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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CHM6978

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

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5335 2015-12-02
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Chemistry AS 121300
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Edward Turos 8139747312 eturos@usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    CHM 6978 Advanced Research in Chemistry

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    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) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Advanced Research in Chemistry
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    Acceptance to a graduate degree program in Chemistry

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    In this introductory course, graduate students will be expected to gain familiarity in the Chemistry department’s graduate program and research operations and to develop core competency and heightened awareness in scientific writing and presentations.


  3. Justification

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

    Needed to meet state requirements, licensure, etc

    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?

    All first semester graduate students in the Department of Chemistry will be required to take the course. The demand is approximately 15-20 students every fall and spring semester.

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

    No

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Doctorate in Chemistry


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Each week students will participate in a presentation given by faculty, staff, and students from the department on various aspects of our graduate studies program. These topics will include research presentations from various Chemistry faculty and managers of our instrumentation core facilities, TA duties and responsibilities, Title IX and sexual discrimination in the classroom and laboratory, academic dishonesty and scientific ethics, grant writing and presentation strategies, fellowship applications, and strategies for achieving your full potential in our graduate program and in your scientific career.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    The following five outcomes are anticipated for all students in the class:

    1) be able to deliver a professional scientific presentation

    2) be able to identify ten common safety hazards in a chemical laboratory

    3) be able to define and recognize scientific misconduct

    4) be able to describe a plan of work for progression in the graduate program

    5) be able to stimulate a scientific discussion via questions and responses

    C. Major Topics

    Each week students will participate in a presentation given by faculty, staff, and students from the department on various aspects of our graduate studies program. These topics will include research presentations from various Chemistry faculty and managers of our instrumentation core facilities, TA duties and responsibilities, Title IX and sexual discrimination in the classroom and laboratory, academic dishonesty and scientific ethics, grant writing and presentation strategies, fellowship applications, and strategies for achieving your full potential in our graduate program and in your scientific career.

    D. Textbooks

    (1) “A Ph.D. is Not Enough,” Peter Feibelman

    (2) “The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors,” Roel Sneider and Ken Larner

    (3) “Communicating in Science: Writing a Scientific Paper and Speaking at Scientific Meetings,” 2nd, edition, Vernon Booth

    (4) “31 Tips to Become an Effective Presenter,” Frank S. Adamo

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    None

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Student Expectations/requirements and Grading Policy with Percentages (e.g. 2 Exams and 1 Paper, each work 33%):

    Course grades will be based on your combined performance on written assignments as defined below, and on attendance and participation.

    30% for written summaries of three seminar presentations (@ 10% each)

    20% for the written research and coursework plan

    20% for an oral presentation on a selected research topic

    10% for class attendance and participation

    5% for a safety quiz

    5% for an assignment on recording research data

    5% for an assignment on scientific misconduct

    5% for meeting with three faculty members to discuss research

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    6 Required Departmental Seminars: Each student must attend at least six departmental seminars and submit written reports on three of them. The reports are to be minimally 500 words in length, typed, and contain a title, name of the speaker along with his or her affiliation, a short description of the research presented, and a critique of the presentation itself. The reports will be graded as a point percentage based on the clarity as well as the depth of the summary and critique.

    One 20 minute Oral Presentation: Each student must also give a 20 minute oral presentation on a selected topic from the scientific literature that is approved by the instructor. The other students in the class will evaluate this presentation using specific criteria such as clarity, organization, slides, and overall quality, and the sum average of the scores will be used as the grade the presenting student will receive for the presentation.

    Written Research and Coursework Plan: Each Student will submit a formal research and coursework plan for the upcoming semester. This plan will be used to create a way to track student progress and help provide support for students needing to find major professors and research groups.

    Safety Quiz: In conjunction with EH&S a quiz will be given to all students to be compliant with safety standards

    Recording Research Data Assignment: student will review case studies and patent literature to discuss implications of improper data reporting. Discussion about recording data properly and designing experiments with this being considered.

    Scientific Misconduct Assignment: students review case studies involving scientific conduct and have an in-class discussion about scientific misconduct.

    Faculty Member Meetings: students are required to meet with three different faculty members to discuss their research plans and will be required to fill out paperwork to verify.

    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,

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/ogc%20web/currentreg.htm)

    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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)

    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 notify their instructor of scheduled absences (for approved reasons as noted above) at the beginning of each academic term. Pointing out specific conflicts with scheduled examinations or other scheduled assignments/activities should be part of this notification. In the event of an emergency unscheduled absence (as described above), students must contact their instructors as soon as possible and provide documentation if required. If an excused absence coincides with an examination, the student (1) will be given a reasonable opportunity to make up the exam or (2) will not have that work averaged into the student’s grade, as agreed to between the student and the instructor. Counting the missed examination as a lowest score to be dropped at the end of the term does not constitute a reasonable opportunity. If an excused absence coincides with other graded work (e.g., homework collection, quizzes, presentations, activities, etc.), the student shall be given a reasonable opportunity to make up such work or shall not have that work averaged into the student’s grade, at the discretion of the instructor. As noted above, however, an instructor may determine that excessive absences (whether excused or not) may threaten or preclude a student’s successful completion of a course. Similarly, making up work for unexcused absences may be allowed or declined entirely at the discretion of the instructor.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Masters and Ph.D. in Chemistry


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    None



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