Aug 14, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students at the freshman or sophomore college level.

Catalog Description:

ANT6913 - Museum Practicum (3 hrs.)

Students will assist in the day-to-day operations of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, or other local or regional museums under the guidance of the museum director.

Course Classification:



Major in Anthropology with instructor approval.

Controlling Purpose:

This course gives students practical experience and first-hand observation of the professional practice, methods, and duties of small museum management.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to effectively and efficiently carry out the day-to-day duties involved in the management of a small museum, including curation, exhibit design & construction, event planning, and facility management.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content, not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1:  Artifact Management

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Properly clean, catalog and store artifacts
  • Use a variety of techniques, including computer systems and photography, to
  • manage artifact collections
  • Use appropriate references to type, date and describe artifacts
  • Evaluate the historicity and significance of artifacts of various types & eras

UNIT 2: Exhibit Preparation

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Effectively plan & design layouts of single displays and multiple display
  • Exhibits
  • Prepare basic display cases, photos, models and other types of exhibits
  • Use themes and narrative in ordering exhibits
  • Use appropriate labeling and lighting techniques for exhibits

UNIT 3:  Museum Operations

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Assist in typical day-to-day office and maintenance work as directed
  • Assist with individual and group tours of the museum as needed
  • Assist the museum director & staff with other tasks typical of the daily operations of a museum

UNIT 4:  Event Planning

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Assist the museum director and staff with event creation and scheduling
  • Assist in the preparation and development of event-specific publicity materials
  • Assist in the preparing the museum or other facilities as needed for events
  • Assist in managing the logistics of events
  • Assess the success of events in terms of the museum’s mission and goals

Projects Required:

Students must work a minimum of 9 hours per week, under the supervision of the museum director, who will assign various tasks as needed. Students will maintain a journal of daily work, and prepare a portfolio of any exhibit or event preparation and execution they undertake.



Materials/Equipment Required:

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.