Course Syllabus - 3 Credit Hours


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I.             Course Description:  The Internship class features “on-the-job” training, (ninety hours, without pay.)  It provides the student with occupational experience in a business environment.


II.           Prerequisite: A student must be a sophomore, have completed the required courses for the program of study with a 2.0 GPA, and have approval of the instructor.


III.          Course Objectives:

               Produce skilled office workers from student trainees.

               Provide information needed to make decisions and to perform skills in a working situation.

               Provide discussion of common problems of office workers.

               Evaluate individual student’s progress in a local working situation.


IV.          Course Content:  Readings, case problems, Internet research, videos, etc., related to human-relations training and the world of work.  Assigned training station at a local business.


V.           Learning Experience:  Completion of approximately 90 hours of “on-the-job” training.  Completion of reading material, videos, Internet research, etc. related to human relations and “attitude” awareness.  Attending professional club meetings.  Preparation of typed summaries/reactions to assignments and a typed log of training experiences.


VI.          Course Competencies: Upon completion of this course, students will have mastered these areas:

               A. Preparing for an entry-level on-the-job training experience.

                              1. Prepare a personal data sheet.

                              2. Discuss possible choices for training and qualifications needed for available training sites.

                              3. Dress in appropriate business attire.

                              4. Report to an office in the community for training.

               B. Preparing for “balancing” technical skills with human relations.

1. Read informational handout covering topics such as:  “image,” “putting your best foot forward,”

and “first impressions.”

2. Using a word processor, prepare a summary/reaction to assigned readings and                video--compare

the information, and give your opinion.

3. Discuss employer’s report to instructor of student’s progress as of mid-term


C. Preparing to learn what students can/should learn about their growth and putting human relations to


1. Using a word processor, prepare a summary/reaction to assigned readings and                other

assignments--compare the information, and give your opinion.

               D. Attending Professional Business Organizations

1. Attending four out of eight Phi Beta Lambda (or other approved) club meetings scheduled during the semester or other instructor approval professional meeting.

                              2. Prepare typed minutes from each meeting attended.

               E. Preparing for completion of training experience.

                              1. Complete 90 hours of on-the-job training.

                              2. Using a word processor, type a log of training activities.

                              3. Prepare a resume for college placement director to have on file upon student’s graduation.

                              4. Discuss employer’s evaluation of student’s performance.

                              5. Obtain permission from employer to use his/her name as a reference.

                              6. Send a “thank you” note to employer.


VII:        Materials:  Selected articles from newspapers and periodicals.  3 ring binder


VIII:      Evaluation and Attendance:  Students meet with the instructor on an individual basis and as a group as time and scheduling permit.  In addition to completing 90 hours of training in an office situation, students will be assigned appropriate activities and readings during the semester.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete the appropriate paperwork for the college office if the student should need to officially withdraw from class.


               Grades are determined as follows: 

                              Employer’s Evaluation                                                                                       50%

                              Summaries/writing performance and other assignments as assigned                      25%

                              Type log of Internship Experience                                                                       25%


               Grading Scale:                 92 - 100%            A                                          82 - 91                  B

                              72 - 81                  C                                          60 - 71                  D


IX.          Special Policies:

A. Attendance:  Regular attendance is expected.  A student may be dropped for non-attendance following excessive absences.  If a student plans to withdraw from the course, it is his/her responsibility to officially withdraw from the class.

B. Assignment Due Dates: The due date of each assignment will be announced.  Reduced credit will be given for assignments turned in late.  No credit will be given for work that more than one week late.

C. Academic Honesty: Students who engage in dishonest acts such as plagiarism or other forms of cheating in meeting the requirements of this course will be notified by the instructor that they are receiving a “0” for the assignment and/or an “F” for the course. Students who wish to appeal the decision of the instructor on a matter of dishonesty may do so under the Procedural Policy for Disciplinary Action.  (Under that policy, the student is subject to suspension from college for acts of dishonesty.)

D. Use of College Open Labs: Students may use only college software; no personal software is allowed in the labs.  No college software will be illegally copied for personal, education, or business use.  No college software or hardware may be removed from the labs.  Personal, non-educational use of lab equipment and supplies is to be restricted. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.

E. Special Needs: If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need any test or course materials provided in an alternative format, notify your instructor immediately. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.


This syllabus represents the planned objectives, content, learning experiences, evaluation process, and competencies.  The instructor reserves the right to alter the syllabus as needed.


Revised January 2005