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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR6616

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved; to USF Sys 10/22/13. to SCNS 10/30/13. Approved as 6616 (Subm as 6610); eff 4/1/14. Corrected crdits from 2 to 3 hrs (4-27-16)

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4764 2013-07-11
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medicine MD HSC-10000-613900-000000-000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Steven Zinder 8133969464

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ATR 6616 Research in Athletic Training

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Research in AT
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    The capstone project is the final cumulative work that exemplifies a body of knowledge that significantly contributes a worthy product to the profession of athletic training and one’s own professional endeavors.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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?

    This course is part of the core coursework for the proposed Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. The profession of Athletic Training is following other allied health professions and heading toward the entry point being at the graduate level. This is a proactive step in that direction, and will put USF at the forefront of Athletic Training education. There will be significant demand for the program, in that as of this point, there is no avenue for students that have obtained a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to challenge the National Board of Certification exam for Athletic Training. Presently, there is only one other institution in Florida (FIU) with an entry -level graduate Athletic Training Program.

    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.)

    Certified Athletic Trainer, MD, PhD, or equivalent.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the current events occurring in athletic training, both at their place of employment as well as nationally.

    2. Identify a problem in the profession of athletic training (a weakness or lack of information in a particular area). This can pertain to the prevention, recognition, treatment or rehabilitation of an athletic injury, research in a particular area of sports medicine, policies and procedures, or any similar topic of interest.

    3. Formulate a question regarding the particular area of athletic training in Objective 2, and conduct a literature search based on this formulated question.

    4. Create an annotated bibliography of the information gathered for the formulated question.

    5. Identify where the deficits exist in current policies, research, or treatment plans.

    6. Create a project plan that will address the issue depicted in Objectives 3 & 4.

    7. Outline the various phases of the project plan and include the purpose of each phase.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will complete a thorough literature review on a topic of their choosing after being approved by the instructor.

    Students will demonstrate ability to critically evaluate and appraise current research.

    Students will demonstrate the ability to perform a variety of electronic database searches.

    C. Major Topics

    Introduction to the Capstone project

    Formulation of a Question

    Gathering the Evidence

    Creating an annotated bibliography

    Appraising the Evidence

    Setting up a plan of action

    Appraising the Plan

    Completing the Plan

    Project Presentations

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Specific course readings will be assigned as needed

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Discussion Board Participation 5%

    Annotated Bibliography: 10%

    Outline: 20%

    Written Project 30%

    PowerPoint Presentation 25%

    Peer Review 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Final Written Project

    The finished written product will consist of a culmination of the information gathered and developed into a project that significantly contributes a worthy product to the profession of athletic training and one’s own professional endeavors. A grading rubric for the written project will be distributed.

    Project Presentation:

    Students will create a PowerPoint presentation reflective of the finished written project. This presentation will include the background information that led to the creation of the project.

    Project Peer-Review:

    Students will peer-review a classmate’s PowerPoint presentation reflective of the finished written project. The peer review will consist of completing an evaluation form and providing a classmate with constructive criticism and comments to improve the quality of the capstone project.

    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. It’s 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

    Make up of missed work will be permitted, but points will be taken off for turning in work after the due date. No work will be accepted two weeks past its original due date and all course work must be turned in by the last day of class to receive credit.

    Academic Dishonesty:


    Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally know to the public at large must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work. Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of F or FF (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Detection of Plagiarism:

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service, which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper was plagiarized.

    For more information about Academic Integrity of Graduate Students see

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Masterof Science in Athletic Training

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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