Fall 2017

Grading and Policies

Course Grading


  • 25% Exam 1
  • 25% Exam 2
  • 25% Exam 3
  • 25% Team Project


Course Grading Scale
94-100 A 73-76 C
90-93 A- 70-72 C-
87-89 B+ 67-69 D+
83-86 B 63-66 D
80-82 B- 60-62 D-
77-79 C+ Below 60 F

Project Grading Criteria

We will evaluate the following when reviewing you team’s project. For each criteria we will decide whether your efforts exceed expectations, meet them or fail to meet them.

Scope (How well did you define a real problem that the client cares about? 20%
Prototype (How well did you use JIM to specify a viable solution to your client’s problem? 20%
Innovation (How creative or original is your solution to the customer’s problem?) 10%
Presentation (How well did you sell your ideas?) 20%
Use Cases/Scenarios (How well does your persona demonstrate how your prototype will solve the client’s problem) 10%
Data (How well have you used the data features of JIM to specify the data that will be needed for your solution?) 10%
Business Rules (How well have you articulated the business rules that would govern your client’s use of your solution) 10%

Your team’s project will receive a numeric grade of up to 100 points. Your individual project grades will be assigned based on peer and instructor evaluation and may vary +/- 10 points.


MIS Majors

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.

Attendance Policy

While attendance will not be taken, you are expected to attend each and every class. I expect you to arrive on time to class. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to catch up. Talk to your class fellows, check the class blog, watch the class capture, find out the homework, team assignments, readings, etc.

Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom

Please don’t take calls or texts during class. If you have an urgent, personal situation and may be receiving an important phone call during class, please let me know this at the beginning of class, sit near the door, and step out of the classroom if you need to take a call.

The use of laptop computers in the classroom is permitted for taking notes, sharing homework, and working on our activities. Laptop use for any other purpose is prohibited. This distracts the students sitting around you. If I find that you are using a laptop for something other than taking notes, you will be asked to put your laptop away and you will no longer be permitted to use a laptop in the classroom.

 MIS Department Professional Achievement Points Requirement:

The MIS Department has instituted a professional achievement points requirement for all MIS majors. This class is a checkpoint to ensure that students are focused on this requirement and on track to earn their 1,000 points by graduation. Students in MIS3501 must earn a minimum of 200 points by the end of the semester. Students who fail to earn the required points will receive an “Incomplete” for this course regardless of performance on exams or class participation!

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. The grade of “F” will then be the student’s permanent grade

Citation Guidelines

If you use text, figures, and data in reports that was created by others you must identify the source and clearly differentiate your work from the material that you are referencing. If you fail to do so you are plagiarizing. There are many different acceptable formats that you can use to cite the work of others. The format is not as important as the intent. You must clearly show the reader what is your work and what is a reference to someone else’s work.

Academic Honesty

Source: Temple University Undergraduate Bulletin, 2012-2013. Available online at: http://www.temple.edu/bulletin/responsibilities_rights/responsibilities/responsibilities.shtm

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.