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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB6458

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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):
Comments: Approved by USFSP. To USF Sys 8/14/14. To SCNS after 8/21. Nmbr 6469 approved as 6458. Effective 11/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4853 2013-11-25
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Business Administration BP 140100
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Alison Watkins 34186

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 1

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 0


    Admission to Graduate School and MBA Essentials: Management


    Course Description

    A course that focuses primarily on the business perspective of business sustainability so that students can better understand the business rationale for sustainability. The course will examine business as it addresses environmental and sustainability i

  3. Justification

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

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    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 USFSP MBA program, which emphasizes social responsibility and sustainability. Many students are attracted to USFSP to study these issues and this course is a complementary addition to the program.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    No other qualifications.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    • Evaluate how organizations strike a balance between business, social and environmental objectives while managing complex stakeholder relationships

    • Select strategies to gain competitive advantage through social and environmentally sustainable practices, including product and process innovation and ethical and sustainable supply chain management

    • Identify of best practices across industries in the area of social and environmentally sustainable business and leadership skills to enable action as an internal change agent

    • Evaluate and/or design and conduct a sustainability makeover for a product or service.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course a student should be able to:

    • analyze how a business manages the synergy of social and environmental objectives with stakeholder concerns.

    • develop strategies that allow business organizations to gain competitive advantage sustainable practices.

    • evaluate what are the best practices across industries in the area of social and environmentally sustainable business management.

    • design and conduct a sustainability makeover for a product or service.

    • think strategically and act entrepreneurially to create value through sustainable business practices.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Stakeholders as Systematic Collabarators

    2. Geometry of a Responsible Business

    3. The Concept of Value Adding

    4. Retrofitting an Existing Business

    5. Nonhierarchal Decision Making

    6. Decision-Making and the Sustainable Enterprise

    7. A Responsible View of Capital

    8. Assessments of Sustainable Enterprises

    D. Textbooks

    The Responsible Business, by Carol Sanford. (2011) Published by Jossey-Bass.

    Harvard Business School Cases: Course Pack

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Harvard Business School Cases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Weekly Quizzes: 20% of grade

    Group Project: 20% of grade

    Class Participation: 60% of grade

    Final Course Grade is determined as follows:

    A = 90 - 100%

    B = 80 - 89.99

    C = 70 - 79.9

    D = 60 - 69.9

    F = Below 60

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    In addition to the weekly quizzes from each course module, the following case studies will be covered (this is from the summer 2013-session A version of the course, which was taught online over a 6-week period). Each module, with empahsis on various companies, was studied and discussed for one week each.

    Module 1: Walmart

    Module 2: CC-FEMSA

    Module 3: Cargill/Orangutans

    Module 4: One Water

    Module 5: Pure

    Module 6: Tetra Pak

    The group project is due at the end of the course.

    Students with Disabilities:

    Please notify your instructor if you have a learning disability or require special assistance with this course. Confidential personal and learning assistance counseling are made available to students through the Division of Student Affairs. Contact R. Barry McDowell ( for more information.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting –

    For the online class delivery students must log in to CANVAS by 9pm on the first Monday that the semester begins. Students in the live traditional versioin of the class must attend the first day of class unless they are otherwise excused by the instructor.

    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: (

    Religious Holidays: (from the syllabus)

    Students who must miss an examination due to a religious holiday should notify the instructor during the first two weeks of class.


    The following applies to live versions of the class:

    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: CANVAS, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor CANVAS 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 Policies will be determined by individual instructors for the course.

    Academic Dishonesty:

    See USF Policy on Academic Dishonesty and Disruption of Academic Process at

    Because of the University’s commitment to academic integrity, plagiarism or cheating on course work or on examinations will result in penalties that may include a grade of “F” for the specific exam or course work and a grade of “F” or “FF” for the course. Any incident of academic dishonesty will be reported to the dean of the college. Definitions and punishment guidelines for Plagiarism, Cheating, and Student Disruption of the Academic Process may be found at the web address listed above.

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Any graduate program within the USF system that emphasizes sustainability.

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