University Learning Goals
Mapping of MARA Program Learning Outcomes (Core Competencies)


MARA Core Competencies listed for each University Learning Goal are associated with at least one required course on the grid below. There may be additional courses that address each competency.

University Learning Goals MARA Program Learning Outcomes (Core Competencies) Supporting Course MARA Courses Mapped to SLOs and Program Learning Outcomes (Core Competencies)
SJSU Mission MARA Core Competencies MARA Course Descriptions MARA Core Map
Specialized Knowledge
Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as appropriate to the discipline. A-J MARA 289 MARA 289 required of all students.
Broad Integrative Knowledge
Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative or practical project (e.g. brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating), with integration and/or across disciplines.

An ability to articulate the potential impacts of results or findings from a particular work or field in a societal context.
D, E and F

D – MARA 211 and 286

E – MARA 287

D, F, MARA 204

D, E – MARA 210, 249 and 283

MARA 204, 210, 211, 249, 283, 286 and 287 required of all students. 
Intellectual Skills
Fluency with specific theories, assumptions, foundational knowledge, analytical and interpretive protocols, tools and technologies appropriate to the discipline or field of study.

Skills necessary for mastery of a discipline at a level appropriate to the degree and leading to lifelong learning, including critical and creative thinking and practice, effective communication, thorough and ethical information gathering and processing, competence with quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, and productive engagement in collaborative activities.
C, E, F and H

F – MARA 204

C, H – MARA 211

C, E, H – MARA 210 and 249

MARA 204, MARA 210, 211 and 249 required of all students. 
Applied Knowledge
An ability to apply theory, practice and problem solving to new materials, settings and problems. D and F

D – MARA 210, 211, 249, 283, 287

D, F – MARA 204

MARA 204, 210, 211, 249, 283, and 287 required of all students. 
Social and Global Responsibilities
An ability to consider the purpose and function of one’s degree program training within various local and/or global social contexts and to act intentionally, conscientiously and ethically with attention to diversity and inclusion. A, B, G, J and MLIS Electives

A, B, G, J – MARA 200

G, J – MARA 204

J – MARA 283

Note: MARA Students must take 3 units of elective credit from MARA course offerings but may take up to 12 units of elective credit from MARA or 9 units of INFM courses approved by advisor or 9 units of  MLIS electives from an approved list.

MARA 200, 204, and 283 required of all MARA students. Twelve units of elective credit must be selected by students from an approved list.

Note: MARA 286 and MARA 287 ran as special topics under MARA 284, Seminar in Archives and Records Management, topic Information Governance during the fall term (now 287) and MARA 284, Seminar in Archives and Records management, topic Information Assurance during the spring term (now 286). The change took effect Fall 2021.