2017 Proposed Curriculum

Active Learning Curriculum... inside and outside of the classroom

With an emphasis on innovation, creativity and active learning, the program is presented through integrated courses and a defining real-world group project. SBI courses simulate the interdisciplinary nature of business.

Classes are held Monday through Friday, during two sessions per day: 9:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 – 4:00 PM Breaks are provided in both morning and afternoon sessions. The ten week, 16-credit program is delivered in three modules:

  • Module I: Business Fundamentals and Excel
  • Module II: Corporate Responsibility and Financial Management & Reporting
  • Module III: Applied Economics and Competitive Effectiveness

The one-credit Professional Success course is integrated throughout Modules I and II.

2017 Proposed Course Listings

SBI 0099 (0 Credits) - Excel
Provides a basic understanding of Excel functions along with financial and valuation models.

SBI 1000 (1 Credit) - Professional Success
Focus on life-long career-related skills associated with creating a professional “brand;” interaction with practicing professionals and recruiters from a variety of fields.  Topics and activities include: resume writing and critique; interviewing skills and virtual practice interviews; and use of social media in a professional setting

SBI 1001 (1 Credit) - Business Fundamentals
Explores the dynamic nature of business in a changing environment. Cross-functional approach to understanding business operations. Emphasis on purpose of business; how business vision is actualized. Utilizes action-learning, problem-solving approach.

SBI 2005 (3 Credits) - Applied Economics
Introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics and the application of specific business decisions.

SBI 2006 (3 Credits) - Corporate Responsibility
Core concepts of business law, ethical decision making, corporate social responsibility, and governance.

SBI 3005 (4 Credits) - Financial Management and Reporting
Foundation principles of corporate finance and financial accounting; emphasis on solving business problems.

SBI 3006 (4 Credits) - Competitive Effectiveness
Integration of marketing and management concepts as an approach to creating value in business.

Additional Resources

In addition to the integrated curriculum, extracurricular resources are available to students throughout SBI – and beyond. 

The Clay Center at VSB: The Clay Center is VSB’s ‘one-stop shop’ for a holistic array of student services, including academic advising and professional development programs.

Free Tutoring: This service is available twice a week to support classroom instruction.

Applied Finance Lab: Students have access to VSB’s state-of-the art financial research and teaching center where business theory and business practice connect!

Bloomberg Certification: Through the Applied Finance Lab, SBI students have access to Bloomberg terminals and on-site certification.

Wall Street Journal: During SBI, students are given access to electronic and hard copy WSJ, articles of which are often cited in class.

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“The Summer Business Institute is an intense, invigorating, and challenging program that offers a general business overview for non-business students. The knowledge that I have gained from SBI is truly life-changing and will help guide me to a successful future."
Shonterra Jordan
Political Science’12, SBI ’10 and Business Law Minor
Temple University Beasley School of Law

"SBI's unique syllabus added the desired skill set and heft to my resume; landing me two competitive internships." 
Spencer Stevens
Civil Engineering’12, SBI’09

"SBI didn't only teach theory, but provided opportunities for us to explore real life business scenarios."
Bryan Wagner
Civil Engineering '09, SBI '07
Manager, McMaster-Carr Supply Company