Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Grading and Policies

Grading Criteria

A and A- The assignment consistently exceeds expectations. It demonstrates originality of thought and creativity throughout. Beyond completing all of the required elements, new concepts and ideas are detailed that transcend general discussions along similar topic areas. There are few mechanical, grammatical or organizational issues that detract from the presented ideas.

B-, B, B+ The assignment consistently meets expectations. It contains all the information prescribed for the assignment and demonstrates a command of the subject matter. There is sufficient detail to cover the subject completely but not too much as to be distracting. There may be some procedural issues, such as grammar or organizational challenges, but these do not significantly detract from the intended assignment goals.

C, C+ The assignment fails to consistently meet expectations. That is, the assignment is complete but contains problems that detract from the intended goals. These issues may be relating to content detail, be grammatical, or be a general lack of clarity. Other problems might include not fully following assignment directions.

Below C- The assignment constantly fails to meet expectations. It is incomplete or in some other way consistently fails to demonstrate a firm grasp of the assigned material.

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.

Attendance and Participation

This is a highly collaborative and interactive class.  Attendance and participation in this class are mandatory.  There are no allowable number of missed classes.  Your goal should be to attend and be fully engaged in every class.  If you are to miss a class, advise the instructor prior to class in person or via email.  Failure to meet this requirement will have an impact on your participation grade.


There will be two exams during the semester. The exams will not be cumulative. Missed exams can only be made up in the case of documented and verifiable extreme emergency situations.


1000 Point Graduation Requirement

The MIS department has instituted a portfolio requirement for all BBA in MIS majors. Students are required to create a portfolio that documents their professional achievements. For each achievement you will earn points. You must accumulate 1,000 points to graduate. MIS 4596 is the last course in the BBA in MIS course sequence, therefore, you must have 1000 professional achievement points before you can receive a grade in this course. If you do not have 1000 points by the end of the term, you will receive an incomplete, which will stay until you reach the required number of points.

Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom

Please turn off cell phones at the start of 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.

While the use of laptop computers in the classroom is permitted for taking notes, using a laptop 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.


Classroom Etiquette

I expect everyone to be fully engaged for the entirety of each class meeting.

Arrive on time and stay until the end of class.

Stay in the class room except for emergencies

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:

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.

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