Course Prefix / Number: GIS4944 and GIS5945
Course Title: GIS Internhip
Course Credit Hours: 1-3
Instructor Name and Contact Information:
GIS 4944: Instructor of record – K. Leah Lewis email@example.com, all undergraduate
inquiries to be passed through Ms. Lewis. 850-857-6121
GIS 5945: Instructor of record - Dr. Zhiyong Hu firstname.lastname@example.org, all graduate inquiries are to
be passed through Ms. Lewis
Prerequisites or Co-Requisites: GIS4043 and GIS4043/L
Importand Dates: http://uwf.edu/registrar/annualcal20112012.pdf
GIS Internship is considered a supervised application of Geographic Information Science
(GIS) in business, government, non-profit, educational or other related organizations. The
course monitors students as they progress in their GIS Internship and encourages reading
and research that may aid their GIS career development. Offered concurrently with GIS
4944; graduate students will be assigned additional work.
The course has two major goals; firstly to monitor the progress of students in their selected
internships and secondly to prepare students for the GIS workforce. All students will be
required to participate in readings, discussions, and activities. Items that are to be
completed by the entire class will be classified as Seminar. If you have an internship you
will be classified as Group 1.
Seminar - ALL students: The course consists of a sequence of lessons pertaining to
managing a GIS and utilizing GIS in the workplace. All students (with internship or not) will
complete reading and participation assignments. The first lesson includes an introduction to
the course, a GIS community assignment, resume writing and group declaration. The
remaining lessons focus on a specific GIS industry. To complete these lessons you will read
or listen to “spot light” interviews conducted by instructors and GIS user or professional,
visit and learn from recommended websites, and participate in occasional class discussions.
These lessons are to be completed by everyone.
Internship – Group 1: Students pursuing a GIS internship or currently working in a GIS
related job must complete 150 hours, provide instructors with company name, supervisor
contact info. and description of work. Evaluation completion from supervisor and student
are required at the end of the semester as proof of work.
If you do not have an internship opportunity, you will be required to complete the following
Internship alternative – Group 2: Students without an internship will complete 150
hours of ESRI Virtual Campus hours and provide proof of completed certificates.
Internship course is more relaxed in comparison to previous online GIS courses since most
time is spent actually working a job or completing the online courses. You will complete bi-
weekly assignments and communicate with your instructor and classmates using UWF email
and eLearning website discussion board.
This is a required course for completion of a certificate in GIS. This course provides students
the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom setting by expanding on learned skills and
learning new skills specific to a particular job and industry.
About this Course:
This course is delivered completely online. You must have consistent access to the Internet.
You will generally set your own schedules, participate in class activities at your convenience,
and work at your own pace. You may require some additional time online during the first
few weeks while you become acclimated to the online format and you may even feel
overwhelmed at times. It will get better. You should be prepared to spend approximately 6 -
8 hours per week online completing lessons, activities, and participating in class discussions.
Finally, you may want to incorporate these tips to help you get started:
Set a time each week (schedule) to:
o Check the course web site to determine your tasks for the week.
o Check the course web site frequently throughout the week for updates.
Within the first week, become familiar with the site and how to use it.
o View this eLearning Demo.
Team up with your classmates to discuss class assignments and questions you might
o Check the “Classlist” link “?” for fellow student biography information and
Ask questions when you need answers.
o If you have problems, contact your instructor early.
For each lesson, you will visit the course website in eLearning to obtain your instructions.
You will then complete your work by doing some or all of the tasks listed below.
Read assigned materials.
Visit recommended websites to read or obtain data.
Read or listen to an industry specific GIS “spot light” interview.
Complete activities (bi-weekly).
Report to your supervisor on a weekly basis and complete internship work.
Towards the end of the semester, internship students will evaluate the agency they
are working for and employers will receive an email from instructor asking to
evaluate you/student on work conducted throughout the semester or duration of job.
Students without internship also have the option to complete the assigned ESRI
Virtual Campus Courses. These students must provide proof of completion when
prompted (obtained through ESRI).
All students will create a resume/portfolio including GIS specific skills, etc. Students
should rely on their personal GIS blogs to highlight examples of work.
All eligible students will complete final completion forms to exit the Online GIS
o topic 1 - GIS in Business Industry
o topic 2 - GIS in Defense/Intelligence Industry
o topic 3 - GIS in Education Industry
o topic 4 - GIS in Government Industry
o topic 5 - GIS in Health and Human Services Industry
o topic 6 - GIS in Mapping and Charts Industry
o topic 7 - GIS in Natural Resources Industry
o topic 8 - GIS in Public Safety Industry
o topic 9 - GIS in Transportation Industry
o topic 10 - GIS in Utilities and Communication Industry
o topic 11 - GIS Day and Community
o topic 12 - Final Assignments including rewritten resume and a portfolio
Resume: All students will be required to create a personal resume due in the first few
weeks of class. Specific information will be provided in the course material.
Portfolio: As a certificate completion requirement, all students will be required to create a
personal portfolio that expands their general resume. In general, the portfolio will include
previous experience, list of GIS related skills and examples of best work (from internship,
previous course work, current job if applicable, etc.). The portfolio is meant to be
something students can use outside of this program to showcase GIS skills. Again, specific
information will be provided in the course material.
Graduate-Level Course Requirements:
Students enrolled at the graduate level will be required to complete extended and/or altered
versions of the undergraduate bi-weekly assignments. Grad-specific instructions are
included within course material.
Texts / Materials:
A list of recommended texts will be provided within the course.
Internet Access (broadband is recommended)
Activated UWF gmail E-mail Account
Access to eDesktop for GIS - also referred to as RDS. Students are required to pay a
one-time $250 software fee in order to access. Contact program coordinator, Amber
Bloechle email@example.com for more information.
Blogger account - students are required to post weekly GIS assignments (from
previous and current GIS program courses) to a personal blog - link to blog to be
provided to the instructor at the beginning of the course.
Grading / Evaluation:
The following items will be considered for final grade:
Seminar activities - 35%
Group 1 or 2 completion of work - 65%
Grading rubrics will be included within course materials to ensure students understand how
instructors will grade assignments. In order to do well in this course, it is important for
students to complete seminar activities and to conduct his or her internship in a professional
manor. Group 2 students should complete ESRI course work in a timely manor.
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
93% or better A 77% to 79% C+
90% to 92% A- 73% to 76% C
87% to 89% B+ 70% to 72% C-
83% to 86% B 60% to 69% D
80% to 82% B- F
50% or less
Attendance and Course Communication Policy:
As an online learner, you will be responsible for determining the pace and schedule of your
work. You can complete the readings and activities at any times that are convenient to you
as long as they are submitted before the assignment deadline - due dates for this course
will fall on Fridays by 11:59pm U.S. Central Time (late work is not accepted without
approval from instructor).
Although you might be completing your work hundreds of miles from the University of West
Florida, you should expect to have frequent contact with your instructor and classmates via
e-mail and the online discussion boards. All assignments will be submitted using these tools.
You can also use the online discussion board to ask questions, offer comments, and obtain
advice from both your instructor and your classmates.
Communications about assignments, course policy and content should be available to all
students in the course. It would be unfair for instructors to give advice by email or phone to
one student and not to all others in the course. We will place all of these discussions in the
open by using the "Helping Each Other" conference. Posting your questions in this
conference will be your fastest method of obtaining assistance. Instructors will read this
conference at least once every 48 hours and respond to questions as needed. In many
instances one of your classmates will know the answer and respond before your instructor's
next visit to the website. This is how things should work communications among students is
Questions about grades or matters of private concern should be sent to Ms. Lewis by email
message from your UWF email account. This allows your instructor to communicate grades
and other private information with some assurance that she is communicating with the
Instead of holding office hours a couple times per week, your instructor will normally check
and respond to the “Helping Each Other Conference” a couple times per day. You can be
assured that she will respond no less than once every 48 hours unless previously
announced. If you have a situation where email communications are not possible you can
call 850-857-6121. If she is not in when you call please leave a clearly spoken message on
the answering machine with your phone number and some potential times for her to return
Minimum Technical Skills and Special Technology Utilized by Students:
This course is totally online. All instructional content and interaction takes place over the
WWW. In addition to baseline word processing skills and sending/receiving email with
attachments, students will be expected to search the internet and upload / download files.
In addition, students are expected to have basic understanding of GIS theory and ArcGIS
software. Students should possess at least basic GIS skills in order to obtain and complete a
GIS internship. In order to follow this course with ease, students may need one or more of
the following plug-ins:
Adobe Acrobat Reader: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
Windows Media Player:
QuickTime Player: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
Real Player: http://forms.real.com/netzip/getrde601.html?h=software-
Adobe Flash Player: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
For students' using Screen Readers: Download Elluminate's Java Bridge:
eLearning's Accessibilty Resource Guides for users:
The course assumes no previous knowledge of specified topics/industries assigned in class.
However, all students must be competent users of ArcGIS software, email, word processing
software, PowerPoint and an internet browser. We won’t utilize GIS software for course
lessons – all based on readings, but everyone should be knowledgeable of ArcGIS functions
to participate and do well in the course as a whole.
Expectations for Academic Conduct / Plagiarism Policy:
Academic Conduct Policy: (Web Site) | (PDF Format) |
Plagiarism Policy: (WORD Format) | UWF Library Online Tutorial: Plagiarism |
Student Handbook: (PDF Format)
Assistance for Students with Disabilities:
The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) at the University of West Florida supports an
inclusive learning environment for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or
design of this course that hinder your full participation, such as time-limited exams,
inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos and podcasts, please notify the
instructor or the SDRC as soon as possible. You may contact the SDRC office by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (850) 474-2387. Appropriate academic accommodations will
be determined based on the documented needs of the individual.
Weather Emergency Information:
In the case of severe weather or other emergency, the campus might be closed and classes
cancelled. Official closures and delays are announced on the UWF website and broadcast on
WUWF-FM (88.1MHz) is the official information source for the university. Any
pertinent information regarding closings, cancellations, and the re-opening of
campus will be broadcast.
In the event that hurricane preparation procedures are initiated, the UWF Home Web
Page and Argus will both provide current information regarding hurricane preparation
procedures, the status of classes and the closing of the university.
Emergency plans for the University of West Florida related to weather or other emergencies
are available on the following UWF web pages:
Information about hurricane preparedness plans is available on the UWF web site:
Information about other emergency procedures is available on the UWF web site: