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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MUE6789

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-08-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Required for MA in Music Ed. Textbk over 5 years old - may need justification. GC Approve. To SCNS. Nmbr 6909 apprd as 6788, then changed by SCNS to 6789, Eff 8/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5215 2015-04-09
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Music FA 240200
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Victor Fung 42311

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MUE 6789 Research Report Writing in Music Education

    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)
    Res Report Writing in Music Ed
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 100


    MUE6xxx - Research Design and Methods in Music Education


    Course Description

    This course is designed to guide students in writing up their research report after analyzing their data.

  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?

    All MA in music education students will take this course.

    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.)

    PhD in music education.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course will guide student through writing a research report in music education. During the

    course, students will:

    • Learn about key concepts in forming a research report.

    • Distinguish between evidence, arguments, and claims.

    • Go through the stages of drafting, revising, drawing conclusions, and refining.

    • Present visually key ideas of a research report.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the basic elements in a research report.

    • Organize research findings and interpretations.

    • Draft a research report.

    • Critique a research report.

    • Revise a research report.

    • Draw conclusions and implications in a research report.

    • Refine a research report for consistent style and content.

    • Create visual representation of the research report.

    C. Major Topics

    Research, evidence/arguments/claims, elements of writing including drafting, revising, conclusions and refining, visual presentations

    D. Textbooks

    American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: author.

    Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings selected from:

    American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: author.

    Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    No other purchases.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    A. Reading reflections (2% x 6) 12%

    B. Draft report (10%) 10%

    C. Critique I and II (10% x 2) 20%

    D. Revision I, II, and III (5% x 2) 15%

    E. Online presentation (18%) 18%

    E. Research report (25%) 25%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    A. Reading reflections:

    Each student is required to submit at least two entries each week in the first six weeks. The

    entry is based on the reading materials, the module, or posting of others. Grading criteria

    include relevance of reading to the research report writing at hand and plans to apply ideas

    from reading to the research report writing. Specific examples are expected.

    B. Draft report:

    Each student is required to submit a draft research report based on the study conducted in

    the M.A. program. The draft should contain (i) research background and literature, (ii)

    research purpose, (iii) research questions, (iv) research participants, (v) research tools, (vi)

    research procedures, (vii) research analysis and findings, (viii) discussions, (ix) conclusions,

    and (x) implications. Grading criteria include clarity of the organization and of the writing.

    C. Critique I and II:

    Each student is required to critique the draft of two peers. Using the reading materials used

    in this class, each critique must include constructive feedback to the writer so the writer

    may improve. Grading criteria include the clarity of the critique, potential for writer to

    improve, reference to required reading materials used in class.

    D. Revision I, II, and III:

    Each student is required to revise the research report three times. The first two times are

    based on peer critiques I and II. The third time is based on a self-assessment of consistencies

    in writing style and content (e.g., research questions being answered). Grading criteria

    include responsiveness to the critiques and the ability to improve in writing the research


    E. Online presentation:

    Each student is required to make an online presentation using slides and a voice over. The

    presentation should be a summary of the research report and should not be more than 20

    minutes. Grading criteria include clarity and effectiveness of the slides.

    F. Research report:

    The research report is the culmination of the course, where reading materials are applied

    and all feedback and critiques are considered. A near publishable quality is expected.

    Grading criteria include clarity of the organization, consistent writing style, distinction

    between evidence and interpretation, legitimacy of conclusions, and practicality of


    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

    There are no make-ups for online discussions or the final paper. Discussions posted late will

    receive zero point, and late papers will receive a 5% reduction in the final grade per each day

    being late. The final paper will not be accepted if overdue by more than seven days.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA in Music Education

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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