New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation requires that faculty assign two (2) hours of outside work for every one (1) hour spent in the classroom. Students should be prepared to spend approximately 7-9 hours each week completing course requirements. Successful students read the assigned material prior to class, complete assigned homework (practice quizzes/problems) in addition to reviewing/revising notes taken in class. See my website for Student Profiles.
Academic honesty is expected. Willful plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty will result in failure of the course, in accordance with CCRI policies.
Students who have or believe they have a disability and require accommodations to meet course requirements, are encouraged to meet with me as soon as possible to work out an equitable method for evaluating your class performance. Any student with a documented disability may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, students are encouraged to contact the office of Disability Services for Students as early in the semester as possible.
Each student should come to class prepared to discuss the material assigned. It is the student’s responsibility to read the textbook and other assigned readings. The class provides an opportunity for you to develop abilities in communicating with others about your ideas and approaches for dealing with issues. Preparation means that you must complete reading assignments and be prepared to thoughtfully discuss the assigned readings. Due dates for each assignment will be announced and/or distributed in class. Assignments are due on the due date. All assignments (unless noted) should be typed and checked for spelling and grammar.
Late paper policy: Assignments are expected on the due dates. Because of the volume of students, late-assignment policies must be very stringent.
Assignments handed in late will have a full letter grade deducted for each calendar day (not each class day) of lateness.
Assignments 5 calendar days late are automatically subject to a baseline grade of not higher than 50 percent. Absolutely no assignments accepted after 5 calendar days of lateness. No Exceptions.
Athletes who will not be in class because of an athletic event on a day when an assignment is due must hand in the assignment before the due date to avoid lateness deduction
Unacceptable/ungraded paper policy: Occasionally students turn in papers that, if graded, would result in a failing or near-failing grade. I may recommend that you re-work and resubmit some assignments. If such a paper is returned to you ungraded, you have one week to re-work the paper and turn it back in. The highest grade you can receive for a re-worked paper is the point-value equivalent of 89 percent. Due within one week, no exceptions.
Students are expected to attend all classes and should be punctual. Attendance is critical because students who skip class not only miss out on learning opportunities; they also prevent other students from interacting with and learning from them. Therefore, you should strive to be present on time for the full session every scheduled day. Class will start on time. Repeated absences and tardiness will affect your final grade. Unusual situations may arise where it will become necessary for a student to miss a class. In such cases, students should contact me via e-mail or voice mail prior to any absences. You need not explain your absence to me, however, just as an employer would like advanced warning of your absence, so would your classmates. You have taken on this obligation and you will be held accountable.
An excessive number of absences will affect your final grade. Each hour missed of class is equivalent to one (1) point off your final grade. A student in excess of 10 absences will be asked to withdraw from the class. Additional deductions will be taken when students are absent on guest-speaker days, mandatory-attendance days, and presentation days. Athletes who expect to miss class because of games must supply a schedule in advance from the coach and must turn in assignments before they are due if they will be traveling on the due date
Cancellation of Classes Due to Weather will be announced through the media and CCRI’s Cancellation and Special Announcements line. (825-2344, 333-7171). Students are encouraged to provide a cell phone number to receive Rave Alerts. If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise, tests and/or assignments will automatically be scheduled for the next class meeting. Students are encouraged to check Announcements in Blackboard and your MyCCRI E-mail for any messages from your instructor.
Among the rights you have is the right to a class environment that is free from distractions and one that is conducive to learning. Any student whose behavior impinges on this right will receive one warning. A second incident may bring dismissal from the course and a failing grade. Professional demeanor is required including but not limited to: reliability and punctuality, attire, respect for others, and accountability.
Students are required to use their MyCCRI email for communications with your instructor. It is recommended that you check your email daily to ensure you receive important information. You can expect to receive a response from your instructor within a 24-36 hour window. In some classes the use of the Blackboard’s Discussion Board and Blogs may also be used for communicating with your instructor and/or classmates.
Students are expected to read the textbook and other assigned readings before coming to class. Reading assigned material before attending class facilitates classroom discussion and improves understanding of the material (See topical outline). Questions, problems and case studies from your text, handouts or the Internet may be assigned to gain an understanding of the material. In order to earn an "A", students may expect to devote at least 6 hours per week in addition to class contact time, reading, completing assignments and visiting the web site. Students who are experiencing difficulty with the readings, assignments or the course in general should contact me immediately. My e-mail address, office hours and telephone numbers are listed on the syllabus for your information
Responsible electronic device use for scheduling class activities or for taking notes is permitted at the instructor’s discretion. Otherwise, students are NOT permitted to use electronic devices – including cell phones during class. This includes making or receiving calls, text messaging, checking text messages, checking e-mails, writing e-mails, “surfing” the Web and/or related activities during class. For emergency use of your cell phone during class, contact the instructor BEFORE class begins and change the mode to vibrate. Cameras including electronic cameras, recording, and video devices may not be used in the classroom unless permission has been granted by the instructor.
It is my intention to provide an opportunity for students to enhance both their written and oral communication skills. All students will be required to complete individual written assignments and oral presentations. Specifics about these assignments will be discussed in class and are available within Blackboard. Competent writing is expected. Grading rubrics have been created for all graded assignments. Ample feedback will be provided and students are expected to improve their writing throughout the semester. Students are encouraged to rework and resubmit work for a better grade. However, re-work must be submitted within one week following its original submission.
Research shows that students learn more when they actively participate in class discussions. The instructional approach utilized for this course, focuses on the discussion and/or application of concepts, rather than simply studying or memorizing information. Class participation therefore, is an essential means through which students will learn. The class participation grade is comprised of (1) attendance, (2) timely completion of homework assignments, and (3) active contribution to class exercises and discussions. Students are reminded that just showing up is not sufficient for earning full credit for class participation. Attendance and Assignment expectations have been addressed above. The final component of class participation involves students’ active and enthusiastic contribution to class discussions and activities. The specific evaluation standards I will use to evaluate participation are listed below.
Attended all scheduled class meetings
Showed evidence of thorough preparation for simulations, cases & class discussions
Provided in-class contributions that classmates found to be valuable
Dominated class discussions without adding much value (e.g., redundant or “long-winded” comments; reverse scored)
Offered thoughtful, constructive feedback to simulation & team partners/classmates
Actively sought and accepted feedback from others
Participated enthusiastically in exercises and debriefings
Class participation and the quality of student attitude will be used to resolve borderline grades.
Students are expected to display a professional attitude and behavior which includes:
Preparation (Completing homework or other assignments)
Reliability/Trustworthiness (being present in class, following through on commitments)
Courtesy (respect for and cooperation with classmates; willingness to work calmly and courteously)
Determination to achieve first-class work while meeting deadlines
A Policy/procedure for “firing” a team member A team that is having a problem with a team member who is not pulling his or her weight in the development of the group project or otherwise impeding the progress of the group project should follow the following procedure:
As a group, the complaining group members should confront the problem group member to ensure that he/she knows he/she is causing a problem.
If no improvement occurs, the complaining group members should alert instructor.
Instructor will talk to all parties separately and then attempt to arbitrate the problem with all parties present.
If improvement still does not occur, complaining group members will inform instructor, and then group members will “fire” the problem group member. The fired group member will have the option of joining another group (assuming the group will admit) or take a failing grade for the team project.
No make-up tests are available. If unable to take scheduled tests on the day administered, it may be taken during the next class meeting. Once the test is returned, the test is not available