Heritage Resources Management (HERM) 691

Heritage Diploma Practicum (Revision 1)


The Diploma practicum requires the completion of a 400-hour project. It is the capstone for the Diploma program and will be completed by students who have cleared the requirements in the fields of ethics, heritage policy, collections and conservation and who have completed or are concurrently taking HERM 501, 512, 541, and 561. Students link the knowledge gained from these courses with their experience in a particular heritage setting. Students identify in advance a practicum project and a suitable on-site practicum supervisor. The Professor, Heritage Resources Management, acts as the course professor for the practicum. Formal guidelines provide detailed guidance and set out the procedures for the successful completion of the practicum project.

Course Objectives

  1. Formulate, plan, and implement an applied Heritage Resources Management (HRM) project.
  2. Synthesize and apply relevant theory learned in HRM courses in an applied project.
  3. Work independently to implement a complex project.
  4. Work flexibly and capably with others in a professional work setting to implement a specific task.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate heritage professional analytical, organizational, and presentation skills.
  6. Objectively assess the success and limits of your project.


To receive credit in HERM 691, you must complete a 400-hour practicum project. The practicum is a pass/fail course and is assessed through the following reporting structure:

Activity Weighting
Activity Log P/F
Preliminary Report P/F
Interim Report P/F
Final Report P/F
Total P/F

There are no required textbooks for HERM 691. It is expected that students will consult appropriate reference materials—including textbooks, journals, and Internet resources—for information directly related to their practicum project.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, October 13, 2011