The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course Internship
Date offered Winter, 1999
Location TBA
Instructor Gayle McIntyre (coordinator)
Institution Sir Sandford Fleming College, and others


Course Outline

Course Number: 1110472

Winter Semester, 1999

Sir Sandford Fleming College

Program: Collections Conservation & Community Development & Health Management Program, Semester 4

Course Format: 15 week immersion in the field

Hours: As posted

Faculty: TBA

Coordinator: Gayle McIntyre, Office # 371E
E-mail address:

Course Description:

The internship provides the opportunity for students to observe and experience, at first hand, the operations and activities of a conservation practice and preservation management in the public or private sectors. The fifteen week full time block placement is designed to integrate theory and practice as well as introduce new techniques, methods, approaches and equipment beyond the scope of the Fleming program. The internship can be developed as a specialized and focused learning opportunity or a more general placement in preventive conservation and preservation management. Projects are planned and directed with faculty support and implemented under the supervision of a qualified practising conservator or preservation manager.


Prerequisites: Successful completion of all program course work.

Vocational Outcomes:

This course has been designed to comply with standards and ethics as prescribed by C.A.C., formerly known as IIC-CG, CAPC and ICOM Committee for Professional Museum Training.

Generic Skills Outcomes:

As per Ministry of Education and Training Program Standards.


1. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

2. Reframe information, ideas and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical and symbolic representations which demonstrate understanding.

3. Represent her or his skills, knowledge and experiences realistically for personal and employment purposes.

Computer Literacy:

4. Use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.

Interpersonal Skills:

5. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

6. Manage use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project related goals.

7. Take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.

Analytical Skills:

8. Evaluate his or her own thinking throughout the steps and processes used in problem solving and decision making.

6. Collect, analyze and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.

7. Evaluate the validity of arguments based on qualitative and quantitative information in order tot accept or challenge the findings of others.

8. Create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.

9. Adapt to new situations and demands by applying and/or updating her or his knowledge and skills.

General Education Goal Area:



To enable students to integrate theory and practice under the direction of a qualified conservator in a working environment.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Plan and implement a work program which builds on competencies developed in the core curriculum;

2. Develop a personal learning contract and write goals and objectives;

3. Demonstrate an acceptable level of performance in the specific work activities/outcomes defined in their contract;

4. Develop skills and techniques based on the specialization, resources and equipment available;

5. Observe and become familiar with methods, equipment, and specialization not available in the college setting;

6. Integrate theory and practice while understanding the limitations of theoretical models;

7. Within the day to day operations of the organization, observe, participate in, or take responsibility for, assigned tasks and activities;

8. Assess existing strengths and weaknesses through self assessment and the site's assessment;

9. Understand the issues and complexities surrounding ethical practice, public accountability and stewardship of collections and make appropriate judgement calls;

10. Network with conservators and other personnel of the host institution, thereby, developing contacts in the profession while becoming familiar with different types of training and expertise;

11. Find their own level of competence and preferred areas of specialization

12. Participate in and/or be responsible for specific planned treatments, activities and/or projects under the direction of their supervisor.

13. Earn a reputation from a recognized institution

14. Plan, research and complete a research paper on a special topic.

Course Format

Students are placed with an approved institution of their choice for a full-time (fifteen week) block placement. In some circumstances a split placement between different sites and/or departments may be arranged. Planning and discussion periods will be scheduled as required.

The student works under the direction of the host institution on activities, projects, and artifact treatments which serve to benefit both parties mutually.

The success of the internship is dependent on the co-operation and collaboration of the three partners: the intern, the college and the site.

Intern Responsibilities

The intern is accountable for the following:

Site Responsibilities

The site is responsible for:

Host institutions are asked to assist students by providing them with access to information (eg library resources) and as wide an experience as possible.

College Responsibilities

Faculty are responsible for:

Learning Sequence:

NB: For those students who have negotiated different start dates, please transpose the placement activity to your own calendar and provide a written copy to college faculty.

Unless otherwise noted, materials submitted to the college should be mailed, or faxed, to arrive by the Friday of the week in which they are missed.



Topic, resources, learning activities Learning Outcome Assessment
Week 1 Contact Intern Liaison to confirm start up

Orientation to site

Orientation to health and safety

Develop/review contracts and work plan

1,2,8 A,B,C,D
Week 2 Finalize learning contract and submit to Intern Liaison ASAP

Begin preliminary discussion for research papers

Learning Contracts Due week 2-3

Value: 10%

Internship activities

1,2,3,8 A,B,C,D
Week 3 Contracts reviewed, signed and returned

Internship activities

1,2,3,8 A,B,C,D
Week 4 Internship activities

Submit a 2-3 page proposal for research plan Value: 10%

1,2,3,6,8 A,B,C,D
Week 5 Internship activities

Plans discussed and/or reviewed and returned

1,2,3,4,6,8, A-F
Week 6 Internship activities

Front end (mid term) evaluation by site

supervisors Value: 15%

1-14 A-F
Week 7 Internship activities

Week 7 - 12 provide the opportunity for review and discussion on the research paper

1-14 A-F
Week 8 Same as above " "
Week 9 Same as above " "
Week 10 Same as above " "
Week 11 Same as above " "
Week 12 Same as above " "
Week 13 Internship activities

Completion of final student evaluation

Value: 15%

Submission of final research paper

Value: 30%

" "
Week 14 Internship activities

Internship Liaison evaluation

Value: 10%

" "
Week 15 Internship activities

Completion of all site projects and submission of all outstanding materials

Prepare thank you letters

Submission of final report to the college-

Value: 10%

1-14 A-F

Learning Resources:

Collections Conservation and Management Program Internship Manual.

Assessment Plan:

Generic skills as outlined above are embedded in the assessment:

A. SITE SUPERVISOR'S ASSESSMENT: 30% of total grade (based on a mid-semester and final assessment, each assessment worth 15%)

The site supervisor will be asked to provide verbal feedback on the student's work and performance periodically during the placement. In addition, the supervisor is requested to complete a written assessment of the student at the completion of the placement. Detailed criteria for assessment and forms will be provided by the college. The assessment will be based on the extent to which the student has fulfilled the responsibilities described in the course outline as well as the level of satisfaction with the specific outcomes of the learning contract.

B. COLLEGE INTERN LIAISON: 10% of total grade (based on activity throughout the placement and awarded at the end of the semester)

Faculty are responsible for interpreting and assessing student performance at the site. Criteria for assessment include the extent to which the student has met the responsibilities described in the outline as well as the outcomes of the learning contract. Faculty will work with site supervisors in assessing the student level of performance. In order to ensure that faculty have enough information to work with, students should ensure that they sustain regular contact. Calls can be returned at the college's expense if there is a problem with costs at the site.

C. LEARNING CONTRACT: 10% of final grade

Due Week 2 or 3. See the internship manual for details.

D. RESEARCH PROPOSAL: 10% of total grade, due week 4 (A proposal must be submitted and approved by the Intern Liaison before proceeding with the actual research project/report. See details below.)

E. STUDENT FINAL REPORT: 10% (due promptly for the end of week 15)

This final report is designed to assist students in subsequent years to select and develop a field placement. The report could take a number of forms, but must include:

The final report should be a maximum of two-three pages in length, with work plans and:

F. STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECT/REPORT: 30% of total grade (proposal is due at the end of week 4, and completed reports must be submitted by the end of week 13 at the latest, to ensure adequate marking time).

Detailed guidelines for the project are included in the Internship Manual. Please refer to these for the information on the specific format, expectations and criteria for assessment.

The framework for all projects should be based on the following:

This project should not put any extraordinary pressure on the student or the host site. Students are encouraged to approach the paper as a vehicle for presentation or publication. Students must consult with sites regarding copyright and disclosure of information. Faculty recognise that some sites may have better libraries and resources than others, thus fitting the project to the resources available is key to success.

Final reports will be filed in the college. Please submit two copies of the paper to the college, one for comments and one for the programme to keep on file. A third copy must be filed with the site. As late in the semester is a very busy time in the academic year, papers must be submitted on time. This means the scope of your activity should be manageable within the 15 week time frame. Students should keep a fourth copy for their own portfolio.

Breakdown and Criteria for Assessment for Research Project Proposal:

Due Week 4, Value 10%

A. Content - 7/10

Criteria for Assessment:

B. Presentation - 3/10

Criteria for Assessment:

Breakdown and Criteria for Assessment for Research Project:

Due Week 13,

Value 30%

A. Content - 20/30

Criteria for Assessment:

B. Annotated Bibliography - 5/30

Criteria for Assessment:

C. Presentation - 5/30

Criteria for Assessment:

The research paper should be approximately 15-20 pages in length (excluding appendices) double spaced and word-processed.

You need to prepare 4 copies of the research paper: one for the college for evaluation, one for the college library, one for the host institution and one for your records.

The above dates may be subject to revision.

Note: At the June 1993 Advisory Committee meeting it was recommended that the final assessment be graded on the basis of Pass or Fail. This will assist us in establishing an equitable marking system. Details on format and criteria for assessment are provided in the internship Manual.

PLA options and contact for this course:

Gayle McIntyre

Academic Responsibilities:

Course Policy

I Students must be registered in the field practice course before going to their placements in order to be covered by the college liability, WCB or accident insurance.

II Placements may, in extraordinary circumstances, be terminated for a number of reasons. These include:

  1. Non-compliance with assigned tasks, duties and responsibilities as determined and documented by the Site Supervisor in conjunction with college representatives.
  2. Consistently poor performance with respect to assigned tasks, duties and responsibilities as determined and documented by the site supervisor.
  3. Consistent tardiness or absenteeism from the site as determined and documented by the site supervisor.
  4. Violation of Internship policies and procedures as determined and documented by faculty supervisors.
  5. Inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour in dealings with the collection, staff or public, as determined and documented by faculty.
  6. Inappropriate intern setting as determined and documented by the intern and faculty support and in conjunction with the Site Supervisor.

Due process for termination is available in the manual.

III Absenteeism Policy

The student will be expected to conform to the regular working hours and vacation schedule of the host institution.

A good attendance record is an integral part of the internship experience. However, it is also understood that students may need to be absent from their placements for reasons of accident, illness or family emergency. The following policy applies:

  1. In the instance of students on full-time internships, they may be absent for a maximum of five days per semester without having to compensate for loss of time. Students are required to notify supervisors of impending absence as soon as is reasonably possible. (It is, however, also recognized that intern projects require the full-time allotment for satisfactory completion.)
  2. In cases where a student requires leave for more than this amount of time, the situation will be discussed with site and faculty supervisors. In some cases it will be expected that students be required to make up the time.
  3. Students are required to maintain a record of all absences.
    A student Code of Conduct will be provided in addition to the information listed above. (Refer to CCM Internship Manual section on policies and Appendix A)
  4. There are some minor variances in student start and completion dates. Despite this variation, all students should conform to the due dates as stated, which allow for adequate preparation and completion of assignments.

Late Assignments

As part of the Centre for Community Development and Health, the CCM program will implement the centre policy on late assignments. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day for three days, after which a grade of zero will be given. All assignments must be submitted in order for students to achieve a passing grade. Faculty are not obligated to provide feedback on assignments marked at zero.

It is the student's responsibility to contact College faculty well in advance if difficulties arise.

Collections Conservation & Management

1. Presentation

2. Re-writes

Faculty may request a re-write of a submission if the criteria for assessment have not been met. Late penalties will apply if the assignment is not re-submitted the following day.

3. Penalties for Late Submissions

Completion of Term Work

Late Assignments

Late assignments receive the following penalty:

Oral Presentations

4. Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity and the college has a strict policy on this issue (see Academic Regulations).

5. Make-up Tests

In valid circumstances (ill-health, personal crisis), a student may be given a make-up test to compensate for one missed in class-time. Students must contact the instructor within seven days of the original test in order to request a make-up.

6. Extensions & GDFS

7. Site Work

Students must agree to work within the parameters of the guidelines established for site work. Failure to comply, may result in the termination of project and suspension of the privilege of access.

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