Dean’s MessageWelcome to Modern College of Business and Science.It gives all of us great pleasure that you have decidedto join one of our programs.This Student Handbook is a reference guide to theCollege with valuable information about the College,campus activities, student support services, academicresources and other aspects of student life at MCBS.Students are required to be thoroughly familiar withCollege rules and regulations as stated in thishandbook and College Catalog. Students are also heldresponsible for all official College notices publishedthroughout the academic year on the college displayboards, college website, and sent via email or SMS.The information in this handbook is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge. MCBS reserves theright, however, to make from time to time such changes in its policies and procedures.On behalf of our faculty and staff, we wish you a successful college life.Sincerely,Prof. Ahmed Al NaamanyDean
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE COLLEGEThe Modern College of Business and Science(MCBS) of the Sultanate of Oman is a privateCollege licensed by the Ministry of Higher Educationand provisionally accredited by the AccreditationCouncil of Oman (OAC - currently known as OmanAcademic Accreditation Authority OAAA).The College was founded in 1996 pursuant to thecountry’s decision to develop a private sector ofhigher education. The College has grown in size,scope and complexity. Initially, the vision and goalof the College was to provide a FoundationProgram and the first two year’s educationalexperience to Omani students who wouldsubsequently transfer to the affiliate university inthe United States, the University of Missouri,St.Louis (UMSL). Thus, initially the College offeredonly the first two years of a four year educationalprogram patterned on the American highereducational model. In 2001, the College added athird year of the four year educational program.However, the educational model was still one ofhaving Omani students complete their educationaldegree program in the United States. In 2002, theCollege added a fourth year, thereby allowingOmani students to complete their Bachelor Degreesin Oman.An important step in the development and growthof the College was its seeking accreditation fromthe Accreditation Council of Oman. In 2004, MCBSsought institutional and programmatic accreditationwhich would allow it to offer Bachelor Degreeprograms in Oman. MCBS was successful in itsapplication and on the strength of its submission, itwas awarded Provisional Accreditation by the OACand it is the only college that has received thiscredential in Oman at the time of writing this(January 2011) and it remains the only college thathas ever been provisionally accredited by OAC. TheCollege subsequently submitted its application forfull accreditation in 2006. This application was notacted on because of external issues dealing with achange in the actual accreditation system employedby the Accreditation Council and internal issues inMCBS. In 2007, the College agreed to abandon itsquest for full accreditation and, while it kept itsdesignation of provisional accreditation, it agreed toenter the Quality Audit Process which now guidesthe OAAA.The College offers educational programs to meetthe needs of individual students as well as theneeds of the business and industrial communities.The College is provisionally accredited by the OmanAccreditation Council of the Sultanate of Oman tooffer Associate Degrees in Business Administration,Information Communication Technology andComputer Science as well as Bachelor of ScienceDegrees in Business, Economics, and ComputerScience. The College maintains an active affiliationwith the University of Missouri St. Louis at both theAssociate Degree and the Bachelor Degree levels.Students still have the option of: completing a twoyear educational degree in Oman and seekingemployment; completing two years at the Collegeand transferring to another College or University inthe United States, Australia, or the United Kingdom,or finishing a Bachelor of Science degree in theCollege. MCBS encourages students to transfer toUMSL or to other Colleges and Universities in theUnited States for the purpose of gaininginternational experience for our students.The Foundation Program remains an integral partof the College’s offerings, even though this work isnon credit. In 2007, MCBS completed the reviewand reorganization of the Foundation Program inaccordance with guidelines developed by theMinistry of Higher Education and the OmanAccreditation Council, and it has prepared itsFoundation Program for the accreditation processwhich will soon be undertaken by the OAC.Important Milestone in the History of MCBS 1996 - Establishment of the College1998 - First Graduation2001 - Approval for Third Year of Study2002 - Bachelor Degree Program offeredthrough UMSL2004 - First Self Study Completed2004 - Provisional Accreditation by OAC2006 - Application for Full Accreditation2007 - Moved to new facilities in Bausher2009 - Institutional Audit visit by OAC2012- Master Degree Program offeredthrough Franklin University
MISSION STATEMENTThe Mission of Modern College ofBusiness and Science is to facilitatelearning and growth in knowledge, skills,innovation and technical know-how thatwill best serve the 21st Century.VISION“To be a prominent institution ofhigher education in the region”CORE VALUESFollowing is the core values of the Modern College ofBusiness and Science. They epitomize the essentialdirectives which are intended lead this institution towardshigh achievements without compromise on any academicor social values. Hence; MCBS encourages equal opportunity, quality andprofessionalismMCBS believes in freedom of expression andacademic enquiryMCBS supports ethical and religious values, andendeavors to preserve Omani heritage
ACADEMIC AFFAIRSMCBS is committed to developing and maintainingeducational programs that provide the utmostflexibility to students. Its programs allow studentsto pursue educational goals that can be completedin Oman or completed in established Colleges andUniversities overseas. MCBS offers Associate of Artsand Science Degrees, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor ofScience Degrees and Master Degree. Both theAssociate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees and MasterDegrees are based on the educational models ofdegrees offered in the United States.While in the Foundation Program, students will notbe allowed to take any credit classes.Academic ProgramMCBS students can register the courses online. Theacademic advisor will help the student to select thecourses according to their degree audit, if needed.All students must apply for registration on theprescribed form. Such registration is necessarywithin the dates specified on the academiccalendar. Inquiries regarding registration should bedirected to the Registrar's office.In order to register, the students have to follow thesteps mentioned below: Study the degree audit. Choose courses that are scheduled and requiredaccording to their semester plan. Meet the concerned Academic Advisor, ifneeded. Pay the fees in the Accounts Department ormake an arrangement with the AccountsDepartment and get the registration formstamped. Submit the registration form to the RegistrationOffice.New StudentsPre- Registration ProcessRegistration GuidelinesRegistration Procedure Each student will choose the desired courses inconsultation with the assigned AdmissionsAdvisor and according to the requirements ofhis/her study plan.Each admitted student should fill a RegistrationForm and submit it to the Admissions Office.To confirm the registration process, the studenthas to pay at least 25% of his/her fees, and getthe form stamped by the Accounts Departmentbefore submitting it to the Registration Office.To finalize the registration procedure allfinancial obligation forms must be completed,stating the mode of payments with theAccounts Department.Foundation Program Level 1 and Level 2 students will register onlyfor English classes.At Level 3, students will register for Englishclasses as well as (MATH 10) if they wish topursue a degree program in this college.At Level 4, students will register for Englishclasses as well as (MATH 20) and (COSC 10) ifthey wish to pursue a degree program in thiscollege.Pre-registration is the period of time in thesemester during which currently enrolled studentssign up for the next semester courses (ContactAdmission & Registration department for furtherinformation).RECORD SERVICESStudents are responsible for ensuring the accuracyof their records while studying at MCBS. Suchrecords include, but are not limited to, personalinformation, degree program and/or major andgrades. Official student records are maintained inthe Registrar's Office.Declaration of a Major Field of StudyStudents are encouraged to declare a major assoon as possible after entering the College.Students who are applicants for Associate Degreesmust declare a major at the end of their secondsemester. Bachelor Degree students are alsoencouraged to declare their major at that time.Advisors assist students in choosing their majors.
Changing Majors or Degree ProgramsStudents desiring to change degree programs ormajors must obtain the Request for AcademicRecord Change from the Registrar's Office.Students will be directed to the appropriate personsfor approval. Changes are not official until therequired form has been completed, approved, andfiled with the Registrar. Students are responsiblefor the initiation of this process.Permanent nt, is maintained in the Registrar’s Officefor each student who registers at MCBS.Disclosure of Student RecordThe written consent of the student is officiallyrequired to disclose his/her academic record to anyindividual, institution or third party. Exceptions aremade for parents, sponsors, authorized MCBSofficials, and in compliance with a judicial order.TranscriptsStudents may obtain unofficial transcripts of theiracademic records from the Registrar’s Office.Names on Diplomas and DegreesThe names of MCBS students on diplomas anddegrees will be spelled in English exactly as theyappear on the passports or identity cards oraccording to the personal preference of thestudent. If a name on a passport and it should bematched the spelling on the secondary schoolcertificate in order to be stamped by the Ministry.Grade ReportsGrade Reports are available online at the end ofeach semester.Courses and Class SchedulesA schedule of classes is issued by the Office of theRegistrar for each semester. Class schedules forthe Summer Semester are also prepared by thisoffice. All class schedules are available at no cost.They are also published on the College web site.http://www.mcbs.edu.omCourse Prefix, Number, Title, Credit Hoursand Additional InformationEach discipline or field or study offered by theCollege is summarized by a three or four letterprefix, followed by a number indicating the level ofthe course content. For example: MAT 30 CollegeAlgebra. In this example, MAT is the course prefix(which represents Mathematics) and 30 is thecourse number. This course is less advanced than100 level introductory level courses. 200 levelcourses are more advanced than 100 level courses,etc.Courses are offered at the discretion of eachDepartment. Students should check with therespective academic departments for informationabout a particular course. The decision to offer acourse is based on the students needs for the classin order to complete their academic programs. Allcourses which are required for a degree are taughton a regular basis.Certain courses also have prerequisites, corequisites and/or other criteria that are notedimmediately following the course name andnumber. It is the students’ responsibility to verifythis information.Course ValueAll courses are valued in credit hours. Normally,each credit hour represents fifty minutes of classinstruction, or 60-120 minutes of laboratoryexperience a week, each semester.Course Descriptions and SyllabiDescriptions of courses currently in the Collegecurriculum are listed by course subject and code bydiscipline in the MCBS Course Catalog. Nonrecurring topic courses, when offered, arepublished each semester in the Schedule ofClasses. Course syllabi for all classes are availablefrom the Registration department.Course PrerequisitesMany courses above the introductory level require aminimum background of knowledge, as indicatedby the prerequisite courses cited in the individualcourse description. Equivalent courses satisfactorilycompleted at other institutions may also meetprerequisite requirements by transfer credit.Students need to consult the Head of theDepartment for more information. Students areresponsible for entering the class with the requiredcompetence.
Class StandingHours0-29 credit hours30-59 credit hours60-89 credit hours90 & Above credit hoursStandingFirst Year(Freshman)Second Year(Sophomore)Third Year(Junior)Fourth Year(Senior)Grading SystemThe grade point average (GPA) is computed on afour-point scale. The following grading system isused at the Modern College of Business andScience:AAB BBC lsEqualsEquals4.00 grade points3.70 grade points3.30 grade points3.00 grade points2.70 grade points2.30 grade points2.00 grade points1.70 grade points1.00 grade points0. grade pointsGrades not calculated in the grade point averageare:EXCourse satisfied by examinationIIncompleteLAuditNIndicates no credit because of agrade replacementNCCourse not approved for creditRIndicates that the grade received isfor acourse that has beenrepeatedSIndicates satisfactoryUIndicates unsatisfactoryTRTransfer; credit countedPIndicates that a student has passeda course by participating in aCollegeLevelProficiencyExamination.WWithdrawalZNo grade givenAD/AF Grades recalculated under theAmnesty program.WAAdministrative WithdrawalThe grade point average, GPA, is calculated bymultiplying the grade point value of the letter gradeby the number of credit hours of the course. Theresult is the GPA points that the student has earnedin the course. The sum of the GPA points of thecourses taken is then divided by the total credithours, GPA credits, to obtain the grade pointaverage. The GPA is rounded to the nearesthundredth after the decimal point (e.g.; 2.75). Thegrades obtained in non-credit courses as well as inESL courses are not included in the calculation of astudent’s grade point average. Courses which aretransferred in from another College or Universityare also not counted in the calculation of student’sgrade point average.Academic StandingStudents shall maintain a satisfactory rate ofprogress in their programs and courses. AcademicDepartment Heads will ensure that studentprogress is reviewed at regular intervals and thatappropriate action is taken where progress is notsatisfactory. This may include counseling,probation, suspension, academic amnesty ortermination.Good Academic StandingA student is considered to be in Good AcademicStanding if he/she maintains a semester gradepoint average and program cumulative grade pointaverage of 2.0 or higher and less than 3.2.Dean’s ListThe Office of the Registrar issues a Dean’s List ofHonor Students at the end of each semester. To beplaced on the Dean’s List, a student must: have registered and completed a minimumof nine credit hours for part time studentsor 12 credit hours for full time students inthe semester.have at least a semester 3.2 GPAhave no failing grades in any of his/hercourseshave no disciplinary actions against him/herAcademic ProbationStudents are placed on academic probation if theircumulative grade point average for any semesterfalls below the required average of 2.0. A Full-timestudent on probation is allowed to carry a load ofthree courses with a maximum of eleven credithours.
A Part-time student on probation is allowed to carrya load of one course with a maximum of five credithours.continue to appear on a student’s transcript andstudents are required to repeat each course forwhich they have received amnesty.For students on probation, course loads areadjusted during summer sessions.Incomplete GradesAcademic SuspensionProbationary status will be removed at the end ofany semester in which the student passes allcourses and attains a cumulative GPA of 2.0.Students on probation are advised to repeatcourses in which they have obtained failing grades.A student may be placed on academic suspension ifhe/she fails to obtain the required grade pointaverage of 2.0 by the end of the third semester onprobation. Actions involving academic probationand suspension are entered on the student’spermanent record and may not be removed withoutthe approval of the Academic Board of the College.Re-admission after Academic SuspensionAll work for a course must be completed no laterthan the day the semester ends. An Incompletegrade (I) is given as a final grade in a course onlyin cases involving a compelling medical or otheremergency. To qualify for an “I” grade, studentsmust have completed 75% of the coursework. Allemergencies must be certified in written form. Inthe case of unexcused incomplete work, an “F”grade is given for the missing work and the coursegrade is computed accordingly. In the event that an“I” grade is awarded, all incomplete work must bemade up within a period of one semester. Afterone semester, the grade of “I” is converted to agrade of “F”. Students who believe that they have acompelling reason to appeal this conversion from “I“to “F” may make an appeal to the Academic Boardof the College, which is the final authority in suchissues.When, in accordance with the College regulations,a student is suspended, consideration for readmission is given only after the student is able topresent a record of significant achievements atanother acceptable institution of higher educationor at an appropriate work environment for aminimum of one semester. All re-admissionrequests must be approved by the Head of theDepartment and the Dean of the College. Studentswho have been suspended for academic reasonsand return to the College, have one year or two fullsemesters in which to re-establish their grade pointaverage to a 2.0.It is the responsibility of the student to find outfrom his/her instructor the specific dates by whichrequirements must be fulfilled. The deadline for thesubmission of incomplete grades for a course bythe instructor is seventy two (72) hours after thedate of the make-up examination or submission ofthe final assignment.Academic AmnestyIn cases where a student receives a grade of “D” or“F” the first time a course is taken, the course maybe repeated to earn a different grade. If a courseis retaken, the grade received for the secondattempt will replace the first grade received for thecourse, regardless of whether the grade is higheror lower than first received. (e.g. first grade “D,”second grade “F,” the “F” replaces the “D.”) If acourse is taken three or more times, the grades forthe second and all subsequent attempts arecomputed in the GPA calculations. A student whois an applicant for a Bachelor’s Degree may notattempt to replace the grades earned for more thanfifteen (15) credit hours by repeating courses. Astudent in the Associate Degree programs is limitedto nine credit hours.The policy on academic amnesty allows students toreestablish their academic standing following aperiod of academic suspension. Academic amnestyallows students who have been placed on academicsuspension to re-enter the College for onesemester. If at the end of the first semester inresidence after suspension, a student hascompleted nine credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 (a ‘C’grade) academic amnesty is granted. Under theprovisions of academic amnesty,grades of “D”and “F” will no longer be counted in a student’soverall GPA. The transcript of each student whohas been granted amnesty is amended to read,“Academic Amnesty granted” and the date of theaction.However, the grades of “D” and “F”Applications for an “Incomplete” grade are availablein the Office of the Registrar.Repeating Courses and Replacing FinalGrades
Graduation HonorsThe College grants Latin Honors at graduation. Tobe eligible for graduation honors, students musthave completed at least one-half of the credit hoursrequired for their degree in residence at theModern College of Business and Science and haveachieved the requisite GPA. These are:Summa cum LaudeMagna cum LaudeCum Laude3.80 - 4.00 GPA3.50 - 3.79 GPA3.20 - 3.49 GPALatin Honors are listed in the commencementprogram and on the student’s diploma andpermanent record.ACADEMIC REGULATIONSThe academic regulations of the Modern College ofBusiness and Science are promulgated by theAcademic Board with the approval of the Dean ofthe College. They are published in their entirety inthe MCBS Bulletin, which is revised annually. TheBulletin is printed bi-annually and is also availablein digital format on the World Wide Web.Student Academic LoadA student admitted to, and enrolled in a Degreeprogram usually registers for 12-15 credit hourseach semester. The required minimum load for allstudents is three (3) credit hours per semester, andthe maximum load is fifteen (15) credit hours persemester. Under special circumstances, a studentwith a grade point average of 3.2/4.0 or better,may secure the permission of the Dean to registerfor up to eighteen (18) credit hours in any onesemester. Academic programs are designed forcompletion in specific time frames. The AssociateDegree Programs have been designed forcompletion in two (2) years. The Bachelor’s DegreeProgram has been designed for completion in four(4) years.The minimum graduation requirement for anAssociate Degree varies from 60 to 66 credit hours.This depends on the program of study. Theminimum graduation requirement for the BachelorDegree is 120 hours. Samples of study plans areprovided in this catalog for each program.Grade AppealsAll appeals relating to specific course gradesrequire that students first seek a satisfactorysolution with the instructor. If the matter is notresolved to the satisfaction of the student, he/shemay appeal his or her case to the Registrar of theCollege. The final arbiter in matters involvingappeal of grades is the Dean of the College. Agrade appeal must be made before the end of theDrop and Add period in the regular academicsemester immediately following the semester inwhich the grade has been awarded.Supplementary ExaminationMCBS is committed to assisting students inachieving their academic goals and recognizes thatthere are times when students with good academicstanding will perform poorly in the final exams andas a result do not pass the course. Supplementaryexams for final exam will provide students anopportunity to demonstrate competence andovercome the course failure. The opportunity towrite a supplementary examination is a privilegethat is extended to students if they meet specificconditions.Internship Substitution CourseAn Internship Course can be substituted withanother course for full time working students with aminimum experience of six months in the relatedarea. Final approval of the Substitution request willbe made by the Head of the Department. Thiscourse can be replaced with a course advised bythe Head of the Department.Lateness and AbsenteeismA student who misses 4 sessions (a session is 90minutes except when stated otherwise) for anyreason is given a verbal warning by the instructorand his case is reported to the student counselor. Astudent who misses 6 sessions is reported to thestudent counselor who then gives a written warningto the student and informs the parent/sponsor. Astudent who misses 8 sessions despite verbal andwritten warnings is reported to the studentcounselor and risks being barred from attendingthe final exams.Student Grievances PolicyMCBS seeks transparency and fairness in theadministration of its policies for all members of theacademic community. For students, who feel thatthey have been treated unfairly by the College,procedures have been put in place to appeal the
decision. The procedures for student grievances areoutlined in the Student’s Handbook.Student Academic Integrity CodeModern College of Business and Science (MCBS)affirms the importance of respecting the integrity ofan individual’s work. The Academic Integrity Codefor MCBS describes standards for academicconduct, students’ rights and responsibilities asmembers of an academic community andprocedures for handling allegations of academicdishonesty. As an institution of higher learning, theCollege views academic integrity as an educationalas well as a judicial issue. The main obligation of astudent is to pursue conscientiously the academicobjectives that he or she has chosen. Each studentis required to conform to the regulations of theCollege, and of the classes for which he or she isregistered. It is further expected that allexaminations, tests, papers and other assignmentswill be completed according to the standards setforth in this code.Academic Violations: Members of the academiccommunity are expected to conduct themselveswith integrity as a matter of course. Certainviolations of ethical conduct relate specifically tomatters of academic integrity. Academic violationsinclude, but are not limited to the following: Plagiarism: To plagiarize is to use thework, ideas, images or words of someoneelse without attribution. Plagiarism mayinvolve using someone else’s wording – adistinctive name, a phrase, a sentence oran entire passage or essay – without usingquotation marks or attribution. It may alsoinvolve misrepresenting the sources thatwere used. The issue of plagiarism appliesto all student tecollaborationinvolvesworking with someone else in developing,organizing or revising a project (such as apaper, an oral presentation, and a researchordesignprojectortake-homeexamination) without acknowledging thatperson’s help. The use of unauthorizedassistance must be avoided in theproduction of all academic work.DishonestyinExaminationandSubmitted Work: All academic work andmaterials submitted for assessment mustbe the sole, original work of the student, unless otherwise directed by the instructor.Communication is not allowed between oramong students without explicit permissionof the instructor. Cheating includes, but isnot limited to: copying from another’spaper, giving unauthorized assistance,obtaining unauthorized advance knowledgeof examination questions, or use ofmechanical or marking devices orprocedures for the purpose of achievingfalsescoresonmachine-gradedexamination questions. Specific policiesregarding examinations may vary withindividualprofessors.Studentsareprohibited from submitting any materialfrom another person or company.Work completed for One Course andSubmitted to Another: Students may notpresent the same work for more than onecourse. Under exceptional circumstances,faculty members may permit a significantpiece of research to satisfy requirements intwo courses. However, both professorsmust agree in advance to this arrangement.Students are reminded that whenincorporating their own past research incurrent projects, they need to referencesuch previous work.Interference with Other Students’Work: Students may not intentionallyinterfere with the work of others, such assabotaginglaboratoryexperiments,research or digital files, or by givingmisleading information or disrupting classwork.Copyright Violations: Copyright lawsmust be observed. These laws governpractices such as making use of printedmaterials, duplicating computer ht materials and reproducing audiovisual work. The academic integrity codeprohibits theft and the unauthorized use ofdocuments and requires adherence to thelaws of the Sultanate of Oman.Misuse of Computer Resources: Misuseof computer resources, which includesvandalism and introducing computerviruses to the system constitutes a violationof academic policy and is subject to thepenalties associated with the offence.Complicity in Academic Dishonesty:Complicity in academic dishonesty consistsof helping or attempting to help anotherperson commit an act of academicdishonesty or willfully assisting another
student in the violation of the AcademicCode of Integrity. The College considerscomplicity as academic dishonesty which ispre-mediated and ation of academic offense procedures areestablished in line with the principles of academicintegrity code. The adjudication process involvesthe student and the faculty member and the Deanof the College basing on the intensity of theacademic offense. The adjudication process aims togive effective and timely action to the parties ofdispute.Penalties: Penalties are awarded by the Deantaking into account both the seriousness of theoffense and any particular circumstances involved.Penalties for an academic offense may include:resubmission of the work, submission of additionalwork for the course, lowered grade or loss of creditfor the work and a failing grade of ‘F’. For repeatedviolation of the code of academic honesty a studentmay be suspended or dismissed from the College.Records of Disciplinary Actions: All recordspertaining to a student’s violation of the academiccode will be maintained for a period of five yearsafter the student’s last registration at the College.In the event that the penalties become part of thestudent’s permanent record, the record will bemaintained indefinitely. These records are subjectto the College regulations. Upon written request,students have the right to inspect the records oftheir violations of the code.Student Conduct: Student’s conduct which isdisruptive to the academic environment is strictlyprohibited. This includes but is not limited toconduct and behavior that obstructs/des
and Science Degrees, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science Degrees and Master Degree. Both the Associate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees and Master Degrees are based on the educational models of degrees offered in the United States. Registration Guidelines Registration