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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 499
Course Title: Internship
Number of:
Credit Hours 1-6
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours 1-6
Catalog Description:

Students complete 45 hours of experiential work for each credit hour. Typical internships include programming in VB, C++ and COBOL, writing PERL scripts, doing database work with SQL and Access, and system analysis work. The directing faculty member must approve the internship placement. Grades are assigned as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Prerequisites: Senior standingwith a declared major in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Management Information Systems, minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at time of registration of internship. Studemts may register for no more than six hours of CISS 499 during their time at Columbia College.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Senior standing (84 credit hours) with a declared major in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems, minimum  3.0 cumulative GPA at time of registration of internship. Students may register for no more than 6 hours of CISS 499 during their time at Columbia College.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Course Objectives
  • To promote person skills and work values.
  • To explore career options in areas related to computer science, computer information systems or management information systems.
  • To promote learning through practical experience.
  • To increase personal understanding of CISS coursework through hands-on experiences.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to CISS coursework
  • Demonstrate increased personal understanding of CISS coursework as a consequence of internship activities.
Topical Outline:
  • Locate internship with help of appropriate faculty and career services coordinator
  • Complete internship contract with guidance from faculty member and career services internship coordinator
  • Complete internship orientation prior to beginning of internship
  • Complete 45 clock hours of internship work for each hour of academic credit (135 hours for three credit hours)
  • Complete all work as agreed upon the internship contract
  • Periodically reporting to supervising faculty member
  • Submit a final report on the internship to include a weekly journal of internship activities, a reflection on the internship provider and its role in government (whom the provider serves, how it achieves its goals, its role in society, etc.) and a personal evaluation of the internship experience

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: November 16, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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