Please note that it is against my policy to discuss grades on any exam, graded assignment or any other direct component of your final grade via e-Mail. If you would like to discuss how an exam or assignment was graded, please see me during office hours. If you are not available during office hours, please make an appointment with me for another time.
Please note that two weeks after a grade has been posted, the grade will be considered “final”. If you have an issue with a grade you are required to meet with me or make an appointment to meet with me during this two week period. After this two week period a grade will be considered “final” and is not up for discussion.
Class Preparation, Attendance and Participation
Students will be called upon to share their thoughts on the required web research and their work in a random fashion. Students may share their understanding of the material or, if they had questions about the material, ask insightful questions about the aspects they didn’t understand. Either way, students must demonstrate that they have completed the required work/web research and have thought about the material.
If a student is not prepared for class and is not in a position to discuss the material intelligently they may simply respond “Pass” and I will move on to another student and will not call on this student again during this class. However, if you choose to “Pass” during one class it will be extremely likely that you will be called upon during the next class.
Being absent from class or failure to be prepared for class when called upon will impact your final grade. For every three times you are called on and you are absent or not prepared for class, you final grade will be reduced by one fraction of a letter grade. For example, a “B+” would be reduced to a “B”.
Being absent from class when called upon will be equivalent to using a “Pass.”
There will be four exams during the semester. Missed exams can only be made up in the case of documented and verifiable extreme emergency situations. Our fourth exam will be held during “finals week”. Please check the schedule published by the university to find the date and time for this fourth exam.
Two of these exams will require programming and will require students to demonstrate their ability to write code. Students who put in the time and effort developing their ability to code will find these exams fairly easy. Students who do not invest the required time and effort will find these exams to be very challenging. Your instructor WILL NOT provide any toe of technical support during these two programming exams. Students are expected to be competent with these technologies and provide their own technical support.
Two of the exams will be called “Tech Challenge” exams and will require students to demonstrate their competency with technologies used in this class. Students who put in the time and effort exploring these technologies outside of the classroom will find these exams to be fairly easy. Students who do not invest the required time and effort will find these exams to be extremely challenging. You instructor WILL NOT provide any type of technical support during these two “Tech Challenge” exams. Students are expected to be competent with these technologies and provide their own technical support.
Professional achievement requirement
The MIS department has instituted a professional achievement point requirement for MIS majors. We have found that our most successful students are not only engaged inside the classroom but also with the department and our Student Professional Organization, AIS. Students will be required to create a portfolio which documents their achievements in the classroom, with the department, and within AIS. For each addition to their portfolio, a student will earn some number of “professional achievement points”. Students will be required to accumulate 1,000 professional achievement points to meet this graduation requirement.
MIS 3406 will serve as a checkpoint to ensure that students are focused on this requirement and on track to earn their 1,000 points by graduation. All MIS majors are required to to earn a minimum of 400 professional achievement points by the end of the semester. Students who have earned a “C” or better but do not earn the minimum number of professional achievement points by the end of the semester will receive an “Incomplete” for this course regardless of performance on exams or class participation! If a student earn earns the minimum number of professional achievement points within one year from the end of the semester and notifies their instructor, the instructor will update their grade from “Incomplete” to a traditional grade. If a student fails to earn the minimum number of professional achievement points within one year from the end of the semester or does not notify their instructor that they have earned the minimum number of professional achievement points then their “Incomplete” will be changed to an “F” automatically by the system and will be the student’s permanent grade.
You are STRONGLY encouraged to, at a minimum, do the following to earn professional achievement points:
- Create an e-Portfolio and have it listed with the department.
- Become an active member of AIS and participate in professional development activities.
- Attend the IT Awards Reception (spring semester only) and the MIS Department’s Career Fair.
- Volunteer your time for department sponsored events.
- Discuss opportunities to earn points for projects with your MIS instructors.
For more information on the portfolio requirement, please see http://community.mis.temple.edu/misportfolio/.
You can earn up to 50 professional achievment points in MIS 3406 by independently working on projects outside of the classroom. You may work on a maximum of two separate projects. For each project you will earn 25 points by doing the following:
- Select one of the technologies which we cover in this class (i.e. virtualization, cloud computing, WordPress, SharePoint, etc.) and develop some basic, hands-on skills with this technology.
- Create a short paper (1 page max) which summarizes what this technology does, why it interests you, and summarizes the hands-on skills you have developed with this technology. Discuss what will be included in this paper with your instructor and get the instructor’s approval before proceeding.
- Create a short web based video in which you demonstrate your newly developed skill.
- Create an entry in your e-Portfolio which incorporates the information included in your paper and includes your video.
Disability Resources and Services
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities.
Regular class attendance is mandatory. Missing class may impact your final grade. I expect you to arrive on time to class. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to catch up. Talk to your fellow classmates, check the class blog, complete readings, etc. While every student is encouraged to visit with me during office hours to help them gain a better understanding of material which they didn’t fully understand when they were in class, office hours are NOT for helping students catch up on material they missed because they were absent.
Class Repeat policy
A grade of a ‘C or better’ is required for all MIS courses in order to move onto the next course in sequence. MIS students are ONLY permitted to repeat a course one time. Any MIS student repeating a course should seek the guidance of the Senior Program Specialist or their Fox School UG advisor. MIS majors WILL NOT be permitted to register for a course a third time. Each time a student registers for a course and earns a grade, including a “W” when withdrawing from a course, will count towards this limit.
Academic Integrity – Zero Tolerance
Plagiarism and academic dishonesty can take many forms. The most obvious is copying from another student’s exam, but the following are also forms of this:
- Copying material directly from the Internet (or another source) without a proper citation crediting the author
- Turning in an assignment from a previous semester as if it were your own and created during the current semester for this course
- Having someone else complete your lab assignment and submitting it as if it were your own
- Signing someone else’s name to an attendance sign-in sheet
- Use of assignments completed in one class as any part of a project assigned in another class
- Sharing/copying homework assignments.
- Use of unauthorized notes during an examination
- In cases of cheating, both parties will be held equally responsible, i.e. both the student who shares the work and the student who copies the work.
There will be zero tolerance for blatant plagiarism or any other type of academic dishonesty. Former MIS 3406 students have posted both extra credit assignments and their work on exams to their e-Portfolios. You can find these with a simple Google search. Because of this, some people may be tempted to present the work of other students as their own. Under this zero tolerance policy, any student found doing this will immediately receive a final grade of “F” for the course and a formal complaint will immediately be filed with the University Discipline Committee (UDC). This incident will be listed on your permanent academic record. As part of my formal complaint, I will petition to have you expelled from the university. I will not discuss the penalty for violating this policy; I will simply direct you to this paragraph in the class syllabus.
If this is the second time you have taken this class, you may not hand in work you complete in the past for extra credit this semester. All extra credit MUST be completely reworked. Handing in extra credit that you completed in a earlier semester will be considered a violation of the academic integrity policy.
We will be using SafeAssign as part of submitting exams and extra credit. If you make a bad choice, you will be caught and the zero tolerance policy will be strictly enforced.
Source: Temple University Undergraduate Bulletin, 2015-2016. Available online at: http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/about-temple-university/student-responsibilities/#academichonesty
Temple University believes strongly in academic honesty and integrity. Plagiarism and academic cheating are, therefore, prohibited. Essential to intellectual growth is the development of independent thought and a respect for the thoughts of others. The prohibition against plagiarism and cheating is intended to foster this independence and respect.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person’s labor, another person’s ideas, another person’s words, another person’s assistance. Normally, all work done for courses — papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations — is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. Any assistance must be reported to the instructor. If the work has entailed consulting other resources — journals, books, or other media — these resources must be cited in a manner appropriate to the course. It is the instructor’s responsibility to indicate the appropriate manner of citation. Everything used from other sources — suggestions for organization of ideas, ideas themselves, or actual language — must be cited. Failure to cite borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. Undocumented use of materials from the World Wide Web is plagiarism.
Academic cheating is, generally, the thwarting or breaking of the general rules of academic work or the specific rules of the individual courses. It includes falsifying data; submitting, without the instructor’s approval, work in one course which was done for another; helping others to plagiarize or cheat from one’s own or another’s work; or actually doing the work of another person.
The penalty for academic dishonesty can vary from receiving a reprimand and a failing grade for a particular assignment, to a failing grade in the course, to suspension or expulsion from the university. The penalty varies with the nature of the offense, the individual instructor, the department, and the school or college.
Students who believe that they have been unfairly accused may appeal through the school or college’s academic grievance procedure.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class. In cases of cheating, both parties will be held equally responsible, i.e. both the student who shares the work and the student who copies the work. Penalties for such actions are given at my discretion, and can range from a failing grade for the individual assignment, to a failing grade for the entire course.