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BA IN 4 WEEKS

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Copyright   Lawrie Miller  1997 - 2004

 

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THIRD YEAR

 

 

 

RECAP
By the end of week 2, the 3-credit WER had been met, you had fulfilled the General Ed requirements in Mathematics/Science, in Social Science / History, and in Humanities. In addition, Business degree specific Humanities and Social Science requirements have been met in Ethics, Organizational Behavior, and Economics, as well as math and statistics. We're on a roll.

 

 

THIS WEEK'S EXAMS

 

 

MONDAY

 

 CLEP Principles of Accounting

  CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications

  CLEP Introductory Psychology

 


TUESDAY

  ECE Production/Operations Management

  ECE Labor Relations

  ECE Abnormal Psychology


WEDNESDAY

  DANTES Management Information Systems

  DANTES Principles of Supervision

  DANTES Here's to Your Health


THURSDAY

  Foundations of Gerontology

 

 

A WORD ON ACCOUNTING

Week three is about to begin. Last week, Finance and Business Law II were the difficult exams. This week it will be Managerial and Financial Accounting, and to a lesser extent, Production /Operations Management.

 

Now, many who are familiar with accounting practices, may have little or no difficulty negotiating this hurdle. I had no prior experience of accounting and found its study exasperating. However, you will be helped by the grading curve of this exam. While you might feel you know little, other examinees probably know much less. Again, in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

 

We've left Accounting until week three to give you time for leisurely study of the subject. Best advice I can give is to practice as many examples as possible to ensure you have inculcated the principles underlying the practices. Don't just go by rote. Ensure you know why you’re are using the procedures. You'll be quizzed on that. In the end, you'll find this exam much easier than anticipated.

 

Some of you may already have credit in Managerial Accounting, apparently this is not uncommon. If you're one, you need not sit the CLEP exam, but can use the DANTES Financial Accounting exam to cover the deficit. The CLEP exam is as much a race against time as anything else. The DANTES exam is a much more civilized affair. It's definitely more detailed and perhaps a little more rigorous, but the extra time allowed (relative to the number of questions and their difficulty), more than compensates. I sat both the CLEP and the DANTES, and preferred the DANTES. However, if you have no accounting credit, you have no choice but to sit the CLEP.

  

 

 

OTHER EXAMS

 

 

 

MONDAY

  CLEP Principles of Accounting (OR DANTES Financial Accounting IF applicable)

  CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications

  CLEP Introductory Psychology

 


Monday's exam in Principles of Accounting will be in two 45 minute segments. The first will cover Managerial Accounting and will comprise about 40 questions, and the second will cover Financial Accounting and will also comprise approximately 40 questions. Work quickly as you can through the questions while maintaining accuracy. Time has a habit of flying by in this exam.

 

That was the hardest exam of the week. The rest of Monday's exams are on the light side. Information Systems and Computer applications covers the most rudimentary principles. Do the CLEP mock exam. If you then feel you need to revise, get one of the "For Dummies" series books or any other basic primer on end-user computing.

 

CLEP Introductory Psychology can be "mastered" well enough using Barron's EZ-101 Psychology. Any reasonably intelligent, mature adult will find most of this stuff intuitively obvious.
 

 

TUESDAY

  ECE Production/Operations Management

  ECE Labor Relations

  ECE Abnormal Psychology

 


Production/Operations Management may require some work for those not familiar with the basic concepts. Others with some experience through employment will find this a breeze. The fact is that the exam is not very demanding. Do the ECE mock test (as always) and see how you fare. You can use any text on Operations Management. I used "The Pocket MBA", which had a nice, clear, to-the-point, section on the subject, and most importantly, was very cheap. This was good enough to score an "A".

 

Labor Relations. This test follows naturally on the heels of last week's Management of Human Resources. The MUST for this exam is that you read and understand the fundamentals of US labor law and dispute resolution agreements.

 

That sounds like a lot, but most American workers will have some experience and familiarity with the basic system. I had no idea, and found it necessary to read-up on federal laws and agreements. That study, and the application of common sense, was enough, so U.S. nationals, bred in the system should be well placed for a good pass. Use the web to find the relevant labor laws and agreements. This new knowledge and that gained for the HR exam last week, will see you through.

 

Abnormal Psychology: you have already completed a deal of the ground work in Psych 101 and Organizational Behavior. Books for this exam - the trusty Psych 101 primer, "Abnormal Psychology", Harper Collins, and the Princeton Review Cracking the GRE Psychology.

 
 

WEDNESDAY

  DANTES Management Information Systems

  DANTES Principles of Supervision

  DANTES Here's to Your Health

 

 

Management Information Systems, I thought surprisingly easy for an upper division exam. You can ready yourself for this exam with any foundation level MIS primer. If you are computer illiterate, we'll discuss substitute exams at the end of the series, but really, at least try the mock of this exam.

Principles of Supervision should be a gift to most seasoned adults. The work done in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Psychology, will all be helpful here. Try the DANTES mock exam, I doubt you will have difficulty.

 

"Here's to your Health", is one exam I have not taken. I include it because all I have read who have taken it and chosen to comment, say it is quite the easiest test imaginable. So, for that reason, and remembering that you want to be a graduate and not a hero, I include it here.


 

THURSDAY

  ECE Foundations of Gerontology

 

 

Only one exam today, Foundations of Gerontology. The previous Psychology exams will help you with this one. Anyone with an aging parent or other elderly relative will understand much of the material in this test. I used no specialized text. Use the Princeton Review, "Cracking the GRE Psychology Exam", and concentrate on the coverage relative to aging. If you feel need of further guidance, please do a search of the internet. There is much free, relevant material there. Again, it is my opinion having written this exam, that mature adults will have an intuitive understanding of the material.

 

 

SUMMARY
All rightie then. You've completed week three. Except for the degree capstone course, you have all of the necessary Business core credit and total Business credit required for the degree. You have also met the general ed. requirements, the upper level business course credit requirements, and have accumulated a total of 96 semester hour credits. Another week and you will have earned a Business degree. I'm so excited!


 


 

EXAMS TAKEN AND CREDIT AWARDED
CLEP Principles of Accounting (6)
CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications (3)
CLEP Introductory Psychology (3)
DANTES Management Information Systems (3)
DANTES Principles of Supervision (3)
DANTES Here's to Your Health (3)
ECE Production/Operations Management (3)
ECE Labor Relations (3)
ECE Abnormal Psychology (3)
ECE Foundations of Gerontology (3)
 
 
 

BOOKS
Barron's Business Review Series Accounting $12.95
Barron's Accounting the Easy Way $12.95
Prentice Hall The Vest-Pocket MBA $13.95
Barron's EZ-101 Psychology $6.95
Harper Collins Abnormal Psychology  $12
Princeton Review Cracking the GRE in Psychology  $20
Any MIS primer about $20
Harper Collins Introduction to Sociology $12
www search of US labor laws and federal labor agreements

 

Web site copyright Lawrie Miller 2001-2004

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