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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ARC6974
Tracking Number - 5384

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-08-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change hours from 3 credits to 2 credits.
Comments: Required for M.Arc. Prog Fit Recd. To GC. LO need revision. Emailed 5/11/16. Approved 5/18/16. to USF Sys 5/18/16. to SCNS after 5/25/16. Approved eff 8/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2016-02-08
  2. Department: School of Architecture and Community Design
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 330000 10000
  5. Contact Person: Robert M. MacLeod
  6. Phone: 8139746015
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ARC
  9. Number: 6974
  10. Full Title: Master's Project Planning
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: L - Laboratory
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Masters Project 1 (MP1)
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: ARC 6936; ARC 6398; ARC 6481; three of the following four: ARC 5364; ARC 5365; ARC 5366 & ARC 6367
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: ARC 6974 is the first of a two semester "Master's Project" (MP) course sequence. This course focuses on research and the conceptual / theoretical grounding of the proposed MP project. The student consults with his/her chair and committee members.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  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? Required course; serves 40-45 students annually; required for NAAB accreditation. Change to reflect it's research intent (as opposed to a design studio). This change is being made in concurrence with increasing ARC 6367 from from 5 to 6 credit hours and other course description refinements. The resulting changes will increase overall program from 165 to 168 credit hours per NAAB accreditation requirements (60+108). Per the "Final Approved 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation" p. 21. Table 1, "Minimum Credit Distribution for NAAB-Accredited Degrees".

    The USF School of Architecture and Community Design will undergo accreditation in the Spring of 2017.

  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.) Master's Degree in Architecture or related design discipline; Bachelor's Degree (five year professional degree) and appropriate professional experience as determined by the School Director
  29. Objectives: The objective of this course is for the student to develop a clear, rigorous Master's Project statement with supporting works, precedents, written background and preliminary design studies.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course the student will be able to:

    - Generate a clear thesis statement

    - Develop precedent studies

    - Create a program of action for the project

    - Develop a preliminary study of alternative design options

    - Develop a clear strategy for developing other MP premise

    - Understand the historic, social, physical, cultural and technical contexts as appropriate

  31. Major Topics: Topics are chosen by students and vary widely from topical issues to historic inquiry. Housing, building typology, sustainability and resiliency are common themes of inquiry.
  32. Textbooks: None required. Reading and texts determined by student in consultation with Master's Project committee members.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: N/A

    Resources of the School of Architecture are available to the MP students.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students are expected to meet with their committee chair on a regular basis as determined by the chair/student (typically weekly). Students will present work at pre-determined mid point and end point of the semester, the latter being a formal presentation open to the public.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Process and exact course requirements are determined by each committee chair. Students typically have a 30+ page dossier outlining the project intent with items described above.
  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: Students are expected to develop work within the allotted timeframe and academic calendar schedule.

    In unusual circumstances of illness or family circumstances, students will work with faculty to determine completion of work deadlines and expectations. Making up work and missing deadlines with unexcused absences may or may not be allowed per the discretion of the faculty.

    Students are held to all expectations of academic integrity per USF policy: USF Regulation 3.027.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Master in Architecture Degree (M. Arch)
  39. Course Concurrence Information: none

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