GGP450 Internship in GIS

for FA2 2009

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GGP 450 Internship in GIS


FA2 2009 HOZ


Fox, David P.


Assistant Professor of Geography


M.A. Geography, University of Missouri (Columbia)
B.A. Geography, University of Missouri (Columbia)

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC), Room 004

Office Hours

M/W 9-10; T/R 10-11 & 1-3

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

Oct. 19 - Dec. 13, 2009

Class Days

Determined with Internship Supervisor

Class Time

Determined with Internship Supervisor


GGP350 and GGP355, or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours


None required, however, the student is strongly encouraged to ask his/her supervisor about GIS books or user resources which they may recommend and to obtain at least one or two of these in consultation with the instructor.

Additional Resources:
The student is encouraged to utilize ESRI's virtual classroom and potentially complete some of their online courses as deemed appropriate.  Many of these courses are free and can be completed in a short period of time.  See for details.

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Course Description:
GGP450 Internship in GIS: The student arranges to work in a professional environment. Internship duties will be based on the needs of the cooperating business/organization. Prior to the beginning of the internship experience, the student and the students intended job supervisor must jointly prepare an internship proposal specifying the objectives to be accomplished. The proposal must be submitted to the instructor and approved before any internship work takes place. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, student should have completed GGP350 and GGP355. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
As an internship, this is essentially an independent study course during which students are expected to learn the practical application of GIS concepts and skills as well as perform meaningful GIS-related work for a business, organization, or governmental agency under the guidance and direction of an approved supervisor.  Therefore, the student's internship supervisor is the primary "instructor," since he/she is most familiar with the specific GIS skills and knowledge necessary to accomplish the work and learning outcomes being performed. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply GIS concepts and skills to "real-world" problems and situations.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make maps and other documents using GIS software to the satisfaction of an approved internship supervisor.
  3. Evaluate the GIS tasks and activities performed in a work environment using terminology and concepts appropriate to the field.
Class Assessment:
A minimum of 120 clock hours of internship work experience at an approved institution must be completed.  If the required minimum number of work hours is not verified by the supervisor, the student's final grade will be reduced by 5% for each hour that the student is short.

Internship proposal: An Internship Proposal Form should be completed jointly by the student and his/her supervisor before any internship work is completed.  The form must be submitted to and approved by the instructor at the beginning of the term (no later than the end of week 1).  The proposal must contain a summary of the purpose/rationale for the internship position and a list of the specific objectives to be accomplished.  A copy of the Internship Proposal Form is available under the Attachments section of this syllabus (see below).   Worth 10% of the course grade.

Daily Journal: The student should use the Journal feature in the Dropbox page of the eCollege website for the course to keep a journal/log book summarizing the activities and work performed on each DAY that he/she logs internship work hours.  Use of appropriate GIS terminology is expected.  The daily journal entries will be checked a total of 8 times by the instructor during the course of the semester.  (Note: Journal checks roughly correspond to the completion of every 15 hours of internship work--this essentially equates to once each week if the course is being completed during an 8-week semester and once every two weeks if it is a 16-week semester course).  Failure to have journal entries up to date at the time of a journal check will result in a 20% reduction to the journal score for each entry that is missing.  Each journal check is worth 5% of the course grade, for a total of 40%.

Work portfolio (Core Assessment part 1): The student must submit an electronic "portfolio" using the feature in the eCollege website for the course containing at least 5 screen shots of the different types of maps, databases, or other documents that he/she created or contributed to during the internship work.   Note: Please do NOT submit actual GIS data files (e.g., ArcMap [.mxd], D-Base [.dbf], etc.).  The student is responsible for notifying his/her internship supervisor early in the semester that samples of the work performed will be needed to submit to the instructor and to obtain permission from the supervisor to share these documents with the instructor.  The portfolio is due by Wednesday of the final week.  Worth 20% of the course grade.

Reflection paper (Core Assessment part 2): The student must write a 5-6 page paper regarding his/her internship experience.  The student should summarize: 1) what he/she learned about the practical application and implementation of GIS in the particular area of experience, 2) specific examples of GIS concepts and skills that were utilized to achieve the assigned internship work projects, 3) the major challenges he/she encountered in performing the assigned GIS tasks, and 4) a critique of his/her own internship performance and learning about GIS through this experience.  The paper is due by Wednesday of the final week and should be submitted using the Dropbox feature in the eCollege website for the course.  Worth 30% of the course grade.


A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%
F = 59% or less

Note: Any unsatisfactory ratings on the student's final evaluation by his/her supervisor will reduce the student's final grade by 5-10% per rating, depending on the severity of the unsatisfactory rating. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any items due to the instructor will be penalized by 10% for each day they are late.  Note: The student should also be aware that he/she is responsible for completing internship projects and tasks on the due dates given by his/her supervisor.  Failure to do so will most likely result in unsatisfactory ratings by his/her supervisor, which will in turn lower the final grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to continuously challenge themselves to learn as much as possible and to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times during their internship work hours.  It is the student's responsibility to discuss any workplace rules and expectations that the supervisor may have (dresscode, e-mail usage, phone usage, etc.) and to fully comply with them.  The student will have a midterm and final evaluation by his/her supervisor and any unsatisfactory ratings by the supervisor regarding any aspect of the student's performance during the internship will result in reductions to the student's final grade as indicated on the evaluation forms.  The student should also be aware that he/she may be administratively withdrawn from the internship course for repeated reports from the supervisor of any problems with the student's attendance or performance.

A course webpage will be set up in Park's eCollege system (  Students will be expected to use the Journal feature (in the Dropbox page) to make daily journal entries and the Dropbox feature itself for submitting the Core Assessment documents (portfolio items and reflection paper).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Schedule for students completing in an 8-Week accelerated term:

Week 1 - Internship proposal due to instructor by Friday; Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday

Week 2 - Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday

Week 3 - Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday

Week 4 - Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday; Midterm supervisor evaluation

Week 5 - Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday

Week 6 - Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday

Week 7 - Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday

Week 8 - Work portfolio and Reflection paper due by Wed.; Daily journals ready to be checked by Saturday; Final supervisor evaluation

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Internship Proposal Form due during Week 1


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