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UNIV 4110 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

UNIV 4110 - Internship

3-6 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a credit-bearing educational activity occurring within an organization that addresses the type of work you hope to pursue upon graduation. It is a learning environment where you are treated as one of the employees, but often don't have all the pressures of full-time employees.

Course Outcomes:

The field aspect of your internship exists:

  • To provide a work experience in the discipline of your choice
  • To help you learn responsibilities in the work environment
  • To understand the business structure of the organization you are working for in your internship

The online aspect of the course exists:

  • To review the progress you are making on your internship
  • To share your experiences with your classmates
  • To provide feedback concerning your internship activities
  • To provide a scheduled time for turning in the assignments

You'll spend at least 15-30 hours each week for at least 10 weeks in the same organization learning the daily operations, applying theories to practical situations, and performing tasks to improve your skills and thought processes about your future profession. Total time requirement is 150 hours for a three-credit internship and 300 hours for a 6-credit internship.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Junior status

Course Topics:
Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There are no tests in this course.

Grading Procedures:

Your final grade will be based upon the assignments and the on-site supervisor's recommendations. You should keep copies of your work that is not of a confidential nature. This will be useful two ways. First, you will be able to show your faculty supervisor the caliber of your work; second, the material will serve as a basis of a portfolio which will be helpful on those job interviews.

You turn any materials your supervisor needs prior to the due date of the evaluation.

While internships are a joint effort between you, the work site, and the university, every effort will be made to be sure your internship is in keeping with your career and educational goals. Some internships offer pay, others do not. Your evaluation will be based on the written assignments and the on-site supervisor's evaluation. Your final grade will be assigned by your internship instructor. 

Grading Scale:

Failure to turn in assignments will result in an F.

Evaluation by employer
Total 40% 60% 100%

Evaluation by employer60%

A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = Below 60%

Assignments and Projects:

Please see the assignments for the projects you must complete.

What duties will I perform for my chosen organization? The activities depend on your major and on requirements set by the company and the department. As part of the pre-registration procedure, you, the organization supervisor and the faculty member sponsor will negotiate the duties, and you will also complete two internship assignments given by the internship-faculty supervisor. The list of activities may range from minor chores that put you in contact with various operations and people in the organization to producing a specific item for a client. You will be exposed to everything from menial tasks to assignments with award-winning potential. You must also have your organizational supervisor complete an evaluation of your internship.

Class Participation:

You must participate in any interactive aspects of the course. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, students must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussion events if they are required.

Late Policy:

Deadlines for assignments must be met. Late assignments, if accepted, will have a letter deduction at least depending on how late the work is. No work will be accepted after Dec. 8 except the supervisor's evaluation.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017