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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MAN6165

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for MS in Management. To GC. Approved 5/12/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Nmbr 6160 apprd as 6165 eff 7/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5447 2016-04-15
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Information Systems and Decision Sciences BA 1407000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Gert Jan deVreede 8139743392

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MAN 6165 Principles of Collaboration

    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)
    Principles of Collaboration
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This course approaches collaboration from multiple perspectives. Students will learn underlying theories of teams and collaboration, as well as techniques for leadership, interpersonal communications, virtual collaboration, and collaboration engineering.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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?

    The MS in Management is being re-designed to prepare students for project management and leadership roles. This course introduces students to topics in collaboration to help them improve team and interpersonal outcomes when working on project teams.

    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 Management or related areas

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    • gain a comprehensive understanding of the psychology behind group work and collaboration.

    • learn the theoretical foundations of collaboration in teams.

    • study organizational collaboration practices.

    • gain an understanding of the role and impact of leadership on collaboration.

    • be proficient in the use of state of the art collaboration techniques and best practices.

    • be exposed to examples of modern collaboration technologies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Design and conduct collaborative interactions.

    • appreciate current collaboration trends in terms of organizational challenges, collaboration techniques, and technologies.

    • Critically analyze and evaluate the collaboration needs of an organization.

    • Construct a multilayered collaborative work practice that addresses an organization’s collaboration needs.

    • Compare and select appropriate collaboration techniques in meetings.

    • Compare and select appropriate collaboration technologies to support teamwork.

    • Develop efficacy in interpersonal and leadership skills to foster collaboration.

    • Identify various aspects of a team decision-making situation in order to select the appropriate decision making technique or method.

    C. Major Topics

    Importance of Collaboration, Understanding teams, Collaboration through team work, Communication in teams

    Team Decision Making, Leadership in Teams, Group Team Meetings with Instructor, Virtual Collaboration/ Crowdsourcing, Collaboration Technologies, GSS ThinkTank Overview, Seven Layer Model of Collaboration Facilitation, Collaboration Engineering, Facilitation Workshop, Current collaboration trends

    D. Textbooks

    1. de Vreede, G.J., & Briggs, R. O. (2011). Topics in Collaboration Science: Facilitation of Technologically Supported Collaboration (Ben Wigert, Ed.). The Center for Collaboration Science: Omaha, NE.

    *Paperback available at USF bookstore

    2. Levi, D (2014). Group Dynamics for Teams, Fourth Edition, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks: CA

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Midterm Exam – 20%

    Final Exam – 20%

    Group Project – 25% (20 +5)

    After Action Review – 10%

    Collaboration Case Study – 20% (15+5)

    Participation – 5%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    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

    Students are expected to be in class for every class session and to be on time. If there are circumstances beyond your control that make attendance of a class impossible, discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible. Unexcused absences may result in reduced grades.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS in Management

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    MBA, MS in MIS

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