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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVR6115

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-04-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF-STPT approved 3/17/15. to USF Sys 3/18/15. to SCNS 3/26/15. Nmbr 6921 approved as 6115. Effective 4/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5094 2014-10-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography and Environmental Science and Policy AP 511224 10000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dona J. Stewart 34066

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EVR 6115 Global Climate Change

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 2

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Global Climate Change
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 0





    Course Description

    This course examines physical processes of global climate change.

  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?

    This is a new core course that will support our revised MA degree. The revisions to the MA are being made to meet identified student interest and more accurately reflect current and emerging themes within the discipline.

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

    Yes, 2 times

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

    PhD in appropriate discipline

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Examine the physical principles of the global climate, how the global climate has changed in the past, and predicting global climate change. Current literature on global climate change will be included.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will:

    Comprehend the physical principles of global climate

    Identify how the Earth receives, maintains and distributes energy.

    Distinguish the factors in driving past changes in the climate

    Analyze current literature related to these topics.

    C. Major Topics

    global climate change

    weather and climate

    climate variability

    atmospheric circulation

    ocean circulation

    carbon cycle

    carbon burial


    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    All course readings are drawn from peer reviewed scientific literature chosen by the students each semester.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    There will be a midterm and final exam. Final exam will be comprehensive. Students will select and direct discussion on climate change journal articles. Exercises and short reports will be assigned periodically throughout the semester.

    Lecture Grade:

    Midterm 30%

    Final 35%

    Discussion 10%

    Exercises/Reports 25%

    Assignment of Letter Grades:

    >90 A

    85-89 B+

    80-84 B

    75-79 C+

    70-74 C

    65-69 D+

    60-64 D

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There will be a midterm and final exam. Final exam will be comprehensive. Students will select and direct discussion on climate change journal articles. Exercises and short reports will be assigned periodically throughout the semester.

    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. Its 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

    Attendance Policy:

    You are responsible for everything discussed or shown in the lecture. If you miss a lecture, please get notes from a classmate. Make-up exams will not be given without a well-documented excuse. Please do not arrive late or leave early.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    graduate program Environmental Science and Policy

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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