The applied track includes a practicum and writing a final paper based on the practicum. The track is adapted to students who wish, as part of their studies, to apply the tools they have learned in practice under the guidance and support of the department's academic and professional staff.
As part of this track, students are required to complete a quota of 40 weekly semester hours and complete a practicum of at least 80 hours in knowledge organization. At the end of the practicum the student must submit a final paper based on the project conducted as part of the studies.
- In this track, students are required to take the core courses in the department's curriculum to meet a quota of 40 weekly semester hours.
- As part of these courses, students are required to write at least three “seminarion” papers (significant works, fulfilling criteria set by the department). The courses in whose context these papers were written receive extra weight in the student’s final “GPA” for the degree. The courses will be designated by the departmental Master's Degree committee and will be updated every year in accordance with the curriculum.
- The practicum and the paper writing will be done in accordance with the department’s requirements and procedures.
Structure of final grade
60% - courses
20% - courses with “seminarion” papers
20% - practicum final paper
Stages in writing the paper and the practicum
The entire process of doing a practicum is done in the context of structured course whose purpose is to guide all students who choose this track to carry out their work. Thus, the student in this track is guided both by the organization where the work is carried out (see below) and also by a faculty member, in the course that oversees all the practicums.
- Choosing a field of interest – during the program of study the student encounters various topics in the field of Information and knowledge Management. The interest generated by a course, lesson, seminar or even by a lecture in a seminar, can lead the student to a topic that is appropriate and of interest to the student.
As part of the preparation for the practicum, the students will be presented with example projects that can be undertaken as part of the practicum.
- Choosing a practicum setting – this normally means choosing an organization with whom to do the project. The organization – or the setting, if there is no specific organization involved -- does not have to be related to the students’ occupation in their everyday life. On the contrary – students choosing to do their practicum at their place of employment, must receive permission to do so and define the project so that it is not part of their day-to-day work.
- Defining the project and writing the proposal – along with the liaison from the organization and the practicum advisor from the department, the student must study the organization and the chosen field of interest in order to define the project that will be carried out at the organization during the practicum hours. Writing the project proposal is done as part of a year-long “Practicum” course, in which an academic faculty member oversees the entire process. As part of the course requirements, the student submits a project proposal.
- Doing the practicum – after the project proposal has been approved by the department, the students undertake the actual practicum. The practicum course provides academic guidance by a faculty member , and there is also a professional advisor from the organization. In addition, individual and group meetings take place as scheduled by the course instructor.
- Writing and submitting the final paper – upon completion of the practicum, the students write their final paper. The paper integrates the theoretical basis and the field work according to the outline submitted as part of the practicum course requirements.