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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RSD7900
Tracking Number - 4958

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: For Rehab Sci PhD - Elective. To GC. Appd 2/10/15. To USF Sys 2/27/15. Approved effective 4/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-02-20
  2. Department: Physical Therapy
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 88250
  5. Contact Person: Dr William S. Quillen
  6. Phone: 8139749863
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: RSD
  9. Number: 7900
  10. Full Title: Directed Readings in Rehabilitation Sciences
  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?: Y
  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): Directed Readings
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: RSD 6111 and RSD 6112
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Individually planned readings guided by a faculty member involved in the area of studentsí concentration-(a) Chronic Disease, (b) Veteransí Health/Reintegration or (c) Neuromusculoskeletal Disability, but not currently covered by formal course work.

  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? Research based doctoral programs in rehabilitation sciences generally offer directed readings courses or similar courses in order to prepare students for advanced critical inquiry for future positions in an academic setting.
  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.) USF faculty members or other researchers with a research doctorate degree in a field relevant to the student's research agenda and who are actively conducting research in the field.
  29. Objectives: 1) Explore concentrated areas in rehabilitation science research through focused directed readings in a primary area of interest.

    2) Facilitate advanced knowledge interpretation and translation through focused directed readings of current peer reviewed literature in areas of the studentís concentration in interactive learning environments.

    3) Through focused directed readings, refine research questions for investigation in a concentrated area in the rehabilitation sciences.

    4) Conduct systematic reviews on relevant topic areas within the concentration.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students will have:

    1) Critically appraised the peer reviewed literature through advanced processes in the specific area of concentration.

    2) Completed a full-scale, high-level systematic review of the literature in a specific area of concentration in preparation for dissertation.

  31. Major Topics: Contemporary research in one of the following three concentration areas:

    1) chronic illness

    2) veteranís health/reintegration, or

    3) neuromusculoskeletal disability.

  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Peer reviewed literature on contemporary research and evidence-based practice in the rehabilitation sciences will be emphasized.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students will be expected to participate oral presentations and discussions, as well as complete all 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 oneís own learning and professional growth.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments will consist of oral presentations and written assignments as determined by the course director.
  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: Canvas, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Canvas 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 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.
  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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