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Monday, December 05, 2005

Proposal: Change the MBA Curriculum

After much thought, I want to propose some ideas as to how to improve the MBA program. One such way I believe would be to restructure how our curriculum is structured.
  1. It would first involve taking exams on Friday. Now I know this idea will not go over well with my classmates, but our class time is valuable. Spending an entire class period devoted to taking an exam is nothing other than lost class time that could be spent on learning new material. By moving exams to Fridays, it would promote the ability for professors to lecture more, provide more in class discussions etc.

  2. I need to preface this next suggestion with a disclaimer. I greatly respect all professors in the MBA program. I value no professor more or less than another. With that being said, and with the idea that for an MBA student - typically graduate business schools focus on finance, operations and marketing, it has caused me to reconsider how our classes are structured.

    Currently ISY, OB, and ECO are full or equilavently full semester long classes. I believe these classes could each be condensed and accelerated into a 1/2 semester long courses. The motivation being to provide the students more oppurtunities to take elective classes in their field of interest. This would provide the means to add additional classes to the core curriculum as well. Since having 3 half-semester long classes is unbalanced, leaving an empty slot to fill a full semester, a 4th half-semester long class could be added, such as negotiations.

    By moving these classes to a half-semester long structure, it has numerous benefits. It frees our curriculum up by 1 full semester class since we are now taking the classes in half the amount of time. It gives students more oppurtunity and flexibility in there schedule as to which electives they can take. The students wouldn't be taking more hours but would allow students to take more classes, thus learning more material and ability to apply that material learned to new problems to solve. With the additional class that is freed by moving to half-semester long ISY, OB and ECO courses, students could take more FIN, Operations, MKT classes or whatever classes one is interested in.
Some other ideas exist, but I'll wait to another post to write about those ideas. I would greatly enjoy hearing a discussion about what people's thoughts are on these ideas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any idea what other schools are doing? Your suggestions are ok but really look at what other MBA programs do and then re-think what you wrote! If FF is out of the program that will create more room for electives!

December 05, 2005 11:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, ISY is not a semester long course!

December 05, 2005 11:17 PM

Blogger Mr. Persons said...

Anonymous @ 1:14AM - I have updated the entry to more clearly explain my thoughts.

Anonymous @ 1:17AM - ISY is an entire semester long class.

December 06, 2005 1:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the professors do an excellent job as it is by getting in their information during the given class times. In the core classes we only have one test per the 5-week session. This isn't wasting class time at all. Keep our Fridays free!!!

December 06, 2005 5:15 AM

Blogger Mr. Aesculanus said...

How about FF? Maybe that needs to be gone to make more room for electives?!

December 06, 2005 8:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading this post, it seems the real question that needs to be asked is are people content with the number of electives we currently have?

If you are, then any proposal to changing the curriculum would seem meaningless.

If you are not content with the number of electives we are given, what are your thoughts on this post or what are some ideas of your own that would allow the Baylor MBA program to provide more elective opportunities.

December 06, 2005 10:31 AM

Anonymous baco said...

I think we first need to have some electives, hen see about changing classes.
I was dissatisfied with the choice of electives, I think some professors may be able to handle teaching an additional MBA class.

December 07, 2005 7:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This won't come very welcome, but I think that Dr. Grinols' class needs to be audited by a faculty member. Her class is a complete waste of time. I am positive that if professors enter two of her classes at random, they will "appreciate" the preparation and content of the class.

To make a point: When a few studetns browse the web, they are slackers, when 90% are browsing the web in class, there may be a problem with the class.

December 07, 2005 8:00 AM

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December 07, 2005 8:46 AM

Anonymous R. Burgundy said...

Has anyone ever stated what the objective is to focus firm. I'm not challeging the validity of the project, I'm simply asking because it seems that the faculty might have a different goal in mind with regards to focus firm that that of the students.

December 26, 2005 5:18 PM

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