BA407 Business MECOP Lab — Course Syllabus
COB MECOP Website;
COB MECOP process activity diagram;
MECOP official Website
Prereqs: Acceptance in the (Business) MECOP program
René F. Reitsma, PhD
College of Business
Office: Austin 471
Reitsma classes and office hours
BA 407 is a one-credit course that introduces accepted
(business) MECOP students to the MECOP program. The course consists of weekly ('Seminar' & 'Lab') meetings during
which we hear from MECOP officials, MECOP host companies and current and former MECOP
participants about MECOP expectations and experiences.
The course is mandatory for all students accepted into the MECOP program.
Course learning outcomes:
Students who successfully complete BA 407
Course meetings consist of presentations and discussions by MECOP officials and program administrators,
representatives of MECOP host companies and students currently and previously in the MECOP program.
- have realistic expectations of their upcoming MECOP internships,
- know what will be expected from them as MECOP interns,
- can share some of the experiences of current and/or ex MECOP students,
- understand the MECOP program obligations,
- have a good idea on how and from whom to seek help in case of unexpected
difficulties in their MECOP experience.
Please note that the schedules for both the Seminar and Lab classes are published on the MECOP pages
(Requires MECOP login)
Grading: Pass/Fail (you MUST pass this course in order to start your MECOP internship)
Attendance required: The MECOP program requires your attendance and hence, attendance will be taken.
Report requirement: At the end of week 10 you must submit to your instructor a brief report containing the following:
Report writing guidelines
- Short summaries of each of the lab (≠ lecture) presentations/meetings (date, presentor(s),
topic, summary of the presentation/discussion).
- Brief reflection on the MECOP program containing the following:
- What were your expectations of MECOP when you applied for the program? What did you at that time expect from the program?
- Have the presentations in this course changed your expectations? If so, explain why and how these changes took place.
If not, how did the presentations (provide examples) strengthen your original expectations?
- Which two presentations inspired you most? Explain your answer.
- Which two presentations inspired you least? Explain your answer.
COB Code of honor:
A code of honor represents the moral commitments of those abiding to it. While each person lives by his or her personal code, the establishment of collective values creates a universal goal to which we can aspire. It is through the pursuit of these professional attributes that we reduce the possibility of immoral actions ourselves.
In order to uphold our personal character and the organization that we proudly call our own, we take this oath.
- Submit the report in text-processed hardcopy (printed on paper).
- Make sure your work has a title (cover) page containing:
- Your name.
- Course number (BA 407) and name of the instructor of record.
- Do not use the back side of the title (cover) page; leave it free for
the instructor to make notes.
- Use one-and-a-half (1.5) line spacing, 11- or 12-point font and reasonable margins.
- Separate your text in logical blocks and sections.
- Number pages (Title page has no number. First page with content
has page number 1).
- If you use a figure or table, integrate it into the text; do not add
it as an appendix in the back of the report.
- If you use a figure or a table, properly number and caption it.
- Spell check (both automatically and manually!).
- Grammar check!!
- (Peer) review!! Before handing in your work, consider
asking one of your colleagues to review it in exchange for you
reviewing his/hers. When reviewing, carefully
(!!) read what your colleague wrote. Note ambiguities, logical inconsistencies, etc.,
Note each and every spelling/grammar error, break up long and awkward
sentences into shorter, more elegant ones, etc. In
other words: show that you care. Peer review is super powerful -- Use it!!!
According to OSU student conduct regulations, academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in which a
student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any
academic work. Refer to the OSU
Student Conduct code (576-015-0020) for a comprehensive definition of academic dishonesty.
All cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be handled in strict accordance with
OSU policy and
College of Business policy.
- Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, integrity stands as the backbone of character and is essential for success.
- Respect: Respect for others and yourself is a commitment to the fair treatment of and the fair competition with others. Through respect we embolden the character
of others and ourselves.
- Responsibility: We are held accountable for our words and actions as professionals to embed a steadfast commitment to honor in our decisions.
Students with disabilities
Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty and Disability Access Services (DAS).
Students with accommodations approved through DAS are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the
course prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for
accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS should contact DAS at 737-4098.