Statistic Analysis Sample from BMGT 633


Academic Reference List

List of Academic References


Changheng Xu

4400 University Drive, MS 6D11

Fairfax, Virginia 22030






Amy Lewis, Ed.D.

Faculty, Humanities – Graduate International Pathways Program

INTO George Mason University

Tel   +1 703-993-4501

Fax +1 703-993-4502





Brief Comment on Intellectual Property in U.S. Academic Culture


Brief Comment on Intellectual Property in Academic Culture of the U.S.


When I was a student majored architecture in undergraduate school, I was thrilled when seeing China Pavilion (He Jingtang, 2009) at Shanghai Expo 2010. Its structure reminded me with Chinese traditional buildings: the height and width made it look massive, and the red color was as bright as flame. It was hard to describe how excited I was to see a well-combined structure with traditional and modern buildings. However, with a huge disappointment, I heard that it was suspected of having a same inner structure with a Japanese temple designed by Tadao Ando in 2000, and it also looked like Hanoi Museum (gmp-von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects, 2009) in Vietnam. Consequently, I felt totally disappointed and treated the China Pavilion as a fake.


International Students and Academic Integrity in American Academic Culture

Singleton (2011) stated that it is the unique design that made a building precious, and monetary payment is a measurable and direct way to recognize its value. Thus, intellectual property law plays an irreplaceable role for designers. Not only in art sphere, “academic integrity” is deemed of great significance among all academic field. There is no doubt that due to the diversity of political, economic, and cultural system, Eastern and Western scholars sometimes may have different opinions in understanding the concepts of “academic integrity” and “plagiarism”. We see these academic moral concepts, for example, “intellectual property” as a more western concept in multiple ways, especially for the reason that it can be traced back to 1624 in England (Merges, 2011).


Since many international students do not know well about American academic culture before their first arriving to the States, they may be astonished by school honor code.  Compared to other academic culture, originality always goes first in America, and the integrity test turn to be extremely rigorous. According to Zhao and Wang (2008), scholars in China are inclined to write “critical” papers and thesis, while in western countries more attention are payed to doing research, thus, more scholars dedicate themselves to scientific tests and experiments. Previous ideas are crucial for individuals who are studying in higher education.

Undoubtedly, it is our duty to cite former researchers’ names and specific dates for showing appreciate. However, Neville (2010) claimed that, there are unavoidable anxiety even among American domestic students due to those over-strict citation rules. For international students, they may be facing a circumstance which is more challenging. If we turn back the clock, Chinese international students were praised for their carefulness and diligence. However, part of Chinese students are not as honest as prior ones in some professors’ eyes. To name only a few, they are suspected of cheating on exams, doing false citation, and self-plagiarism on different courses (Zhao, Wang. 2008).


Advice for Mason Incoming International Students

Had I given a chance to provide advice to Mason incoming international students, I would concentrate on the problems of cheating and plagiarizing. First, be familiar with school honor code and never duplicate others’ work, no matter what kind of work it is. According to The Mason Honor Code (2016), academic cheating may be both crucial and easily overlooked. Cheating work can be unauthorized assistance in exams, prior work of other students, or even one’s own prior work. Especially, when doing group work, it is necessary to communicate with other students and share ideas with them. But the grade could be a F without critical thinking. Second, use quote mark correctly in direct quotation. For international students who are unfamiliar with the English language, directly paraphrasing is indeed a convenient approach of presenting opinions from multiple perspectives. Regrettably, international students sometimes are put into trouble when doing false citation because of limitation on English language. Third, be careful when doing indirect citation. We are supposed to read materials carefully, then try to “translate” authors’ ideas into our own words. Taking notes of main points during reading should be helpful as well, for we are able to go through the key information before set about writing our paper. Fortunately, we have EAP class and PROV class at Mason for incoming international students to help with academic writing. As a result, we are unlikely to violate school honor code.






Singleton. R (2011). Architecture and intellectual property. Insight, 15 (3), pp. 294-296


Neville. C (2010). Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (2). New York, NY: Open University Press


Merges. R. P (2011). Justifying intellectual property. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press


Zhao. S. & Wang. X (2008). A comparative study of Chinese and foreign academic evaluation system. Chinese Marketing, 5, pp. 128-130


The Mason Honor Code (2016, October, 19).

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Plan of Study

Plan of Study



Generally, management is a discipline with broad scope of subjects. To be successful in this field, it is necessary to combine personal academic background with work experiences. Thus, students with multi-discipline mindset are more likely to stand out. This discipline emphasize leadership, teamwork, analytical decision making, global understanding, and ethics and social responsibility. After graduation, students might find jobs such as human resources assistants, consultants, property managers, and business analysts.



Academic Goals

As a previous architecture student who are currently major in management, I am trying to investigate deeply the overlap area between those two disciplines, and would like to take part in programs that could help managers and decision-makers of architecture projects get more knowledge about the projects as well as management skills. Besides, my academic interests set in real estate management as well. Thus, I would like to join a professional team with fresh ideas to help promote the innovation of urban planning in modern Chinese cities, too.


A plan of study

For graduate students on Management program in George Mason University, 10 major courses in 4 modules are required which take 36 credits in total, and two of which could be finished during study at INTO Management program.

Except for English language classes, INTO Management requires two major courses which are BMGT-613 (financial reporting and firm analysis) and BMGT-633 (Statistical Analysis for Management).


Since I transferred from INTO Accounting program to Management program after the first semester, I plan take courses BMGT-613 in 2017 summer in order to finish INTO Management program and get prepared for graduate study before fall 2017.


Academic Advisor

Dr. Emma Cutrufello, INTO George Mason University (Graduate Pathway program)


Academic References

BMGT-633     Dr. Jongdoo Lee, School of Business

ACCT-531, BMGT-613     Dr. Gary Brooks, School of Business

ACCT-551      Dr. Kelly Wentland, School of Business

PROV-501, PROV-502    Dr. Amy Lewis, INTO George Mason University

EAP-507     Dr. Sarah Baker, NVWP, English (George Mason University)

EAP-507     Dr. Deborah Sanchez, INTO George Mason University

EAP-506     Dr. Tsan-Jui Cheng, INTO George Mason University


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