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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, all undergraduate inquiries to be passed through Ms. Lewis. 850-857-6121 GIS 5945: Instructor of record - Dr. Zhiyong Hu email@example.com, 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 Course Description: 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 alternative. 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. Program Goals: 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 have. o Check the “Classlist” link “?” for fellow student biography information and email addresses. Ask questions when you need answers. o If you have problems, contact your instructor early. Topics: 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. Specific- 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 Certificate Program. Course topics: 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/Portfolio Requirements: 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: Required texts: NONE Recommended texts: A list of recommended texts will be provided within the course. Required Materials: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 encouraged. 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 proper person. 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 your call. 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 PowerPoint Viewer: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=048DC840-14E1- 467D-8DCA-19D2A8FD7485&displaylang=en Windows Media Player: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/ QuickTime Player: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ Real Player: http://forms.real.com/netzip/getrde601.html?h=software- dl.real.com&dc=828827826&f=windows/installer/player/R51R01F/RealPlayerSPGold. exe%20&p=RealOne+Player&&oem=dl&dist=&tagtype=ie&type=dl Adobe Flash Player: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ For students' using Screen Readers: Download Elluminate's Java Bridge: https://www.elluminate.com/Support/Other_Resources/Java_Accessibility_Bridge/?id =368 eLearning's Accessibilty Resource Guides for users: http://www.desire2learn.com/access/resources/ 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 email@example.com 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. 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: http://uwfemergency.org/hurricaneprep.cfm Information about other emergency procedures is available on the UWF web site: http://uwfemergency.org/
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