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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIM6908
Tracking Number - 3139

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-02-06
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change title to Health Informatics Independent Study
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 for Health Informatics Program. Approved. Cleared Syst Concurrence 7/31/13. to SCNS 8/5/13. Approved eff 9/1/13. Corrected titles from "Sciences" to "Informatics" 10/11/13. App eff 12/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-03-24
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: HIM
  9. Number: 6908
  10. Full Title: Health Informatics Independent Study
  11. Credit Hours: 3-1
  12. Section Type: Z - Directed Individual Study
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Health Informatics Independ St
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Selected courses in program of study, identified by advisor
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Develop, in conjunction with a faculty advisor, an individual project with the goal of completing an in-depth study of a topic directly relevant to the student's program of study in health informatics.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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 provides an opportunity to work with a College of Medicine faculty member on a well-defined topic that aligns with a graduate studentís specific interests and goals. Approved topics could be extensions of previous courses or areas of study in health informatics.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the medical sciences or health informatics.
  29. Objectives: The course objectives include:

    To develop more of our students into self-directed learners.

    To provide more scope and depth in the health informatics curriculum by encouraging students to:

    a. Investigate areas of interest not currently included in any approved course at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in the area of health informatics.

    b. Study areas and develop projects which transcend current course boundaries in health informatics.

    c. Delve more deeply into specific parts of an existing health informatics course offerings.

  30. Learning Outcomes: This graduate course is directed towards students in the Health Informatics M.S. graduate program who wish to gain additional experience in a program- or course-related subject or activity that is not available as part of the Collegeís traditional, regularly scheduled courses. The course provides the flexibility to arrange a focus topic of study that enhances the studentís educational experience and facilitates the development of independent study skills that may not be obtained in traditional courses. Students select an area of study in conjunction with their advisor and when approved, complete a Health Informatics Independent Study Student Contract that fully details the activities to be undertaken during the course and the proposed outcomes. Study outcomes could include reports, presentations or posters derived from the activity.
  31. Major Topics: The course topics will vary and are dependent on the subject to be studied and the student's and advisor's interests. Topics can be selected from any aspect of the health informatics subject material that complements a student's current program of study.
  32. Textbooks: Course texts together with additional materials will vary depending on the subject material selected and will be assigned based on discussions between the course director and the student.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Course reading and other online or web-based materials will be developed and assigned based on discussions between the course director and the student.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Student expectations will be dependent on the nature of the independent study project and will be developed during discussions between the course director and student. Course expectations and grading will be described in the Health Informatics Independent Study Contract that will be completed by both the student and instructor.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The nature of assignments or exams or tests will be dependent on the nature of the independent study project and will be developed during discussions between the course director and student. Course assignments and exams will be described in the Health Informatics Independent Study Contract that will be completed by both the student and instructor.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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: For documented student absences, such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missing assignments, case reports or exams or other course-related assessment instruments. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity as described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S. Health Informatics
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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