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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CGN6906

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-05-09
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change the grading option from S/U only to the regular or S/U options. The current S/U grading system allows a student who does mediocre work to get the same grade as a student who does outstanding work. The S/U grading option does not calculate in the student GPA. The department faculty have agreed that the grading system should be changed to a regular grading system with the option for using the S/U system. To receive a permit for registration, the student and faculty must complete an IS study contract which will include a brief description of the proposed IS project including objective, scope of work, meeting times, deliverables, assignments and/or exams, and grading criteria.
Comments: to GC 4/7/14 Elective for Civil and Env. Programs. GRADING OPTION CHANGE ONLY. Approved (Internal USF approval)

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4884 2014-01-21
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 0-210400-0000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sarina Ergas 8139741119

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    CGN 6906 Independent Study

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-19 - R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Independent Study
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    - 0





    Course Description

    Independent study in which students must have a contract with an instructor.

  3. Justification

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

    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?

    The department offers sections of graduate independent study (IS) under each faculty member. IS classes are used as a substitute for formal coursework. Masters students are allowed up to 6 credits of IS. PhD students are allowed up to 9 credits of IS.

    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.)

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    B. Learning Outcomes

    C. Major Topics

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    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. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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