MARA 283-10
Enterprise Content Management and Digital Preservation
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Dorothy F. Waugh
Contact information:  Contact via email or Canvas. I will endeavor to respond to all messages within one business day.
Office Hours: By email and by appointment 

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Course Description 

An introduction to the theory and practice of enterprise content management and digital preservation. Explores challenges related to the management and preservation of digital content, standards, and retention requirements. Provides hands-on experience using Sharepoint and Preservica.

Course Requirements


Assignment  CLOs Percentage of grade

Weekly discussions 

Postings due by 11:59 pm PT on Thursday of each week.

At least one response to another student’s posting due by 11:59 pm PT on Sunday of each week.

1, 23456789


Weekly hands-on exercises 

Due by 11:59 pm PT on Sunday of each week. 

1, 23456789


Research paper 

Explore an area of interest related to enterprise content management.

Due by 11:59 pm PT on October 8th.

May vary depending on topic selected


Group project 

Using Preservica, produce a digital collection with associated metadata and provide web-based access. Submit a project report describing your work and evaluating the success of your project.

Due by 11:59 pm PT on December 10th.


30% (20% for the project, 10% for the project report)

Course Calendar

This schedule is subject to change with fair notice to students. Any changes will be announced via email and Canvas.

Module Dates Description
1 Aug 23 – 27 Introductions to the course and each other
2 Aug 28 – Sept 3 Introduction to enterprise content management (ECM)
3 Sept 4 – 10 Introduction to the information lifecycle
4 Sept 11 – 17 Content analysis and file plan development
5 Sept 18 – 24 Records management metadata, indexing, and search
6 Sept 25 – Oct 1 Legal and regulatory compliance; E-discovery
7 Oct 2 – 8 Workflows; Integrating ECM systems
8 Oct 9 – 15 Introduction to digital preservation
9 Oct 16 – 22 Introduction to OAIS; introduction to digital preservation repository solutions
10 Oct 23 – 29 Digital preservation metadata
11 Oct 30 – Nov 5 Submission Information Packages
12 Nov 6 – 12 Archival Information Packages
13 Nov 13 – 19 Dissemination Information Packages
  Nov 20 – 26 Thanksgiving break
14 Nov 27 – Dec 3 Building trustworthy digital repositories
15 Dec 4 – 10 Course wrap-up

Weekly readings will be posted on the Canvas course site. Any readings assigned in addition to chapters from the required textbooks will be available via Canvas or through openly available websites. 


There is a 10% penalty per day for assignments turned in up to one week late. No assignments will be accepted if more than one week late. 

Should you need to request an extension, please do so at least one week prior to the due date. No extensions will be granted for weekly discussion posts or the group project, as both are collaborative assignments and students are dependent on each other's work.

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 210 or MARA 211 or MARA 249

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the digital content management lifecycle and the features involved (e.g., document management, workflow, imaging, records management, and archiving).
  2. Identify the primary considerations in managing and preserving digital content.
  3. Create digital content in and upload digital content to a content management system.
  4. Use additional features of a content management system, including collaboration, lists, libraries, workflows, and records management.
  5. Understand and apply selection criteria used in digital preservation strategies.
  6. Discuss national and international standards for the preservation of digital content, including office documents, email, social media, photographs, and audio files.
  7. Explain the concepts of a Digital Preservation System, Trusted Digital Repository and the OAIS reference model for digital preservation.
  8. Discuss the challenges of system integration and describe the steps needed to bring content from a digital content management (or other electronic system) into a digital preservation system.
  9. Demonstrate competence in preservation planning and action (ingest data, manage data, disseminate data, provide access to it through a Web interface, evaluate the system).

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 283 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. H Describe current information technologies and best practices relating to the preservation, integrity, and security of data, records, and information.


Required Textbooks:

  • Bantin, P. (2016). Bulding trustworthy digital repositories: Theory and implementation. Rowman & Littlefield. Available through Amazon: 1442263784arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Kalmstrom, P. (2016). SharePoint Online from scratch: Office 365 SharePoint course with video demonstrations. Business Solutions. Available through Amazon: B01DAWITLGarrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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