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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS5922
Tracking Number - 5247

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-11-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC appd 9/2/15. To USF Sys 9/2/15. To SCNS 9/8/15. Approved effective 11/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-07-20
  2. Department:
  3. College: GS
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Ruth Bahr
  6. Phone: 9747161
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: IDS
  9. Number: 5922
  10. Full Title: Preparing for College Teaching
  11. Credit Hours: 0
  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): Preparing for College Teaching
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The focus is on teaching college classes, and doing it well. Best practices in a number of topics related to course design and delivery will be examined. The goal is to prepare you for college teaching.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  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? This course is an important training component for graduate students who wish to teach at the university level.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A doctoral degree and university level teaching experience and experience with University Centers for Teaching and Learning is required.
  29. Objectives: This course will:

    • Teach TAs how to design and build a course.

    • Provide instruction on how to deliver a course effectively

    • Demonstrate strategies that facilitate student involvement during class

    • Define policies and expectations that will assist in managing student


    • Illustrate the development of an online teaching portfolio

    • Describe a variety of teaching methods for use in the classroom

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

    • Design and build a course from scratch

    • Deliver lectures and presentations effectively

    • Facilitate a discussion that includes all participants

    • Manage student behavior through effective policies and expectations

    • Build an online teaching portfolio, which includes a CV, teaching

    philosophy statement, and a teaching narrative

    • Discuss teaching methods and pedagogical choices at the highest


  31. Major Topics: • Creating a CV

    • Classroom Management Scenarios

    • Building A Syllabus

    • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

    • Writing a Lesson Plan

    • Preparing a Mini-Lecture

    • Writing a Prompt for an Assignment

    • Creating a Rubric

    • Constructing A Teaching Narrative

  32. Textbooks: There is no text for this course.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Course materials will be supplied free of cost. In addition to the required readings contained in each module in Canvas, you will be invited to join the USF Teaching Essentials course via Canvas and are encouraged to consult the material there for additional information.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: While this program does not yield academic transcript credit, three elements MUST be attained or you will not successfully complete the course and will not be eligible to receive co-curricular transcript credit:

    • You must be present at the first class meeting

    • You must not have more than 2 absences

    • You must complete the final project, the Teaching E-portfolio

    You are allowed two absences, with no need to explain your reasons. We do not give “excused” absences, so please do not attempt to take two “beach days” and then attempt to get a third absence excused later. It does not matter whether the reason is illness, professional activity, or university function—you are allowed two absences with no questions asked, but also no leeway to take a third absence.

    Basis for Final Grade:

    Class Attendance & Participation 50%

    Final Project: Teaching E-Portfolio 50%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Class Participation Assignments:

    1) Virtual Introductions

    2) Creating a CV

    3) Classroom Management Scenarios

    4) Building A Syllabus

    5) Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

    6) Writing a Lesson Plan

    7) Preparing a Mini-Lecture

    8) Writing a Prompt for an Assignment

    9) Creating a Rubric

    10) PCT Course Assessment

    11) Constructing A Teaching Narrative

    Final Project: Teaching E-Portfolio

  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: No make-up work will be allowed.

    Since this is not a transcript-course, no “Incomplete” grades will be issued. Students who need to drop (at any point in the term) may attempt to take the course again in a future semester.

    Academic Dishonesty:

    Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of quoting the exact words of a published text or borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text without giving credit to the author (not citing the author or publication). On written papers for which you include information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public at large must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations should be formatted following the 6th Edition of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Publication Manual. Plagiarism also consists of passing, as one’s own, segments or the total of another person’s work.

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service, which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student’s paper was plagiarized. For more information, go to and Please refer to the graduate catalog for more information on USF’s policies for academic dishonesty.

    Course calendar/schedule will be available in Canvas.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Graduate Studies
  39. Course Concurrence Information: All graduate programs at USF would benefit from their TAs taking this course.

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