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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SCE6804
Tracking Number - 4821

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): This is only a request to replace a selected topics number for a permanent course number.
Comments: Approved by USFSP. To USF Sys 8/14/14. To SCNS after 8/21. Nmbr 6840 approved as 6804. Effective 1/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-09-18
  2. Department:
  3. College: EP
  4. Budget Account Number: USFO1STP 511724 10000 000000000000
  5. Contact Person: Lyman Dukes
  6. Phone: 7278734991
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SCE
  9. Number: 6804
  10. Full Title: Physical Science for Middle Grade Teachers
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  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): MG Physical Science
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: n/a
  23. Corequisites: n/a
  24. Course Description: The purpose of this course is to assist middle grade teachers in developing physical science content knowledge and experiencing first hand inquiry teaching.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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 required sequence in the approved Middle Grades STEM graduate degree program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A Doctoral degree and at least 18 credit hours in the discipline are required.
  29. Objectives: • Show mastery of content indicated in Florida Sunshine State Standard for grades 6-9

    • Apply process skills and application of scientific inquiry

    • Apply appropriate scientific process skills to observe and analyze natural phenomena and communicate findings.

    • Apply scientific inquiry, including scientific methods, to investigations.

    • Apply knowledge of mathematics and technology to scientific investigation.

    • Identify the traits of scientists and how they affect the development of scientific knowledge.

    • Compare the development, use, benefits, and limitations of theories, laws, hypotheses, and models.

    • Identify appropriate substitutions for materials and activities necessary for effective science instruction.

    • Use multiple assessment tools and strategies to identify and address student misconceptions.

    • Select appropriate strategies for teaching scientific inquiry.

    • Identify appropriate technological tools that facilitate the learning of science.

    • Compare the methods used in the pursuit of a scientific explanation as applied in different fields of science such as geology, astronomy, physics, and biology.

  30. Learning Outcomes: As a result of participating in this course learners will:

    • Develop content knowledge about Florida science Big Ideas 1-4 & 8-13 for 6-9th grade.

    • Develop content knowledge about matter, atomic physics, force and motion, multiple types of energy and light, the laws of conservation, and other physical science concepts

    • Develop a deeper understanding of inquiry-based learning models.

    • Build a range of effective teaching methodologies, strategies, and tools for use in teaching earth and space science concepts.

    • Produce a media-rich learning environment to use with students.

    • Experience models which illustrate ways to teach beyond the textbook.

    • Understand and utilize the scientific process and critical thinking skills.

    Florida Educator Accomplished Practices: The Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) assessed in this course include:


    a. Aligns instruction with state-adopted standards at the appropriate level of rigor.

    b. Sequences lessons and concepts to ensure coherence and required prior knowledge.

    c. Designs instruction for students to achieve mastery.

    d. Selects appropriate formative assessments to monitor learning.

    e. Uses diagnostic student data to plan lessons.

    f. Develops learning experiences that require students to demonstrate a variety of applicable skills and competencies.


    d. Respects students’ cultural linguistic and family background.

    e. Models clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills.

    f. Maintains a climate of openness, inquiry, fairness and support.

    g. Integrates current information and communication technologies.

    h. Adapts the learning environment to accommodate the differing needs and diversity of students.


    a. Deliver engaging and challenging lessons.

    b. Deepen and enrich students’ understanding through content area literacy strategies, verbalization of thought, and application of the subject matter.

    c. Identify gaps in students’ subject matter knowledge.

    d. Modify instruction to respond to preconceptions or misconceptions.

    e. Relate and integrate the subject matter with other disciplines and life experiences.

    f. Employ higher-order questioning techniques.

    g. Apply varied instructional strategies and resources, including appropriate technology, to provide comprehensible instruction and to teach for student understanding.

    h. Differentiate instruction based on an assessment of student learning needs and recognition of individual differences in students.

    i. Support, encourage, and provide immediate and specific feedback to students to promote student achievement.

    j. Utilize student feedback to monitor instructional needs and to adjust instruction.

  31. Major Topics: • Understanding of the Florida Science Standards Big Ideas for 6-9th grade. Big Idea 1: the practice of science, 2: characteristics of scientific knowledge, 3: the role of theories, laws, hypotheses, and models, 4: science and society, 8: Properties of matter, 9: changes in mater, 10: forms of energy, 11: energy transfer and transformations, 12: Motion of objects, 13: forces and changes in motion.

    • Relate energy to transitions between states of matter.

    • Distinguish between the states of matter.

    • Analyze the physical and chemical properties of matter (e.g., mass, volume, density, chemical reactivity).

    • Identify chemical or physical properties of elements based on their placement on the periodic table.

    • Identify characteristics and functions of the components of an atom.

    • Identify the major discoveries in the development of the atomic theory.

    • Identify the characteristics of elements, compounds, and mixtures.

    • Apply knowledge of symbols, formulas, and equations for common elements and compounds (e.g., acids, bases, salts, carbon compounds) and their reactions.

    • Identify characteristics of types of chemical bonding (e.g., covalent, ionic, metallic, hydrogen).

    • Apply the laws of conservation of mass and energy to chemical reactions, nuclear reactions, physical processes, and biological processes.

    • Identify types of chemical reactions and their characteristics.

    • Identify the assumptions of scientific knowledge (e.g., durable, open to change).

    • Apply knowledge of the gas laws.

    • Identify the federal and state legal requirements for safe preparation, use, storage, and disposal of chemicals and other materials.

    • Identify characteristics of nuclear reactions.

    • Identify which questions can be answered through science and which questions are outside the boundaries of scientific investigation.

    • Evaluate the impact of the historical and cultural development of science on the advancement of scientific knowledge.

    • Analyze the interdependence between scientific knowledge and economic, political, social, and ethical concerns.

    • Identify applications of Newton's laws of motion.

    • Identify characteristics of motion as they apply to real-world situations (e.g., speed, velocity, acceleration, linear and angular momentum).

    • Solve problems involving force or motion.

    • Differentiate between the types and characteristics of contact forces and FORCES acting at a distance, and their interactions.

    • Solve problems involving force or motion.

    • Differentiate between forms of ENERGY and their transformations.

    • Solve problems involving energy, work, power, mechanical advantage, and efficiency.

    • Identify types, characteristics, and properties of WAVES (light and sound).

    • Analyze characteristics of wave phenomena (e.g., intensity, refraction, interference, Doppler effect, wave-particle duality) as they apply to real-world situations.

    • Identify types of MAGNETS and characteristics of magnetic fields.

    • Apply knowledge of magnets and magnetic fields to real-world situations (e.g., generators, solenoids).

    • Identify origins, characteristics, and examples of ELECTRICITY.

    • Identify types, characteristics, and measurements of electrical quantities.

    • Apply knowledge of currents, circuits, conductors, insulators, and resistors to real-world situations.

    • Solve mathematical problems involving current, voltage, resistance, power, and energy in direct current (DC) circuits.

    • Identify origins, characteristics, and examples of electricity.

    • Identify types, characteristics, and measurements of electrical quantities.

    • Apply knowledge of currents, circuits, conductors, insulators, and resistors to real-world situations.

    • Solve mathematical problems involving current, voltage, resistance, power, and energy in direct current (DC) circuits.

  32. Textbooks: No textbook is currently required for this course; there will numerous readings available online that will be required readings for this course.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Readings for this course are provided by professor and from online resources including but not limited to: Kahn Academy- and,, Cavalcade Publishing (, Physical Science Readings and Workbooks from Pearson Education, Inc., Readings from the Physics Classroom
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: These areas will be assessed through the assignments listed below.

    Assignment Weighted Points

    Pre-test 5%

    Class Participation – Lab Notebook 40%

    Weekly Homework Assignments 30%

    Final Test 25%

    Notice: if you miss 3 classes you will automatically reduce your grade by one letter

    Your final grade will be based on the points that you earn throughout the course weighted as indicated by the table above. You may view your progress on CANVAS at any time:

    Grade Final % Needed to Achieve:

    A 92% and above

    B+ 86-91%

    B 80-85%

    C+ 76-79%

    C 70-75%

    D 66-69%

    F below 66

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: • Course Pre-test

    Class Participation 40% and Homework 30%:

    Class participation is the most important aspect of this course. If you don’t get involved, this course will be of little value. I encourage you to think deeply about the topics each week and come to class ready to share your questions and unique perspectives. Weekly assignments will usually be short papers or activities that require you to synthesize the science and pedagogical content discussed in class and on-line. There may be time during class to work on these, but any unfinished work will be due by the next class period or on-line due date. Information regarding each assignment will be posted on Blackboard under the Assignments section and due via Blackboard by the next class meeting. The assignments will be foundational to the in-class and on-line discussions, labs, and activities. In addition, there will be several substantial assignments due near the end of the semester that entails developing appropriate science lessons for a Middle Grade science class. We have all heard of hands-on minds-on science lessons; you must demonstrate your understanding of this by developing appropriate lessons. Due dates and rubrics will be distributed in class for these assignments.

    Final Test:

    This is the culmination of all that you have learned in this class and it covers the conceptual and factual science “content” learned in the course. Additional information and assessment criteria will be distributed in 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: Reference: USF Regulation USF 3.027 - The following is the portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students. To read the entire regulation, go to:

    1. Fundamental Principles

    Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida system’s (University/USF) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its University community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of one’s own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the University are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.

    2. General Policies

    The following policies and procedures apply to all students, instructional faculty and staff who participate in administration of academic classes, programs and research at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the USF system. This regulation asserts fairness in that it requires notice to any student accused of a violation of academic integrity and provides a directive for discussion between the instructor and student to seek a fair and equitable resolution. If a fair resolution is not accomplished in this discussion, this regulation allows the student continued rights of due process under the academic grievance procedures based upon the preponderance of the evidence. The policies described below are the only policies and procedures that govern violations of academic integrity at the University and supersede any previous policies or regulations.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Middle Grades STEM degree program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: It is exclusive to the MG-STEM Degree program.

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