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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BSC6940

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Current Status: -
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5440 2016-04-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biology AP 511209
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Deby Cassill 7274241424

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BSC 6940 Internship in Conservation Biology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 3

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-3 I - Internships (Including Practicum) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Internship at a local agency. Internship might involve data collection and analysis in conservation biology or address policy issues. Intended to provide work experience and professional development opportunities.

  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?

    This course supports the MS program in Conservation Biology

    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.)

    PhD in Biological Sciences or related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Present agency goals, objectives and outcomes concerning conservation issues addressed by the sponsoring agency.

    2. Identify areas in which students can use data collected by conservation agencies for publication with co-authors from the agency.

    3. Discuss specific conservation biology issues addressed by the sponsoring agency

    4. Identify approaches used in the study and analysis of these issues.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. 90% of students will successfully complete an internship with a conservation biology institution or agency with a satisfactory grade.

    C. Major Topics

    Not applicable

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    As required by the interning agency.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    At the end of the Internship, the student will present a summary of the goals of the agency and the project upon which he/she worked.


    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    At the end of the Internship, the student will present a summary of the goals of the agency and the project upon which he/she worked.

    A letter from the Interning agency on the student's satisfactory completion of the Internship.

    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

    The instructor expects students to be honest in all of their academic work. Cheating is defined as the improper taking or tendering of any information or material which shall be used to determine academic credit. Taking of information includes, but is not limited to, copying graded homework assignments from another student; working together with another individual(s) on a take-home test or homework when not specifically permitted by the instructor; looking or attempting to look at another student’s paper during an examination and; looking or attempting to look at text or notes during an examination when not permitted. Tendering of information includes, but is not limited to, giving your work to another student to be used or copied; giving someone answers to exam questions either when the exam is being given or after having taken an exam; giving or selling a term paper or other written materials to another student; sharing information on a graded assignment. The instructor may assign a grade of F or zero to an assignment, test, exam or other course work  or the entire course  for admitted or alleged academic dishonesty.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS in Conservation Biology

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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