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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RCS6971

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/7/14. Elective for Rehab/mental hlth. Reactivating the Thesis Course. Cleared. to SCNS 10/1; to SCNS 10/8 Nmbr 6970 approved as 6971 effective 2/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4903 2014-01-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling BC 125700
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ryan Henry 9740969

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    RCS 6971 Master's Thesis

    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? 3

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    6-2 T - Graduate Thesis -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    RCS 6740


    Course Description

    The Master's Thesis for the MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a research project designed to result in an original research product

  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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 demand will be low, but resources required will also be low. We de-activated RCS 6970 several years ago due to lack of demand; demand has resurfaced so we request allowance to re-activate the course number.

    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.)

    The minimum qualifications to teach this course is a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. To learn how to write a thesis proposal

    2. To learn how to apply statistical techniques to an original research project

    3. To learn how to write a publishable paper

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of the 6 thesis credit hours students will have:

    1) demonstrated mastery of their topic, including the relevant literature, research methods;

    2) created a summative research product; and

    3) defended and produced a quality thesis.

    C. Major Topics

    A topic will be identified by the student, refined and approved by the student's Thesis Chair.

    D. Textbooks

    Students will use texts, journals, websites, etc. that are appropriate for the thesis topic. Students Thesis Director and thesis Committee will agree on selection of materials.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Students will use texts, journals, websites, etc. that are appropriate for the thesis topic. Students Thesis Director and thesis Committee will agree on selection of materials.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will meet with the Thesis Director on a regular basis to review progress and receive feedback. Students will receive a "Z" grade as a default grade until the thesis is successfully completed. After successful defense of the thesis, the Thesis and Dissertation Certification Form will be signed by the Thesis Committee and the default grade will be changed to an “S”-satisfactory grade by Office of the Registrar.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    As determined by the Thesis Director

    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. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    The MA Thesis is designed as a 2-6 credit project to be completed over a maximum of 3 semesters. If the Thesis is not completed and defended by the end of the third semester, the Thesis Director will prepare a detailed progress report for the College and Graduate Studies.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA in Rehabilitiation and Mental Health Counseling

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    None; this is program specific

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