and other professional documents, 5) ethical issues of plagiarism within and outside the university, 6) conventions of documentation styles, 7) improving writing quality

    D. Textbooks

    Hacker, Diana A Pocket Style Manual

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    No other purchased materials. Access to WRDS (available by contacting IT)

    SEC's Plain English Handbook 9available free online) (

    Materials developed by faculty avaialble via COB websites or Canvas

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Database exercise 15% of grade

    SAS/STATA or other statistical package exercise 25% of grade

    Writing exercises 30% of grade

    Research paper assignment 30% of grade

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Database exercise 15% of grade

    SAS/STATA or other statistical package exercise 25% of grade

    Writing exercises 30% of grade

    Research paper assignment 30% of grade

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make-up work is at the discretion of the instuctor and will be clearly outlined in the course syllabus. The University's policy on academic integrity and disruption of the academic process is clearly set forth in the USF Graduate Catalog; this policy wil be strictly enforced.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD in Business Administration

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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