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  1. Graduate Level Expectations Developing a shared vision for class participation

  2. Why are you here? • In order to get a job, you need to graduate • In order to graduate, you need to follow the code of conduct • In order to follow the code, you need to understand what it says STUDENT CONDUCT CODE (1) No student is allowed to miss class more than three times. All faculty members will randomly call the roll during each semester and record it in the attendance checklist. Any student who misses lecture more than 3 times will be dropped from the class without any tuition refund. (2) No student is allowed to violate the school honor code: Any cheating during a quiz, mid-term examination or final examination will cause the violator to face academic probation by the university. A second offence will cause the student to be expelled from the university without being re-admitted for the next 3 years. (3) No student is allowed to violate the classroom conduct code: During classroom instruction conducted by the professor, NO chatting, NO eating, NO walking is allowed. Any violator will be asked to leave the classroom immediately. (4) No late homework is accepted: A Student should turn in the homework on-time. The schedule is set by the professor. The faculty member or grader has the authority to reject any late homework. (5) No plagiarizing is allowed: For any project/independent study course, and in class assignments and papers, ABSOLUTELY no plagiarizing is allowed. Copying a whole paper or whole section of a paper is prohibited. Copying without references is also prohibited. Any violator will receive an F grade for that course. BA 553: Business Process Management

  3. Changing Student Behavior • Reports of problematic behaviors are on the rise nationally, not only in the classroom but in society at large • Some of these immature, irritating, or thoughtless behaviors include: • lateness or leaving early • inappropriate cell phone and laptop usage in class • side conversations • disregard for deadlines • grade grubbing (requesting higher grades) • sniping remarks • cheating • These behaviors are not just instructors’ pet peeves; they have real costs, including: • distracting other students and instructor in class • reducing student participation • lowering other students' and instructor’s motivation in or out of class • affecting fairness in grading • using instructor or TA time unproductively • feeling disrespected as a fellow learner or authority figure BA 553: Business Process Management

  4. How does graduate work differ from undergrad? • Graduate education represents mastery of an academic discipline. As distinct from undergraduate education, graduate education provides advanced knowledge in a field of study that is characterized by specialized training in the discipline’s theory, research methodology, and critical analysis.1 • Since graduate education is concentrated, learning is more self-directed, and involves more individualized instruction and mentoring than does learning for a baccalaureate degree. A master’s degree provides a student with the skills necessary to generate new knowledge and to apply existing knowledge. It also provides the student with the professional ethics and values of the discipline.1 • Graduate students are held to a higher caliber than undergraduate students. Graduate students are expected to have better research skills and more in-depth and applied knowledge.2 • Graduate studies are much more research oriented. Master's and doctoral programs include some class work, but research preparation and defense is a primary focus in most programs.3 BA 553: Business Process Management

  5. Virginia Tech Grad Student Expectations • Graduate education is a critical component in the development of new knowledge, current research, new ideas, and exceptional scholarship within the University • To fulfill this mission, Virginia Tech seeks to instill in each student an understanding of and capacity for scholarship, independent critical judgment, academic rigor, and intellectual honesty • It is the joint responsibility of faculty and graduate students to work together to foster these ends through relationships that encourage freedom of inquiry, demonstrate personal and professional integrity, and foster mutual respect • Building a graduate community for quality graduate education depends upon the professional and ethical conduct of both faculty and students • Graduate students should exercise honesty and ethical behavior in all their academic pursuits, whether these undertakings pertain to study, course work, research, extension, or teaching BA 553: Business Process Management

  6. Other Universities’ Expectations of Grad Students • The goal of research and scholarship is the discovery of knowledge • Integrity in research is an essential part of a University’s intellectual and social structure, and adherence to its spirit and principles is required • These principles include commitment to truth, objectivity, fairness, honesty, and free inquiry • The thesis or dissertation is the primary document that summarizes the independent contributions of a graduate student at the completion of the graduate program of study • Thesis-based degrees are not granted based on time and effort expended, but on the achievement of a significant research contribution as evaluated by the faculty • The ultimate objective of the graduate research experience is for the student to progress to the point of becoming an independent, self-reliant researcher or scholar BA 553: Business Process Management

  7., accessed 17 March 2010., accessed 20 March 2010., accessed 17 March 2010. Ibid., accessed 17 March 2010., accessed 17 March 2010. What are your responsibilities? • Dedicating the appropriate time and energy to accomplishing academic excellence and completion of the program.1 • Who can explain the number of hours per week outside of class students are expected to spend on class work? • The traditional college norm is that for every hour spent in the classroom, a student should plan on spending at least two hours outside the classroom learning the subject matter of the course through additional reading or class assignments.2 • Exercising the utmost integrity in all facets of the graduate program.3 • Submitting documents (proposal, thesis, dissertation, etc.) that are the original work of the student. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.4 • Maintaining classroom decorum and a collegial atmosphere that ensures teaching and learning.5 • Demonstrating professionalism while studying at school.6 BA 553: Business Process Management

  8. Qualities Employers Look For See last slide in this presentation for sources. BA 553: Business Process Management

  9. How to Get Hired • Employers often look for previous experience to help them determine an applicant’s capabilities • If you don’t have much experience, you will need to demonstrate your capabilities in other ways • Grades from your university courses are one method • Assuming there are multiple applicants with good grades, you will need to find some way to distinguish yourself from the others • Letters of recommendation provide one avenue for this • If you want letters of recommendation from your professors, you will need to show you are an outstanding student who is deserving of this effort BA 553: Business Process Management

  10. What are the University’s responsibilities? • Communicating clearly to each student the program requirements, including course work, research, examinations, and thesis, and delineating the estimated time to complete each phase • Ensuring that individual graduate programs offer a curriculum of graduate instruction that is both broad and deep enough to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for the broad array of postgraduate careers they may wish to pursue • Assisting in developing creative, interpretive, writing, verbal, technical, reasoning, and quantitative competencies, as appropriate, in accordance with the expectations of the discipline • Encouraging each graduate student to participate in professional meetings or perform or display their work in public forums, as appropriate • Counseling each student to develop the competencies and portfolio of achievements to be competitive for employment. Encouraging students in assessing career options and in preparing for a variety of job markets • Stimulating an appreciation of learning and teaching • Encouraging students to learn and conform to accepted standards in ethics and scholarly conduct • Providing, where necessary, appropriate mechanisms to help acculturate international students to academic life in this country and at this university • Ensuring that graduate students receive periodic and constructive assessments of their progress toward degrees Drawn from various university websites, accessed 17 March 2010 (see last slide in this presentation). BA 553: Business Process Management

  11. What are my responsibilities? • Monitoring the integrity of the class content to ensure it conveys useful information • Providing opportunities that enable student learning in the course topics • Providing intellectual and technical encouragement and direction in support of progress toward degree completion • Providing timely verbal or written assessment of each student's work • Providing guidance to help students develop self-assessment skills so they can start on the pathway to lifelong learning BA 553: Business Process Management

  12. Sources of Information: Accessed 17 March 2010 University Websites: • Texas A&M University: • Virginia Tech: • Purdue University: • Carnegie-Mellon University: • Southern Illinois University: • Princeton University: • Duke University: Employer Information Websites (from slide 5): • • • •!ebfpppd. • BA 553: Business Process Management