Online MBA Companion Courses

Smartly - Online MBA Companion Courses

Program Description

Online MBA Companion Courses

Smartly - Online MBA Companion Courses

Smartly is available on any device, in bite-sized format to help you prepare for business school and take the lead during your program. Courses available include the following:

Macroeconomics I: Fundamentals

  • Economics is global
  • All about inflation
  • Understanding unemployment
  • The ABCs of GDP
  • Boom and Bust

Macroeconomics: International Trade

  • Why do countries trade?
  • Trade restrictions
  • Openness in goods and financial markets
  • Labor in international markets
  • Prices in international markets
  • Floating and fixed exchange rate systems
  • Economics development in the world

Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand

  • What is microeconomics?
  • The demand curve
  • The supply curve
  • Law of supply and demand
  • Equilibrium shifts
  • Understanding consumer demand
  • Price elasticity of demand
  • Costs of production
  • Revenues, costs, and profits
  • Price elasticity of supply

Microeconomics II: Shape your economic Worldview

  • Defining Economics
  • Asymmetric information
  • Theory of markets
  • The production possibilities frontier
  • Marginal utility and budget lines
  • Elasticity and its applications
  • International trade at the local level

Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities

  • Perfect competition
  • The short run and the long run
  • Monopoly
  • Oligopoly and monopolistic competition
  • Types of goods
  • Externalities
  • Solutions to Externalities
  • Economics and the Environment

Accounting I: Fundamentals

  • Introduction to the Balance Sheet
  • Fundamental Principles of Accounting
  • All about assets
  • Liabilities & equity
  • Debits and credits
  • Revenues and expenses
  • Income statements
  • General journal
  • General ledger

Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses

  • Revenue and Cash
  • Expenses and the matching concept
  • Realizing revenues and expenses over time
  • Bad debt
  • Inventory and the cost of goods sold
  • Manufacturing inventory
  • Fixed assets and straight-ling depreciation
  • Other depreciation methods
  • Depletion and amortization

Accounting III: Financial Statements

  • Gross profit
  • Operating profit
  • Net income
  • Operating cash flows
  • Investing and financing cash flows

Accounting IV: Working with Ratios - Coming Soon!

Cost of Capital

  • Cost of debt
  • Cost of equity
  • Capital structure and WACC

Finance: Time Value of Money

  • The time value of money
  • The timeline
  • Moving money through time: compounding
  • Moving money through time: discounting
  • Moving money forward over multiple years
  • Moving money backward over multiple years
  • Moving cash flows through time
  • Net present value (NPV)

Investing: Stocks and Bonds

  • The basics of investing
  • Time is on your side
  • Compounding and the Rule of 72
  • Investment types and returns
  • Investing in stocks
  • Buying and selling stocks
  • Stock classifications
  • Stocks and risk
  • Investing in bonds
  • Bonds and interest rates
  • Bonds and risk
  • Understanding risk in your portfolio
  • Diversifying your portfolio
  • Portfolio returns and performance

Valuation – Coming Soon!

Marketing Fundamentals

  • Marketing basics
  • Situation analysis
  • Segmentation and targeting
  • The value proposition
  • Positioning
  • Unique selling proposition and the four P’s

Operations Management Fundamentals

  • Introduction to operations management
  • The process flow diagram
  • Bottlenecks, wait times, and process capacity
  • Process structures: job shops to assembly line flows
  • Tools for managing projects
  • Inventory costs and benefits
  • Inventory management
  • Optimizing labor resources
  • The problem of variability
  • Analyzing wait times
  • Reducing wait times: queue system design
  • Reducing wait times: managing customer behavior

Leadership Fundamentals

  • Leadership and management
  • Leadership and power
  • Culture and leadership
  • The trait approach to leadership
  • The situational approach to leadership
  • Fieldler’s contingency theory
  • Transformational and transactional leadership
  • Leader-member exchange theory
  • Servant leadership

Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams

  • The life cycle of groups
  • Group roles and norms
  • Threats to group effectiveness
  • Components and characteristics of teams
  • Types of teams
  • Teams in action

Organizational Structure and Culture – Coming Soon!

Data Collection

  • Statistical sampling
  • Random sampling techniques I
  • Random sampling techniques II
  • Non-random sampling
  • Conducting a survey

One-Variable Statistics

  • Measuring the center: mean, median, and mode
  • Standard deviation
  • Five number summary
  • Boxplots
  • Frequency distributions
  • Histograms

Population Theory – Coming Soon!

Two-Variable Statistics

  • Introduction to correlation
  • Causation
  • Observational studies
  • Experiments
  • Scatter plots
  • Correlation coefficient

Blue Ocean Strategy

  • Sailing blue oceans
  • Blue oceans v. red oceans
  • The strategic move
  • The strategy canvas
  • The four actions framework
  • The three hallmarks of a good blue ocean strategy
  • Buyer utility
  • Strategic pricing
  • Target costing
  • From cost to adoption

Strategy Fundamentals – Coming Soon!

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 2, 2016
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