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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CGN6715
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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-05-20
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Civil and Env. Eng. To GC. Obj and LO need revision. Emailed 4/14/16. Emailed again 5/8/16. Response deadline 5/13/16 or may have to resubmit in fall. Approved 5/19/16. To Sys 5/20/16. To SCNS after 5/27/16


Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-05-20
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210400
  5. Contact Person: Sarina J. Ergas
  6. Phone: 8139741119
  7. Email: sergas@usf.edu
  8. Prefix: CGN
  9. Number: 6715
  10. Full Title: Mentoring Novice Researchers
  11. Credit Hours: 1
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Mentoring Novice Researchers
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course is designed for graduate students who are mentoring undergraduate researchers through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experience for Teachers (RET) and similar programs.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. 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 degrees of MCE, MSCE, MEVE, MSEV, PhD Civil Engineering, PhD Environmental Engineering may take this course to meet their elective requirements.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD required to teach the class
  29. Objectives: 1. Discuss the different goals for mentors, mentees and the NSF for REU programs.

    2. Describe the key best practices for mentoring novice researchers.

    3. Write a project description and research contract for a novice researcher.

    4. Develop protocols for integrating a novice into a research environment.

    5. Assist a novice researcher in preparing an oral presentation, poster and report.

    6. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of mentoring novice researchers from diverse backgrounds.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the semester, students in this course will be able to:

    1. Discuss the different goals for mentors, mentees and the NSF for REU programs.

    2. Describe the key best practices for mentoring novice researchers.

    3. Write a project description and research contract for a novice researcher.

    4. Develop protocols for integrating a novice into a research environment.

    5. Assist a novice researcher in preparing an oral presentation, poster and report.

    6. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of mentoring novice researchers from diverse backgrounds.

  31. Major Topics: what is a mentor?; goals and expectations; establishing a good relationship with your mentee; defining a good project; and resolving challenges and developing trust.
  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Materials developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (http://scientificteaching.wisc.edu) and publications from the National Research Council.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Project description 30%, Short biographical sketch of Mentor 10%, Short biographical Sketch of Mentee 10%, Participation in class discussions 50%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments: Homework assignments are due on the specified date and time (unless prior permission is obtained from the instructor for special circumstances).

    There are no exams.

  36. 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,

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/ogc%20web/currentreg.htm)

    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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)

    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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students with an excused absence will meet with the professor during office hours to make up work.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS Civil Engineering, MS Environmental Engineering, PhD Civil Engineering, PhD Environmental Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: MS and PhD in Public Health and MS in Global Sustainability


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