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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME7980

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-12-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: For Biomedical Eng. Approved 5/2/14. Submt to SCNS. Apprd effective 11/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3142 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 7980 Ph.D. Dissertation

    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? 8

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    9-1 G - Graduate Dissertation Z - Z/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Ph.D. Dissertation
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Dissertation research for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Students must be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy prior to registration for dissertation hours.

  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 Ph.D. programs have dedicated dissertation hour courses for the completion of a dissertation.

    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.)

    Faculty members serving as dissertation directors would normally hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or a related field. The faculty member would also actively conduct research in the field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will conduct research leading to the completion of the dissertation for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to design and conduct research at the dissertation level, including the associated technical communication skills.

    C. Major Topics

    Literature review and analysis, design of experiments, data analysis, and technical communications.

    D. Textbooks

    No text is required.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Course readings and other resource access varies as the dissertation topic varies. All required laboratory supplies would be provided by the dissertation director(s).

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students would normally complete and successfully defend a dissertation topic in Biomedical Engineering.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Students would normally complete and successfully defend a dissertation topic in Biomedical Engineering.

    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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