KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
                    UNDERGRADUATE PROPOSAL
                  New Course (Not General Education)

I. Proposed Information

Course Prefix and Number: GIS 3398

Course Title: Internship

Credit Hours (format should be # - # - #): 1-9

Prerequisite: GEOG 4405 and permission of GISc program director

         (Prerequisites are courses or requirements that non-negotiable and must be successfully
        completed by any student before enrolling in the course or program under consideration.
        Corequisites are courses that can be taken before or in the same semester as the course under
        consideration. Courses at the upper-division level will require lower-division competencies or

Course Description for the Catalog:
The course description should:
   1) Include full sentences
   2) Be written in the present tense
   3) Have a maximum of 75 words
   4) Focus on what the student will learn in the course.

A structured off campus experience in a supervised setting that is related to the student’s major and
career interests. Practical experience is combined with scholarly research under the guidance of GISc
faculty and the internship supervisor. Sites must be in advance of the semester of the internship and must
be approved by the Director of the GISc program. Geography students seeing a BA in Geography need to
take GEOG 3398.

II. Justification for Course

A. Explain assessment findings which led to course development.
Students in both the BS GISc major and the BA Geography major are required to take an internship
and/or practicum. We are adding the course GIS 3398 to differentiate it GEOG 3398. This will help in the
following ways: 1. with the registration of students to the proper course. Essentially, GIS students will
take GIS 3398 while Geography students will take GEOG 3398; 2. in working with Career Services,
particularly by better defining the needs and wants of the GIS faculty and students; and 3. with collection
of data for Assurance of Learning (AOL) and Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) reports.

To note, the GIS prefix already exists but is not in use.

B. Explain for Prerequisites:

    1. What is the substance of content in each prerequisite that commands its inclusion as a
       prerequisite to the proposed course? It is the same as it was under GEOG 3398
    2. What is the desired sequence of prerequisites?To take 4405, you must first take 3305 and 3315.

    3. What is the rationale for requiring the above sequence of prerequisites? Students must have an
       advanced knowledge of the subject matter before using their acquired skills in an internship
       setting. Course must also be approved by the GISc Program Director.

    4. How often are the required prerequisites offered?GEOG 3305, GEOG 3315, and GEOG 4405 are
       offered every semester.

    A. Give any other justification for the course.

III. Additional Information

A. Where does this course fit sequentially and philosophically within the program of study.
This is an internship course that is part of the Upper Division Major Requirements. The course will
replace GEOG 3398. The internship is the applied aspect of the program curriculum for students to use
what they learn and use in the classroom in an career-oriented position. Additionally, this course fits the
needs of our program as it fulfills the program’s objective of “produc[ing] high caliber graduates who are
well trained in the technology, theory and usage of GIS, computer science and information systems, and
basic geography.” (KSU Catalog 2011)

B. What efforts have been made to ensure that this course does not duplicate the content of other
college courses with similar titles, purposes, or content?
Internships are offered for nearly every program on campus; however, this is the only one dedictated to
GISc internships.

C. Where will the course be located in the program (elective, required in Area F, required or elective for
the major)? Indicate and justify its placement in the curriculum.
Required for Upper Division Major Requirements. It will replace GEOG 3398.

D. How often will this course be offered?
Every semester including summers

E. All sections of the course will be taught with the understanding that the following apply:
   1. Purpose of the course The purpose of this course is to provide students with a real-world
   experience in GISc that will allow them to apply their classroom knowledge in an on-site work setting.
   2. Objectives of the course1. Experience GIS/geospatial technologies in a professional setting
   outside the classroom; 2. Gain knowledge of GIS/geospatial technologies in an internship/work
   environment; 3. Use skills learned in the classroom and apply them in an internship/work
   3. Course content The course content will depend on internship obtained by the student. In general
   terms, the course content will include the application of geospatial technologies in a work

F. What instructional methodologies will be incorporated into the course to stimulate group process,
writing skills, multiculturalism, and educational outcomes?
Writing will be incorporated into the course by the submission of final paper based on the internship.
Students are to answer 8 specific questions, as found on the syllabus. They include: Where you worked;
how you found your position; what you did/projects worked on during the internship; What previously
learned skill used; what you wish you learned/knew before taking the internship; overall experience; and
where you see yourself in the next 1-10 years. Educational outcomes may include the following: Students
will apply their knowledge in a professional setting; student will compose a final paper that integrated
theories and applications of technology, as based on their internship experience.
G. Outline the plan for continuous course assessment. What are the department, school, college, or
professional standards which will be used for the assessment? How will it be determined that the course
is current, meeting the educational needs of students and responsive to educational standards? How
often will the course assessment be done by the department?
There are no professional standards that are currently mandated for geospatial, GISc or related
programs, although there are a few non-academic, non-accredited resources that do provide templates
for assessment. We do know from informal surveys - regarding the KSU GISc program and its links to
the GIS community - that requiring an internship in geospatial science is vital to the success of the
undergraduate students upon graduation.

This course will be assessed and used as part of the Assurance of Learning (AOL) and Comprehensive
Program Review (CPR) reports at the department level. Feedback from students will also be provided via
an exit survey upon completion of a GIS internship, practicum or graduation.

This course replaces the current GEOG 3398. We would like a designated course in order to have an
internship course for GISc students.

H. Required Syllabus Contents (See Faculty Handbook, page 3.17-3.18 for details about KSU syllabi).
   1. Course Prefix Number and Title
   2. Instructor:
           a. Office:
           b. Telephone:
   3. Learning Objectives
   4. Text(s)
   5. Course Requirements/Assignments
   6. Evaluation and Grading
   7. Weekly Schedule of Topics
   8. Academic Honesty Statement
   9. Attendance Policy

IV. Resources and Funding Required

A. What resources will be redirected to accommodate this course?

    A. Explain what items will cause additional cost to the department/school/college


        Computer Technology None

        Library resourcesNone




This form will be completed by the requesting department and will be sent to the Office of the Registrar
once the course has been approved by the Office of the
President. The form is required for all new courses.


(Note: Limit 30 spaces)


PREREQUISITES: GEOG 4405 and Permission of GISc program director

Approval, Effective Semester: Spring 2012
(Note: This can be no earlier than the term after approval by the UPCC.)

Grades Allowed (Regular or S/U): Regular

If course used to satisfy CPC, what areas? n/a

Learning Support Programs courses which are
required as prerequisites: n/a


Vice President for Academic Affairs or Designee
New Course (Not General Education)

Course Prefix and Number: GIS 3398
Responsible Department: Geography and Anthropology
Proposed Effective Date: Spring 2011
       (Note: This can be no earlier than the term after approval by the UPCC.)

Signature Page
Submitted by: Nancy

                            Name                                                      Date

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                                                  Department Curriculum Committee, Date
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                                                  General Education Council*, Date
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                                                  Professional Teacher Education
                                                  Unit Program Area*, Date
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                                                  Department Chair, Date
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                                                  College/School Curriculum Committee AND/OR
                                                  Teacher Education Council*, Date
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                                                  College/School Dean, Date
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                                                  Undergraduate Policies and Curriculum Committee,
___ Approved ___ Not Approved                     _____________________________
                                                  Associate VP of Academic Affairs, Date

*For curriculum proposals involving General Education courses, there should be collaboration by the
Department Curriculum Committee and the General Education Council. For Teacher Preparation
proposals, there should be collaboration by the Department Curriculum Committee, the Professional
Teacher Education Unit (PTEU) Program Area Committee, the Teacher Education Council, and the
College/School Curriculum Committee.

Form updated March 30, 2009.

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