Tips on Passing Selected Business Courses

OBCI: If you look at the exam, 22 of the questions are on the section alled “Individual and Group Performance”. Make sure you thoroughly study the chapters in this section on the COS since that topic makes up 44% of the actual exam. I also highly recommend reading the Diversity chapter as there are several questions on that topic. I don’t recommend taking this class until you finish MKCI because there is a section on competitive advantage which is the same as the competitive advantage material you learn in MKCI. I only spent about 2 weeks on this class and still passed with an 82%. ****(Kate’s Comments) The OBC assessment was rewritten and the pre-assessment now aligns almost erfectly with the actual assessment. Be sure you have a solid understanding of motivation and change theories and how to apply them to certain scenarios. View the Dropbox link for some additional resources. QDC: (Kate’s comments) This class shares a book with OBC. When studying for OBC be sure you read the strategic management text well. You will be killing two birds with one stone. Be sure to check out the Dropbox link for additional resources. CLCI: I passed the assessment with an 85% without even studying or reading any chapters.

It is a very easy class so I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time on it. Take he pre-assessment and if you do not score well, then definitely go through the material. Look at the areas in which you scored below an 80% in and read the chapters for those topics. If you do well on the pre-assessment and want to accelerate your degree I recommend just scheduling the assessment without doing any studying. MKCI: This class is tough for many students and I have heard of students failing the exam 5 or 6 times before passing. However, if you really put the work in you will pass on the first try.

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I passed this class with a 90% by first locating the “Key Study Aid” questions located after each chapter. Write these questions down in your notebook and answer each question as thoroughly as possible while reading all the chapters. There are parts of the flat world textbook with material and text that WGU has added in. Pay close attention to these parts especially because that is where a lot of the exam comes from. There are also about 8 supplemental documents on the community message board that the COUrse mentor put together and will be provided to you.

Print these out and use them as well as the textbook to answer the key study aids. Study the supplemental material thoroughly because a lot of the questions are based on hese separate documents. Try to attend the live webinars that are held each week. At the end of the webinar, the course mentor gives quiz questions that are very similar if not the same questions that were on the exam. Also, watch the “Marketing Minutes” that the course mentor has put together. Watch them over and over until everything clicks.

It sounds like a lot of work, but it will help you get a great score and pass on the first try. This course took me about a month and a half but I was studying for at least 5-6 hours each day. It could take longer depending on how much time you have and how well you retain nformation. EGCI: I passed this class with an 82% by reading the chapters and answering the questions located in the course of study. After I read the chapters for each section, I went through the Thinkwell videos. I also watched the videos the course mentors put together on each topic over and over until it clicked for me.

It also helps tremendously to work on EGTI tasks 1-3 at the same time. They relate directly to the course material that is on the exam. I also attended the live webinars each time they were offered. It took me a month to complete EGCI and tasks 1-3 of EGTI. EGTI: Dr. Wade Roberts is the course mentor for his class and he is amazing. He is so approachable and really cares about his students. The videos he put together on YouTube walk you through each task step by step and that is what really helped me, especially with tasks 1-3. Task 4 is about international business.

This task is the most difficult and requires a lot of research and it took me about 2 weeks to finish that paper but it is a fun topic that allows you to do research on how to do business with different cultures. RWTI : The course has about 8 topics to choose from. They key is to pick a topic you know a lot about and are interested in. If you are looking for a challenge, you may want to pick a topic that you don’t know too much about but are very interested in learning. The task instructions are pretty straightforward and they give you a template to use for writing your paper.

I enjoyed writing this paper because the topic was interesting to me, so make sure you like your topic. QLC: (Kate’s comments) Using “Mymathlab” is very important for this class. There are several units that are covered from basic math (i. e. real numbers, sequences, percentages and proportions) to geometry and basic algebra. Units 5-8 (algebra) re worth the least on the test but it is important that you have a foundation in algebra in order to move on the geometry which is worth around 40% of the test. If you have issue with this class the Khanacademy. om videos are very good and may help solidify your knowledge. Also using the “help me solve this” and the “show me an example” functions within MyMathLab may help you understand these examples. In Dropbox there is a Reference sheet that gives you several formulas, conversion, and practice problems. You will want to commit these formulas to memory because you will not be able to use them on the test. QLT: Kate’s Comments) QLT can be done before or after QLC depending on your knowledge of Algebra and geometry. Task 1 has a couple of templates in dropbox so that you are not having to create your own.

Tasks 1-4 can be done by hand but it may be easier to do them in excel so that they are easier to revise. If you do not understand how to create a graph in excel there are several videos that will walk you through step by step. Search YouTube. com for your specific version of excel. For the most part you are using the scatter plot function to create these graphs. Be very clear as to how you are coming up with your responses to the ask prompts. In task 4you are asked to solve a geometric proof. This needs to be a logical step by step proof.

Each step will ask for a reason which needs to be proven by either the step before it or by a given. If you are having issues with geometric proofs review module 4 in the pearsons MyMathLab. Task 5 is a real world scenario where you are asked to add in more info to create your own word problem. It should lead to a cost comparison scenario where you are asked to discuss different elements of the problem. You will need to use excel to create your graph. You will not be allowed to scan this problem in. There is one scenario that you will need more than two algebraic equations to correctly evaluate the scenario(daycare).

The other 3 you will need 2. You will then be asked to evaluate the information and make a decision based on your analysis of the graph and your algebraic work. Be sure you answer each task prompt thoroughly and you understand what is being asked. MKT: (Kate’s comments) With this class I didn’t go through all of the required reading before starting the task. You have to develop a marketing plan. I used the template that was given in the communities and worked through only the ortions of the text that I needed a more thorough understanding of what was being asked.

There are examples of marketing plans in the community. This task took me about a week to complete. BVC: (Kate’s comments) This class took me all of 2 days. I took the pre-assessment and passed with a high enough score to schedule the assessment. The pre-assessment is almost exact to the actual test. Understand basic geography (longitude, latitude, prime meridian, equator… ) Take a look at the map of each continent and where major countries are in those continents. This one is a pretty east pass. Take the Pre first and study your weak reas. EZC: (Kate’s comments) The book is set up by topic and is pretty great.

It gives you a progress bar for each topic (AKA chapter) and there is a video at the beginning of each sub topic. I worked through 1-2 topics a day. There are 13 topics but only 11 that you are tested on. At the end of each subtopic there is an end of topic assessment. I took all of those and then the end of chapter tests to make sure I understood. If you get them wrong it will show you how to work them. It also has a function that will read the text to you. That came in handy because could download the audio and put it on my phone so I could listen hen I was too busy to think.

The cohort for finance I felt like it was a waste of time. The book is set up with end of chapter quizzes which is exactly what the cohort is. Basically the CM copied and pasted the end of chapter questions and did the same with the solutions for the cohort homework. You can have the same passing rate by just reading through the short topics taking the end of topic and end of chapter quizzes and taking notes on the questions you missed so you understand how to work them. I worked through 1-2 topics a day, wrote down formulas as I went and finished in about 2 weeks. The cohort is 4.

I’ll give you the weights of questions for each topic as soon as I get to the comp. The test has a few questions that threw me on CFO, and Weighted average cost of capital. Make sure you understand how to use your calculator. I used my T 184 plus silver addition because it has financial apps on it and you dont have to push as many buttons 101. Your calculator is your best friend. The text walks you through how to use the T 183/84 and the BA II. Here is the break down. Financial Statements Analysis – 12 points (topics 2 and 3) Financial Forecasting – 9 points (topic 4) Time Value of Money – 9 points (topic 5)

Bonds – 10 points (topic 6) Stocks – 3 points (topic 7) Cost of Capital – 3 points (topic 9) Capital Budgeting Techniques – 5 points (topic 10 and 11) Firm Valuation – 6 points (topic 13) IJFC: (Kates comments) Managerial accounting for me the test and the pre are pretty right on the same track. Again the cohort for me was a waste of time. It was disorganized and too much lull time. I did work with the MACC students on a few sections that I had trouble drilling through my head but it can easily be done in 2-3 weeks. Several people recommend the managerial accounting for dummies book.

Chapter 1 is worth 13 points on the test, chapter 2 is worth 5, chapter 3 worth 3 points, chapter 4- 5 points, Chapter 5- 13 points, Chapter 7-6 points, Chapter 8-9 points, Chapter 9- 1 point Chapter 10-6 points, Chapter 11-5 points, chapter 12/13-4 points. Chapter 1 took me a few days of going over it a few times to grasp but once I understood it was pretty smooth sailing even though I threw a fit about a few topics. http://wwvv. facebook. com/l. php? u=http%3A%2F%2Fmnm. youtube. com P6&h-lAQH6jS5G those videos were a life saver. TPV: (kates comments) can be done in 2-3 weeks. Memorize your acronyms.

I sed the comp TIA study guide, went through A LOT of practice questions and took the practice test. When you take the actual assessment you have 90 minutes to get through 100 questions. I went through all of the questions the first time answering any questions I knew immediately and then marking the others for a review. I then went through and worked out the rest of the questions. They are all application based questions so you need to know how to apply all of the terms they have given you. There were only a few formula questions. Essentially you have to get 65 questions correct to pass.

Pre Project Setup/lnitiating – 12% Project Planning – 29% Project Execution and Delivery – 23% Change, Control and Communication – 27% Project Closure – 9% Capstone: (kate’s comments) Your capstone is basically applying the knowledge you learned from all of your other classes. There are two templates that you will need to use. The first is the business plan template. Basically you are filling out a template and following the prompts. The course mentor for this class encouraged me to play make believe. If you did MKT that is a great start for your capstone because it effectively completes 2 sections of your capstone.

Unless you re creating a business plan for a real life business playing make believe is fine as long as its believable. BMA/QHT (kates comments) AKA business management tasks. This class took me all of 2 days including grading. The tasks are super simple and including writing a memo and an email if I remember correctly. DAC: (kates comments) This class took me about 4 days once actually started studying. I pulled 4 very late nights where I started studying about 8pm and finished each night around 330am. l read 7 chapters the first day, 5 the second, 14 the third, took the pre test in connect, pre A and test all in the same day.


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