MBA Program Regulations
Table of Contents
MBA PROGRAM REGULATIONS 2014-‐2015 3
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 3
PROJECT FOR GM, PM, AND ETM STUDENTS (MBA 7015) 5
STUDY ABROAD TERM FOR IB STUDENTS 6
BUSINESS PLAN (MBA 7011) 6
RESEARCH OPTION -‐ MASTER’S DEGREE REPORT (MBA 7020) 6
MBA SPECIFIC-‐POLICIES 6 GROUPS 6 COMMUNICATION 7 DRESS CODE 7 TEXTBOOKS 7 COURSE SYLLABUS 7
TUITION AND FEES 7
CODE OF CONDUCT 9
ADVANCED STANDING 9
UNETHICAL ACTIONS 10
POLICY ON DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT 10
GIFT GIVING 12
GRADUATE SCHOOL POLICIES 13
TRANSFER CREDIT 13
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE 15
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT 16-‐21
APPENDIX 1 -‐ IMPORTANT DATES 22
APPENDIX 2 – PROGRAM LAYOUT 23
APPENDIX 3 -‐ MBA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: 2014 -‐ 2015 25
APPENDIX 4 – PROFESSIONAL STUDENT VS. PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE 34
MBA Program Regulations 2014-‐2015
At the close of Orientation Week, you will be presented with a form to sign declaring that you have read and understand the regulations of the MBA Program, the Graduate School, and the University of New Brunswick.
Graduate students at UNB need to be aware of three sets of regulations. The first set relates to your MBA program in particular and is contained in this document. Secondly, a broader set of Calendar Regulations applying to all UNB graduate students are found on the School of Graduate Studies website. Thirdly, where neither of the above sets of regulations applies, the general UNB regulations apply and are found in the Undergraduate Calendar .
If questions or difficulties arise which are related to your program, please refer initially to the sources listed above. If you cannot find the answer or require clarification, please contact your academic advisor, Michelle Scott and/or schedule an appointment to speak with the Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Business.
The MBA Program consists of five modules over 1-‐year. Each module is 8 weeks in length, with a 9th week for exams. Each module, full time students complete 12.5 credit hours for a total of 62.5 credit hours in the year. Each course is worth 2.5 credit hours with the exception of MBA 7015, which is 10 credit hours. Students will maintain a full-‐time course load each module and must complete within the year.
There are three streams of study: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management (ETM), International Business (IB), and Project Management (PM). Students have the option of forming a General
Management course of study by taking a variety of courses from each of the three streams.
A Research option is available; students complete 25 credit hours of core and management skills courses plus 37.5 credit hours of research.
In the week prior to the start of Module 1, students will attend a mandatory MBA Bootcamp.
Important dates for the year can be found in Appendix 1, while the full program layout can be found in Appendix 2, and detailed course descriptions are in Appendix 3.
In module one, students will take four core courses – Accounting I; Applied Business Research & Statistics; Human Behaviour & Leadership; and Marketing Management -‐ along with a required class in Effective Communication.
In module two, students will take three core courses – one of Finance or Financing for Entrepreneurs; International Business, Government & Society; Production & Operations Management; plus a required course in Management Skills Development (I). Additionally, students will select a stream core course (Appendix 2). After the add/drop date in January, no stream changes are permitted.
In module three, students will take one core course – Strategic Management -‐ and will select four core business elective courses (Appendix 2).
In module four, students in the ETM stream and GM option complete MBA 7015 (Business Consulting Project) and MBA 7011 (Integrative Project – Business Plan). Students in the PM and IB streams will take four electives and the second course in Management Skills Development (II). IB students will also begin MBA 7011, which they will finish at the end of Module 5.
In module five, IB students take the study abroad term accumulating 10 credit hours of elective courses plus complete MBA 7011. PM students will complete MBA 7015 and MBA 7011. ETM and GM complete 4 electives in their area plus Management Skills Development II.
The MBA Program offers 3 specializations or streams for MBA Students plus the option to take more general studies (GM). Students can choose any specialization. Each stream includes one core stream course, 4 elective stream courses, and a business-‐consulting project (IB students complete a study abroad term rather than a project). The following table provides the stream-‐specific courses. A full course layout can be found in Appendix 2 with course descriptions in Appendix 3.
STREAM ETM PM IB GM Module 2
Core Stream Course
MBA 7302 MBA 7615 MBA 7060 MBA 7503 Module 4 MBA 7015 MBA 7608
MBA 7609 MBA 7614 MBA 7661 MBA 7705 MBA 7427 MBA 7305 MBA 7061 MBA 7169 MBA 7015 Module 5 MBA 7351 MBA 7352 MBA 7168 MBA 7616
MBA 7015 Study Abroad
10 credit hours MBA 7351 MBA 7352 MBA 7168 MBA 7616 MBA 7384 MBA 7615
Project for GM, PM, and ETM Students (MBA 7015)
GM, PM, and ETM students complete a mandatory business consulting project in the module assigned. The project period must be a minimum of 8 weeks long and a maximum of 10 weeks. Resumes and cover letters of students will be sent to prospective employers. By signing the declaration that you have read and understood the MBA Regulations, you are agreeing to allow distribution of your cover letter and resume.
Students will require permission to work in Canada from Citizenship and Immigration Canada prior to beginning the business-‐consulting project, whether the company is a private corporation, non-‐profit, or the University, and whether the position is paid or unpaid. Applications for a co-‐op work permit should begin in January. Students must consult the International Student Advisor to obtain advice on applying for a co-‐op work permit no later than January 30. Students will also require a Social Insurance Number. The course description for MBA 7015 may be found in Appendix 3.
Students must be in good academic standing (with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher) to be accepted into the Business Consulting Project (MBA 7015).
To participate in the interviews for a Business Consulting Project with an employer, students must be in good academic standing. Therefore, an ETM, PM or GM student, with a CGPA less than 3.0 at the end of Module 2, will not be permitted to go on the Business Consulting Project and will complete courses in Modules 4 and 5. ETM and PM streams are not granted without successfully completing MBA 7015 therefore these students will finish within the GM stream.
Study Abroad Term for IB Students
UNB Saint John has study abroad partners in France and China. The study abroad portion takes place during the final fall term, from August/September to December. As a result, this program will be 15 months in length, rather than 12.
Fees for education abroad are paid through student tuition at UNB Saint John. Students will study the equivalent of 10 credit hours while abroad. In China, this normally means students will take 12 credit hours; while, in France students will take 24 ECTS credits. Note that marking standards are not the same at all universities; therefore, students must familiarize themselves with the expectations at each
The study abroad experience is mandatory for the IB stream. Students must be in good academic standing to participate in the study abroad program. An IB student with a CGPA less than 3.0 at the end of Module 2 will not be permitted to go on study abroad and will complete courses at UNBSJ in Module 5. Therefore these students will finish within the GM stream.
Business Plan (MBA 7011)
The business plan is a required component of the MBA Program. Students will complete in Module 4 or 5 depending on the stream of study. The course description can be found in Appendix 3.
Research Option - Master’s Degree Report (MBA 7020)
The Research option allows students to conduct research exploring the most recent challenges in business through literature reviews and primary research. After completing the eleven foundation and skills development courses, students will conduct research and potentially take additional relevant
courses under the direction of their faculty supervisor. Students planning to take this option should identify themselves to the MBA Director as early as possible, as it takes time to find a research
supervisor and arrange a research program. Research stream students will work with their faculty supervisor to choose courses that support their areas of research.
MBA students must have a strong current and previous academic record in order to be selected for the research stream. Additional details may be found on page 14.
Students will work on group assignments and projects in mixed groups of four to seven. For core courses, groups will be assigned by MBA staff. In non-‐core courses, students may choose their own groups subject to instructor design for each course. Students are required to form diverse groups with
no more than two people from each world region (i.e. Southeast Asia, Canada/US, Europe, China,
Africa, and Latin America). Michelle Scott and your instructors will have the final say in the composition of groups. If there are less than 4 part-‐time students in the class, they will be integrated with the full-‐time student groups.
The MBA program, the Graduate School, and professors will communicate with students via UNB e-‐ mail. Personal e-‐mail addresses will not be used due to strict confidentiality regulations in Canada.
The language of use in the MBA program is English at all times in the classroom, during group work, and in written communication between group members.
The dress code for MBA classes and seminars is at a minimum the attire of a professional student
(Appendix 4). During presentations, guest speakers to class, and during meetings with members of the Saint John business community, formal business attire will be mandatory (Appendix 4).
The photocopying of textbooks is illegal in Canada and the penalties are severe, including hefty fines and prison terms. Students will not be permitted to use copied textbooks in the classroom.
The course syllabus is a contract between professor and student. Both parties are bound by this contract. Students must follow due dates set on the syllabus and course timetable as instructors will not remind students of impending deadlines.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition payments must be made by the due dates. Beyond that time, interest penalties will accrue. Students may be de-‐registered from courses and services may be deactivated. While students in other graduate programs pay tuition on a per term basis, MBA Program tuition is paid in installments as outlined in admission documents and in the following schedule.
Tuition Deadline Canadian International
October 15th, 2014 $10,000 (assumes deposit paid) $13,500 (assumes deposit paid)
March 31st, 2015 $7,000 $10,000
Note: Graduate Students who have not made fee-‐payment arrangements by the Wednesday of the third week of the term will be withdrawn from the School of Graduate Studies and their graduate program.
Students who do not complete their degree within the approved 12-‐month timeframe -‐ for example, failure of a course -‐ will be assessed additional fees.
Mandatory International Student Health Insurance
UNB policy states that all international students who have student or applicable visas must purchase international health insurance. Insurance from the student’s home country will not be accepted. More details are available on the Financial Services website.
GSA Health Insurance
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides supplemental health insurance; the health plan is mandatory and covers such things as prescription drugs, practitioners, medical equipment, vision and hearing, while the dental plan is optional. Travel insurance is also provided.
Students may opt-‐out of GSA insurance by providing evidence of equivalent coverage. This means, unless a student contacts GSA with proof of insurance, they will be charged.
The latest opt-‐out date is October 24 2014. After this date, student accounts will be charged and there is no way of cancelling the insurance after this date. Opt-‐outs are done online at
https://www.studentvip.ca/unbgsa/sign_in/. This is the same site to add Family insurance.
Additional Information on GSA Health Insurance can be found at https://www.studentvip.ca/unbgsa/.
For additional regulations related to the payment of graduate student tuition and fees refer to the
Masters and PhD regulations in the online calendar.
Students with outstanding fees will not be eligible to graduate.
Attendance in class, at MBA Bootcamp, and at mandatory professional development activities is compulsory unless supported by a doctor’s note.
To avoid being dropped from a class, and therefore the MBA program, students must attend 4 hours within the first 8 hours of each course. No more than a total of 8 hours per course may be missed. This may be adjusted to fewer than 8 hours missed at the instructor’s discretion.
Where there is a disagreement between the student’s and the instructor’s records of attendance, the instructor’s records will be considered correct. Students should ensure their attendance has been recorded accurately.
Code of Conduct
The MBA Program does expect a certain standard of professional behaviour for student interaction with staff and faculty. The following points are adapted from the McGill MBA Program policies.
• Provide 24 hours notice by email for cancellation of any appointments with Staff or Faculty. • Arrive on-‐time for appointments, class, and MBA sponsored events.
• Respect the dress-‐code established for professional events. Inappropriate attire may result
in Program staff denying entry to an event.
• Strictly no use of cell phones or other electronic devices during class or seminars for
texting, searching the web, and other forms of distraction. Answering of a phone during class will result in the student being asked to leave the classroom and not return.
• Professional business-‐like behavior is expected at all times in the MBA classroom and at
professional events on and off campus.
• Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct on three occasions may result in suspension of
privileges to access the following MBA Services: Career Services, mentorship, business consulting project placements, study abroad, networking events, and other MBA sponsored events.
Advanced standing (or a course waiver) may be given to a student who has completed substantial academic study supported by recent work experience in the subject area. Students may apply for advanced standings in the following core courses only:
• MBA 7214 • MBA 7303 • MBA 7605 • MBA 7504 • MBA 7404 or 7405 • MBA 7626
MBA 7102 and MBA 7100 are not eligible for advanced standing. Advanced standing will not be given for any other courses in the MBA Program.
Students are required to continue attending class until they receive written confirmation of advanced standing from the School of Graduate Studies.
To qualify for advanced standing, the student must have worked in the course subject area as well as meet one of the following conditions within the past 5 years:
• A substantially similar course taken in a graduate business school at an approved
• A major in the area at the undergraduate level in an approved university, or
• A professional certification in the area from a nationally recognized certification body.
To apply, students should write a letter to the Director of the MBA Program and include the following information:
• the MBA course to be waived,
• the course(s) or certification to be considered as equivalent, • the institution(s) at which study was completed,
• a copy of the relevant transcript, and
• a copy of the course syllabi for each course to be considered as equivalent (it will not be
necessary to provide a syllabus for a course taken at UNB).
The waiver decision will be officially made by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies upon recommendation from the MBA Director.
Students who have received advanced standing are not obliged to attend the class. Students can request a privilege for attending the course but in that case must be excluded from group projects and any other graded course work. Permission to attend will not automatically be granted.
Tuition is charged for the entire program rather than per course. Therefore, tuition is not reduced when students receive advanced standing in one or more courses.
The deadline to apply for advanced standing is the end of the first week of classes in modules 1, 2 and 3. No late applications will be accepted.
It is considered unethical to:
• Tell the instructor that you need a certain grade
• Ask for extra assignments for the purpose of raising your grade
• Ask that the grade be raised because it is very close to the next higher grade
• Ask that the grade be raised because you did very well on one part of the course or grading
• Ask for a higher grade because you don’t like the grading scheme
• Ask to be allowed to turn in an assignment late -‐ even a few minutes late -‐ because of
computer or printer problems or any other reason
• Ask to be treated better than other students by making an exception to the rules • Ask for any other unfair advantage in grading
Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Harassment
In Canadian and New Brunswick law, as well as UNB policy, there are laws and rules to follow as permanent or temporary residents of Canada and as students, faculty, and staff of UNB.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 15.1, states the following:
“Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability”.
The Charter was developed by John Peters Humphrey, a New Brunswick native and the main author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948.
The MBA Program has implemented a program to create awareness amongst all participants; to train all MBA program participants both in terms of how to recognize harassment and discrimination, and to know what steps to take when the harassment and discrimination occurs. Finally, the Program needs to make people aware of the repercussions of such actions.
STEP 1: Awareness
Our first step is to make all students aware of the following:
• That harassment and discrimination have taken place in the MBA environment. • The MBA Program does not condone harassment and discrimination.
• Action will be taken against students who harass, bully or discriminate against other
students. At this point, it is important to provide definitions for the terms “harassment”, “sexual harassment”, and “discrimination” under the New Brunswick Human Rights Act.
Discrimination: differential treatment of an individual or group of individuals which is based, in whole or in part, on race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, social condition, political belief or activity, and which thus has an adverse impact on the individual or group of individuals.
Harassment: behaviour which serves no legitimate purpose and which the instigator knows, or ought
reasonably to know, has the effect of creating an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive environment. Examples of behaviour which constitute Harassment include -‐ but are not limited to -‐ bullying, intimidation, coercion, physical assaults, vexatious or malicious comment, or the abuse of power, authority or influence.
The reasonable exercise of administrative or academic authority does not of itself constitute Harassment.
Sexual Harassment: conduct of a sexual nature such as -‐ but not limited to -‐ verbal abuse or threats of a sexual nature, unwelcome sexual invitations or requests, demands for sexual favours, or repeated innuendos or taunting about a person's body, appearance or sexual orientation when:
1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or academic accreditation, or;
2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, or for academic performance, status or accreditation decisions affecting such individual, or;
3. such conduct interferes with an individual's work or academic performance, or;
4. such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.
Behaviour conducted in whole or in part through electronic means (such as e-‐mail, web postings, text messaging and other forms of electronic behaviour) shall be included within these definitions.
Step 2: Training
A seminar will be provided during MBA Bootcamp by the UNB Office of Human Rights and Positive Environment. In addition, we will be providing training throughout the year with the goal to:
• increase your awareness of what constitutes harassment and discrimination • equip you with the tools to handle harassment and discrimination
• educate you on the steps to take if you experience, or observe others experiencing,
harassment and/or discrimination
Step 3: Consequences
The consequences of engaging in activity of a harassing or discriminatory nature at UNB are relative to the severity of the incident and can range from minor to severe. Examples of penalties are:
• Being sent for training and/or counseling • Have a letter put in your academic file • Expulsion from University
Certain forms of harassment are also punishable under the New Brunswick Criminal Code.
This is a University wide policy and policy covers all participants in the MBA Program – staff, students, and faculty – as well as all employees and students at UNB. It also covers harassment of employees by students, as well as student to student and employee to student.
At the end of each academic year, we reassess our progress in this area and strengthen our training program and procedures as necessary.
Students should review UNB Policy, New Brunswick Human Rights Act, the material presented by The Office of Human Rights and Positive Environment at UNB, and the UNB Student Disciplinary Code.
Canada is not a gift-‐giving culture as in many other parts of the world. Canadians give gifts to family members and intimate friends on special occasions and times of celebration only, such as on religious holidays, and for birthdays and weddings.
Gifts are not generally exchanged by business associates or between faculty/staff and students. We understand that many students enjoy giving gifts to their professors and staff members of the University. However, UNB policy states the following: “As a matter of principle, the University discourages the practice of students giving gifts to faculty members…”
Drawing on this same policy, the MBA Program recommends the following. In lieu of gifts, students who wish to express thanks or appreciation to a faculty or staff member could:
• Nominate the faculty or staff member for a Faculty or University teaching or service award • Write a letter of appreciation to the faculty/staff member’s Dean or the Vice-‐President • Send a card or note of thanks to the faculty/staff member.
Graduate School Policies
All policies of the UNB Graduate School, apply to MBA students. The following are particularly relevant to MBA students.
Graduate Studies is the Registrar for MBA students. Students register themselves online in all MBA courses. If a registration date is missed, the student will have to wait until the following year to take the course. There is no flexibility for personal situations. The Graduate Studies Program will follow the rules without exception.
For Module 1, students register during orientation after being assigned to a section. Sections are split in MBA to provide maximum diversity in each class. For further modules, students will be sent a timetable approximately two weeks prior to the start of the next module. MBA staff will assign students to a section in any course where there are more than two sections.
Deadlines are at the bottom of the schedule. The “add and drop date” for each module is usually only five days after the start of the module. “W” and “WF” dates are also indicated on the schedule. “W” indicates the date by which a student can “withdraw” from a course without academic penalty. “WF” (“withdraw fail”) indicates the date at which a student can withdraw from a course but will earn an F.
The potential to receive transfer credits applies only to applicants currently enrolled in a Master Degree program at another institution. At the time of application to our program – upon request -‐ the
student's transcript from their current degree program will be assessed for eligibility for transfer credits not to exceed thirty credits. These credits will only be applied at the time of admission.
Students who have completed a Masters level program at another institution are eligible to apply for advanced standing in up to three core courses in our program.
Transfer credits that are preapproved during the program for completion at another institution -‐ for example study abroad transfer credits -‐ will also be accepted. Transfer credits are not
guaranteed. Students must have transfer credits preapproved by the MBA Director and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Tuition is charged for the entire program rather than per course. Therefore, tuition is not reduced when students receive transfer credit in one or more courses.
A candidate for the Master's degree by report must prepare a report as part of the program and this report must be approved by an Examining Board established by the Director of Graduate Studies of the Graduate Academic Unit (GAU) – in this case the MBA Director. The Examining Board will be
constituted in the same manner as the Examining Board for a Masters Thesis. The report must conform in all respects to the regulations governing the presentation of theses and reports approved by the School of Graduate Studies. One member of the Board may be from outside the Faculty’s GAU. Should the Report be approved, the candidate will be examined orally. The oral examination will be chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies of the GAU – MBA Director.
The chair will not have a vote. The oral examination will be open to members of the public and the university. At the discretion of the chair, members of the public and the university may ask questions but they do not vote. The Director of Graduate Studies will report the decision of the Committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
"A candidate for the Master’s degree by major research essay must conform in all respects to the regulations governing the supervision, preparation, and presentation of the major research essay as approved by the candidate’s GAU, the Executive Committee of the School of Graduate Studies, and the two Senates.”
In the event a student’s research takes longer to complete than the end of September, additional continuing research fees will result:
MBA candidates in the research option will pay the full one-‐year MBA tuition. At the end of this year, the student, supervisor, and Director of Graduate Studies will submit a progress report to the School of Graduate Studies. From this point in the degree, the student will continue to pay fees on a "full time continuing" basis.
Questions related to the Research Option should be directed to the Director of the Business Graduate Academic Unit (MBA Director).
With the exception of the above, questions related to study matters in the MBA program should first be addressed to Michelle Scott.
All MBA students doing research, whether as part of a thesis (7020), research project (7997 and 7998), or a paper within another course must conform to the policies of the Research Ethics Board.
Research Ethics Board (UNB Saint John)
The University of New Brunswick has a policy regarding all research involving human participants. Both the university policy and the national Tricouncil Policy on research ethics have clear guidelines about the use of human participants and research conducted by university personnel that is conducted at other sites. All graduate students and their supervisors are university personnel and should have the research approved by the Research Ethics Board in either Saint John or Fredericton. According to both policies, research data cannot be presented at academic conferences or published in academic or non-‐academic journals until the appropriate ethics approval was obtained before data collection began. For
information about Research Ethics at UNB, please see: http://www.unb.ca/research/vp/ethics.html. For more information, students can consult the Tricouncil Policy at
UNB has a policy of letter grades. Percentages are not used as an official part of the grading
scheme for a course. Instructors may use percentages during assignments, but the final mark for a course will be a letter grade assignment. A grade of D will not be considered a passing grade at the graduate school level.
Course Grading System
Letter Grade Grade Point Equivalent Definition
A+ 4.3 A 4.0 Outstanding Work A-‐ 3.7 B+ 3.3 Good Work B 3.0 Acceptable Work B-‐ 2.7 C+ 2.3 Marginal Work C 2.0 D 1.0 Unacceptable Work F 0.0
Good Academic Standing
In reference to the General Regulations, Standards & Procedures set out by the School of Graduate Studies of UNB and published in the Graduate Calendar, the Faculty of Business establishes the following policy regarding the MBA student performance assessment.
To continue registration as a graduate student, a candidate for the MBA degree must achieve and maintain satisfactory academic performance at all times. If a student’s academic performance is not considered satisfactory, they will be required to withdraw from the MBA program.
Satisfactory Academic Performance/Minimum CGPA
Students who are accepted to the School of Graduate Studies must maintain a CGPA 3.0 (B) or better overall. Students who are accepted on a probationary basis must maintain a CGPA 3.0 (B) or better in Module One with no grades below a B, unless noted otherwise in the acceptance letter. Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to withdraw from the program. Any student who obtains a D in any course, but their CGPA remains at 3.0 or above, must repeat that course in order to graduate. A grade of D in a core course will not be considered satisfactory for graduation.
Normally a student whose performance is considered to be unsatisfactory will be required to withdraw from the School of Graduate Studies. Where the unsatisfactory performance is due to a grade in a single course, a student may normally petition the School of Graduate Studies to take a single course to replace the unsatisfactory one or to repeat the course.
Students who fail a course are expected to take it when next available. Courses are available once per year and course tuition and fees will be assessed by Finance. In a core course, a grade less than a C is considered a failure in the MBA Program. A core course must be repeated, whereas a D or an F in a failed elective may be replaced by any elective in the UNBSJ MBA or an approved elective at another MBA Program.
Records of F and D grades are not removed from the student’s transcript. Original marks and final marks will be shown and both factor into the final CGPA.
Deadlines for Completion of the Program
Full-‐time students are expected to complete within the allotted 1-‐year timeframe for the program, with the exception of IB students who will graduate the following spring.
To graduate at the October convocation, coursework must be completed by the end of Module 5 no later than the date in September set by the School of Graduate Studies. In order to graduate in the May convocation, coursework must be completed no later than the end of Module 2 in the same year.
The MBA Program has a Zero Tolerance Policy for cheating, plagiarism or any other form of Academic Misconduct.
A definition of academic misconduct includes:
• cheating (using unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in academic exercise),
plagiarism, falsification of records, unauthorized possession of examinations, intimidation and any and all other actions that may improperly affect the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or
• assisting others in any such act; or • attempts to engage in such acts.
The academic misconduct code will be strictly enforced. Any suspected case of academic misconduct will be reported to the University Registrar. If the student is found guilty of academic misconduct there are both grade and disciplinary penalties. Students are advised to consult with their instructor on questions with respect to research or writing.
Unless clearly inapplicable to graduate students, general University Regulations are meant to apply to all students; specifically, the regulations and procedures on Academic Offenses and the General
Regulations on Conduct. Graduate Students, including MBA candidates, are also subject to the Graduate Study Regulations. A complete set of regulations can be found on the website.
For more information on other School of Graduate Studies Regulations please refer to the Graduate Study Regulations. Section 29 specifically deals with academic offenses.
Questions regarding academic conduct should be addressed to Michelle Scott, unless directed otherwise in the subsequent questions.
A student who is found guilty of an academic offense will have two penalties imposed:
• Notation on the student's transcript of academic record concerning the academic offense. The
length of time the notation appears on the student's transcript of academic record is to be decided when the penalty is imposed.
• A failing grade in an examination, test or course. One of the following penalties may also be
I. Recommendation to the President for suspension for a specified period. The
recommendation is to include the length of time the notation is to appear on the student's transcript of academic record.
II. Recommendation is then made to the President for expulsion from the University. If the student is expelled, a permanent notation will appear on the student's transcript of academic record.
• All cases of academic misconduct of any type will be recommended to the President for expulsion
from the University. If the student is expelled, a permanent notation will appear on the student's transcript of academic record.
Plagiarism is the most serious academic offense and could result in expulsion. Enforcement is not optional. For more information, visit the Graduate Study Regulations website.
Quoting verbatim, or almost verbatim, from a source (such as copyrighted material, notes, letters, business entries, computer materials, electronic media such as the Internet, etc.), without acknowledging this to be a quotation, is plagiarism. Also, taking over someone else's line of thought, argument, arrangement and supporting evidence (such as, for example, statistics, bibliographies, etc.), without indicating such dependence, is plagiarism. In general, submitting someone else's work, in whatever form (film, workbook, artwork, computer materials, etc.) without acknowledgment, is plagiarism (adapted from Glendon College Calendar, p. A37).
The attention of students is directed particularly to the fact that scholarly practice requires that all material derived from secondary sources other than that which is common knowledge must be
acknowledged in each particular instance by a footnote or other appropriate reference; the mere citing of a work in a bibliography does not constitute adequate acknowledgment for specific instances of quotation or paraphrase. The presentation of material in any way which produces the impression that the material is the student's own work rather than that of someone else constitutes an act of plagiarism, for which severe academic penalties will be imposed.
The citation method most commonly used in the MBA program is the American Psychological Association (APA) Citation method. Unless otherwise indicated by your course instructor, all submissions should adhere to this standard. The website for the APA includes pages covering the basics of their APA Citation Style.
In courses including group work, the instructor will define and warn against plagiarism in work involving groups. Unless an act of plagiarism is clearly identified with an individual student, or students, a penalty may be imposed on all members of the group.
Please note that when submitting a group assignment, the group is expected to work together and will be assigned a mark as one. However, submitting the same or substantially similar work when individual work is required is strictly not permitted and is considered cheating and/or plagiarism.
Review of Grades
This regulation applies to a review of a single piece of course work, including, but not limited to, tests, computerized tests, examinations, term papers, essays, reports, group projects, practicum and co-‐op assessments and oral tests/exams.
a. Students may discuss with the course instructor the mark on any piece of work regardless of its value. For a team-‐taught course, the coordinator of the course will replace the role of the instructor.
b. Students have the right to request a formal review of the grade assigned to a single piece of work worth at least 25 per cent in the calculation of the final grade in the course, which includes a final examination in a course.
c. The grounds for such formal review are restricted to:
i. the evaluation of the piece of work is demonstrably unfair;
ii. the method of evaluation was not consistent among all students in the course; iii. there was a miscalculation of the grade assigned to the piece of work; or
iv. Compassionate, health-‐related or extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student which demonstrably had a direct impact on academic performance. (It is the student(s) responsibility to provide documentation which demonstrates that such circumstances have had a direct impact on the academic performance of the student).
d. There are two steps to follow for the formal review process:
i. The piece of work must be discussed with the instructor involved within two weeks of the receipt of the grade for the single piece of work, as provided for in (a) above.
ii. After this first step, and if requested by the student(s) in writing to the Chair of the Department, or Dean of the Faculty if there is no Department or Chair, a review will be conducted by a committee consisting of: (a) the Chair of the department or Dean of the Faculty or designate; (b) the instructor and (c) the student(s).
iii. Students have the right to meet with the Chair or Dean, or designate, without the instructor present prior to this review.
iv. The review must be conducted within 7 days after the review with the instructor stipulated in (i) above.
v. The decision of this review is final and the reasons for the decision will be provided to the student(s) in writing by the Chair or Dean.
vi. Students who have not requested a grade review of a single piece of work that is reviewable, or who have requested a grade review of a single piece of work and are not satisfied with the result, may not ask for a review of a final grade on the basis of that single piece of work.
For procedures related to review of a single piece of work, consult Article 24B in the online Graduate Calendar.
Review of Final Course Grade
a) Prior to requesting a formal review of a final grade, students will discuss the grade with the instructor. For a team-‐taught course the coordinator of the course will replace the role of the instructor. Where no course coordinator exists, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies will designate one of the course instructors as course coordinator.
b) Students who are not satisfied with the decision of the instructor or course coordinator have the right to request a review of the official final grade received in a course on the proper form available in the Office of the UNB Registrar. Such requests must be received by the Registrar, in writing, within 90 days after the end of the course or examination period, where applicable. A fee of $15.00 must accompany the request. The fee will be refunded if the grade is subsequently raised.
c) Students should clearly outline the grounds for the request to review the final grade. Normally the grounds are restricted to either one or more of the grounds below:
i. the final grade is demonstrably unfair;
ii. the calculation of the final grade was not consistent within the class; iii. the final grade was not calculated on all the work completed; or iv. there was a miscalculation of the final grade;
v. compassionate, health-‐related or extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student which demonstrably had a direct impact on academic performance (It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation which demonstrates that such circumstances has had a direct impact on the academic performance of the student).
d) The Registrar shall refer the request for formal review to a Committee consisting of:
i. one member selected by the student;
ii. one member selected by the instructor who is a member of the GAU; and
iii. the Chair of the Department or Dean of the Faculty or a designate selected by the Chair or
Dean, provided that the Chair, Dean or designate shall be a member of the GAU. In the event that the student or instructor is unable to select a member for this review
committee, the Dean of Faculty will select.
e) If it is a class action involving two or more students enrolled in the/a course, the students in the class requesting the review will select one member of the Committee. If more than one instructor, the instructors involved in the teaching of the course will select one member of the Committee. The required criteria for a grade review for a class action are:
i. the grade of all members in the class requesting the review must be at issue;
ii. the grounds for the review must be the same for all members in the class requesting the review; and
iii. the requested outcome of the review must produce a consistent result for all members in the class requesting the review.
f) The Committee shall interview the instructor(s) and student(s). The instructor(s) and student(s) may submit any materials relevant to the review of final grade.
g) The decision of the Committee will be forwarded to the Registrar with a copy to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The decision with reasons must be given in writing and provided to the student(s).
Final Grade Review Appeals
a) Students who are not satisfied with the decision of the Committee referred to above (Review of Final Course Grade) have the right to appeal the results of a review of a final course grade. Such appeals must be submitted within 4 weeks after the date of the decision of the Committee by notice in writing to the Registrar.
b) Student(s) should clearly state the grounds for the appeal. The grounds for appeal of final course grade are limited to:
i. the decision of the Final Grade Review Committee was made without due regard to proper procedure such that the student was materially disadvantaged; and/or
ii. the decision of the Final Grade Review Committee was made in a manner which was not fair in all of the circumstances.
c) The Registrar shall refer the appeal of Fredericton Campus students to the Senate Student Standings and Promotions Committee; on the Saint John Campus, the appeal will be referred to the Student Appeals Committee.
d) The Registrar shall give notice to the student or the person acting on the student's behalf, of the time and place of the appeal hearing and shall give access to the students or the person acting on the students' behalf to all materials relevant to the appeal.
e) The Registrar shall give notice to the instructor, Chair of the Department and Dean of the Faculty concerned of the time and place of the hearing and request any written materials relevant to the appeal be filed with the committee in a manner such that the right of access provided for in subparagraph (d) shall be facilitated.
f) The relevant Appeals Committee shall hear and determine the matter. The decision of the Committee shall be final, shall be provided to the student(s) in writing, and no right of appeal exists to the same Appeals Committee from this decision except as follows: Where new evidence becomes available to the student(s) of which the student(s) were unaware at the time of the original Committee Appeal Hearing, through no fault of the student(s), and prior to any
proceedings commencing before a Senate Review Committee, the relevant Appeals Committee may, upon written request of the student(s), summarizing such evidence, elect to hold a further hearing to consider such new evidence and, if deemed appropriate, hand down a further or other decision on the appeal. The relevant appeal committee shall have the sole and only discretion to hold a further hearing pursuant to such written request.
g) If the Appeals Committee finds in favour of the appellant(s), it normally shall refer the review of final grade back to the Departmental or Faculty review committee for reconsideration with such reasons, directions and recommendations as the Appeals Committee may determine. In the exceptional case where the Appeals Committee determines that the student(s) would be
disadvantaged by a referral back to the Departmental or Faculty review committee, the Appeals Committee reserves the right to alter the final grade.
h) The procedures to be followed by the appeals committee are as follows:
i. Student(s) must have the opportunity to appear, in person, or via conference call or video conference (at the request of the student(s)), to present oral and/or written submissions on the matters at issue on appeal.
ii. Student(s) must have an opportunity to respond to any submissions made by any other parties in the appeal and have an opportunity to present final argument and summation at the conclusion of the hearing.
iii. Student(s) must have an opportunity to direct questions to any other parties in the appeal hearing.
iv. Other parties must be given an opportunity to direct questions to the student(s) in the appeal.
v. Members of the appeal subcommittee may question any and all parties with respect to the matters at issue in the appeal, inclusive of the student(s).
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