MARA Required Courses

Overview

Required Courses — MARA
33 Units

New Technology Workshop: All MARA students are required to successfully complete a new technology workshop that begins several weeks before the start of the first semester. If a student does not complete the class, they should discuss their suitability for the program with the MARA advisor. If the advisor agrees, the student will be allowed to retake the new technology workshop the next time it is offered. If the class is not satisfactorily completed on the second attempt, the student will be unable to take their three MLIS electives. Thus, the student will be unable to continue with the MARA degree.

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MARA 200 The Record and the Recordkeeping Professions
ACA Pre-Approved Course

The role of records and recordkeeping in society; history, definitions and important concepts related to records and recordkeeping; contexts and critiques of records and recordkeeping; significant scholars and recordkeepers throughout history. Not repeatable. All MARA 200 students receive a one-year paid membership in SAA or ASIS&T.

Prerequisite: Demonstrated computer literacy through completion of required new student online technology workshop.

Note: Satisfactory completion of all written assignments in this course fulfills the university’s “Competency in Written English” requirement.

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MARA 204 Management of Records and Archival Institutions
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Application of management principles to the administration of records and archives centers; management functions, theories and concepts; decisionmaking; goals and objectives; organizational structures; human resources; financial considerations; marketing; legal considerations; ethical considerations; global concerns.
Not repeatable.

Prerequisite: Demonstrated computer literacy through completion of required new student online technology workshop.

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MARA 210 Records Creation, Appraisal and Retention
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Overview of records creation processes; management and documentation of those processes, including forms, mail, reports, reprographics management, document control, legal compliance; basic appraisal concepts; records inventories and retention scheduling; vital records; contingency planning; records disposition; and archives.
Not repeatable.

Prerequisite: Demonstrated computer literacy through completion of required new student online technology workshop.

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MARA 211 Records Access, Storage and Retrieval
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Examination of records systems, storage, retrieval; filing systems; fundamentals of information retrieval; active file systems and operation; records center operations; special storage; archival reference and access concepts; legal and ethical considerations; privacy and copyright; user communities.
Not repeatable.

Prerequisites: MARA 210

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MARA 249 Electronic Recordkeeping Systems and Issues in Electronic Recordkeeping
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Application of recordkeeping and archival principles to the management and preservation of electronic records, multi– and hyper–media resources and email; standards for representation and preservation of nontraditional networked information; electronic records/document management systems and derivations; policy development.
Not repeatable.

Prerequisite: MARA 200, 204

For students who enrolled prior to 2015: Prerequisite MARA 200

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MARA 283 Enterprise Content Management and Digital Preservation
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Presents theoretical principles and practical aspects of digital content management and preservation. Explores challenges related to multiple file formats, standards, and retention requirements. Provides hands-on experience using both a digital content management system and a trusted digital repository. Not repeatable.

Prerequisites: MARA 210 or MARA 211 or MARA 249

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MARA 284 Seminar in Archives and Records Management
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Topics: Information Governance and Information Assurance

This course explores current issues and practices in archives and records management. Examples of topics studied: “Protecting Conflicting Rights in the Digital Environment,” “Archivists: Meet Web 2.0,” “Ethics and Computer Forensics,” and “Implications of Cloud Computing on Records Management.” Current Topics.
Repeatable with different content up to 12 units.

Prerequisites: MARA 200, 204 for MARA students taking 3-credit topics; Other prerequisites may be added depending on content. Prerequisites are waived for non-MARA students. Prerequisites are waived for MARA students for one- and two-credit topics.

MARA 284 must be taken two times—once with the topic of Information Governance (fall semester) and once with the topic of Information Assurance (spring semester). Other MARA 284 courses cannot be used as substitutes.

Repeatable with different content up to 12 units. Prerequisites MARA 200, 204; Other prerequisites may be added depending on content.

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MARA 289 e-Portfolio
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Completion of the ePortfolio, integrating theory and practice, to satisfy the Culminating Experience, with the portfolio based on core competencies for archives and records administration professionals as outlined in the MARA 289 Student Handbook. Completed in final semester (fall or spring only).
Not repeatable.

Course prerequisites: See information about eligibility by looking at the MARA 289 e-Portfolio Student Handbook (Revision May 2015) and reviewing the section on “Eligibility.”

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MARA 294 or MARA 295 Professional Experiences

MARA students may select one of two courses to gain practical experience: MARA 294 Internships or MARA 295 Organizational Consulting Project.

MARA 294 Internships

Internship under professional supervision in a selected archives or records center. The internship site must meet criteria outlined in the MARA internship guidelines and be approved by the internship coordinator. More information on this course.
Repeatable up to 6 units.

Prerequisite: MARA 200, 204, plus six advanced courses. Good academic standing.

MARA 295 Organizational Consulting Project

An Organizational Consulting Project is submitted by an individual or organization, supervised by a professional archivist or records manager, and require the application of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. More information on this course.
Not repeatable. (For students who enrolled prior to 2015, repeatable up to 6 units.)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 7 required courses: MARA 200, 204, 210, 211, 249, 285, and one offering of 284. Good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above], obtain a recommendation by one MARA instructor, and receive permission of the MARA academic advisor.