MGMT 600 DeVry Business Planning Seminar Full Course
WEEK 1: INDIVIDUAL SWOT ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT (100 POINTS)
- 3-4 minute video (MP4) describing your “professional” strengths and weaknesses. Do not include your opportunities and threats.
- Post your completed video in the Individual SWOT Analysis Discussion area for your colleagues to view.
This process should capture information about your internal strengths and weaknesses. As you develop your individual SWOT analysis treat your career as a business and yourself as a competitive product.
Create your video in MP4 format using the recording application of your choice.
Once you are satisfied with your individual SWOT analysis video, upload your video (MP4 format) to the Individual SWOT Analysis Discussion in the Week 1 Tab.
The following are sample questions to help you to think about your SWOT analysis.
- What do you do well? What could you improve?
- What are your unique resources? Where do you have fewer resources than others?
- What do others see as your strengths? What are others likely to see as weaknesses?
Grading Rubric 100 points
Submitted on time: 10
Length of video: 15
Professional video: 15
Total Points 100
WEEK 1: CLOUD STORAGE FOR TEAM DOCUMENT COLLABORATION
Team Discussion: An asynchronous discussion will be available to each team.
Team Documents: To help everyone collaborate and peer-edit draft submissions, you can post assignment documents to your Team document sharing area. You should also consider creating an account with a free cloud-hosting document service that would allow all Team members to simultaneously edit work-in-progress. These services include Google Docs, Microsoft OneDrive, and Box. Note:that DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management do not support or endorse any of these specific products, but use of one can help your Team better collaborate on document editing.
Team Collaboration: Cisco Spark will be available for team collaboration.
Your instructor will provide additional information regarding team recordings.
WEEK 4: TEAM ASSIGNMENT: TEAM UPDATE (LIVE WEBEX) 50 POINTS
The update should be 8-10 minutes in length and provide an overview of your idea, what your team has been doing thus far in the course, and what you have to do to complete the assignment. In addition, please provide any lessons learned up to this point and give some reflection on how you will use this information to move forward.
All members of the team must participate to get credit and a Powerpoint with your major talking points is required.
WEEK 6 INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT: INTERVIEW PROJECT (100 POINTS)
In Week 1, you were assigned to interview a business leader or executive in your local area. This interview recording and document is due this week.
There are two deliverables: a 7-10 minute video, and the completed Interview Report document (Links to an external site.).
The interview is to be recorded in MP4 format; you may use a smart phone or any recording device. The interview should be no longer than 10 minutes and the video should be submitted to the Interview Video Discussion by the end of Week 6.
MP4 recording of your interview:
- Post to the Interview Video Discussion along with a brief introduction (by mid-week)
- Submit it.
WEEK 8: WRITTEN BUSINESS PLAN: THE FINISH
This assignment was locked Oct 21, 2017 at 11:59pm.
- Edit Your Business Plan.
This is probably the least fun part of the process for most people; however, some of us out there (especially people lurking around with English, Writing, or Communications bachelor degrees) actually enjoy this part of the plan writing. Regardless of which kind of person you are, someone must take this job, and that person needs to have some basic skills. If the following skills are NOT yours, then please, don’t try to take this job!
- Excellent grasp of the English language, including the ability to write flowing, concise, and grammatically correct prose.
- Basic understanding of comma use, semi-colons, and colons (and their differences!), sentence and paragraph structure and spelling. (Use a dictionary, spell-checker, and thesaurus.)
- Patience and cheer.
- Understanding of MS Word.
- Organization skills (as in comparing the table of contents against the plan contents, the Executive Summary organization, and updating the page numbers when they change).
Editing means consolidating all parts of the plan, organizing them into a decent order (use the Written Plan Rubric!), and ensuring the Appendix is complete and at the end of the plan. Have a nice title page, a list of all team member names on the front, a catchy slogan, and perhaps even a really cool graphic to go with it (i.e. logo).
Caveat: Do NOT download one of those “for purchase” or “for free” plan templates. They are not organized in the manner this course requires and often, they are very difficult to read and grade. They are NOT reader friendly!
- Submit your Business Plan.
Once you compiled the final version of your team plan, do the following:
- Finalize the elements of the Business plan, and then submit the plan. As you finalize your plan, remember that plagiarism is a serious offense at DeVry/Keller. You should not “re-use” other teams’ plans, nor should you use any other purchased plans, plans you have used in other courses (unless you follow the Keller policy for re-using previously submitted work–see Policies under Introduction & Resour), nor should you copy and paste chunks from websites into your plan. If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism, please review the tutorial in the Syllabus, consult your writing guide, which is a Keller-required textbook (see Syllabus), or, in the event you are still unsure, consult with your faculty member.
- Have your team leader submit the final plan (all files)
- Optional: Print and bind one or more copies of your plan. You might want to use a quick print shop for a professional job including a cover and spiral binding. A bound copy of your plan will prove useful as part of your academic or career portfolio. Your plan will demonstrate your ability to work in a team, gather resources, and create a professional business document.
- Optional: Save your plan to a CD for safekeeping and possible future distribution.
Submit your Business Plan
WEEK 8 BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATION
WEEK 8 PEER REVIEW
Collaborate on your Business Plan by posting to your Team Discussion Area. This collaboration will count toward your Peer Review grade in Week 8.
Submit your Peer Review. This document is confidential. Be honest and objective in the evaluation of fellow Team members. (You do not evaluate yourself.)
WEEK 8 PARTICIPATION
Your participation on your team project will be scored in Week 8.
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