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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR5612
Tracking Number - 4779

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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: to GC for review of LO. GC approved. to USF Sys 11/21/13; to SCNS 12/3/13. Approved as 5612 (subm as 5610); effective 4/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-15
  2. Department: Medicine
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC-10000-613900-000000-000000
  5. Contact Person: Steven Zinder
  6. Phone: 8133969464
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ATR
  9. Number: 5612
  10. Full Title: Evidence Based Medicine in Athletic Training
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  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?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Evidence Based Med in AT
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This class will introduce the concept of evidence-based medicine and provide the student with information on how evidence-based medicine can affect the clinical practice of athletic training and enhance the care given to patients.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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? 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.
  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.) Certified Athletic Trainer, MD, PhD, or equivalent.
  29. Objectives: 1. Define evidence-based medicine as it relates to clinical decision-making in athletic training.

    2. Search medical or scientific databases to identify quality research to answer a clinically relevant question

    3. Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the components of an experimental research study (research question, purpose, methods, results, discussion).

    4. Appraise the quality of evidence available to them so that they can benefit from the work described in the medical literature

    5. Describe the differences between literature reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses as tools for dissemination of medical literature to clinicians.

    6. Apply the research evidence to clinical practice and evaluate the process

    7. Utilize an actual medical case of an injured athlete in the student’s clinical practice to successfully write a case report.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate ability to utilize electronic databases for research purposes

    2. Demonstrate understanding of components of a quality research study

    3. Complete a basic research appraisal or literature review

    4. Adequately apply research evidence to clinical practice

  31. Major Topics: Introduction to EBM and associated definitions

    Asking answerable clinical questions

    The Research Process: Information retrieval, components of the research process, statistical concepts

    Understanding statistics for the non-statistician

    Acquiring the evidence: How to find current best evidence (research databases)

    Appraising the evidence: assessing the methodological quality of published papers

    Challenges associated with the practicing of EBM

    Limitations of EBM

    Using evidence to design evidence-based clinical practice

  32. Textbooks: Straus SE et al. Evidence-Based Medicine, 4th Edition. Churchill Livingstone; 2011

    MacAuley D, Best TM. Evidence-based Sports Medicine. London, UK, BMJ Books; 2002


    Dunn W. Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice. SLACK Incorporated; 2008. ISBN 978-1-55642-821-0

    Berg & Latin. Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Recreation. 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0781770361

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Weekly readings will be posted to Canvas as warranted
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Assignments 60%

    Quizzes 10%

    Exam 25%

    Professionalism 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Written Examinations:

    These examinations are intended to assess the student's awareness and understanding of the concepts covered in the course. Items on these examinations will be derived from the textbook, lectures, research papers and discussions. The content of each examination will usually mirror the content of the unit most recently studied. Examination methodology may include multiple choice, diagrams and short answer/essay questions.

    Assignments, and Quizzes

    Various assignments/quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Most if not all assignments will require access to internet-based databases. Assignments can be either individual or group projects. The specific information for each assignment and the due date will be given in class and may include: literature reviews, evaluation and critical appraisal of research data, etc .


    As an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Athletic Training fervently promotes and encourages behaviors that reflect the values, standards and codes of practice for which its membership will be held accountable. As such, the University of South Florida Athletic Training Education Program faculty intends to encourage the athletic training students to acquire and exhibit desirable professional attributes. For each athletic training core curriculum class, 5% of each student’s grade will be based upon the degree to which students display professional behaviors in class. This assessment of professionalism will be left to the discretion of the professor. Students should refer to examples provided in the program’s policy and procedure manual, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Code of Ethics, and other documents related to professional behavior. Examples may include, but are not limited to, unexcused absences, unexcused tardiness, classroom disruption, not being prepared for classroom discussion, inappropriate dress, etc. If you have any questions regarding professional behaviors please discuss your concerns with the professor of the class.

  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. 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.

  37. 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

  38. Program This Course Supports: Masterof Science in Athletic Training
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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