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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6911
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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-05-18
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: OGS review 4/18/16. Required for MSPH in Genetic Counc Conc. To GC. Approved 5/12/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-10-12
  2. Department: Global Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640800
  5. Contact Person: Deborah Cragun
  6. Phone: 8139744232
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6911
  10. Full Title: Clinical Research I
  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?: 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): Clinical Research I
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None required; Completion of a literature review in the studentís topic area is recommended.
  23. Corequisites: None.
  24. Course Description: Students will apply principles of research design and theory to plan their own research project. Students will complete human subjects training and most of the basic components they need to submit a research proposal to the IRB.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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 will be a required course for the proposed MSPH in Genetic Counseling which will ideally begin admitting new cohorts of students each fall beginning with Fall 2016. Additionally, this course will be required in the proposed sequence to meet the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).
  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.) To teach in this course individuals should have a terminal degree in Public Health, Health Communication, Education, Psychology, or a related field.
  29. Objectives: 1. Explain the value of research to enhance public health practice, genomics knowledge, and clinical health services delivery.

    2. Formulate and critique research questions and hypotheses.

    3. Recognize the importance and value of multi-disciplinary research teams.

    4. Apply knowledge of research methodology and study design to critically evaluate research.

    5. Identify available research-related resources to plan a research study.

    6. Describe the importance of human subjects protection and the role of the IRB.

    7. Understand how to support client and community interests in accessing or declining social and health services and clinical research.

    8. Create your own research proposal.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Articulate the value of research to enhance the practice of genetic counseling.

    Demonstrate an ability to formulate a research question.

    Recognize the various roles a genetic counselor can play on a research team and identify opportunities to participate in and/or lead research studies.

    Identify available research‐related resources.

    Apply knowledge of research methodology and study design to critically evaluate research outcomes.

    Describe the importance of human subjects protection and the role of the IRB.

    Support client and community interests in accessing or declining social and health services and clinical research.

  31. Major Topics: Discuss importance of research, human subjects training and IRB. Use of Pubmed and other tools to find literature; Critically evaluating research literature; Use of Endnote/Zotero; Finding the gap in the literature; Formulating and re-formulating your research question & hypothesis; Demonstrating the significance of your research; Theories, models, and frameworks; Desigining with the goals and feasibility in mind; Selecting a research design & methods; Operationalizing constructs: Measures and measurement; Informed consent & human subjects and supporting access to research.
  32. Textbooks: None. Links to course readings available on canvas.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: N/A
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Pre-class Assignments- 20% (10 at 2 points each)

    Participation- 30% of grade (30 points total)

    Proposal Components- 16% (8 at 2 points each)

    CITI Training in Human Subjects Research- 4% (4 points)

    Final Proposal- 30% (30 points)

    Total points = 100

    S/U: Students must score 80% or above to receive a satisfactory ďS.Ē

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Pre-class Assignments: Students will submit ten pre-class assignments. Further guidelines are outlined in the course calendar and on Canvas.

    2. Participation: Students are expected to actively engage in class discussions and skill activities about the pre-class assignments, readings and presentations. Class participation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

    o Active participation in discussion and evaluation of group member work.

    o Respect for peers and provision of appropriate feedback.

    o Attendance: Chronic tardiness (more than 2 times) and/or unexcused absence will result in a reduction in final class participation points.

    3. Proposal Components: Students will be expected to incorporate feedback to revise their pre-class assignments and create eight components of their research proposal. Unless otherwise noted on Canvas or in the course schedule, each proposal component will be turned in to Canvas PRIOR to class on the due date listed in the course schedule.

    4. CITI Training in Human Subjects Research

    5. Final Proposal: Students will submit a final proposal consistent with the timeline outlined in the course calendar.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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: All late assignments will be assessed a penalty of 1 point per day. Failure to complete any assignment will not be considered an excuse for being assigned an "I" grade in the course. Exceptions to this policy will be made only in the case of severe illness, documented family emergency, or similar problem.

    Disruption of the academic process and violations of the policies regarding academic integrity will not be tolerated. Review USF policies on Disruption of the Academic Process and the Academic Integrity of Students at:

    Plagiarism will not be tolerated and is grounds for failure. Review USF Academic Dishonesty and Disruption of Academic Process Policy at:



    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service (Turnitin), which allows instructors and students to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I (the instructor) reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted as electronic files and 2) submit studentsí assignments to Turnitin, or 3) request students to submit their assignments to Turnitin through the course site. Assignments are compared automatically with a database of journal articles, web articles, the internet and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a studentís paper was plagiarized.

    NOTE: An institution may not release a paper to a plagiarism detection software without the studentís prior consent unless all personally identifiable information has been removed, such as a studentís name, social security number, student number, etc.. Note that a paper/essay is considered an educational record and an institution may not ask a student to waive their rights under FERPA for the purpose of submitting papers to a plagiarism detection software.

    For more information about Plagiarism and Turnitin, visit:

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  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Genetic Couseling
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) other concentrations

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