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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RSD7910

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Not applicable
Comments: Required. Rehab Sci Ph.D. To Chair. Approved; To USF sys 11/18/14; to SCNS 12/1. Nmbr 7980 approved as 7910. Effective 2/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4960 2014-02-20
    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 7910 Dissertation - Directed Research in Rehabilitation Sciences

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 4

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3-12 G - Graduate Dissertation -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    completion of all course work for program and acceptance to candidancy


    Not applicable

    Course Description

    Dissertation research for the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee students will pursue independent study of a topic, research or project relevant to contemporary rehabilitation sciences.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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 Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Sciences is a research-based doctoral degree program. Therefore, completion of a research-based doctoral dissertation is required for graduation from this program. This course will not service other programs.

    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 serves as a dissertation chair/director or committee member will hold a research doctorate degree and will be actively conducting research in a field relevant to the student’s research agenda.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To provide those Ph.D. students who have been accepted to candidacy with a directed research experience in order to complete their doctorate degree.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    The learning outcome of this course is a completed Ph.D. dissertation research project leading to completion of this degree program. Students will be able to design and conduct research commensurate with the doctoral level of knowledge.

    C. Major Topics

    Major course topics vary depending on student's research focus.

    D. Textbooks

    No textbook is required.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Course readings, online resources, funding to conduct dissertation-related research, and other purchases vary depending on student's research focus.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Grade will remain at 'Z' status until the Ph.D. dissertation is completed and approved by the student's advisory committee.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignments will include directed research, preparation, and successful written and oral defense of the dissertation. Two full text manuscripts accepted in peer reviewed journals indexed in Medline will also be required prior to defense.

    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 policy on make-up work is not applicable to this course.

    This course adheres to the university's policy on academic integrity found at

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    This course will not service other programs.

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