MARA 294-10
Professional Experience - Internships
Spring 2016 Greensheet

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

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 28th, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

Internship under professional supervision in a selected archives or records center. The internship site must meet criteria outlined in the MARA internship guidelines and be approved by the internship coordinator. See MARA Internship page

Course Requirements

Practicum record
The student will maintain an on-going record of his/her practicum work hours and activities. Further information regarding the practicum experience documentation will be available in the Canvas site.

Practicum final report
Based upon the learning outcomes identified for the practicum, the student will prepare a report discussing how those outcomes were (or were not) accomplished.

Site evaluation form
This allows the student to provide feedback on their site’s effectiveness in hosting MARA practicum students, and recommend the continuance or discontinuance of that site.

Practicum supervisor evaluation
Each student must have an evaluation of their work from the Site Supervisor.  Site Supervisors must submit this evaluation through the confidential online form provided on the iSchool website.

Additional requirements
The student may be required to submit supplemental materials such as written reports, bibliographies or reading lists, portfolios or samples of professional work to demonstrate achievement of their learning outcomes.

Several instruments will be used in evaluating your internship performance and experience, some optional and others required. The actual method or combination of methods used for evaluation will depend on your established internship goals, learning outcomes, and assignments. Some or all of the following will be requested upon completion of the internship:

  1. Canvas discussion. You will be required enrolled in Canvas and participate in the online discussion of the internships.
  2. Blog. This provides a weekly record of activities and an analysis of what was learned, problems encountered, and questions generated.
  3. Final report. At the conclusion of the internship, you are required to submit a final report indicating how the learning outcomes established for the course were met. If for some reason the learning outcomes were only partially met, or not met at all, some discussion of what happened will be necessary.
  4. Site evaluation form. The student evaluation of site form allows you to provide feedback on the internship site's effectiveness in hosting an iSchool intern and to recommend the site’s continuance or discontinuance as an internship site.
  5. Site supervisor's evaluation form. The site supervisor evaluation form will provide formal written feedback by the site supervisor on your internship performance. A portion of your grade will be based on this evaluation.
  6. Additional requirements. In addition to the above, you may also be asked to submit supplemental materials to the faculty supervisor such as written reports, bibliographies or reading lists, portfolios, or samples of professional work.

Course Calendar



Main Activity




Introduction to Course. Set-up Blog.

Start Project.

Mandatory Collaborate Meeting

Feb 2 5pm pst / 8pm est

Discussion #1: Introduction to Project

Blog Entry #1: Initial thoughts on the course.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #2: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #3: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #4: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #5: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #6: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #7: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.
Mid-Term Status Report

Due March 27(11:59 PM Pacific Time)

Blog Entry #8: Reflections on weekly progress.



Spring Recess

OPTIONAL Blog Entry #9: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #10: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #11: Reflections on weekly progress.



Complete work on project.

Blog Entry #12: Reflections on weekly progress.



Complete work on project.

Blog Entry #13: Reflections on weekly progress.



Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #14: Reflections on weekly progress.



Course Completion.

Progress Report/Evaluation/Client Evaluation.

Due May 16 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)

Blog Entry #15: Final Reflections on course.

The Practicum must be completed within the semester; dates for submission of the required Practicum documents will be posted in Canvas. With prior approval, a student may begin the Practicum up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

A detailed schedule with dates for submission of the required documents and discussion posts will be posted in Canvas each term. All assignments are introduced Monday of the week indicated. Blogs and discussions are due the following Sunday, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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

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, plus six advanced courses. Good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above]

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze and discuss how the principles and practices of management, organizational culture and professional-related concerns are applied in a specific archives, records center, or information-based organization.
  2. Test theories of archival science and recordkeeping and practice skills learned in the program at a specific archives, records center, or information-based organization.
  3. Each student will also identify a set of learning outcomes specific to his/her practicum site. This should be done in cooperation with the practicum site supervisor.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 294 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.

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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