Western Philosophy – Cour

Teaching Philosophy

Teamwork

  1. Each class is divided in teams.
  2. Each team will be composed by maximum 2 members depending on the total students in the class.
  3. Each team will have to choose a name from categories of names decided by the teacher, like the followings: names of animals, Chinese horoscope; Chinese cities or province or traditional dishes; European or American or African or Asian Countries or Capital Cities: Fashion brands: flowers, fruits, vegetables or animals, football teams or basketball teams.
  4. Each team must have a leader. The role of the leader is to ensure the team performs at her best all the time by practicing good behavior in class, actively interacts with the teacher, punctually hands over home assignments and projects as per assessing requirements, and collaborates in promoting a motivating learning environment by increasing the enthusiasm and team spirit among the members.
  5. The team is successful or otherwise depending upon the performance of the members. SUCCESS AND FAILURES ARE SHARED EQUALLY AND FAIRLY. Therefore, Close Collaboration and Trust among the members are vividly encouraged and expected.
  6. The attendance and discipline in class for the team is carried by the leader and the final marks on class participation, attendance, teamwork, project is evenly distributed among all members.
  7. Each team will have a shared mark for class attendance based on the total presences recorded by the team during the semester. Example; if a team has 2 members and the total weeks of the semester is 16 then a team scoring 32 attendances will have achieved 100% or 5% for each member. If the team scores 28 presences then the total attendance percentage will be 87% or 4.3% for each member.
  8. The same criteria will be used to allocate marks for class participation, midterm project and teamwork.

Ladies and Gentlemen

  1. The students are not considered students but young adults entering and starting their college life and, as such, considered mature enough to be responsible for their own actions and approach to learning and living independently and away from the comforts of their homes.
  2. As ladies and gentlemen, students will not be called by their names but the will be addressed by the teacher with the title of Mr. and Miss. followed by their first name or preferred English name. This is to create in the student the feeling to be in the adulthood phase and not a late adolescence. In this way, the student will feel that respect is received and given at equal proportion and same quality in life in the way it is enjoyed by others and one’s self.

Based on this principle, no behavior contrary to respect and honor will be entertained or accepted and the highest regard for such titles (Lady or Gentleman) and the manners in which they are carried out do constitute a point of merit in the final evaluation.

  1. This philosophy of teaching is based on the most effective training methods used by the Ritz Carlton Hotel Group where everyone is important and essential for the betterment, development and success of the company through a very exciting, motivating and enticing learning and working environment.
  2. As adults, the students will feel the responsibility rested on their shoulders and behave respectfully and diligently by searching the best ways to outperform themselves and take up various challenges during their time spent in college.
  3. Furthermore, the students will develop the understanding and comprehension of the importance of trust, friendship, teamwork, give and receive help and support, as well as responsibility, and commitment. Simultaneously, the students will be able to learn the intrinsic meaning of hardworking and determination and soft skills as interpersonal communication and social interaction, acceptance of diversity and celebration of individual uniqueness.

Class Code of Disciplinary Conduct

  • Attendance
  1. Each student will be given 1 mark for each attendance in class and the team will be given the total attendance of each member divided by 5% as final attendance mark.
  2. If a student is late for class not beyond ten minutes then he/she will be allowed in class upon asking permission toward the teacher and the class.
  3. If the lateness is beyond ten minutes but not more than 30 minutes, the student will be allowed in class but his attendance will be marked as 0.5.
  4. If the lateness is beyond 30 minutes then the student will be allowed in class but an absence from class will be recorded, even though the student is seating in class.

Use of Mobiles, Tablets, IPhone and any other electronic device

  1. Use of phone or any electronic device is not allowed in class unless it is authorized by the teacher.
  2. Cell phones can be used to record the lesson if prior permission has been granted by the teacher.
  3. Sometimes, phones can be used during class time if required by the teacher for surfing web sites or looking up for sources of information or even for QQ group communication and information.

Teacher Assistants

  1. In each class, the teacher may choose two or three assistants who are required to assist in the effective management of the class and oriented to improve class behavior and performance.

Corrective Actions

  1. Chatting or any form of class disruptions, including unauthorized use of cell phones or any other electronic devices, will be awarded a penalties of mark subtracted from the overall final mark in the following way:
  1. The first offence will be awarded a 5% cut from the overall final mark
  2. The second offence will be awarded a further 10% mark from the final mark
  3. The third offence will be awarded another 15% cur from the final overall mark
  4. The 4th offence will be awarded a further 20% cut from the final overall mark meaning that the highest mark achievable by the student is just passing mark
  5. Any further offence will grant an immediate failure from the course with no further chance of being reinstated into the class.
  1. All these penalties are personal and do not affect other members of the teams but be disruptive to the team effectiveness and team work
  • Other Miscellaneous Conduct
  1. If the student needs to answer a very urgent call then he/she must raise the hand and ask to be allowed to temporarily exit the class and, after terminating the call, return in class.
  2. Any student leaving the class earlier then the regular hours will be considered absent for the whole class and, with him/her, the entire team to which he/she belongs.
  3. If a student must leave the class because of any urgent reason, early dismissal from class can be authorized only by the teacher who will then record time and reason of leaving.
  4. The reading of other books related to any topic or subject not related to the current topic discussed by the teacher will be regarded and treated as the rules and regulations governing the unauthorized use of cell phones.
  • Project and Assignments
  1. Projects, assignments and home works are to be handed over on a timely and punctual manner without exceptions.
  2. A delay of a minute but within same day will be awarded a cut of 10% of the possible mark.
  3. A delay of one day after the due deadline will be awarded a cut of 20% of the possible mark.
  4. Any further delay will only receive a passing mark when and if considered fitting the teaching standard requirements.
  5. Students must not insist about being given chances and no reason will be entertained. The principle of Ladies and Gentlemen is applied overall the teaching, learning and class management.

Teacher’s Assistants (TAS)

  1. The teacher selects in each class two or three teacher’s assistants. The TA will be helping, supporting and assisting the teacher in the management of the class covering areas like discipline, homework, project completion, attendance, student counselling, peers’ support and social and group activities suggested by the class.
  2. The TAs have a monthly meeting with the teacher every second week of the month (in case of Holiday or unforeseen events the TA Monthly Meeting is postponed to the following week). During the meeting the TAs are expected to be present to represent their class. Eventually, in case of urgent matters, at least one TA out of two shall be present to the TA Monthly Meeting.
  3. Each TA is responsible to ensure that all teams in the class do attend the semester’s office meeting with the teacher to be awarded the 5% as part of the final assessment.
  4. TA is also charged with supervising the booking of the meetings between the teacher and the teams or students and to update the excel sheet for the purpose in the QQ group Teacher Assistant TIANFU.
  5. Each TA is also in charge of the class QQ group and, as such, it is the duty of the TA to ensure the class members do make use of it in a very proficient way. Uploading and downloading files, and using, as much as possible, English language, stopping any sort of advertisement in the group in any forms and shapes, keeping the content of the group chats within the criteria conforming to the College’s directives and disciplinary conduct.
  6. The TA shall also be considered a class leader and team leader and as such he shall conduct him or herself in a highly distinguished manner and be seen as role model by all the classes.
  7. The TA is also considered an assistant manager to the teacher and, in such role, he/she represents and speaks on behalf of the teacher as instructed by the teacher and be the carrier of class feedback and suggestions to the teacher.

General Conduct and Behavior

  1. The teacher will not implement any harsh ways of class management. The role of a teacher does not require the establishment of a despotic or authoritarian regime.
  2. As before mentioned, the class members will all be considered Ladies and Gentlemen and treated with, spoken to and addressed by respectful ways.
  3. As such, adult behavior shall be the norm and not exception. High integrity and moral uphold with purely moral and ethical conduct shall not an expectation but rather a habit to be cultivated for the overall benefit and a fully rounded personal and educational growth.
  4. A class member, fully conscious of possibilities in self-growth and development, will certainly express the inner and outer self in the best possible manner aiming at becoming a well admired and appreciated young mind.
  5. The teacher shall support and advice the class member in any case or situation where the teacher shall be able to suggest solutions and, if none can be found, then the teacher shall find support and advice from external sources or higher levels in order to provide the most effective and efficient educational experience to the class member.

Course Assessment

  1. The course assessment shall provide a complete evaluation of the student’s comprehensions of the fundamental concepts and methods of history of economics, with local and global analysis, and English language knowledge.
  2. The student shall be assessed over two levels of participation: as personal interest and active participation to the class time and as member of a team in which he needs to perform with responsible academic behavior towards the members.
  3. The assessment criteria of the course are as follows:

1)     Participation 10%

  1. a) Class participation is the assessment criteria based on class attendance, participation, note taking, homework, active dynamism in the learning process, and team work.

2)     Week 8 Mid Term Written Test Quiz 20% (Covering academic profram covered from Week 1 to 7)

  1. a) The student will be given an in class test with a set of four objective questions (25% mark each complete answer) and
  2. b) the test will last 90 minutes.
  3. c) The student on the exam day will need to register 10 minutes in advance and be seated at the numbered seat allocated by the teacher.
  4. d) The student will need to bring two black ink pens, personal ID card and student card.
  5. e) Paper will be given by the teacher on the day tofether with the set of questions.
  6. f) The student will be allowed to bring water or any other non-intoxicating drink in class.
  7. g) Any form of cheating will not be tolerated and the student will be invited to leave the class and be given a failure mark

3)     Week 3       16 Weekly Team Assignments and In-Class Discussion 20% (any week)

  1. a) Every students’ team will need to prepare and present, by random selection, their project paper and answers questions and be aware of the possibility of facing argumentative confrontation in class.
  2. b) Each valid presented projects will be awarded a maximun mark of 100% with an oerall weight of 20% for the final assessment.
  3. c) The only language used is English and the student needs to be aware that any teams is subject to be randomly asked during the weekly lecturing time at the sole discretion to the lecturer

4)      No reason will be entertained for lateness in handling over the weekly assignment. Any lateness will be marked as follows:

  1. a) (1 Day = 5%,
  2. b) 2 Days = 15%,
  3. c) 3 Days = 20%,
  4. d) 4 Days = 30%,
  5. e) 5 Days = 40%,
  6. f) Above one week will be considered failes. However, your assignment will still be marked as any mark obtained contributes to the overall final mark
  7. i) 1 Week = 50%,
  8. ii) 2 Weeks = 60%,

iii)    3 Weeks = 70%,

  1. iv) 4 Weeks = 80%,
  2. v) 5 Weeks = 90%,
  3. vi) 6 Weeks = 100%,

vii)   7 Weeks = Fail

5)     Week 14 Pre Final Exam Written Test 20% (Covering academic profram covered from Week 8 to 12)

  1. a) The student will be given an in-class test with a set of four objective questions (25% mark each complete answer) and the test will last 90 minutes.
  2. b) The student on the exam day will need to register 10 minutes in advance and be seated at the numbered seat allocated by the teacher.
  3. c) The student will need to bring two black ink pens, personal ID card and student card. Paper will be given by the teacher on the day tofether with the set of questions.
  4. d) The student will be allowed to bring water or any other non-intoxicating drink in class.
  5. e) Any form of cheating will not be tolerated and the student will be invited to leave the class and be given a failure mark

6)     Week 16 Homework and research 10% (Homework 5% + Research 5%)

  1. a) Homework is related to the homework which needs to be done on specific weeks as determined by the lecturer 5%
  2. b) Research is related to the consulting of reference material the lecturer will suggest for reading to the student and used for the project 5%

7)     Week 17 Pre Final Exam Written Test 20% (Covering academic profram covering from Week 13 to 16)

  1. a) The student will be given an in class test with a set of four objective questions (25% mark each complete answer) and the test will last 90 minutes.
  2. b) The student on the exam day will need to register 10 minutes in advance and be seated at the numbered seat allocated by the teacher.
  3. c) The student will need to bring two black ink pens, personal ID card and student card.
  4. d) Paper will be given by the teacher on the day tofether with the set of questions.
  5. e) The student will be allowed to bring water or any other non-intoxicating drink in class.
  6. f) Any form of cheating will not be tolerated and the student will be invited to leave the class and be given a failure mark

8)     All TEACHING REFERENCES, complementary reading and lectures are delivered in English and English is the sole medium of learning, studying and communication in class.

9)     Students lacking the necessary language skills are sincerely encouraged to find time and resources to dedicate towards the improvement of their language skills and knowledge in order of being able to successfully pass the exams.

10)  The lecturer shall provide the students with office time and weekly fixed quantity of available hours in order to further enhance and encourage the students in learning and asking questions and seeking answers.

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