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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CHM6272

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5000 2014-04-25
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Chemistry AS 121300
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Julianne P Harmon 3397

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    CHM 6272 Advanced Chemistry of High Polymers

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 1

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Chemistry of High Polymers
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    CHMN 2210


    Course Description

    This course is unique in that it emphasizes interdisciplinary polymer science. The polymer science course offers unique learning experience for students. Polymer science evolved from industrial research. The early polymer researchers in industry unra

  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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 would be offered as a graduate course in Chemistry. The course could also serve as a graduate elective for students pursuing Engineering and Physics.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD. in polymer Science or a related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students in this course should learn methods to

    2. synthesize

    3. characterize polymers.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to complete homework, answer exam questions, deliver presentations and write technical papers on at least six of the following topics:

    1.molecular weight, molecular weight and the effect of molar mass on properties.

    2. mechanical properties of solids and liquids

    3. polymer mixtures, compatibility and thermodynamics

    4. step growth polymerization-kinetics and synthesis

    5. free radical polymerization-kinetics and synthesis

    6. ionic and coordination polymerization-kinetics and synthesis

    7. mcopolymerization-chain, step and reactivity ratios

    8. processing methodology

    9. natural polymers

    C. Major Topics

    The major course topics will include: synthesis, kinetics, characterization and processing.

    D. Textbooks

    “Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering”, Alfred Rudin and Phillip Choi, 3rd Edition, Academic Press, Elsevier Inc., 2013. ISBN: 978-0-12-382178-2.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Two non-cumulative, take-home tests and two homework assignments will be given throughout the course. Each student will make a 15 minute presentation during the months of November and December. A 5-page paper will turned in with each presentation. The final grade will be based on 50% for the tests, 30% for the homework and 10% for the paper and 10% for presentation. The +/- grade system will be used to assign grades.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There will be two exams, two homework assignments, one paper and one presentation.

    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

    S-U POLICY: (CAS policy: 00-01 S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three weeks of the term. See online catalogue University policy.)

    INCOMPLETE GRADE POLICY: (USF policy: “An ‘I’ grade indicates incomplete coursework and may be awarded to student only when a small portion of the student’s work is incomplete and only when the student is otherwise earning a passing grade.”

    ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Any student found cheating will be given an FF grade. The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to submit assignments to this detection system. Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student’s paper was plagiarized. For more information, go to

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Chemistry bgraduate program as well as Physics and Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Physics and Engineering

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