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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6305
Tracking Number - 4778

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change credits from 4 to 3 We have just realized that this course (PHC 6305) is listed as a four credit hour course in the State Course Numbering System but in every catalog (USF and COPH), the course is listed as a three credit hour course on the concentration curriculum for Environmental Health. We would like the course hours to be changed from four to three.
Comments: OGS review - proposal missing required info; emailed faculty. Updated 11/22/13. GC apprd. to USF Sys 12/10; to SNCS 12/18/13. Apprd eff 2/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-12
  2. Department:
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Foday M. Jaward
  6. Phone: 8133969431
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6305
  10. Full Title: Environmental Analytical Laboratory
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: L - Laboratory
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 1
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Env. Analytical Laboratory
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: No prerequisites
  23. Corequisites: No corequisites
  24. Course Description: This course is intended generally to enable students learn and implement techniques used for quantitative sampling and analysis of air, water, soil and sediment contaminants. The course is mainly a lab-based course preceded by three lectures.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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 is high for this course. It will service other public health or engineering programs, pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or other health programs.
  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.) Ph.D.
  29. Objectives: 1. Practice safe laboratory procedures and protocols;

    2. Implement methods for data quality assurance/quality control;

    3. Introduce students to field sampling techniques;

    4. Quantify chemical concentrations in water, air, soil and sediment using

    GC/MS, UV-VIS, IR and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

    5. Analyze and interpret experimental data.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. undertake basic laboratory and field sampling skills

    2. Analyse and interpret data to answer a research hypothesis

    2. Describe through quality assurance/quality control techniques and statistical methods the validity and significance of research results

    3. Communicate orally and in writing research implications, methods, results, and conclusions

    4. Demonstrate the appropriate research ethics in laboratory practice, data management, and publication of result

  31. Major Topics: Lectures (three weeks)

    Methods for sampling, sample collection, handling, preservation, storage

    Development of a calibration curve

    Use of laboratory and method blanks

    Level of detection, experimental precision and bias, estimation

    Techniques for data analysis and interpretation: simple statistics, histograms, scatter plots, box plots, spatial plots, inference tests, analysis of variance, treatment of outliers, QA/QC

    Safety Lectures by EHS staff

    Data Computation

    Lab work (Four weeks)

    1. Collection of water samples from the Hillsborough River and

    retention ponds

    2. Extraction of water sample using XAD Resin and liquid/liquid

    3. Extraction of air, soil and sediment samples using soxhlet extraction

    4. Clean-up of samples using silica, alumina and sodium sulfate

    Projects (Seven eight weeks)

    1. Quantitative determination of selected polybrominated diphenyl ethers

    (PBDE) congeners and OC pesticides in Hillsborough river and

    retention pond water using liquid-liquid extraction

    2. Quantitative determination of selected PBDE congeners and OC

    pesticides in Hillsborough river and retention pond water using XAD


    3. Quantitative determination of selected PBDE congeners in Dryer Lint

    4. Quantitative determination of caffeine in beverages using combined

    SPME-GC/MS method

    5. Quantitative determination of selected metals (Pb, Hg, Cd) in water

    using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

    6. Quantitative determination of selected gases (CO2, CO, HCHO, SO2,

    Methane) using IR

    7. Analyses using GC/MS work

  32. Textbooks: 1. Course packet
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: 1. Fifield F W and Haines P J Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 2nd ed.

    2. Hites R Elements of Environmental Chemistry

    3. Manahan S E Environmental Chemistry, 8th ed.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. Lab Reports: All lab reports and quiz questions are due a day before the

    next lab session.

    2. Laboratory activities: Students should be involved in all lab activities

    3. Final presentation: End of semester

    4. Long essay report and presentation: End of semester

    5. Field trip: Field trip and presentation- mid-semester

    Laboratory activities, lab reports and final presentation: 60%

    Long essay report and presentation: 20%

    Quiz Questions: 10%

    Field trip: 10%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: This course will contain four interrelated components designed to provide a general introduction to the skills and topics needed.

    1. Introductory Lectures:

    Course instructor and lab and safety office will give 3 lectures using power point presentation and also provide insights and perspectives on the material. Safety in the lab is very paramount. Students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments

    2. Laboratory projects. This forms the core of this course. During this course, students will practice safe laboratory procedures and protocols; implement methods for data quality assurance/quality control; introduce students to field sampling techniques; quantify chemical concentrations in water, air, soil and sediment using GC/MS, UV-VIS, IR and Atomic Absorption Spec; and analyze and interpret experimental data.

    3. Literature Review/Long research paper. Environmental health issues ranging from global to local will be researched on. The long research paper (minimum of 10 pages double spaced with 12 font and stapled) will be submitted followed by an oral presentation. An electronic copy must be sent to my e-mail address. Safe assignment tool will be used to check for plagiarism.

    4. Field Trip

    The class will visit an environmental/analytical/health facility. This will enable the students to see some of the exercises performed in class. A field report (minimum of 3 pages double spaced with 12 font size) and oral presentation are also required. Electronic copies must be sent to my e-mail address.

  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: Late Assignments/lab reports

    I will encourage all students to turn in their assignments, field reports and presentation on time. All late assignments and lab reports will be assessed a penalty of 5 points per day. Failure to complete any assignment will not constitute an excuse for being assigned an "I" grade in the course. Exceptions to this policy will be made only in the case of severe illness, documented family emergency, or similar problem.

    Make-up Labs and Quizzes

    These are only possible with valid reasons, for example, medical/hospital report, death of relative (death certificate required) etc.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Environmental Health Program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Other public health or engineering programs,

    Pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or other health programs.

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