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 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 4 p.m., and some Saturdays – typically morning sessions – during the program. Breaks are provided in both morning and afternoon sessions. The ten week, 16-credit program is delivered in three modules:
The one-credit Professional Success course is integrated throughout all three modules.
SBI 0099 – Excel (0 credits)
Provides a basic understanding of Excel functions along with financial and valuation models.
SBI 1000 - Professional Success (1 credit)
Career-related assessment and strategizing for identifying professional goals; skill building for job/internship search; exposure to practicing professionals.
SBI 1001 - Business Fundamentals (1 credit)
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 1006 - Business Law Basics (1 credit)
Basic legal issues involved in the creation and operation of business organizations
SBI 2007 - Analytics and Info Technologies (2 credits)
Explore alignment of info technologies with business; focus on acquisition of business data using info systems; gain meaningful insight on data using analytical tools
SBI 2005 - Applied Economics (3 credits)
Fulfills ECO 1001. Decision making of households, firms and the government with respect to the allocation of scarce resources. Topics include supply & demand, nature and characteristics of the U.S. economy, market structures, etc.
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SBI 3145 - Managerial Economics (3 credits)
Use of economic concepts and tools to determine managerial strategies that efficiently allocate scarce resources within the firm to optimize the value of the firm. Pre-requisite ECO 1001.
SBI 3005 - Financial Management and Reporting (4 credits)
Foundation principles of corporate finance and financial accounting; emphasis on solving business problems.
SBI 3006 - Competitive Effectiveness (4 credits)
Integration of marketing and management concepts as an approach to creating value in business.
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, professional development programs and the VSB Mentor Program.
VSB Faculty Mentors: SBI students are welcome to speak with VSB faculty mentors concerning academic and career topics
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.
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