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Course Details with Online Syllabus:
MBA-MGMT: MBA Core (MBA Essentials with Fundamentals of Management)

 
DETAILED COURSE INFORMATION WITH SYLLABUS
Course Code MBA-MGMT
Course Name MBA Core (MBA Essentials with Fundamentals of Management)
EUCLID Image
US Credits (USCH) 5
ECTS 5 x 1.5 - 1.7 (see Academic Standards)
Main Prerequisite None
Regular Instructor / Assigned Faculty (responsible for student interaction, validation and grading of student assignments, constructive feedback, oral examinations)

Isaac Tettey

Note: see biography under Faculty Profiles

Faculty Coordinator (responsible for entry and exit coordination and interfacing between student and instructor(s))

Laurent Cleenewerck

Note: see biography under Administration

Syllabus Specialist (responsible for maintaining syllabus database and implementation of revised standards)

Ghebrehiwet Ghebremedhin

Note: see biography under Administration

Language for this course code E
Access to e-library: yes

General Concepts and Guidelines:

It is important to note that EUCLID functions under an intergovernmental mandate to deliver programs of higher education that conform to international standards and that are fully documented (Statutes IX). Accordingly, a standard 3 USCH course,which is at least equivalent to 4.5 ECTS, represents a number of classroom instruction hours equivalent to 3 x 12.5 = 37.5 hours (lower base line) – 3 x 14 = 42 hours (higher base line).

Even in the case of courses for which lectures (audio / video) are available to cover the entirety of the material, reading assignments are mandatory.

In the case of courses that are primarily delivered by means of reading assignments, EUCLID considers that a standard 3 USCH course should correspond to approximately 600-800 pages of intense, directly relevant readings. This is consistent with generally accepted standards applicable to the USCH and ECTS systems. Moreover, EUCLID favors full textbooks over compiled chapters from heterogeneous sources.

For practical and organizational reasons, this study workload is structured in the format of one semester (about 15 weeks). This logical ‘semester’ is organized in 7 periods of ‘2 weeks’ each, the last one being a buffer and final study period. Because EUCLID has a primary mandate to serve busy government officials for its Participating States, these periods are presented as a structured approach rather than as an enforced set of deadlines. In practice, then, a student may take more or less than 14 weeks to complete the course because the intention is not to reproduce an actual semester but rather to offer a logical breakdown of the course over a flexible span of time.

In all cases, all the assignments must be submitted, approved and graded for the course to be completed.

It must be noted that EUCLID guidelines require that a comprehensive oral examination take place upon completion of all other assignments in order for the final grade to be posted and for the course to be formally completed.

See also: Academic Standards

How to Use this Syllabus:

This standardized syllabus is your study guide for this course.

Most EUCLID courses require the sequential reading of the textbooks (and other materials) listed below. By “reading,” we do not mean mere casual reading but rather intense studying with an effort to memorize (highlighting with comments and taking notes is highly recommended).

The “Course Materials” may include textbooks as well as other types of resources including MP3 downloads, webcasts, compiled PDFs, etc.

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the Course Materials. In most cases, the resources requires for the course are available from the EUCLID online library.

Once you have completed the reading of the course materials, you must contact your course instructor or coordinator to discuss the proposed theme of the required major paper(s).

Even though the quiz assignment is sometimes considered or listed after the major papers, it is advisable to complete this assignment prior to starting work on the paper(s).

For each quiz questions, do not forget to provide a footnote reference to where (text, page) the correct answer can be found. Remember that the instructor will evaluate your ability to create intelligent questions spanning all required textbooks, offer plausible answers, and properly footnote the textbook reference.

For the paper(s), do not forget that you must comply with all ACA-401 guidelines and requirements. Always refer to the latest Word template and ACA-401 checklist which can be found on the Egnyte Platform.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Read (study) all reading assignments carefully and intensely in order to be able to memorize, re-express, inter-relate and engage the information provided.
  • Write biweekly short reaction papers (“journals”) on the assigned readings, not longer than two single-spaced pages.
  • Write 1 or 2 (as directed) high quality, publishable major papers that meet ACA-401 guidelines and that provide several properly formatted citations to the textbooks.
  • Create a quiz that demonstrates your ability to create intelligent questions with plausible answers, and provide footnotes to the correct answers.
  • Prepare carefully for the final oral examination by re-reading the required textbooks. This is not an open book exam and you should have memorized the key terms and concepts in order to be able to offer a professional articulation and presentation when examined by the instructor.

General Course Description:

 Block 1: Fundamentals of Management

The first assignment is an the well-received Personal MBA which offers a very useful to key concepts: notably value, psychology and systems.

This introduction is followed by a study of the classic textbook: Fundamentals of Management (any recent edition - Ricky W. Griffin, Texas A&M University). This is a classic text that is academic and theoretical in its approach.

Students are encouraged to read the supplemental text "International Management" and can expect to encounter more practical information in the rest of the course. 

Block 2: MBA Basics and Essentials

The second part of this course attempts to "cram in" the essential knowledge and skills associated with MBA programs. This approach does not aim at replacing a sequence of in-depth modules dealing with Accounting, Marketing, etc. However, this iterative exposure to MBA summaries is documented to result in an MBA culture and mindset that will enable the student to follow up with the specialized modules of most interest.

See the reading list of 'MBA in a book' titles, as sequenced in the syllabus.

Block 3:

Since this textbook on management is somewhat theoretical, it is complemented by the DVD series “DVD Success Series: Leadership (2006).”  

Course Objectives:

The overall course objective is to achieve what can be called an MBA culture, mindset and terminology in the student. Specifically, the objectives are to cover (in an iterative and repetitive manner, to improve retention):

- fundamentals of marketing

- fundamentals of business ethics

- fundamentals of accounting and finance for managers

- fundamentals of management and leadership.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to able to:

At the end of the course, the student should be conversant with core MBA concepts and be able to articulate these concepts in a professional manner, with the ability to apply these concepts to furthering organizational goals.

Required Readings and Resources:

- The Personal MBA (Josh Kaufman)

- Complete MBA For Dummies (Kathleen Allen and Peter Economy)

- The 10-day MBA: A Step-by-step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught in Top Business Schools (Steven Silbiger) 

- The Complete Idiot's Guide to MBA Basics, 2nd Edition, (Tom Gorman)        

- Fundamentals of Management (any recent edition - Ricky Griffin) (see also http://college.hmco.com/business/griffin/fundamentals/4e/students/ )

- DVD series “DVD Success Series: Leadership (2006)  

--- Note: This list should be cross checked with the reading schedule which is authoritative --- 

Supplemental Readings and Resources:

- International Management by Richard Mead (Blackwell)

Useful Templates and Resources:

Word Template Use this single-spaced template (DOCX) for Response Papers
Word Template Use this double-spaced template (DOCX) for Major Papers
Quiz Template Use this single-spaced sample (DOCX) for the Quiz
Sample RP This is a sample response paper for ACA-401
Sample MP This is a sample major paper for DIP-401
Checklist This PDF is a checklist to use before submitting a paper

Organization and structure of course studies:

Period 1 (Typically, weeks 1-2)
Reading Assignments The Personal MBA (Kaufman), entire book
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction Reading
Tasks / Assignments Study course material + writing response paper 1
Deliverables Response paper 1

Period 2 (Typically, weeks 3-4)
Reading Assignments Fundamentals of Management, entire book
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction Reading
Tasks / Assignments Study course material + writing response paper 2
Deliverables Response paper 2

Period 3 (Typically, weeks 5-6)
Reading Assignments Complete MBA... (Allen and Economy), entire book
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction Reading
Tasks / Assignments Study course material + writing response paper 3 + Work on first major paper
Deliverables Response paper 3

Period 4 (Typically, weeks 7-8)
Reading Assignments The 10-day MBA (Silbiger), entire book
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction Reading
Tasks / Assignments Study course material + writing response paper 4
Deliverables Response paper 4 + Submit first major paper

Period 5 (Typically, weeks 9-10)
Reading Assignments MBA Basics (3rd edition), entire book
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction Reading
Tasks / Assignments Study course material + writing response paper 5
Deliverables Response paper 5 + Start work on second major paper

Period 6 (Typically, weeks 11-12)
Reading Assignments N/A
MP3s or Videos DVD Success Series: Leadership
Method of Instruction Videos
Tasks / Assignments Study course material + writing response paper 6 + Make appointment for interview (final exam)
Deliverables Quiz + Response paper 6 + Submit second major paper

Period 7 (Typically, weeks 13-14)
Reading Assignments Reviewing all materials
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction Reading
Tasks / Assignments Conduct Final Exam (Interview)
Deliverables Submit all assignments due - course completion

Special Course Comment / Review of Required Assignments to Complete Course:

This is a very intense module that requires a total immersion in the "MBA world" on the part of the student.

It presupposes prior interest and exposure to economics, business, human psychology, etc.


In addition to the short response papers, the standard required assignments are:

Quiz:

The student must create a multiple-choice or missing word quiz with 10 questions, based on the textbook(s), and with footnoted references to the correct answers (with page number in textbook).

A sample is available at http://www.euclid.int/syllabi/quiz.docx  and can also be found on the Egnyte platform under Courses > ACA-401

Major paper(s):

This course requires the presentation of 2 major paper(s) (standard length is 12-24 pages using the MP template which is double-spaced).The theme is the student’s choice, but must be selected and confirmed in consultation with the assigned instructor, and be based on the required study materials.

The major paper(s) must (1) comply with all ACA-401 guidelines (2) make at least 3 properly formatted references to the textbook(s).

Final Examination:

Once the paper(s) and quiz have been submitted, this course is capped by an extensive oral examination and interactive interview conducted by the assigned instructor using web-conferencing technology (WebEx, Skype).

Composite Evaluation and Grading:

  • 10% of the final grade is based on the response papers
  • 60% of the final grade is based on the major paper(s) and quiz
  • 30% of the final grade is based on the final oral exam / closing interview.

Failure to obtain a passing grade on the final oral exam will result in course failure.

Standard grading scale and academic policies apply to this course.

Standard EUCLID Grading Scale:

Even through there is no internationally standardized grading system, EUCLID uses a scale that is fairly standard, namely:

  1. Grades are numeric (0 – 4) and convertible to letters (F – A)
  2. A+ is a novelty and is not used
  3. EUCLID has a strict grading policy and does not engage in ‘grade inflation’
  4. Grading is based on standards, not ranking within the group
  5. Because of (3), 2.35 or C+ is the pass standard for all courses, provided that a full academic review of all grades under 2.5 conclude that the student does meet requirements for graduation.

Numeric grades are converted to letter grades as follows:

Numeric

Letter

Explanation / Standards

4

A

All objectives are fully met

3.7

A-

All objectives are fully met with minor suggestions for improvement

3.5

B++

Rarely used: All objectives are fully met with minor suggestions for improvement

3.35

B+

All objectives are met with specific suggestions for improvement

3

B

Satisfactory output, but improvement are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the program

2.85

Almost B

Rarely used: Satisfactory output, but improvement are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the course(s)

2.75

B-

Passing but less than satisfactory output. Improvements in more than one course standards are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the course(s)

2.5 - 2.35

C+

Minimum passing grade: Improvements are mandated in more than one course standards are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the course(s)

2

C

Failing grade: does not meet mandatory objectives of the course(s)

1.65

C-

Failing grade: does not meet in any way the objectives of the course(s)

0

Fail

Assignment to does meet in any way the objectives of the courses or contains plagiarism / academic violations

 


   

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