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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB7980
Tracking Number - 4905

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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. Updated Objectives. To Chair 5/9/14 (Still Need acct #. Emailed 3/4/14, 5/2/14). Appd 5/19/14; to USF Sys 5/20/14; to SCNS 5/28/14 (need acct#). Apprd eff 11/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-01-29
  2. Department: Business Administration
  3. College: BA
  4. Budget Account Number: 142600
  5. Contact Person: T. Grandon Gill
  6. Phone: 46755
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEB
  9. Number: 7980
  10. Full Title: Dissertation
  11. Credit Hours: 1-8
  12. Section Type: G - Graduate Dissertation
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 6
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Dissertation
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 30
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: GEB 7981
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Research and writing of a dissertation on a business topic.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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? The course is offered as part of a cohort-based program, with demand being based solely on cohort size.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate
  29. Objectives: - Conduct an in-depth research study in an interdisciplinary area of business determined by the candidate and his or her committee;

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

    - Create a written artifact or set of artifacts—which may be in the form of a publishable dissertation, a series of articles, a book, a project report, or a portfolio of articles—in a form approved by the candidate’s committee that describes the research student performed by the candidate;

    - Present an oral defense of the candidate’s body of research

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will have demonstrated ability to design, conduct and document business research, the findings of which contribute to our knowledge of business practice or the business research literature or both.
  31. Major Topics: The topics and form of the dissertation will be proposed by the student and approved by a dissertation committee in a previous course (e.g., GEB 7891).
  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Appropriate readings will be determined based upon the topic selected.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Doctoral candidates will pass the course by completing a major research project to the satisfaction of the candidate's committee. Because the EDB degree is designed to be responsive to the needs of the candidate, there is considerable flexibility in the form that the dissertation can take—subject to approval by the committee. Examples that could be approved might include: 1. a traditional research dissertation, 2. a practice-focused book submitted for publication, 3. a write-up of a substantial work-related project in which the principles of evidence-based research were applied 4. a portfolio of related research products/activities that demonstrate knowledge creation or innovative application in a given area. Such a portfolio might include journal, book, magazine articles, conference papers and presentations.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The candidate will meet with members of the committee during each residency of the final year of the program, and will present his or her dissertation to the committee in the final semester of the program; this presentation substitutes for what is sometimes referred to as a defense in traditional Ph.D. programs.
  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: The Executive Doctoral Committee establishes procedures for incomplete or failed courses for each cohort.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Executive Doctorate in Business
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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