MARA Required Courses

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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 Records and Information Management Professions
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Overview of the management and role of records and information in business, society and history.  The course examines definitions and important concepts related to records and information management and core archival and information management professional functions.

Not repeatable. All MARA 200 students receive a one-year paid membership in ASIS&T, NAGARA, or SAA.

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 Archives, Records Management, and Information Governance Programs
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Overview of management and leadership roles and responsibilities in archives, records management, and information governance settings, and application of management principles, techniques and theories to program administration. Examination of organizational structures, programmatic areas, decision-making, strategic planning, and ethical responsibilities, and global impact. Discussion of management-level interactions, including those with administration, human resources, legal, finance, IT, marketing.

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 and management processes and documentation of those processes. Topics include electronic records content management, digitization, physical records document control, legal compliance; basic appraisal concepts; records inventories, retention analysis and records retention policy frameworks; 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 Access, Storage and Retrieval of Records and Information
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Overview of archival and contemporary records and information access, storage and retrieval. This course examines records and information classification retrieval systems, storage operations, archival reference service and outreach, legal and ethical access considerations, and user communities.
Not repeatable.

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


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MARA 249 Management of Digital Data, Information, and Records
ACA Pre-Approved Course

Overview of the principles and methods of managing data, information and records as operational, legal and historical evidence in digital environments. This course examines the way in which new information technologies impact an organizations’ capacity to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve digital assets.
Not repeatable.

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

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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.”