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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB7982
Tracking Number - 4915

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-02
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: for DBA; Updated; still need Need Acct #, Emailed 3/4/14, 5/2/14. To Chair (still pending acct#). Appd 5/19/14. to USF Sys 5/20/14; to SCNS 5/28/14 (Need acct #). Nmbr 7557 approved as 7982. effective 11/2/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-01-29
  2. Department: Business Administration
  3. College: BA
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: T. Grandon Gill
  6. Phone: 46755
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEB
  9. Number: 7982
  10. Full Title: Research and Writing Skills for Doctoral Students
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Research Skills
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 30
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: A research course for executive students on searching and citing research literature, preparing submissions for publication and assessing the suitability of publication outlets. The course emphasizes the effective use of electronic library resources.

  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 in Business or an equivalent degree.
  29. Objectives: - Acquire the skills necessary to search for research sources in the libraryís online and printed resources

    - Properly cite research in a variety of formats and to manage a personal database of research resources

    - Understand the rules of intellectual property, particularly those applying to plagiarism, copyrights and fair-use

    - Acquire and interpret various measures of journal and article impact

    - Distinguish the roles played by conferences, refereed publications and books in business research

    - Complete a literature survey in an area related to the studentís interest

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: 1) prepare and manage a list of references in various formats, 2) conduct a thorough literature review on a specified topic, 3) identify situations where human subjects issues arise and obtain IRB certification, 4) acquire electronic and hard copy resources from the library, 5) prevent plagiarism and copyright violation in their own work and identify it in the work of others, 6) determine appropriate outlets for different types of research submission and evaluate their potential impact.
  31. Major Topics: Topics include: 1) types of research publications, 2) use of electronic databases to search for specific topics, 3) the proper citation of references and different styles of references, 4) avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation, 5) human subjects and the IRB, 6) evaluating outlet impact, 7) conducting a thorough literature search.
  32. Textbooks: No textbook will be used.
  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: Students will be evaluated on their ability to conduct a thorough literature, employing multiple research sources, review and provide the results in a variety of formats. They will also be evaluated on: a peer review activity, acquisition of IRB certification and on their completion of various exercise intended to build skills necessary for subsequent coursework. Participation in class will represent a substantial component of their overall grade.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Development of a paper, case study or book chapter suitable for a particular outlet or set of outlets or other activities deemed suitable by the instructor.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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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