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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVS6920

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for PhD in Civil Eng. To GC Approved; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Apprd eff 7/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5226 2015-04-20
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 210400
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Amy Stuart 8139746632

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EVS 6920 Environmental Research Interdisciplinary Colloquium

    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? 3

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Environ Research Colloquium
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Interdisciplinary seminar series that exposes students to a variety of environmental topics through presentations and interactive discussions with scholars and practitioners. Graduate status required; upper-level undergraduates can enroll with permissi

  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?

    Students for the degree of MS in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering as well as the Environmental concentration in the degree of PhD in Civil Engineering may take this to satisfy electives for their degrees.

    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 Environmental Engineering or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course will: 1-Provide exposure to a variety of environmental topics and study methods, 2 -Excite students to the potential of a career in the environmental field, and 3 - Provide experience with facilitating a seminar.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will improve their ability to:

    1) understand a variety of environmental topics,

    2) explain a variety of environmental study methods,

    3) recognize trade-offs and co-benefits between engineered systems, the environment, social infrastructure, and public health at multiple temporal and spatial scales,

    4) engage in scholarly discussions and debates,

    5) synthesize and write about scholarly information presented in oral form and that presented in scientific writing, and

    6) interact with others in professional manner.

    C. Major Topics

    A variety of environmental topics

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    None. Students are required to find and read one peer-reviewed journal manuscript related to one of the presented talks.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Weekly seminar reporting forms, facilitation of 1 seminar, 1 written discussion of a journal article. All must be completed for course credit. (As there is no letter grade, there are no percentages, just a requirement for completion of all assignments.)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    1) Seminar purporting forms summarizing and discussing each presentation

    2) a one page written synopsis of a journal manuscript that relates to a class talk.

    3) Facilitation of one class seminar session as part of a team.

    There are no exams.

    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

    Up to 2 class sessions may be substituted by attendance at (and submission of a reporting form for any other scholarly seminar on an environmental topic that is at least 40 minutes in length and is not already required by another course.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS Civil Engineering, MS Environmental Engineering, PhD Environmental Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    MS and PhD in Public Health (through a co-listed course)

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