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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY6971

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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.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4740 2013-04-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies BC 12290000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds 49750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 6971 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
    3-6 T - Graduate Thesis Z - Z/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Master's Thesis
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100



    Course Description

    The Master's Thesis for the MA in Gerontology is a research project designed to result in an original research product.

  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?

    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.

    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 faculty members chosen as Thesis Director and Committee members must qualify as Graduate Faculty according to the standards set by the University.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. 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.

    B. 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.

    C. Major Topics

    A topic will be identified by the student, refined and approved by the student's Thesis Director.

    D. 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.

    E. 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.

    F. 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.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    As determined by the Thesis Director.

    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

    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.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA in Gerontology

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    None anticipated; this is School-specific.

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