Strike/hartal/blockade Policy

In view of explicit instructions from UGC (2015) and the NSU Authority, there will be (scheduled) class during a strike/hartal/blockade unless it is stated in the university's website (notice board).

  • Come to the class only if you feel safe
  • Attendance will be taken
  • You will be responsible for the contents covered. Consultation will be provided later during office hours for missed classes
  • Missed classes (re)scheduled by the NSU authority will be followed

 

if 50% or more students miss activities like presentations, labs, exams

  • Activities will be rescheduled

Else you have to go for a makeup.

  • For midterm- follow the relevant makeup policy
  • For labs- follow the faq section on what to do if you miss a class
  • For presentation- call/come during my office hours for a rescheduling

Midterm Makeup Policy

Makeup is possible only for individual evaluations- individual assignments and midterms. Makeup is not possible for finals, IOAs and/or group assignment. Only accidents/medical emergencies concerning you and/or your immediate-family are acceptable.

If you are eligible for a makeup, please follow the section below

Step 1: Prove that you have been attentive by finishing all the optional assignments

  • Present all GAs/Term Projects Send videos for all labs
  • Get 80% plus for all the IOAs

Step 2: Email an online application Send a formal application explaining why you missed the assignment.

  • Provide with proof(s) of a valid reason you mentioned in the application. E.g. in case of a high fever you need to attached a doctor's note and/or prescription. You might need to bring in your parent/guardian in case your proofs are not convincing enough.
  • Include your name, NSU ID, course and section, semester, missed examination description, date of the missed assignment.

Step 3: Submit a hard copy of the application (with supporting documents)

  • Schedule the makeup after the final examination schedules are posted by the NSU Authority
  • Propose a date/time by consulting with other students who missed the same grades (via Facebook group)
  • Use the same application that you sent online- just the date/time
  • Include one of your parents/guardian's signature of approval, phone number and a suitable time to call.

Step 4: Appear for the exam

  • The exam is open book/notes.
  • The syllabus is the same as the missed exam.
  • The question pattern is subjective (broad questions and short questions only) and with limited choices. It will be more comprehensive in nature.

Setp 5: Grade posting

  • Your final grade will reflect your makeup score. 

Bonus Policies- Attendance

You get a full attendance for having outstanding performance (90% or more in Midterm 1, Midterm 2 and/or the final).

Management

  • Your grades will be recorded and published online during/after the final week./li>
  • Your bonus will be adjusted after the grades are published.

Bonus Policies- Final

You get a maximum 3% bonus for having outstanding attendance (100% recorded attendance).

Management

  • Your bonus will be adjusted during the final week when all grades are compiled.
  • Your total grade after adjustment can be the maximum grade allowed for the "Final".

Bonus Policies- Midterm2

  • A maximum of 3% bonus added to your "Midterm 2" grade
  • 1% bonus for each instance of finding errors that could potentially
    confuse other class members in various course contents. E.g. Lecture slides,
    various content on the website, examination questions, IOAs (Online Quiz)
  • Typos that does not confuse students is not eligible

Management

  • Bonus will be provided to the first person spotting the error. Your participation will be recorded.
  • Your bonus will be adjusted during the final week when all grades are
    compiled.
  • Your total grade after adjustment can be the maximum grade allowed for the
    "Midterm 2".

Bonus Policies- Midterm1

  • A maximum of 3% bonus added to your "Midterm 1" grade
  • 1% bonus for each instance of providing elaborate real life example to make it easier for the students to understand
  • Performing activities to entertain the class during the break including but not limited to reciting poem, performing other artistic activities relevant to the class

Management

  • Your participation will be recorded immediately after the class in the attendance sheet.
  • Your bonus will be adjusted during the final week when all grades are
    compiled.
  • Your total grade after adjustment can be the maximum grade allowed for the "Midterm 1".

Bonus Policies- General

You have a few opportunities to improve your grades using bonuses. These bonuses help you recover part of you grades that you missed during midterms, finals and similar. Follow the relevant section to figure out how you can get bonuses.

  • Caution: In case your participation is not recorded, you cannot get a bonus.
  • Caution: You cannot have a dispute on bonuses after the semester ends. Check your final grade-tabulation.

Makeup Policy- Faculty/NSU

NSU Announced Makeups

We will follow all makeups announced by NSU as well as all policy of NSU.

Instructor Missing a Class

The instructor missing a class will follow with a makeup. The makeup will be announced considering the convenience of the student. You are encouraged to attend the class however the makeup-attendance will not affect your course's attendance. It will get you a 1% bonus in terms of class participation (allocated in the class participation bonus as outlines in the course website).

Assignment Submission Policy

Filename

  • Filename- Include your course, section, assignment number and your NSU ID/group name. E.g. MGT314-4 GA-1 00148575767.docx, MGT314-4 TP-1 Group- Blue.xlsx

Software applications to use

  • Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio.
  • For video casting, use the mp4 format.
  • If you want to submit files incompatible with the software above, please get consent from the faculty.

Technology Policy

You are required a good command and/or availability of the following technology component.

  1. Internet access- Also vailable through NSU
  2. Smartphone
  3. Computer- Also available through internet
  4. NSU Email account
  5. Browser (software): e.g. Mizall Firefox, Google Chrome
  6. Office Application Suite: Microsoft Office Suite 2010 or later- Also available through NSU.

Call IT for support

  • 1425, 1417, 1411, 1405, 1403, 1413, 1404,1402, 1406, 1410
  • Holiday Support (Friday - Saturday): 1425, 1411, 7001 & 7002

Group Policies/Responsibilities

  • Brainstorming/Mindmapping is required for all group assignments. You need to proivde a copy (e.g. a photograph in your presentation).
  • If one of the member of the group cheats, the group will get a zero for the assignment. Review the plagiarism policy for more details.
  • Communicate with your group members at least every two days after a group assignment is posted. 
  • Use a closed Facebook group for communication. Also post all members emails and phone information. You will be required to show this as proof of your activities in case of a dispute.

Grading Policy

Standard NSU Grade Distribution Scheme will be followed which includes provisions for curving.

A 93-100
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77 79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69
D 60-66
F 0- 59

There are bonus points and there might be grade-curves (as appropriate). Curves are adjusted before your bonuses are added. You get bonuses in integer (1%, 2%, or 3%) increment and your total grade in any particular evaluation area (e.g. Mideterm 1) cannot be the maximum allowed for that evaluation area.

Usage Policy

By visiting or using this site (also referred to as "course website"), you (also referred to as the "user", "visitor", "student") agree to be legally bound by the following terms and conditions.

The administrator reserves the right, to update or revise these "Terms of Use" at any time without notice. Check the Terms of Use at least once a week for changes. The revised terms will be effective immediately as soon as they are posted on the site and by continuing to use the site you agree to be bound by the revised terms.

Disclaimer

All materials, information, software, products and services, included in or available through this Site (also referred to as "content") are provided on an "as is" basis. The content is provided without warranties of any kind.

Copyright

Any use, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, display or performance, whether or not for profit or commercial gain, of any part of the content on the website , without prior written permission or authorization is strictly prohibited.

Communication/Email Policy

Use email: Effectively

  1. You need to contact using your NSU email address.
  2. Use a proper subject and body of the email
  3. Make clear communication- use bullet points as appropriate
  4. Include your Course Name, Section, Session, and your NSU ID
  5. Do not use unnecessary capitalization

Don't use Email ...

  • If your concern is time sensitive and/or complex. For instance before the exam you would want to meet me in person to get your concerns resolved
  • Your email did not get answered for three consecutive work-days

Note: You can schedule an in-person appointment using by calling during the office hours.

General Course Policies

Academic integrity and professionalism

You are expected to be professional attending the course including class participation and assignment quality. For instance, you should dress business casual or more formal. Cell Phones are to be turned off and no text messaging/IMing during class.

Attendance is required

  • You need to submit written explanation for each class you missed. Only medical and family emergency are the valid reasons to miss a class. Please let me know beforehand in case you are anticipating such an even.
  • For four or more misses, you are required to bring in your parent/guardian.
  • If you miss more than 25% of the classes, you will be an automatic fail. ยท

Tardiness

You need to sign in a roster title "Reason for being late". Three occurrence will be penalized as the third day as absent.

Late Assignment

  • 1 day ~ 75% of graded
  • 2 days ~ 50% of graded
  • 2+ days ~ 0

Do not hurt your fellow students- be fair

  • Cheating- grade inflation!
  • Loud conversation- Distraction. Use a paper-note if you have to communicate during class and pass it quietly.
  • Abrupt movement- Distraction. Don't do.
  • Request special favor- grade inflation!.

Environment Friendly

Reduce your usage of paper (Without effecting your productivity). Recycle papers as appropriate.

NSU Policies Disclaimer

NSU policies supersede the course policies (as applicable).

Checkout relevant section for policies regarding Makeup- classes, quizzes, exams, plagiarism ...

IOA Policy

  • You can review books, journals, online documents during the assessment process.
  • You will not be graded if you do not complete the IOA, i.e. you will have to answer each and every question. You can leave a question blank or randomly choose answer in case you want to jump forward.
  • You can login/logout normally and still continue the IOA within the
    time-limit. Try to finish the IOA immediately after it is assigned to ensure that small problems can be mitigated.
  • You cannot change an IOA answer after your have submitted it once.
  • Also review the plagiarism policy and makeup policy.
  • Group discussions are allowed before you appear for the assessment and NOT during the assessment.

How you will be monitored

Caution: Your network IP address, the time you are responding to a particular answer and the pages you are visiting are tracked by the system. In case of ambiguity, you might be required to reproduce your IOA result in person without prior notice. In case you cannot achieve similar result, you will be prosecuted as per plagiarism policy.

Plagiarism and other academic dishonesty

Important facts about plagiarism

  • Unaware students plagiarize unintentionally.
    • Often student do it unconsciously.
    • Sometimes plagiarism might seem socially acceptable as the penalties were not harsh enough.
  • Plagiarism is often easy to identify by using special software to search through digital content including Google search. There are also specialized tools to detect plagiarism like http://www.turnitin.com
  • Copying somebody else's content is a form of plagiarism. In such cases, all parties are guilty.
  • Students are responsible for educating themselves about it. 
  • If you let another student copy your coursework both of you are same guilty of plagiarism
  • NSU does not allow plagiarism and has strict policy regarding it.  

Avoiding plagiarism

  • Citing sources properly
  • Do not copy anybody else's content or let anybody copy your content
  • Do not copy paste from the website, textbook or similar
    • Rather than texts directly from the textbook- use your own words.
  • Increase you confidence on you skills and knowledge
  • Understanding the fact that plagiarism is not a way to help your fellow student (friends). Consider other methods like group study and similar.

Penalties

  • If plagiarism involved proxy and/or copying, all the students involved will be penalized.
  • You will get an F for the course and you will be reported to the department head
    • Your assignment grades will be set to zero.
  • If you were unaware of plagiarism then you can appeal for a reconsideration. In such a case, you have to do the followings
    1. You will be required to write a formal letter of apology explaining
      1. Why you did it ?
      2. Why it was wrong (explain five different points/impacts/demerits)?
      3. What should you do to avoid plagiarizing in future (explain five different points/actions)
      4. What will be your message to other students who might be thinking of doing the same (explain five different points)
    2. You will be required to create/sponsor a 6'x4' or larger poster to raise awareness about the type of plagiarism that you did.
      1. Your poster should include both graphics and text including course, section, and instructor information (in small letters, as the sponsoring individual).
      2. Get your poster design approved before you print/draw it.
      3. You will need to get permission and design/print the poster.
      4. It should be displayed in the NSU common area or near the elevator for no less than a week.
      5. Make sure it is secured (by talking to guards/other ways) or you have to draw it again
    3. You will still get a zero grade for the assignment. If it is a Midterm, you can bring in your parents/guardian for a makeup.

What is Plagiarism, lying and copying?

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense often caused as a student uses someone else's work as his or her own. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism. In another form, plagiarism is the incorporation of someone else's work without providing adequate credit or when it is not appropriate.

Copying is a common form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is an academic dishonesty and so it lying. These are serious offenses and these are dealt with severe punishments particularly in an academic setting.

Learn more about plagiarism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Plagiarism

http://sociology.camden.rutgers.edu/curriculum/plagiarism.htm

http://wp.rutgers.edu/courses/plagiarism