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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEE6432
Tracking Number - 5397

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-06-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Elect Eng. To GC. Course is not repeatable. Approved; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Nmbr 6426 apprd as 6432 eff 6/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2016-02-22
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2106000
  5. Contact Person: Jessica Procko
  6. Phone: 46318
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEE
  9. Number: 6432
  10. Full Title: Nanostructures and Nanomaterials for Sustainable Systems
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 3
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nanostruc/Matl-Sustainable Sys
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduction to nanostructures (tubes, wires, fibers, laminates, spheres, etc.) and materials used to create these structures for sustainable systems to solve global issues for the environment, alternative energy, medicine, pharmacy, sports, space, etc

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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? Course offered for a number of semesters as a potential elective in many tracks within EE.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Understanding of sustainability, life cycle assessment, SimaPro software, nanotechnology
  29. Objectives: oundational Knowledge: different definitions of sustainability; key fundamentals (processing, characterization, functionality) of nanotechnology; material selection, toxicity, and assessment; system loop diagram; efficiency; life cycle risk and assessment, framework, and life cycle costing.

    b. Application: analyze the many definitions of sustainability and determine the similarities and differences in goals and visions; evaluate the impact of materials on electrical engineering device technology and the environment; quantify sustainability performance for a given product or system; evaluate and optimize product and process design for the highest value-added outcomes; perform life cycle assessment and life cycle costing on a process, material, or product.

    c. Integration: determine how natural systems (e.g. sun) and engineered systems (e.g. solar cells) are linked to one another; recognize the connection between sustainability and engineering design; examine if current regulatory system is effective and appropriate for advancing sustainability.

    d. Human Dimension: understand personal role in sustainable development; sustainable solutions require consideration of all peoples’ aspirations and collaboration with others.

    e. Caring: view green nanotechnology as one approach to tackling sustainability challenges; value the perspectives brought by other disciplines in engineering design; care about their community (e.g., campus) and environment.

    f. Learning how to learn: familiarize with Internet resources related to local and global issues of sustainability; identify a real world and timely sustainability challenge for a local community and innovatively design a solution; practice the virtues of inquiry and critical thinking (intellectual integrity, intellectual humility, confidence in reason, intellectual perseverance, fair-mindedness, intellectual courage, intellectual empathy, intellectual autonomy) when evaluating new information for solutions.

  30. Learning Outcomes: a. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.

    b. An ability to analyze and interpret data from a design

    c. An ability to function on inter/multi-disciplinary teams.

    d. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering issues for sustainability.

    e. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility to the environment, economy, and society.

    f. An ability to communicate effectively.

    g. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

  31. Major Topics: Nanotechnology, Nanostructures, Nanomaterials, Sustainable, Life Cycle Assessment, SimaPro
  32. Textbooks: The following books may aid in your understanding of the course material.

    Ginley, D. S., and Cahen, D. Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability. ISBN:9781107000230. 2011.

    Graedel, T. E. and Allenby, B. R. Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering. Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-136-00806-4. 2010.

    Mihelcic, J.R. and Zimmerman, J.B. Environmental Engineering Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-16505-8. 2010.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: A number of scientific publications, book excerpts, public policy documents/panel reports, and various web resources will be referenced.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Class participation/ Quizzes / In-class exercises: 10% - on line in class

    Homework sets: 20% (2 sets worth 10% each) – on line in class

    Midterm: 20% - on line in class

    Case studies: 15%

    Final group project (oral presentation and written report): 35%

    Graduate students will be asked to complete additional and more intricate questions on homework assignments and the midterm and final project.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Class Participation/Quizzes/In-class Exercises: Attendance in lectures and discussion sections is required. If you cannot come to a lecture due to legitimate reasons, contact me prior to class.

    Homework: There will be 2 homework assignments through the semester. Doing problems is an integral part of learning and students are expected to complete homework assignments and submit them for grading. Late homework assignments will be accepted only if prior approval by the instructor is granted. Collaborative work is encouraged, but each student must write up and submit their own individual solutions. You are also allowed (and encouraged) to ask the instructor questions, but only after having read the course materials relevant to the assignment.

    Exam(s): One midterm will be given.

    Case Studies: Each student or group of students will be asked to search examples of green nano engineering and sustainable design through the internet. Each example should be accompanied by a description of the sustainable attributes of the product/example, the design problem that it addresses, and how it relates to various green engineering frameworks and principles discussed in class. Each student or group of students will present a case study orally during class and submit a written description as a report.

    Extra credit: No extra credit assignments.

  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. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Accommodations for missing an exam/assignment will be made only for reasons approved by the instructor prior to due date. To request that an accommodation be made, the instructor must receive written notification by email at least one week prior to the exam date. Make-up exams are given at the discretion of the instructor in the event of a documented, legitimate reason for the absence.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Electrical Engineering MSEE/PhD
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Global Sustainability; Sustainability project concepts are complimented by mechanical, chemical/biomedical, and civil/environmental engineering.

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