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Assessment of Learning

Assessment of Learning 2019-12-03T08:57:31-06:00

The undergraduate program in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business has seven learning outcomes. By graduation, undergraduate students will have demonstrated:

  1. An understanding of general business knowledge
  2. The ability to recognize ethical, legal, and global implications in business decision making
  3. The ability to communicate effectively in written, oral, visual, and electronic (WOVE) formats
  4. The ability to use quantitative and analytical methods to address unstructured business problems
  5. The ability to apply critical thinking to business issues
  6.  The ability to work in a collaborative environment
  7. The ability to recognize the benefits & challenges of diversity

Learning outcomes 1 – 5 are measured using course embedded exercises, assignments, quiz questions, or exam questions that are graded and used as part of the student’s grade. Learning objective 6 is measured through a peer assessment of teammates on group projects. Learning objective 7 is measured as part of a survey designed to assess students’ attitudes toward diversity.

Graduate College Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: Ability to think critically and creatively about accounting problems


  • Conduct research using electronic and other information sources.
  • Identify accounting alternatives and analyze the impacts of each on financial statements.
  • Prepare information to assist management with planning, control, and decision making.
  • Apply accounting, taxation, and auditing theory in new and unfamiliar circumstances.

Outcome 2: Ability to communicate effectively


  • Effectively communicate about accounting issues in writing.
  • Effectively communicate about accounting issues orally.

Outcome 3: Ability to work with others as a member of a team


  • Demonstrate ability to work in a team.

Outcome 4: Awareness and sensitivity for dealing with ethical concerns


  • Identify ethical issues present in accounting and auditing scenarios.
  • Analyze ethical implications of accounting choices and disclosures.

Goal 1: Understand and apply quantitative learning techniques

Objective 1.1: Build classifiers

Objective 1.2: Build regression models

Objective 1.3: Work with textual data

Goal 2: Design cross-functional solutions for business problems

Objective 2.1: Formulate business analytics problems

Objective 2.2: Integrate analytical tools to support business decision making

Goal 3: Evaluate data analytic methods and technologies

Objective 3.1: Evaluate and select regression models

Objective 3.2: Evaluate and debug classification models

Goal 4: Develop skills in modeling and quantifying in unstructured or new environments

Objective 4.1: Understand theories behind novel marketing tools

Objective 4.2: Leverage analytical thinking to address unstructured business problems

Objective 4.3: Apply appropriate analytical rigor to provide recommendations in a timely manner

Goal 5: Develop team and project management skills in a Big Data context

Objective 5.1: Understand the planning function

Objective 5.2: Effectively work in team environments

Goal 6: Communicate analytical findings effectively orally and in writing

Objective 6.1: Give effective presentations

Objective 6.2: Communicate findings in writing

Goal 1: Ivy MBA students will demonstrate effective communication skills

Objective 1.1: Ivy MBA students will communicate through written arguments and the presentation of relevant data.

Objective 1.2: Ivy MBA students will prepare and deliver an effective business presentation.

Goal 2: Ivy MBA students will effectively lead and work in diverse teams

Objective 2.1: Ivy MBA students will evaluate how leadership traits and behaviors affect key stakeholders

Objective 2.2: Ivy MBA students will evaluate how followership traits and behaviors affect key stakeholders

Objective 2.3: Ivy MBA students will recognize and leverage differences in teamwork settings

Goal 3: Ivy MBA students will critically solve business problems

Objective 3.1: Ivy MBA students will demonstrate holistic business knowledge

Objective 3.2: Ivy MBA students will diagnose business problems

Objective 3.3: Ivy MBA students will utilize data to make informed decisions

Goal 4: Ivy MBA students will be able to integrate ethical and global perspectives in decision making.

Objective 4.1: Ivy MBA students will recognize moral dimensions to decisions and actions

Objective 4.2: Ivy MBA students will analyze how business decisions affect firm performance and firm stakeholders.

Learning Goal 1: Understand and master core concepts and methods in the finance discipline and their application in business practice

Objective 1.1 Students will learn and apply core concepts and tools in the finance discipline to develop integrated and innovative strategies to address current and emerging business problems.

Objective 1.2 Students will learn, integrate and apply key analytical methods to solve current and emerging business problems.

Learning Goal 2: Function effectively in diverse business contexts

Objective 2.1 Students will learn to assess financial aspects of local and global business contexts and use this assessment as input to current and emerging business decisions.

Objective 2.2 Students will assess their team experience and propose strategies for future improvement.

Learning Goal 3: Anchor financial aspects of business activities in ethics and human values

Objective 3.1 Students will be able to explain the role of human values in business leadership.

Objective 3.2 Students will be able to develop and justify an action plan to manage an ethical challenge they have identified

Learning Goal 4: Communicate effectively in business settings

Objective 4.1 Students will demonstrate the written communication skills essential in business settings

Objective 4.2 Students will demonstrate effective use of the presentation skills that are essential in business

· Learning Goal 1. Understand multiple disciplines as they relate to real estate.

· Learning Goal 2. Acquire practical and theoretical knowledge of finance, design, construction and planning principles.

· Learning Goal 3. Demonstrate and understanding of price dynamics and growth potential in real estate markets.

· Learning Goal 4. Demonstrate knowledge of current industry innovations in green technology and practices.

· Learning Goal 5. Demonstrate leadership, negotiation and successful communication abilities.

Goal 1: Teamwork effectiveness

Objective 1.1: MSIS graduates will offer courses of action or alternative solutions that build on the ideas of others

Objective 1.2: MSIS graduates will treat team members respectfully through constructive and professional communication

Goal 2: Critical thinking

Objective 2.1: MSIS graduates will incorporate (explore/investigate) alternate, divergent, or contradictory perspectives or ideas in for decision making

Objective 2.2: MSIS graduates will consider a critical issue/problem to ensure understanding is not impeded by omissions

Objective 2.3: MSIS graduates will develop conclusions that are logically tied to a range of information, including opposing viewpoints

Goal 3: Ethics

Objective 3.1: MSIS graduates will develop an awareness of the ethical dimensions and consequences of business decisions

Objective 3.2: MSIS graduates will explore the ethical effects and consequences from the development and use of new technologies and capabilities.

Goal 4: Written Communication

Objective 4.1: MSIS graduates will use straightforward language that generally conveys meaning to readers.

Objective 4.2: MSIS graduates will demonstrates consistent use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas that are situated within the discipline and genre of the writing.

Goal 5: Oral Communication

Objective 5.1: MSIS graduates will develop a logical argument.

Objective 5.2: MSIS graduates will provide appropriate responses to questions