MARA 293-10
Professional Projects
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Lisa Daulby CRM, IGP
Phone 416-216-0845
Office Hours: Phone; By Appointment, email

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This course will be available beginning Aug 25 2014.

Course Description

Professional projects submitted by an individual or organization, supervised by a professional archivist or records manager, which can be completed during one semester.

Course Requirements


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Credit for each assignment is based on satisfactory completion. Unsatisfactory completion results in No Credit for each assignment. All assignments must be completed satisfactorily to obtain credit for this course.

Each student is required to:

Conceptualize (in collaboration with site supervisor) strategies and an approach to the specific problem or need that has been identified by the site supervisor.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, and #3
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if the student submits a proposal agreement signed by the site supervisor and approved by the MARA 293 instructor by the end of week 2.

Perform independent advanced –level work on an archival or records management project for a client site.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objective #1
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competency D and F
  • Grading: S if the student submits a final report that includes a statement signed by the site supervisor indicating the student has conducted the project as specified in the project proposal.

Produce the agreed-on deliverables - recommendations, proposals, or other products (e.g. training manuals, instructional podcasts, proposals for new services) that can be implemented or used as is by the client organization.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1 and #2
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies E, and F.
  • Grading: S if the student submits the agreed-upon deliverables by the due date and to the satisfaction of both the site supervisor and the MARA instructor.

Participate in the weekly online discussion forums related to this course.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objective #2 and #3
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if student participates in each required weekly discussion forum.

Maintain an on-going record of his/her work hours and activities on a Blog.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, and #3
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if student maintains a Blog, posts weekly updates, and meets the basic requirements as specified in the “Evaluation of a Required Blogs” document.

Prepare a professional project final report and presentation (based upon the learning outcomes identified for the project) discussing how those outcomes were (or were not) accomplished. A copy of the final report must be submitted to the instructor along with the final project or, in the case of a project that is not a document (e.g. an electronic records management system or database), along with access information so that the instructor can access the final project.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, and #3
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if student submits this professional project final report accompanied by the final project or access information so the instructor can review the final project. The student will be expected to submit a word document unless an alternative medium, such as a website, is pre-approved by the instructor. The report must meet the basic requirements as specified in the MARA 293 Report Rubric.

Late Assignments
Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements are made with instructor at least 24 hours before the deadline

The professional project must be completed within the semester. A detailed schedule with dates for submission of the required documents and discussion posts will be posted in Canvas. The schedule is subject to change with fair notice to students.

The basic time frame will be as follows:

Week Dates Main Activity Assignment
1 8/25-8/31 Introduction to course, Review of project proposal requirements,

Begin work on project.
Discussion #1: Introduction
Blog Entry #1: Initial thoughts on the course
2 9/1-9/7 Project Proposal signed by supervisors (client and MARA).

Continue work on project.


Discussion #2: Project Management (1)
Blog Entry #2: Thoughts on the proposed project
3 9/8-9/14 Continue work on project. Discussion #3: Project Management (2)
Blog Entry #3: Progress on Project Proposal and reflections on project management and course project
4 9/15-9/21 Continue work on project.

Discussion #4: Management Theory
Blog Entry #4: Progress on Project Proposal and reflections on management theory and course project
5 9/22-9/28 Continue work on project. Discussion #5: Organizational Structure/Corporate Culture
Blog Entry #5: Initial experiences at project site and reflections on organisational structure/culture and course project
6 19/29-10/5 Continue work on project. Discussion #6: Leadership
Blog Entry #6: Reflections on weekly progress and the role of course project leadership
7 10/6-10/12 Continue work on project.

Discussion #7: Mid-Course Review
Blog Entry #7: Reflections on weekly progress
8 10/13-10/19 Continue work on project.

Discussion #8: Organizational Power and Politics /Conflict and Negotiation/Organizational Change
Blog Entry #8: Reflections on weekly progress and the influences of power, politics and change on course project
9 10/20-10/26 Continue work on project. Discussion #9: Records Management and Archival Theory
Blog Entry #9: Reflections on weekly progress and records management and archival theory
10 10/27-11/2 Continue work on project. Discussion #10: Records Lifecycle
Blog Entry #10: Reflections on weekly progress and the records lifecycle
11 11/3-11/9 Continue work on project.


Discussion #11: Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles
Blog Entry #11: Reflections on weekly progress and GARP
12 11/10-11/16 Continue work on project.

Discussion #12: Information Retrieval
Blog Entry #12: Reflections on weekly progress and information retrieval
13 11/17-11/23 Continue work on project. Discussion #13: Information Policy and Practises
Blog Entry #13: Reflections on weekly progress and information policy
14 11/24-11/30 Complete work on project.


Discussion #14: No Discussion
Blog Entry #14: Optional
15 12/1- 12/12 Complete project with assignment and documentation.


Discussion #15: Share final thoughts on course
Blog Entry #15: Summary of experiences at project site this term.

*All work is due 11:55 p.m. of the last day of the week (Sunday), unless otherwise noted.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

MARA 200, MARA 204, MARA 210, MARA 211, MARA 243, MARA 248, MARA 249, MARA 256, MARA 259. Good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above]

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and demonstrate satisfactory fulfillment of a set of three to five learning outcomes specific to his/her professional project, developed in consultation with the MARA 293 instructor or faculty and the project site supervisor.
  2. Analyze and discuss how the principles and practices of management, organizational culture and professional-related concerns are applied in the specific archives, records center, or information-based organization for which the student is completing the professional project.
  3. Compare theories of archival science and/or recordkeeping related to information retrieval, the records life cycle, and information policy with practices carried out at the project site.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 293 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply basic concepts and principles to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to physical and digital information assets.
  2. E Identify the standards and principles endorsed and utilized by data, archives, records, and information professionals.
  3. F Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of data, archives, information, or records programs.


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.

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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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