MARA 295-10
Organizational Consulting Project (OCP)
Spring 2018 Syllabus

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


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Textbooks
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Prerequisites
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 24th, 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

Organizational Consulting Projects are submitted by an individual or organization, supervised by a professional archivist or records manager, and require the application of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. See 

Organizational Consulting Project - http://ischool.sjsu.edu/programs/mara/professional-opportunities/organizational-consulting-project

Not repeatable.

Course Requirements

Course Grading
This is a Credit/No Credit course for 3 units. Credit for each assignment is based on satisfactory completion. Unsatisfactory completion results in No Credit for each assignment. 

Assignments
Each student is required to:

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

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, #3, and #4
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competency D, E, and F

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

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objective #1 and #5
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competency D and F
  • Grading: S if client signs off on the final project delivered by student indicating the student has conducted the project to the satisfaction of the supervisor as specified in the organizational consulting project proposal.

Produce recommendations, proposals, or other products (e.g. retention schedules, training programs, metadata schema) 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 client signs off on the final project delivered by student indicating the student has conducted the project to the satisfaction of the supervisor as specified in the project proposal.

Participate in online discussion forums related to this course.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objective #2, #3, #4, and #5.
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if student participates in each required discussion forum.

Maintain an on-going record of their work hours and activities on a Blog.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if student maintains a Blog and updates it weekly throughout the course

Prepare a mid-term status report.  This report will be presented to the instructor through Canvas.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5
  • Helps to satisfy MARA Core Competencies D, E, and F
  • Grading: S if student submits a satisfactory status report.

Prepare a professional project final report (based upon the learning outcomes identified for the project) at the end of the semester discussing how those outcomes were (or were not) accomplished.

  • Helps to fulfill student learning objectives #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5
  • 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 report must meet the basic requirements as specified in the Organizational Consulting Project Handbook for MARA 295 (see separate document).

Course Calendar

 

Unit

Date

Course Assignment& Activity

1

January 24 - February 4

Introduction to Course. Set-up Blog.

 

Start Project.

Discussion #1: Introduction to Project

Blog Entry #1: Initial thoughts on the course.

 

View Course Overview Lecture

2

February 5 - 11

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #2: Reflections on weekly progress.

3

February 12 - 18

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #3: Reflections on weekly progress.

4

February 19 - 25

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #4: Reflections on weekly progress.

5

February 26 - March 4

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #5: Reflections on weekly progress.

6

March 5 - 11

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #6: Reflections on weekly progress.

7

March 12 - 18

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #7: Reflections on weekly progress.

8

March 19 - 25

Continue work on project.
Mid-Term Status Report

 

Due March 25 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)

Blog Entry #8: Reflections on weekly progress.

9

March 26 - April 1

Spring Recess

OPTIONAL Blog Entry #9: Reflections on weekly progress.

10

April 2 - 8

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #10: Reflections on weekly progress.

11

April 9 - 15

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #11: Reflections on weekly progress.

12

April 16 - 22

Complete work on project.

Blog Entry #12: Reflections on weekly progress.

13

April 23 - 29

Complete work on project.

Blog Entry #13: Reflections on weekly progress.

14

April 30 - May 6

Continue work on project.

Blog Entry #14: Reflections on weekly progress.

15

May 7 - 13

Course Completion.

 

Progress Report

Evaluation

Client Evaluation

 

Due May 13 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)

Blog Entry #15: Final Reflections on course.

Note: Each student is expected to devote 135 hours to this project.

The Project must be completed within the semester; dates for submission of the required Project documents will be posted in Canvas. With prior approval, a student may begin the Project 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 - 
http://ischool.sjsu.edu/enrollment/incompletes.htm

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 200MARA 204MARA 210MARA 211MARA 243MARA 248MARA 249MARA 256MARA 259Good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above], obtain a recommendation by one MARA instructor, and receive permission of the MARA academic advisor. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and demonstrate satisfactory fulfillment of an organizational consulting project, developed in consultation with the MARA program coordinator and the client. The scope of the Organizational Consulting Project is substantive such that the client would normally pay a substantial consulting fee for the level of work. (However, because this is a learning experience it is not expected that the student will be paid.)
  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 organizational consulting 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 client site.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply project management skills — including developing a project plan, identifying tasks and how goals will be achieved, quantifying resources needed, and determining budgets and timelines for completion — to a professional consulting project.
  5. Exhibit an understanding of the 8 Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP): accountability, integrity, protection, compliance, availability, retention, disposition, and transparency (www.arma.org/garp/).

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 295 supports the following core competencies:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. F Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of records and recordkeeping organizations.

Textbooks

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 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).

University Policies

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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