MARA 289-10
Advanced Topics in Archives and Records Administration (e-Portfolio)
Spring 2011 Greensheet

Dr. Patricia C. Franks

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cell phone (607-341-5713)
Office location/Hours:
Virtual office hours by appointment

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Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
ANGEL Tutorials
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ANGEL Information: Students will be enrolled in Angel by eportfolio advisor.  See MARA 289 Handbook for detailed course information.

Course Description

Completion of the ePortfolio, integrating theory and practice, to satisfy the Culminating Experience, with the portfolio based on core competencies for archives and records administration professionals as outlined in the MARA 289 Handbook. Completed in final semester.  Not repeatable.

See information about eligibility by looking at the current MARA 289 Handbook and reviewing the section on "Eligibility."

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to produce an ePortfolio
  2. demonstrate achievement of all 9 MARA core competencies

MARA 210 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • A. Articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of archives and records management professionals and appreciate the important role recordkeepers play in social memory and organizational accountability
  • B. Recognize the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of records, recordkeeping, and records use
  • C. Understand the evolution of information recordkeeping systems in response to technological change
  • D. Have expertise in the basic concepts and principles used to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to records of current and enduring value
  • E. Understand the system of standards and structures endorsed and utilized by the recordkeeping professions, particularly in the areas of digital assets and electronic records management 
  • F. Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of records and recordkeeping organizations
  • G. Know the legal requirements and ethical principles involved in records management and the role the recordkeeper plays in institutional compliance and risk management
  • H. Be conversant with current information technologies and best practices relating to records preservation and security
  • I. Understand research design and research methods and possess the analytical, written, and oral communication skills to synthesize and disseminate research findings

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Course Requirements

MARA 289 procedures and the required format and contents for MARA 289 e-Portfolio are specified in the MARA 289 Handbook,  which serves as the Course Pages for MARA 289.

Course Calendar
The course starts on the first day of the new semester.  But the e-Portfolio is due no later than 11:55 p.m. pacific time on the third Monday in November for the Fall semester and April for the Spring semester.  For Spring 2011, the due date is Monday, April 18, at 11:55 p.m.

The Angel e-Portfolio Achievements Matrix for sumitting MARA competencies will automatically close and not accept new artifact subbmissions or changes after that time.

Course Grading
This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis and are governed by the SLIS incomplete policy posted to

Textbooks and Readings

MARA 289 Handbook, located on the iSchool website at

No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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