Student Handbook (extracts)

(Other than the final section on bibliography and references, what follows is taken from ISG catalog procedures with slight modifications for Course Grade as below. )


ISG students and faculty are responsible for creating a classroom that fosters a climate of equity and excellence while promoting respect and fair treatment of all individuals. Mutual respect and sensitivity toward the personal and cultural differences of students and professors are essential. ISG prides itself on the diversity of its faculty and student body and, as such, all individuals are expected to maintain a learning environment that promotes a respectful and rewarding exchange of knowledge.


Attendance will be taken at all seminars. In order to receive credit, the student must fulfill the conditions of the preparatory stage,  attend all six sessions of the seminar and complete all required assignments. Lateness will be noted and entered into the final course grade.

No student may miss more than 4 hours of any seminar under any circumstances without losing credit. A student who misses any portion of a seminar (less than four hours) will be requested to submit an additional assignment to compensate for the missed hours. ISG teachers are expected to apply grade penalties if students arrive late for the seminar sessions. Students should bring their laptop computer which will only be used for class assignments.

The student must notify the MBA Dean at least two weeks in advance if he/she is unable to attend the seminar in full. Students who miss a seminar for any reason will not obtain the required number of credits required for graduation. Students must contact the MBA Dean to discuss replacing any missed credits.

Course Grade

65% – Class Participation: Students are encouraged to participate in class. Class participation involves facilitating useful discussion by way of asking questions and answering questions put to the class by the professor. Attendance throughout the entire seminar is part of class participation.

35% – Final Written Assignment: This assignment will be given to students during the final session of the course. It will be a multi-part exercise asking students to apply what they have learned. The completed paper will be more than 2000, less than 5000 words in length, thoroughly spell-checked, and will be due four weeks after the seminar. Students will also be asked to provide as a short annex, a reflection on what they have learned, including making reference to their original expectations (which will also be found here).

* Students are required to sign a statement ensuring that the conditions as set out in the Final Report Guidelines at have been scrupulously respected.


The grading system at ISG is based on the standard American system of letter grades and a 4.0 grade point average scale (GPA) as follows:
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- .70
F 0.0

ISG expects all students to be capable of performing at an A or B level. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required for graduation. ISG’s faculty members grade fairly and according to the performance of each student. Any contested grades must first be addressed directly to the professor.

Please note that grades cannot be changed once they have been submitted and students cannot be given alternate assignments to change their grade.


Students are expected to complete all assignments on time. Requests for extensions or delays must be made directly by email to the instructor, with a copy to the ISG MBA Dean. Extensions will be issued exclusively by the professor and at his or her discretion. Students who hand in their assignments late without an approved extension will have their grade reduced according to the teacher’s discretion.

Final report

While the course itself is highly interactive and collaborative, the Final Written Assignment is not. While you are encouraged to use your class notes and course materials to complete the assignment, you are required to work on your paper entirely on your own .   All students whose assignments show remarkable similarities will be penalized. Therefore, it is important that you not let others copy your work, since you will be penalized and may fail the course.


Plagiarism is considered to be the misattribution of another source’s words or ideas as one’s own. To avoid plagiarizing from other works, attribution must be given to the author or authors of all source materials referenced.

To do this, you must cite
• Quotations, ideas, or paraphrasing from any external sources (books, magazines, websites, interviews, etc.)
• Any visual materials (charts, diagrams, photographs, etc.)

However, you do not need to cite
• Personal experiences or insights
• Self-generated research (field work) or visual content

ISG accepts work that is formatted in either MLA (Modern Language Association – or APA style (American Psychological Association – A detailed style-guide to citations can be found at For more useful information on plagiarism, please consult Perdue University’s Owl website at

Bibliographic Referencing

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