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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME5910

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3140 2013-03-27
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Chemical Engineering EN USF01 TPA 10000 210700 000000 00000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    William Lee 9742136

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BME 5910 Directed Research in Bioengineering

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 1

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3-1 R - Supervised Research -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Dir Res Bioengineering
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Directed research in biomedical engineering. Course is repeatable up to 3 credit hours total.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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?

    Most existing programs in biomedical engineering (and engineering degree programs in general) have a directed research course to provide research experiences to students who desire this. Such "hands on" research experiences (other than a full thesis or dissertation project) is an important part of engineering graduate education.

    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.)

    The research director would normally have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or a related field and have an active research program.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The student will conduct a research project under the direction of a faculty member. This would normally include one or more of the following: literature review and analysis, experimental design, validation and calibration of measurements, data analysis, and technical writing.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to design and conduct a research project related to the field of biomedical engineering.

    C. Major Topics

    The research topic is selected by the student under the direction of a faculty member.

    D. Textbooks

    No text required

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    The required background reading and other resource access will vary as the research topic varies. Any required laboratory supplies would be provided by the directing faculty member.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students would normally submit a written report upon the conclusion of the directed research. The student would also be expected to have regular meetings with the directing faculty member.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Students would normally submit a written report upon the conclusion of the directed research.

    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


    J. Program This Course Supports

    The existing graduate program in biomedical engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Engineering majors (mechanical, chemical, industrial, electrical, and civil).

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