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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS5921
Tracking Number - 5248

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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: to GC. Approved 9/3/15. To USF Sys. To SCNS 9/11/15. 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: 5921
  10. Full Title: Teaching Assistant Training
  11. Credit Hours: 0
  12. Section Type: O - Other
  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): TA Training
  19. Course Online?: L - Blended (1-99% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 50
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Instruction in course design, including delivery, methodology, policies, and teaching strategies and methods.

  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? All graduate level TAs must complete this course prior to teaching/facilitating a course on campus.
  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 experience with University teaching is required. Instructors should also have experience with University level Teaching and Learning Centers.
  29. Objectives: This course is designed to:

    • Teach TAs how to design and build a course.

    • Provide instruction on how to deliver a course

    • Present strategies that facilitate student involvement during class

    • Define policies and expectations that will assist in managing student


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

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you 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

    • Implement teaching methods and pedagogical choices appropriately

  31. Major Topics: Course Design

    Course Presentation

    Facilitation of Student Discussion

    Management of Student Behavior

    Teaching Methods

  32. Textbooks: There is no textbook for this course.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Required readings will be provided in Canvas.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The course grade is composed of two elements:

    50% online component

    50% face to face training

    For the online component, “passing” means scoring 75% or higher on the cumulative quiz scores. The online component normally can be completed in eight hours, and is meant to be completed before the face to face training.

    For the face to face training, all participants must be present for 75% of the face to face time to pass.

    S/U Grading: This course offers only Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading.

    Because the course only offers S/U grading, there will be no Incomplete Grades offered.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Quizzes will be completed to measure comprehension of online lectures. Attendance is required for the face-to-face section of the course.
  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: There is no make-up work. The online component is completed at the student's own pace and class attendance is required for completion of the face-to-face section.

    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 will benefit from the TA training course.

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