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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB7981

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: for DBA. APPROVED PENDING acct #. Emailed 3/4/14, 5/2/14. Appd 5/22/14. To USF Sys 5/23/14; to SCNS 6/2/14. Apprd eff 11/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4904 2014-01-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Business Administration BA 142600
    Contact Person Phone Email
    T. Grandon Gill 46755

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEB 7981 Dissertation Preparation

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 G - Graduate Dissertation S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Dissertation Preparation
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 30



    Course Description

    Preparing a dissertation proposal on a business topic.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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 course is offered as part of a cohort-based program, with demand being based solely on cohort size.

    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

    - Identify a topic for in-depth research study in an interdisciplinary area of business that may be inspired either by the need for further development in the research literature or by business problems encountered in the candidate’s own area of professional experience

    - Develop a plan for conducting research that is relevant to the candidate’s topic of focus;

    - Perform an initial synthesis of the research literature related to the candidate’s topic of focus;

    - Synthesize the body of existing literature that relates to the candidate’s research study;

    - Create a formal proposal and presentation that describes why the research is valuable and how it is to be conducted;

    - Present an oral defense of the proposal to the candidate’s dissertation committee; upon successful defense the candidate becomes eligible to begin the dissertation process

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to synthesize research and business literature into a design for research holding the potential to improve our understanding of questions of importance to business practice, business researchers or both.

    C. Major Topics

    The appropriate topics and form of the proposal will be determined though discussions between the student and the appointed dissertation committee.

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Appropriate readings will be determined based upon the topic selected.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Doctoral students will pass the course by completing a research proposal to the satisfaction of the student's committee.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The candidate will meet with members of the committee throughout the proposal course and will present a completed proposal to the committee at the end of the course.

    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 Executive Doctoral Committee establishes procedures for incomplete or failed courses for each cohort.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Executive Doctorate in Business

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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