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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6518

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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

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5238 2015-05-20
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 210400
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Nicholas Albergo 8139742275

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ENV 6518 Environmental Field Sampling

    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? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Environmental Field Sampling
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    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.

  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 in degree of MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering need to take this to satisfy elective 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.)

    M.S. degree in Engineering and P.E. required to teach the class

  4. Other Course Information

    A. 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.

    B. 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.

    C. 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

    D. Textbooks


    E. 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.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Participation 25%, Homework Assignments 50%, Final Report (Case Evaluation) 25%

    G. 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.

    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

    Requires instructor approval. Adherence to all University Polices regarding academic misconduct, cheating, and plagiarism is required (see USF Regulation-3.02).

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and PhD Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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