Professional Experience - Internships
Spring 2017 Syllabus
Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 26th, 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.
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 http://ischool.sjsu.edu/programs/mara/professional-opportunities/internships
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.
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:
- Canvas discussion. You will be required enrolled in Canvas and participate in the online discussion of the internships.
- Blog. This provides a weekly record of activities and an analysis of what was learned, problems encountered, and questions generated.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Unit||Date||Course Assignment& Activity|
|1||1/26-2/5||Introduction to Course. Set-up Blog.
|Discussion #1: Introduction to Project
Blog Entry #1: Initial thoughts on the course.
View Course Overview Lecture
|2||2/6-2/12||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #2: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|3||2/13-2/19||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #3: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|4||2/20-2/26||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #4: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|5||2/27-3/5||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #5: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|6||3/76-3/12||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #6: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|7||3/13-3/19||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #7: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|8||3/20-3/26||Continue work on project.
Mid-Term Status Report
Due March 26 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)
|Blog Entry #8: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|9||3/27-4/2||Spring Recess||OPTIONAL Blog Entry #9: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|10||4/3-4/9||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #10: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|11||4/10-4/16||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #11: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|12||4/17-4/23||Complete work on project.||Blog Entry #12: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|13||4/24-4/30||Complete work on project.||Blog Entry #13: Reflections on weekly progress.|
|14||5/1-5/7||Continue work on project.||Blog Entry #14: Reflections on weekly progress.|
Due May 14 (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).
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.
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:
- 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.
- Test theories of archival science and recordkeeping and practice skills learned in the program at a specific archives, records center, or information-based organization.
- 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:
- 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 electronic records and digital assets management.
- F Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of records and recordkeeping organizations.
No Textbooks For This Course.
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|
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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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).
Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.
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