MGT 560M Syllabus (FL18)

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There are several components in the grade:

  • lecture attendance and participation: 10%
  • 3 assignments submitted in groups of two via Gradescope (20% each): 60%
  • 3 lab quizzes* submitted and graded via Socrative (10% each): 30%

* lab quizzes may be broken down into smaller components aligning with the covered materials. All lab quizzes given in one of the three sessions will count as 10%.

Lecture Attendance and Participation

Participation: Active participation is essential to the success of this course. Quizzes will be given in the lectures to encourage your participation and own thinking. This will enhance your learning process and facilitate discussions with your peers as well as among the entire class. We will use Socrative ( to distribute and record quizzes. You will need to bring a WIFI enabled device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, …). To perform well on this metric, your submitted answers and comments should be clear and meaningful (i.e., not simply reiterating obvious facts or submitting blank or nonsense answers). The participation score will count 10% to your total course performance.

Please bring your name card and laptop to each class.

Short Assignments (in groups of 2 students)

There are several hands-on assignments, focusing on implementing the applications covered in the course. Assignments will cover the following applications: Sqoop, Hive, Pig, and Spark. Each assignment will count 20% to your total course performance.

Lab Quizzes

In each of the Lab section we will give a quiz that needs to be completed within the given time period. Lab quizzes will be graded and the score will be determined based on the number of correct answers. We will use Socrative ( to distribute and record quizzes. Each lab quiz will count 10% to your total course performance.

Please bring your name card and laptop to each lab.

Grading Summary

Final course grades will be assigned using the following straight scale:

Letter Grade Cutoff Percentage
A >= 93%
A- >= 90%
B+ >= 87%
B >= 83%
B- >= 80%
C+ >= 77%
C >= 73%
C- >= 70%
D+ >= 67%
D >= 63%
D- >= 60%
F < 60% 

Late Policy

Your homework assignments must be turned in on time. We cannot accept any late submissions or submissions that do not follow the instructions on the assignment. It is your responsibility to follow the submission instructions exactly.

Collaboration Policy

You are encouraged to discuss the course materials with other students. Discussing the material, and the general form of solutions to the labs is a key part of the class. Since, for many of the assignments, there is no single “right” answer, talking to other students and to the TAs is a good thing. However, everything that you turn in should be your own work, unless we tell you otherwise. If you talk about assignment solutions with another student, then you need to explicitly tell us on the hand-in. You are not allowed to copy answers/code or parts of answers/code from anyone else, or from material you find on the internet. This will be considered as willful cheating, and will be dealt with according to the official collaboration policy stated below.

Academic Dishonesty

Unless explicitly instructed otherwise, everything that you turn in for this course must be your own work. If you willfully misrepresent someone else’s work as your own, you are guilty of cheating. Cheating, in any form, will not be tolerated in this class.

There is zero tolerance of Academic Dishonesty. I will be actively searching for academic dishonesty on all homework assignments, quizzes, and exams. If you are guilty of cheating on any assignment or exam, you will receive an F (failed) in the course. If you copy from anyone that is currently taking this class or has previously taken this or other classes at Washington University covering the same topics, both parties will be penalized, regardless of which direction the information flowed. This is your only warning.

Code Of Conduct

The purpose of Olin’s Code of Conduct is to clarify expectations about academic and professional behavior. The Code is meant to encourage and clarify appropriate academic, classroom, interpersonal, and extra-curricular etiquette that is expected of each individual by their peers, the faculty and the institution. It is also intended to help describe the overall environment of excellence and professionalism that members of the Olin community seek to establish and to continually enhance. It is the responsibility of each member of the Olin community to uphold the spirit, as well as the principles, of the Code.

Please refer to the publication Integrity Matters: Olin Business School Code of Conductfor specific responsibilities, guidelines and procedures regarding academic integrity.

Olin’s Code of Conduct as it relates to Academic Matters

The following is a summary of the Code as it applies to Academic matters:

Student Academic Violations.It is dishonest and a violation of student academic integrity if you:

  1. Plagiarize– You commit plagiarism by taking someone else’s ideas, words or other types of product and presenting them as your own. You can avoid plagiarism by using proper methods of documentation and acknowledgement.
  2. Cheat on an examination– You must not receive or provide any unauthorized assistance on an examination. During an examination you may use only material authorized by the faculty.
  3. Copy or collaborate on assignments without permission– It is dishonest to collaborate with others when completing graded assignments or tests, performing laboratory experiments, writing and/or documenting computer programs, writing papers or reports and completing problem sets (unless expressly discussed in class).
  4. Fabricate or falsify data or records– It is dishonest to fabricate or falsify data in laboratory experiments, research papers, reports or other circumstances; fabricate source material in a bibliography or “works cited” list; or provide false information on a resume or other document in connection with academic efforts. It is also dishonest to take data developed by someone else and present them as your own.
  5. Engage in other forms of deceit or dishonesty that violate the spirit of the Code.

If you have any questions regarding the definition of allowable behavior, it is your responsibility to ask for clarification prior to engaging in the collaboration.

Olin’s Code of Conduct as it relates to Professional Behavior

Expectations – Professional Standards of Conduct: Olin students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner. Professional behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Attendance: Students are expected to attend each class session. Students who must miss a session for any reason should make every effort to notify the instructor prior to the class meeting. Students should never register for courses scheduled in conflict with one another.
  • Punctuality:Students are expected to arrive and be seated prior to the start of each class session. They should display their name cards in all classes at all times.
  • Behavior:Classroom interaction will be conducted in a spirited manner but always while displaying professional courtesy and personal respect.
  • Preparation: Students are expected to complete the readings, case preparations and other assignments prior to each class session and be prepared to actively participate in class discussion.
  • Distractions:
    • Exiting and Entering:Students are expected to remain in the classroom for the duration of the class session unless an urgent need arises or prior arrangements have been made with the professor.
    • Laptop, PDA, and Other Electronic Device Usage:Students are expected to not use laptops, PDAs, and other electronic devices in classrooms unless with the instructor’s consent and for activities directly related to the class session. Accessing email or the Internet during class is not permitted as they can be distracting for peers and faculty.
    • Cellular Phone and Pager Usage:Students are expected to keep their mobile phones and pagers turned off or have them set on silent/vibrate during class. Answering phones or pagers while class is in session is not permitted.
    • Other distractions: Thoseidentified by individual instructors,such as eating in the classroom.