8:00a - 9:20a
General Learning Goals:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should:
Demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making abilities through the critical analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of business information.
Course Specific Learning Goals:
GRADING and EVALUATIONS:
A student's grade will be based on one of the following options:
GRADE EVALUATION: As a percent of total points:
A (Above 90), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), F (below 60)
Option 1: [Avg. Exam Score X 10.0] + [Final Exam Score X 0.0] + [Bonus Pts.]
Option 2: [Avg. Exam Score X 8.0] + [Final Exam Score X 2.0] + [Bonus Pts.]
Major exams:Several major exams will be given. Each exam is equally weighted and will cover approximately two to four chapters. Exams will involve calculation and derivation of answers as well as their interpretation and meaning. Questions will come from the text and notes. Failure to take an exam on the scheduled date without prior permission from the instructor will result in a zero for that exam. No makeup exams are given. Provided that instructor permission was granted for missing an exam, the final exam will be weighted proportionately higher to offset the missed exam (see Option 2).
Final exam:A comprehensive final exam will be given, though it will be more heavily weighted toward the material covered since the last exam taken. The final exam is optional, except for those students who missed an earlier exam. The exam will involve calculation and derivation of answers as well as their interpretation and meaning. Questions will come from the text and notes.
Missed Final Exam Policy: If, because of a truly unavoidable situation, you are absolutely not able to take the final exam at the scheduled time/date, it is your responsibility to talk to me well in advance to ask to take the exam early. If a real, legitimate, last minute emergency occurs, it is your responsibility to contact me before the exam begins. If I am not available in my office, you must leave a voice mail or e-mail before the exam begins.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university attendance policy. (See the Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog). Each meeting of the class will run as scheduled. So as not to disturb the class, you are not to walk in and out of the classroom during the class hour except for an emergency. Notwithstanding anything herein contained to the contrary, any student who has 5 or more unexcused absences will receive a final grade of F. Roll may be taken during the first five minutes of class, in which case a late student would be counted absent. If this should happen before the official drop date, the student will be dropped with an ‘F.’ Class periods following an exam are important. If you are absent on a class period immediately following an exam, you will waive the right to have your test grade improved. Many important announcements are made in class. You should always contact one of your classmates when you are absent.
With regard to academic honesty, students are referred to the “Student Honor Creed” of Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
This class follows the guidelines suggested by the Center for Counseling and Disabilities Services for those students who qualify for disability services. See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog.
The Midwestern State University WebCT program will be incorporated into this class and
will provide the primary default means of communication. Each student is expected to master the use of WebCT. Assistance to achieve comfort using this program will be available as needed.
Syllabus Change Policy:
This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change. All changes will be announced in class and students will be responsible for incorporating the changes into the syllabus.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
MidwesternState UniversityStudent Handbook- See the most recent MSU Student Handbook for a statement of the university's policy on academic dishonesty. Any other questions not specifically addressed by this syllabus are governed by the student handbook. Make sure you have a copy and are familiar with all the procedures therein. Pay close attention to the Code of Student Conduct section.
Medical or Other Serious Problems- Please take time and make the effort to advise me if you have difficulties that require my attention to properly evaluate your classroom participation and activities.
Tape Recordings and Cell Phones- Tape recording of lectures is permitted. You may not tape record any information or class discussion when a graded test is being reviewed. Cell phones and pagers are prohibited unless the instructor has granted permission to have them in class.
Return of Exams- Never take an exam or graded answer sheet out of the classroom. This will result in an automatic zero (0) on the exam.
Grade Postings- Exam grades will be posted by using WebCT.
Plagiarism Statement: “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.”
Lower Grades– The instructor reserves the right to lower any student’s final grade by a letter grade (i.e., A to B, D to F) for:
(A) A negative, rude, unreasonably argumentative or inattentive attitude in class, or,
(B) Repeatedly disrupting the class for any reason (tardiness), or,
(C) NOT showing respect for fellow classmates' questions, opinions, or class presentations, or,
(D) Excessive absences – 5 or more - (see Attendance Policy above)