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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RSD6111

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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: Required. Rehab Sci Ph.D. To Chair. Approved; To USF sys 11/18/14; to SCNS 12/1. Approved eff 2/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4954 2014-02-19
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Physical Therapy MD 88250
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr William S. Quillen 8139749863

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    RSD 6111 Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences

    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
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Introduction to & overview of rehabilitation sciences, emphasizing the interdisciplinary and interprofessional nature. The enablement-disablement process and literature highlighting quantitative and qualitative inquiry is highlighted.

  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?

    This course is the introductory course in the required sequence for the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. It will set the foundation for subsequent coursework and research for the program.

    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.)

    USF faculty member who holds a research doctorate degree and is actively conduct research in a relevant field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    At the end of the course, the student will have an introductory knowledge of:

    1) principles and structure of research in rehabilitation sciences,

    2) levels of research evidence,

    3) relationships among experimental questions, design, and model domains,

    4) selected research directions of the program’s faculty,

    5) principles of evidence based practice,

    6) the principles of quantitative and qualitative research,

    7) standard outcomes in rehabilitation sciences,

    8) a variety of models of enablement, and

    9) the interaction between health policy and rehabilitation sciences.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course, students will be able to identify, describe, and critically evaluate key principles for each objective listed above.

    C. Major Topics

    1) Overview of research in rehabilitation sciences,

    2) Introduction to research methods in rehabilitation sciences - levels of research evidence, experimental designs, outcome assessment.

    3) Enablement/disablement models.

    4) Health policy and rehabilitation sciences.

    D. Textbooks

    Brandt, Jr. E.N. and Pope, A.P. Eds.

    Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering.

    Committee on Assessing Rehabilitation Science and Engineering

    The National Academies Press, 1997

    ISBN: 978-0-309-16250-0

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Peer reviewed literature on contemporary research and evidence-based practice in the rehabilitation sciences will be emphasized.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will be expected to complete written examinations, oral presentations and discussions, and written assignments as determined by the course director. In addition to these requirements that will measure the attainment of learning goals, students are also evaluated on: professional behavior (by the course director), participation in group activities and assignments (by classmates) , and ability to self-assess one’s own learning and professional growth.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignments will consist of written examinations, oral presentations, and written assignments as determined by the course 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 student will contact the Course Director for instructions on any make-up work that is needed for the course, in accordance with the policies the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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