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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY6971
Tracking Number - 4740

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: request to reactivate course. GC approved 4/23/13. to USF Syst 4/23/13. to SCNS 5/1/13- Apprd eff 6/1/13.

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-04-22
  2. Department: School of Aging Studies
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 12290000
  5. Contact Person: Sandra Reynolds
  6. Phone: 49750
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEY
  9. Number: 6971
  10. Full Title: Master's Thesis
  11. Credit Hours: 3-6
  12. Section Type: T - Graduate Thesis
  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?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 3
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Master's Thesis
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: Z - Z/U Only
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The Master's Thesis for the MA in Gerontology is a research project designed to result in an original research product.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  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? The demand will be low, but resources required will also be low. We de-activated GEY 6971 several years ago due to lack of demand; demand has resurfaced so we request allowance to re-activate the course number.
  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.) The faculty members chosen as Thesis Director and Committee members must qualify as Graduate Faculty according to the standards set by the University.
  29. Objectives: The supervision of the Master's Thesis is designed to 1) help students navigate the process through the School of Aging Studies, CBCS, and Graduate School procedures; 2) provide guidance for students' research projects; and 3) oversee the student production of an original research project.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will demonstrate mastery of their topic, including the relevant literature, research methods, and creation of a summative research product; 2) students will successfully defend and produce the Thesis.
  31. Major Topics: A topic will be identified by the student, refined and approved by the student's Thesis Director.
  32. Textbooks: The student will use whatever texts, journals, websites, etc. are appropriate for the particular thesis. Selection of materials will be agreed upon by the student and the Thesis Director.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The student will use whatever texts, journals, websites, etc. are appropriate for the particular thesis. Selection of materials will be agreed upon by the student and the Thesis Director.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The student will meet with the Thesis Director on a regular basis to receive feedback; after each semester, the Thesis Director will assign a letter grade; after successful defense of the Thesis, the Thesis & Dissertation Certification Form will be signed by the committee.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: As determined by the Thesis Director.
  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: The MA Thesis is designed as a 3-6 credit project to be completed over a maximum of 2 semesters. If the Thesis is not completed and defended by the end of the second semester, the Thesis Director will prepare a detailed progress report for the College and the Graduate School.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MA in Gerontology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None anticipated; this is School-specific.

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