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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6905
Tracking Number - 5322

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: elective for Biomedical Eng. To GC.. Readings need to be more specific; more info needed in assignments. Emailed 5/2/16; 5/4/16. ok 5/6/16 Approved To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Appd eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-11-16
  2. Department: Chemical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107000
  5. Contact Person: Bill Lee
  6. Phone: 9742136
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BME
  9. Number: 6905
  10. Full Title: Directed Independent Study
  11. Credit Hours: 1-6
  12. Section Type: Z - Directed Individual Study
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 4
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Independent Study
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Directed independent study in biomedical engineering. Can be repeated up to a total of 12 credit hours. Open to students admitted to the graduate program in biomedical engineering or related fields. Consent of Instructor is required.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Offered as enrichment course (not part of 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? Currently, no graduate BME course is available in the area of directed independent study. Such courses are standard offerings of BME courses (currently offered within the BME programs at UF, FIU, and FAU). It is anticipated that several students per semester will be taking this course as part of the BME graduate program.
  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.) The supervising instructor would hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or a related field and be an affiliated faculty of the U.S.F. biomedical engineering program.
  29. Objectives: As a result of directed independent study, the student will obtain new knowledge and skills on a topic related to biomedical engineering.
  30. Learning Outcomes: The student will be able to describe in detail the topic of focus.

    The student will understand the skills needed to understand or conduct research in the topic of focus.

    The student will display literature research skills in the topic of focus.

  31. Major Topics: The topic of focus is selected by the student in consultation with a directing faculty member.
  32. Textbooks: none required. This is a course where the topic varies each time it is offered. As appropriate, one of the following would be selected: 1) a relevant textbook; or 2) relevant journal articles.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Varies according to selected topic of focus.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The student will typically meet with the supervising faculty member on a regular basis. A paper summarizing the results of the independent study would normally be submitted upon completion.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Normally the student would submit a paper summarizing the results of the independent study upon completion.

    The specifics depend on the contract between the student and the mentor. Students will submit a written report at completion of the semester.

  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. Its 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: "Make-up work" does not apply to the independent study.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Biomedical Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences.

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