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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6971

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Biomedical Engineering. Approved 5/2/14. To SCNS; Approved eff 11/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3141 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 6971 Research for Master's Thesis

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 3

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    6-1 T - Graduate Thesis S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Master's Thesis
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Research for the Master's Thesis in Biomedical Engineering. Students may count up to six hours total maximum towards the M.S. degree. Students must have an approved Master's committee for registration.

  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?

    All master's degree programs have a dedicated course for M.S. thesis research. Approximately 1/3 of the M.S. students will opt for the thesis route.

    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 thesis director would be expected to hold a Ph.D degree in Biomedical Engineering or a related field and actively conducting research in the area.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will conduct research leading to the completion of the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to design and conduct research at the level of the Master's degree.

    C. Major Topics

    Literature review and analysis, experimental design, data analysis, and technical communication skills.

    D. Textbooks

    No text is required.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Literature and other resource access varies as the research topic varies. All required laboratory supplies would be provided by the thesis director.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students would normally submit and successfully defend a Master's thesis at the conclusion of the research.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Students would normally submit and successfully defend a Master's thesis at the conclusion of the 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


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