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Course Information

INTR799 - M21 Applied Learning Practicum

Spring 2021 Full Term

Course Format: Hybrid

CRN: 20849


Instructor Information

Name: Debora D'Anna

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 6066271069

Office Location: Home

Office Hours/Preferred Contact Times: 8:00 AM -4:30 PM M-F

Course Description

This course provides students enrolled in a doctorate program an opportunity to apply

professional applications to their respective academic coursework. The Applied Learning

Practicum can be either a practicum or internship in an area directly related to the

student's course of study, or a project conducted in collaboration with program faculty

applying coursework to a professional setting. Through this course, the University will

have a Collaborative/Cooperative Agreement with all practicum or internship sites

before the student is permitted to begin the field placement work. Department approval

is required to determine if the placement aligns with the program of study. The course

will be repeated in each semester of student enrollment. As an integral part of the

executive formatted programs, this course is required every semester in which a

student is taking courses.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course:

Provide students with an opportunity to enhance their learning via professional


Provide a deeper understanding of how program curriculum is applied to real

world workplace environments.

Compose effective communication through professional writing, speaking, and

other forms of business communication in DSRT courses.

Participation in business operations and decision making.

Course Website

Access to the course website is required via the iLearn portal on the University of the

Cumberlands website: 


Required Books and Resources

Title: To Text Required

Course Required text can be found and purchased via the UC Barnes and Noble


Requirements and Policies

Academic Integrity/Plagiarism

At a Christian liberal arts university committed to the pursuit of truth and

understanding, any act of academic dishonesty is especially distressing and cannot be

tolerated. In general, academic dishonesty involves the abuse and misuse of

information or people to gain an undeserved academic advantage or evaluation. The

common forms of academic dishonesty include:

Cheating – using deception in the taking of tests or the preparation of written

work, using unauthorized materials, copying another person’s work with or without

consent, or assisting another in such activities.

Lying – falsifying, fabricating, or forging information in either written, spoken, or

video presentations.

Plagiarism—using the published writings, data, interpretations, or ideas of another

without proper documentation

Plagiarism includes copying and pasting material from the internet into

assignments without properly citing the source of the material.

Episodes of academic dishonesty are reported to the Vice President for Academic

Affairs. The potential penalty for academic dishonesty includes a failing grade on a

particular assignment, a failing grade for the entire course, or charges against the

student with the appropriate disciplinary body.

Participation Policy

Study after study has linked successful academic performance with good class

participation. Those who assume positions of responsibility must “show up” in order to

be effective. Therefore, students are expected to actively participate in intelligent

discussion of assigned topics in all areas (Discussion Board Activities, Synchronous

Sessions, Forums, Shared Papers, etc.) to help process course material and/or to

demonstrate understanding of course content. Point adjustments will be taken for non-


Disability Accommodations

University of the Cumberlands accepts students with certified disabilities and provides

reasonable accommodations for their certified needs in the classroom, in housing, in

food service or in other areas. For accommodations to be awarded, a student must

submit a completed Accommodations Application form and provide documentation of

the disability to the Disability Services Coordinator (Mr. Jacob Ratliff, Boswell Campus

Center, Student Services Office Suite, [email protected]). When all

paperwork is on file, a meeting between the student and the Coordinator will be

arranged to discuss possible accommodations before accommodations are formally

approved. Students must then meet with the Coordinator at the beginning of each

semester before any academic accommodations can be certified for that term.

Certifications for other accommodations are normally reviewed annually.

Academic Appeal

Both undergraduate and graduate students have the right to challenge a grade. If

discussions with the course instructor and department chair do not lead to a satisfactory

conclusion, students may file a formal written appeal with the Vice President for

Academic Affairs, who will forward the appeal to the chair of the Academic Appeals

Committee. This formal written appeal must be filed by the end of the 4th week of

classes in the next regular term following the term in which the course in question was

taken. The Academic Appeals Committee then gathers information from the student, the

instructor, and any other relevant parties. The Committee will deliver its

recommendation on the complaint to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. After

reviewing this recommendation and concurring or amending it, the Vice President for

Academic Affairs will inform the student and instructor of the disposition of the

complaint no later than the last day of classes of the term in which the complaint was

filed. Records of all actions regarding academic grade appeals, including their final

disposition, are maintained by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic

Appeals Committee. (Undergraduate Catalog/Graduate Catalog)

Student Responsibilities

Students should: 

Use University of the Cumberlands email system for all academic, administrative,

and co-curricular communication between faculty, staff and peers. 

Check for email and class announcements using iLearn (primary) and University of

the Cumberlands webmail (secondary) daily. 

Demonstrate Cumberlands Character in and outside the classroom per the

University Mission & Vision

Ensure you have consistent required technology for the course

Participate in courses regularly to:

Find announcements and updates

Complete assignments on time. Keep in mind that all deadlines use Eastern

Standard Time (EST).

Engage in discussion

Connect with fellow students and faculty

Present written work in an academic and professional manner.

Take examinations on the designated dates and times. Students should make

arrangements with faculty before the designated date for any needed


Contact faculty or student success coordinator with questions or concerns.

Course Policies

Deadlines and Dues Dates: Recognizing that a large part of professional life is meeting

deadlines, it is necessary to develop time management and organizational skills. Failure

to meet the course deadlines may result in penalties. Keep in mind that all deadlines are

set using Eastern Standard Time (EST). Late assignments will NOT be accepted. 

Course Activities and Experiences

Students are expected to: 

Review any assigned reading material and prepare responses to homework


Actively participate in activities, assignments, and discussions. 

Evaluate and react to each other’s work in a supportive, constructive manner. 

Complete specific assignments and exams when specified and in a professional


Utilize learned technologies for class assignments. 

Connect content knowledge from core courses to practical training placement and


Links to Support

UC Academic Catalog:

UC Student Handbook:

Academic Resources & Writing Center:



About University of the Cumberlands:

Instructions for Accessing, Downloading, and Activating Office 365 Pro Plus

(free for UC Students):

Course Evaluation

A student will be evaluated/weighted on the following basis:

Module 1, General Overview (30%)

Module 2, Job Search Resources (resource folder / no assignment due)

Module 3, Student Employment & Professionalism and Student/Employee Etiquette


Module 4, Applied Learning Practicum Reflection (40%) 

Grading Scale

Graded work will receive a numeric score reflecting the quality of performance as given

above in evaluation methods. The overall course grade will be determined according to

the following scale:

A= 90 – 100 (90% - 100%)

B= 80 – 89 (80% - 89%)

C = 70 – 79 (70% - 79%)

F < 69 (Below 69%)

Course Schedule

Unit Assignment Points

Module 1, General


Week 1 Quiz - Making

Practicum Connection

Module 1 Quiz



Module 2, Job Search


Access and utilize the

career resources provided

by UC. 


Module 3, Student

Employment &

Professionalism and



Quiz #2 30

Module 4, Applied

Learning Practicum


Survey / Reflection 40


Syllabus Disclaimer

This syllabus contains important information critical to your success in this course. It

includes guidelines for this course and the instructor’s current expectations about

content, schedule, and requirements necessary for each student to achieve the best

educational results. While you must review and become familiar with the contents of

this syllabus, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments or change in the

syllabus from time to time. Any changes to the syllabus will be discussed with the