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Guidelines and Procedures for PLSC 3999 / 5899 Independent Study
  1. Independent Study is intended to be a field, laboratory, or library research experience.  PLSC 3999 or 5899 may not be used as a substitute for courses offered in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.  Furthermore, Independent Study shall not be used as a mechanism for students to obtain credit for a regular course offering. 

  2. A Memorandum of Agreement, including the following, will be required for course approval by the department head:

    a.  Title

    b.  Preliminary statement of objectives, plan of work and expected date of completion.

    c. Credits and time inputs expected.  Credits will be assigned on a laboratory basis.  Therefore, a minimum of 42 hours of unsupervised work will be required for each credit.  If work is supervised, a minimum of 28 hours of work will be required for each credit.  (Note:  it is easier to reduce credits after the fact than to increase them, when entering a final grade on the StudentAdmin system.)

    d.  Nature of final report, presentation or other work product.

  3. The Memorandum of Agreement must be submitted to the department head with the signed Independent Study Authorization form required by the Office of the Registrar.  

  4. The Independent Study Authorization must be completed within the Regular Add/Drop period for the semester.  The CANR Dean’s Office of Academic Programs will deny requests to add Independent Study after the fourth week of classes. 

  5. The final report, presentation or other work product shall be available for departmental review.   



    Approved 2010-10-13

          
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FORM --           


INDEPENDENT STUDY AUTHORIZATION FORM
-- Office of the Registrar

          
 
 
 
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