MARA 289-10
Advanced Topics in Archives and Records Administration (e-Portfolio)
Fall 2019 Syllabus

Dr. Patricia C. Franks
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Virtual office hours by appointment

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 21, 2019, 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 in the Canvas site automatically.

This course will close on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

See MARA 289 Handbook for detailed course information.

Course Description

Completion of the ePortfolio, integrating theory and practice, to satisfy the Culminating Experience, with the portfolio based on core competencies for archives and records administration professionals as outlined in the MARA 289 Handbook. Completed in final semester.  Not repeatable.

See information about eligibility by looking at the current MARA 289 Handbook and reviewing the section on "Eligibility."

Course Requirements

MARA 289 procedures and the required format and contents for MARA 289 e-Portfolio are specified in the MARA 289 Handbook,  which serves as the Course Pages for MARA 289.

Course Calendar
The course starts on the first day of the new semester.  But the e-Portfolio is due no later than 11:59 p.m. pacific time on the third Monday in November for the Fall semester and April for the Spring semester.  For fall 2019, the due date is Monday, November 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

The Canvas e-Portfolio Achievements Matrix for submitting MARA competencies will automatically close and not accept new artifact submissions or changes after that time.

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

iSchool Incomplete Policy -


MARA 289 Handbook, located on the iSchool website at MARA 289 Handbook -

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

See information about eligibility by looking at the current MARA 289 Handbook and reviewing the section on "Eligibility"

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to produce an ePortfolio.
  2. Demonstrate achievement of the first 9 MARA core competences plus a professional philosophy statement if you started the MARA program before Spring 2015 or all 10 MARA core competencies if you started the MARA program Spring 2015 or later.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 289 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Articulate the ethics and values of archivists, records managers, and/or information professionals and discuss their role in social memory and organizational accountability.
  2. B Explain the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of data, records, and information use.
  3. C Describe the evolution of systems that manage data, information, communication, and records in response to technological change.
  4. D Apply basic concepts and principles to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to physical and digital information assets.
  5. E Identify the standards and principles endorsed and utilized by data, archives, records, and information professionals.
  6. F Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of data, archives, information, or records programs.
  7. G Describe the legal requirements and ethical principles involved in managing physical and digital information assets and the information professional#s role in institutional compliance and risk management.
  8. H Describe current information technologies and best practices relating to the preservation, integrity, and security of data, records, and information.
  9. I Demonstrate an understanding of research design and research methods and the analytical, written, and oral communication skills necessary to synthesize and disseminate research findings.
  10. J Describe global perspectives on effective information practices that are supportive of cultural, economic or social well-being..


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 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).

University Policies

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