GGP 450 Internship in GIS
SP 2013 HOZ
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
(PhD candidate [ABD] Geography, University of Kansas)MA Geography, University of Missouri, 2001BA Geography, University of Missouri, 1993
Parkville Campus: Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC), Room 004
M/W 12:00-1:30; T/R 9:00-11:30; or by appointment
Jan. 14 - May 10, 2013
As determined with the Internship Supervisor at the sponsoring institution
Permission of the instructor (Ideally student should have completed GGP350 and GGP355)
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Students are encouraged to utilize ESRI's virtual classroom and potentially complete some of their online courses as deemed appropriate with the guidance of their Internship Supervisor and/or the Instructor. Many of these courses are free and can be completed in a short period of time. See http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm for details.
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With all of the above said, it is important to understand that there are some common goals and outcomes that can be gained regardless of the specifics of the internship experience. Each student enrolled in this course should learn a great deal from the “on-the-job” experience about how to evaluate GIS tasks and activities, from a job management perspective, as well as the expectations and responsibilities that are entailed in being a GIS professional. Therefore, the assigned readings and discussion activities are included to provide a common base from which to direct and develop these more general goals for the course.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Daily Work Journals – The student is expected to use the “Journal” page provided under each weekly section of the course website to keep a journal (i.e., “log book”) summarizing the activities and work performed on each day that you log work hours for the internship. You should post a new entry (i.e., response) on this page at the conclusion of each internship work day. The purpose of the journal entries is threefold: 1) To keep the instructor posted on the particulars of your internship progress to date, 2) To help enhance your daily learning by asking you to recite what you have done to others (i.e., the instructor and potentially other students), and 3) To provide you with a set of notes from which you can draw upon at the conclusion of the course as you reflect back on your experience for the Core Assessment. Your posts will be checked by the instructor at the conclusion of every 2-week period for a total of 8 journal scores for the course. See the grading rubric in the course website for additional details on the requirements of these posts. Worth 32% of the course grade (4% for each week).
Weekly Discussions – The student is expected to participate in weekly discussions as indicated in the course website. The discussion questions are designed to facilitate the student’s ability to connect the required textbook reading with his/her internship experiences. The purpose of the discussion posts is to promote understanding of the various issues involved in working within the GIS field as well as encourage interaction and shared learning among the students enrolled in the course. See the grading rubric in the course website for additional details on the requirements of these posts. Worth 16% of the course grade (2% for each week).
Supervisor Evaluations – The instructor will arrange with the student’s internship supervisor to complete a brief evaluation form during the midterm and final weeks (4 & 8). The purpose of the evaluations is to ensure that the student is satisfactorily meeting the needs and performance expectations of the supervisor and the cooperating organization. Unsatisfactory ratings by the internship supervisor will affect the amount earned for each of the evaluations (see grading rubric in the course website for details). Worth 8% of the course grade (4% for each evaluation).
Work Portfolio (Core Assessment, Part 1) – The student must submit an electronic "portfolio" using the Dropbox feature in the eCollege website for the course containing samples of the maps or other documents that he/she created during the internship work. The student is responsible for notifying his/her 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 Friday of the final week. Worth 20% of the course grade.
Reflection Paper (Core Assessment, Part 2) – Near the conclusion of the internship, the student must write a 5-6 page paper (at least 1250 words) regarding his/her experience. The student is expected to summarize what he/she learned about the practical application and implementation of GIS in the particular area of experience, discuss specific examples of GIS concepts and skills that were utilized, evaluate the major challenges he/she encountered in performing the assigned GIS tasks, and critique his/her own performance and learning. The paper is due by Friday of the final week and should be submitted using the Dropbox feature in the eCollege website for the course. Worth 20% of the course grade.
VALUE OF EACH
TOTAL PERCENT OF GRADE
Internship Proposal Form
Daily Journals (one for each “work day” during the week)
Supervisor Evaluations (midterm & final)
Work Portfolio [Core Assessment, Part 1]
Reflection Paper [Core Assessment, Part 2]
The course grade is determined by weighting the number of points awarded for each assessment as based on the above percentages. SPECIAL NOTE: Any unsatisfactory ratings on the student’s final supervisor evaluation will reduce the student’s final grade by 5-10% per rating, depending upon the severity of the unsatisfactory rating. In addition, if the required minimum of 120 internship clock 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.
Final grades will be based on the following percentage cutoffs:
A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Daily Journals and Weekly Discussions will be graded for timeliness as indicated on the grading rubrics provided in the course website for these items. All other assessment items 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 assigned internship projects/tasks by any due dates as given by his/her supervisor. Failure to do so will most likely result in unsatisfactory ratings by the supervisor, which will in turn lower your 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. Specifically, this means that the student is expected to adhere to the GISCI Code of Ethics (see: http://www.gisci.org/code_of_ethics.aspx or pp. 307-311 in the course textbook).
In addition, it is the student's responsibility to learn and fully comply with any workplace rules, policies, and expectations that the supervisor and the cooperating organization may have (i.e., dress code, e-mail usage, phone usage, etc.). The student will have a midterm and final evaluation completed by his/her supervisor and any unsatisfactory ratings regarding any aspect of the student's performance during the internship will reduce the student's final grade.
The student should also be aware that he/she may be administratively withdrawn from the internship course for failing to log activity within the course website (per Park University policy) OR for repeated reports from the supervisor of severe problems with the student's attendance or performance.
1 – The Continuing Need for a Management Focus in GIS
2 – Geographic Information Science: Evolution of a Profession
14 – Ethics for the GIS Professional
Internship Proposal Form (by Friday of Week 1 at the latest); Daily Journals; Weekly Discussion
3 – The Role of Geographic Information within an Organization’s IT
4 – Keeping the G in GIS: Why Geography Still Matters
Daily Journals; Weekly Discussion
5 – GIS and the Strategic Planning Process
6 – Implementing a GIS: Theories and Practice
7 – Organizational Politics and GIS Implementation
8 – Economic Justification for GIS Implementation
9 – Sharing Geographic Information across Organizational Boundaries
10 – Metadata for Geographic Information
11 – Policy Conflicts and the Role of GIS: Public Participation
13 – Legal Issues in GIS
12 – Ensuring Qualifications of GIS Professionals
15 – Envisioning a Future
Daily Journals; Weekly Discussion; Work Portfolio [CA1] (by Friday of finals week); Reflection Paper [CA2] (by Friday of finals week)
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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Attachments:Internship Proposal Form due during Week 1
Last Updated:1/9/2013 6:15:15 AM