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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6915

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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: In review by OGS 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

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5300 2015-10-16
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Global Health PH 640800
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Deborah Cragun 8139744232

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6915 Clinical Research III

    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
    1 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Clinical Research III
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    PHC 6911 Clinical Research I; PHC 6913 Clinical Research II



    Course Description

    Students will complete their data analysis and write up their abstract, results and discussion which they will combine with prior work to complete a journal manuscript and present their final research project.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    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?

    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).

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. 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.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Apply knowledge of research methodology and study design to critically evaluate research designs, results, and conclusions.

    2. Apply statistical and qualitative techniques to analyze data.

    3. Interpret results of data analyses.

    4. Evaluate the implications of study findings.

    5. Write concise and understandable scientific information suitable for publication.

    6. Develop learning outcomes and objectives for oral presentations.

    7. Utilize effective oral presentation skills to present research findings in a coherent fashion.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Critically assess the genetic/genomic, medical and social science literature and information.

    Evaluate and critique scientific papers and identify appropriate conclusions applying knowledge of methodologies and statistics.

    Incorporate literature into evidence-based practice, recognizing gaps and limitations.

    Write concise and understandable clinical and scientific information for audiences of varying educational backgrounds.

    Effectively give a presentation on genetics, genomics, and genetic counseling issues.

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

    C. Major Topics

    Updates on student capstone research progress; Identifying a journal for your research; Components of a journal article and abstract; Scholarly writing; Quantitative data analysis practice; Qualitative data analysis; Results write-up; Implications of results, Research strengths/limitations.

    D. Textbooks

    None. Links to course readings available on canvas.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    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. Final Research Presentation and Paper: Students will complete a research manuscript suitable to submit to a journal. They will present their research and findings to the class to complete their capstone.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Pre-class assignments 20% (10 at 2 points each)

    Participation: 30% of grade (30 points total)

    Final Research Presentation and Paper 50% (50 points)

    Total points = 100

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

    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

    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 students’ 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 student’s paper was plagiarized.

    NOTE: An institution may not release a paper to a plagiarism detection software without the student’s prior consent unless all personally identifiable information has been removed, such as a student’s 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:

    Plagiarism tutorial:


    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Genetic Counseling

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) -- other concentrations

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