Part of receiving an education from a professional college like the College of Business
is learning about your chosen field. Another part is learning to act like a member of that
field. Professional Demeanor is in many ways the most important part of the learning process.
How you act affects not only how others perceive you, but can also result in rewards or,
alternatively, negative consequences. It will also affect your grade in this class.
The grade that you receive in this class will consist of two parts: the objective portion
that is a calculated average of all assignments, quizzes, exams, etc., and a subjective
portion that is based on your professional demeanor. The professional demeanor multiplier
(PDM) can range from 0.85 to 1.05, and will be multiplied by your calculated average.
Students will be assigned a PDM of 1.0 unless behaviors are exhibited that signify
unreadiness for the workforce. Exceptional students may also be rewarded accordingly.
Final Grade = Calculated Grade * PDM
Students will demonstrate professional demeanor and commitment in a variety of ways: enthusiastic and respectful participation in class, willing acceptance and completion of obligations; punctuality; and not whining. Professional demeanor includes several subjective items such as punctuality, attendance, positive attitude, preparation, appropriate language, and respectfulness to other students and the professor. Students are expected to come to class prepared, participate in activities and discussions, and treat others with respect in the classroom, which includes listening interactively to classmates and the professor, and respecting others’ viewpoints.
Students are expected to arrive for class and be in their seats by the scheduled beginning of class.
Attendance is very important and is addressed in a separate section. Students are expected to attend class. It is your responsibility to contact the professor when you are unable to attend, and to obtain information about missed assignments, etc., from classmates.
Do not leave class early unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor.
Do not read the newspaper during class.
Do not bring meals or snacks to class.
Every cell phone, laptop volume control, personal digital assistant, should be set
to mute or off before coming to class. If any of these devices rings, beeps, or plays
in class, you will be marked absent.
Some students enroll in a course already having experience in the subject area, and
while contributions to discussions are welcomed, arrogance and unwillingness to learn or
comply with professor directions will not be tolerated.
Increasing numbers of students are using personal computers to take notes in class. To
maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning in the classroom and to avoid distracting
others, students using laptops in classrooms should follow these principles of good practice.
- Set your computer so that no audible signal is heard (e.g., when the
battery is low). Similarly, install software so that there is no sound when the software is
"booted up" or used.
- Restrict laptop use to note taking or class-related web sites. Random
browsing, social networking, playing computer games, exchanging e-mail, and Internet
messaging are discouraged. If you engage in unauthorized communication or entertainment
(surfing, instant messaging, chat room chatting, DVD viewing, shopping, music playing,
game playing, etc.), you will be marked absent.
- If a guest speaker comes into the class, please give the person your
full attention and close your laptops.