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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BSC6910

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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
    5444 2016-04-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biology AP
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Deby Cassill 7274241424

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BSC 6910 Directed Individual Research

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 2

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-3 Z - Directed Individual Study S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Directed Individual Research
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Research projects or research methods carried out by one or more students under the supervision of an instructor. Intended to help students acquire skills in applying research principles and obtaining practice in rigorous data collection and reporting.

  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?

    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 Biology or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To help students acquire skills in applying research principles and obtaining practice in rigorous data collection and reporting

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will acquire skills in applying research principles and obtain practice in rigorous data collection and reporting.

    C. Major Topics

    Varies by supervising instructor.

    D. Textbooks

    Varies by supervising instructor.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Varies by supervising instructor.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Varies by supervising instructor. Usually, students present their research findings to faculty and other graduate students.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Varies by supervising instructor. Usually, students present their research findings to faculty and other graduate students.

    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

    Make-up work will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. 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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