Your physical presence is MANDATORY in this class. If it is necessary for you to be absent from the class please take prior permission. If you foresee your absence on a specific day, please send me an email and contact your friends to make sure that you do not miss important information - both substantive and administrative.
Attendance on guest speaker days is specially important. I put in extra effort to arrange guest speakers/industry experts for you. I would like you to take benefit from it. Similarly, attendance on project presentation days is also important. It is important to see the projects of other students and learn something about the industries and products they are looking at. Furthermore, it is inappropriate to expect fellow students sit though your presentation and you not sit through theirs.
Kindly note that as per the academic policy of GMU, you will not be graded on attendance ALONE. However, you will understand that class participation cannot be accomplished without your physical presence in the classroom. For record purposes, attendance sheet will be passed around in the class at random. It will be your responsibility to keep a track and sign the attendance sheets.
Arriving late is totally unacceptable in my classes. (You are expected to show up for work on time, you need to start practicing now).
Beyond Classroom Work:
I also look at work that you do beyond the class-work with a positive eye. If you read an additional book, find a new article/case that pertains to class discussion, you must also show this work in class from which we will all benefit. I challenge all of you to seek new knowledge on your own and bring your experiences and reflections to the class discussions. High levels of class involvement and a genuine interest in what you study is depicted by such attempts to seek new knowledge.
I will not seek your participation for grading purposes. You need to make yourself and your work noticable for me to be favorably impressed by it.