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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6518
Tracking Number - 5238

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-06-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: In review by OGS. Elective for MS/PhD in Env Eng. GC apprd; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Apprd eff 6/1/16

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: Nicholas Albergo
  6. Phone: 8139742275
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENV
  9. Number: 6518
  10. Full Title: Environmental Field Sampling
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  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): Environmental Field Sampling
  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 to provide students with an interest in the field of environmental science/engineering, with the highest level of practical, hands-on environmental field training to help them advance their careers.

  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 in degree of MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering need to take this to satisfy elective for their degrees.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) M.S. degree in Engineering and P.E. required to teach the class
  29. Objectives: Students will learn preparation of effective multi-media sampling and analysis plans; strategies for sampling environmental media; field QA/QC; field equipment decontamination; sample handling and shipment; and documentation of environmental sampling events.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:

    • Identify field sampling equipment and general use;

    • Formulate and execute appropriate and effective sampling strategies;

    • Evaluate sampling results against the applicable State regulations;

    • Organize and apply information effectively to accomplish specific purposes; and

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the field assessment process, including the legal and business issues associated with the use of the information obtained.

  31. Major Topics: Environmental Regulations; CERCLA Liability and the ASTM Process; Elements of a ASTM Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment; Phase I and II Evaluation and Report Requirements; and Non-scope Considerations
  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Copies of the requisite Standards and Rules will be made available on Canvas. Supplemental reading will be assigned. Readings will be from a variety of periodical articles and Web pages. Each assignment will include the citation information for the supplemental reading. It will be your responsibility to retrieve the item.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Participation 25%, Homework Assignments 50%, Final Report (Case Evaluation) 25%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Homework Assignments: At least one homework assignment will be assigned every two weeks. In addition to the research, they may also require submission of a Word document. Homework assignments are based on the assumption that students have completed the week's assigned reading and class material. Assignments not submitted on time, will receive a zero. Your lowest homework assignment grade will be dropped.

    2. Final Case Evaluation: The Final Case Evaluation involves the analysis of the data gathered in the field during early trips to the Merit Processional Coatings site, and the comparison of that data to the applicable regulations resulting in a report of results to the Client. This report should include an appropriate explanation of the laboratory results including any instances of data “qualifiers” or other inconsistencies. This project is worth 100 pts.

  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,

    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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Requires instructor approval. Adherence to all University Polices regarding academic misconduct, cheating, and plagiarism is required (see USF Regulation-3.02).
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and PhD Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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