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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EME6480

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Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5309 2015-10-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Educational and Psychological Studies (EPS) ED
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Nathan Fisk 8136664984

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EME 6480 Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

    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) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Digital Citizenship & Safety
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 100



    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of basic digital citizenship concepts and a critical view of online safety issues with a focus on youth and educational settings.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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?

    In a world where information technologies are seamlessly integrated with everyday life at nearly every level, preparing students to become engaged digital citizens and maintaining a safe learning environment are increasingly becoming concerns for educators from kindergarten through to higher education. This course provides an overview of basic digital citizenship and online safety concepts, preparing students to provide guidance to students across educational institutions. Further, this course will serve as a core requirement for the proposed graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Awareness & Education, being developed in anticipation of a possible cybersecurity education concentration within the Cybersecurity graduate program.

    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.)

    Given the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity, a wide range of terminal degrees and work experiences may qualify an individual to teach Digital Citizenship & Online Safety, including degrees in the social sciences, law, and technical fields. Instructors should at a minimum have a terminal degree, in addition to experience or published research in the areas of cybersecurity or Internet safety.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will develop a contextualized understanding of online threats faced by youth, examining the different social, legal, and technological forces which produce problems with safety and security through the work of key Internet studies scholars. Specific attention will be placed on balancing the role of cybersecurity efforts against the productive opportunities offered by digital technologies and social platforms. Students will be encouraged to consider and debate various positions surrounding these issues, which will include digital copyright, online harassment and violence, privacy and algorithmic culture, and cyberbullying, among others.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the current cyber threat landscape as it relates to youth and educational settings

    • Explain basic cybersecurity concepts, mobilizing language and definitions adopted by developing national standards and frameworks

    • Describe the sociotechnical forces which produce concepts of youth Internet safety

    • Draw connections between technology, education, safety and citizenship as they relate to youth

    C. Major Topics

    The course material will be provided in a series of weekly modules. All students are responsible for the completion and timely submission of module readings and assignments. The content and schedule of the course is subject to change, in order to allow for discussion of emerging issues and threats throughout the semester.

    • Module 1: Basic Concepts – Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

    • Module 2: Basic Concepts – A Brief Introduction to Cybersecurity

    • Module 3: Pornography & Predators

    • Module 4: “Cyber”bullying

    • Module 5: For the Lulz: Trolling, Harassment, and the Online Culture Wars

    • Module 6: Privacy – Sharing, Surveillance & Algorithms

    • Module 7: Digital Piracy, Creativity & Fandoms

    • Module 8: Global Comparisons

    • Module 9: Digital Citizenship & Online Safety on the Horizon

    D. Textbooks

    This course will not require students to purchase a textbook. Course readings will instead be drawn from a variety of openly accessible online sources, USF library digital collections, and material provided by the professor. Readings are subject to change in order to allow the course to remain relevant in the face of a rapidly evolving field.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Core conceptual readings may include selections from:

    • Fisk, N (in press). Cyberullies & Cybercitizens: Online Safety and the Policing of Youth. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

    • boyd, danah. (2014). It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press.

    • Singer, P. W., & Friedman, A. (2014). Cybersecurity and cyberwar: what everyone needs to know.

    • Mossberger, K., Tolbert, C. J., & McNeal, R. S. (2008). Digital citizenship the internet, society, and participation. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

    • Phillips, W. (2015). This is why we can’t have nice things: mapping the relationship between online trolling and mainstream culture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students enrolled in this 3 credit course can expect to spend 7-9 (+/- 2) hours per week engaged in the following activities: preparing (reading, visiting websites, locating resources), working (assignments, interacting with peers, self-assessing) and reflecting. Of course, the amount of time varies from individual to individual.

    Student grades will be evaluated based on the completion of course assignments and modules, weighted as follows:

    Weekly Assignments and Discussion - 50%

    Cyber Security Self-Assessment/Blue Team Exercise - 20%

    Training Module/Final Project - 30%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Students enrolled in this 3 credit course can expect to spend 7-9 hours per week engaged in the following activities: preparing (reading, visiting websites, locating resources), “doing” (assignments, interacting with peers, self-assessing) and reflecting. Of course, the amount of time necessary may vary from individual to individual.

    Student grades will be evaluated based on the completion of course assignments and modules as outlined below:

    Module Discussion

    In most modules, students will be asked to participate in a discussion of the readings, often in response to a series of prompts. As the majority of the readings assigned in this course are somewhat advanced, the discussions are meant to provide students with a forum through which to field questions and work through key concepts and material. These discussion forums will in turn provide material for a video response from the professor. Discussion content will be scored based on two factors: demonstration of mastery over course content, and engagement/facilitation of ongoing discussion threads. Put more simply, while this is a “forced” conversation, students should work to show that they have closely read the material, and that they are actively working to foster a more organic conversation with other students. Discussion will be scored on a Exceptional/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis – a full scoring rubric will be made available through Canvas.

    Reading Responses and Assignments

    In most modules, students will be asked to develop brief responses to the readings. These responses should be approximately 1,000 words in length, and focus on connecting the readings to professional experiences and current events. Students are encouraged to use these reading responses to prepare for the final project. Reading responses will be scored based on the demonstration of mastery over course content by drawing connections between readings, and the appropriateness of external anecdotes and media coverage tied to the readings, on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. A full scoring rubric will be made available through Canvas.

    Final Project

    At the end of the semester, students will complete a final research paper. The topic of this project must connect one or more contemporary online safety/digital citizenship issues to the student's field of study, examining the ways in which changes in legislation, social behavior, or technology regarding the chosen issue(s) will impact the student's field or everyday experience. This project does not necessarily need to be in written format – although those who choose to submit a written paper may opt to work with me to develop a piece for possible publication. Students must submit a proposal for the final project at least 4 weeks prior to the end of the semester, and this proposal must be approved prior to starting work on the project. Final projects will be scored on an Exceptional/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis– a full scoring rubric will be made available through Canvas.

    Course grades will be assigned based on the totals of completed assignments throughout the semester, based on grading contracts completed during the first week. Students will negotiate their own contracts via Canvas with the professor. Possible contract examples may in include, but are not limited to:

    Grade Discussion Responses Final

    A Exceptional (2 Modules), Satisfactory (6 Modules) Satisfactory (8 Modules) Exceptional

    A- Satisfactory (8 Modules) Satisfactory (8 Modules) Exceptional

    B+ Satisfactory (8 Modules) Satisfactory (7 Modules) Satisfactory

    B Satisfactory (7 Modules) Satisfactory (6 Modules) Satisfactory

    B- Satisfactory (6 Modules) Satisfactory (5 Modules) Satisfactory

    C+ Satisfactory (5 Modules) Satisfactory (4 Modules) Satisfactory

    C Satisfactory (4 Modules) Satisfactory (3 Modules) Satisfactory

    C- Satisfactory (4 Modules) Satisfactory (3 Modules) Unsatisfactory

    Note: No grade below C- will be accepted towards the completion of a graduate degree

    When you contract for a certain grade, you are agreeing to fulfill the work commensurate with that grade. If you fail to fulfill the work designated by your individual contracted terms, your final grade will reflect an additional full grade penalty deduction. For example, if a student submits a contract for an A, but only completes 7 discussions and 6 responses (commensurate with a B), then that person would receive a C for their final grade.

    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

    Students must complete and submit all work prior to the deadline listed on the course schedule. Late submissions or make-up work must be negotiated with the instructor at least one day in advance of the original project deadline, with the exception of periods of illness or emergency situations. Students with issues which may impact their ability to complete assignments or be fully prepared for coursework, should contact their instructor immediately.

    Academic honesty is an expectation in this course. It is unacceptable to resubmit work prepared for another course, or to submit work prepared by another as your own. Students who find themselves considering academic dishonesty, or any act which might remotely resemble academic dishonesty, should immediately contact their instructor. Students who are found to have violated the academic dishonesty policy will fail the assignment in question and are likely to fail the course. Sanctions depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an "F" with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the "F" shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of "F" or "FF" (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course. For additional information refer to Academic Integrity Tutorial at:

    Students may be asked to submit papers to a plagiarism detection site that will be identified by the instructor. In order to comply with federal (FERPA) and state privacy laws, students are not required to include personal identifying information such as your name, SSN, and/or U# in the body of the work (text) or use such information in the file naming convention prior to submitting. Please follow carefully instructions regarding what identifying information to include. Submissions will be placed in the course grade center in your account that can be accessed by the instructor. Assignments are compared automatically with a database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper may have been plagiarized.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Instructional Technology/Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Awareness & Education

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Cybersecurity (MS)

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