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Undergraduate Assurances of Learning - Syllabus Boilerplate

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The Maine Business School has established six program goals.  This course addresses goal (s): 

Goal 1:  Problem Solving Our graduates will demonstrate problem-solving skills, supported by appropriate quantitative and qualitative analysis.  Students will assess a business problem, choose and apply the appropriate business tool (quantitative, qualitative) necessary for concise analysis and propose suitable solutions.  

 Goal 2:  General Business Knowledge  Our Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of basic business theory, principles, & knowledge in core business disciplines.  

Goal 3:  Our Graduates will be effective communicators.  Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare and present business material orally and in writing.

Goal 4:  Teamwork Students will understand the fundamental concepts of teamwork, and demonstrate the ability to work in teams.  

Goal 5: Ethics: Students will be aware of ethical frameworks and how they relate to social laws.  

Goal 6:  Global Perspectives Students will demonstrate knowledge of global and cultural dimensions of the modern business environment.  

(If you would like to add the goal corresponding objectives to the goal(s) taught in your class please utilize the following wording as outline by our Maine Business School Program Goals and Objectives). 

“In this course in addition to a broad introduction or reinforcement of the goals specified above, BUA XXX (YOU FILL IN) is designed to (introduce/reinforce/and or assess) {CHOOSE 1 or more} goal(s) #above.”    

Goal 1:  Problem Solving Our graduates will demonstrate problem-solving skills, supported by appropriate quantitative and qualitative analysis.  Corresponding Objectives:  Students assess a business problem, choose and apply the appropriate business tool (quantitative, qualitative) necessary for concise analysis and propose suitable solutions. Students will:  

  • Demonstrate basic factual knowledge of business tools. 
  • Identify the main business problems and issues at hand using all available relevant information, suggest possible alternatives.  
  • Use appropriate analytical tools (qualitative, quantitative &) to evaluate & propose alternative solutions for action. 
    • Assessment Tool: This goal will be assessed using the problem-solving rubric (pg.3) in core business classes. Embedded Assessment:  BUA 337
    • Assessment criteria:  50% of students will score 2 or greater on criteria. 

Goal 2:  General Business Knowledge  Our Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of basic business theory, principles, & knowledge in core business disciplines.  Corresponding Objectives: Students recognize & solve problems using applications of:

  • Accounting (Financial & Managerial)                        
  • Economics (Basic concepts, Microeconomics, & Macro Economics)
  • Management (Process, Organizational Behavior, Strategy & Policy)
  • Quantitative Business Analysis (Statistics, Management Science) 
  • Information Systems (IT and Society, Concepts, Systems & Development)
  • Finance (Corporate, Investments, International)
  • Marketing (Attractive Markets, Marketing Institutions, International Marketing)
  • Legal and Social Environment (Legal, Regulatory Environments, & Business relationships, ethics and social responsibility)
    • Assessment Tool: Stand Alone Testing Performance: ETS Major Field Exam. Assessment: Assessed during students’ final year as a part of BUA 449.
    • Assessment Criteria: 50% of participating seniors will score >50%  national mean         

Goal 3:  Our Graduates will be effective communicators.  Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare and present business material orally and in writing.  Corresponding Objectives:

  • Written:  Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare and present business material in writing.  Students are expected to produce a written business document that is well organized, free of errors and makes an effective clear point.
  • Oral: Students will demonstrate the ability professionally, and logically present business material.
    • Assessment Tool: This goal will be assessed using the written and oral rubrics. Embedded Assessment :  BUA 310, 330, 351, 480.
    • Assessment Criteria: 75% of students will score at least a 2 on 75% of the assessment criteria.   

Goal 4:  Teamwork Students will understand the fundamental concepts of teamwork, and demonstrate the ability to work in teams.  Corresponding Objectives:   

  • Students will identify the elements in building effective teams (Tuchman’s).    
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of team members contributions, significant roles as well as demonstrate the ability clearly articulate their contribution to the team.
    • Assessment Tool: Goal assessed using the teamwork rubric, assessed across all grade levels.  Assessment Classes:  BUA 220, 343, 449.
    • Assessment Criteria: 75% of students will score at least a 2 on 75% of the assessment criteria.   

Goal 5: Ethics: Students will be aware of ethical frameworks and how they relate to social laws.  Corresponding Objectives: 

  • Students identify the four ethical frameworks for analyzing an ethical dilemma, and corporate social responsibility. 
  • They will identify the difference between ethical dilemmas and societal laws.  
  • Introduced in BUA 220, reinforced in BUA 325, and assessed in BUA 449.    
    • Assessment Tool: Ethics rubric, Assessment in final year BUA 449
    • Assessment Criteria:   

Goal 6:  Global Perspectives Students will demonstrate knowledge of global and cultural dimensions of the modern business environment.  Corresponding Objectives: 

  • Student can identify cultural differences that can affect business communications.
  • Students can explain how the weakening or the strengthening of a currency affects trade.
  • Students can describe some of the risks associated with international operations.
  • Students can identify the reasons why firms should internationalize. 
  • Students can identify relevant factors that differ across countries:  economic, religious, cultural, political, legal, demographic, social, historic, ethical
    • Assessment Tool: Embedded assessment in BUA 343 and stand-alone testing performance (ETS).   Introduced: BUA 343; Reinforced: BUA 343; Assessed: BUA 343; 
    • Assessment Criteria: 75% of students will meet or exceed expectations on the Global Perspectives Rubric.  

  


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