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Data Analysis and Interpretation

About This Specialization Learn SAS or Python programming, expand your knowledge of analytical methods and applications, and conduct original research to inform complex decisions. The Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization takes you from data novice to data expert in just four project-based courses. You will apply basic data science tools, including data management and visualization, modeling, and machine learning using your choice of either SAS or Python, including pandas and Scikit-learn. Throughout the Specialization, you will analyze a research question of your choice and summarize your insights. In the Capstone Project, you will use real data to address an important issue in society, and report your findings in a professional-quality report. You will have the opportunity to work with our industry partners, DRIVENDATA and The Connection. Help DRIVENDATA solve some of the world's biggest social challenges by joining one of their competitions, or help The Connection be…

Build Essential Skills for the Workplace

Build Essential Skills for the Workplace

About This Specialization

This series of courses will help you build, develop and hone the essential skills needed to improve your employability and advancement in today’s dynamic workforce. The courses in this Specialization may be taken in any order. Each course can also be taken independently. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that will give you the opportunity to integrate and apply the skills you have gained throughout the courses to your individual and organizational needs.

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10 courses
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Projects Overview
The purpose of the Capstone Project in the Career Success Specialization is for you to apply the methods and techniques you learned in the series of courses to a personal experience, giving you a way to communicate your value to potential employers. You’ll focus your communication, management, negotiation, problem solving, business writing, time management, finance, entrepreneurship, and project management skills into a single project that demonstrates your career readiness.

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Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Project Management: The Basics for Success

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazilian)

    About the Course

    This course combines the essential elements of Project Management and Team Leadership into one course. Through class engagement and reflection, you will acquire further understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and become better prepared to apply this knowledge to the project environment. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Learn about the role of high performance teams and leadership in project management 2. Learn about the tools and techniques for developing and strengthening high performance teams and team members 3. Learn about the stages in project cycle 4. Apply best practices to develop competencies and skills in planning and controlling projects to ensure successful outcomes 5. Learn how to monitor project activities and assess progress 6. Learn to communicate proficiently to report project status and performance to stakeholders and contribute to organizational knowledge base
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    WEEK 1
    Foundational Project Management Elements

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Reading · Project Management (General Links)

    Video · Introduction

    Video · 1.1 What is a Project?

    Video · 1.2 Scope

    Video · 1.3 Planning and Scheduling

    Video · 1.4 Stakeholder Analysis

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Stakeholder Management

    Quiz · Foundational Project Management Elements

    WEEK 2
    The WBS

    Video · 2.1 Planning

    Video · 2.2 Planning and the WBS, Part 1

    Video · 2.3 Planning and the WBS, Part 2

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Reading · WBS

    Quiz · The WBS

    WEEK 3
    Planning and Scheduling

    Video · 3.1 Planning and Scheduling

    Video · 3.2 Constructing a Schedule

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Planning and Scheduling

    WEEK 4
    Project Leadership, Teamwork, and Dealing with Difficult People

    Video · 4.1 Planning Human Resources

    Video · 4.2 Assembling the Team

    Video · 4.3 Leading and Managing the Team

    Video · 4.4 Monitoring and Controlling

    Video · 4.5 Closing a Project

    Reading · Project Leadership Slides

    Reading · What Happens When You Add More People to a Project?

    Reading · When Communication Goes South (a Humorous Take)

    Reading · The Skill of Persuasion

    Video · 4.6 Project Teamwork Part 1

    Video · 4.7 Project Teamwork Part 2

    Video · 4.8 Project Teamwork Part 3

    Reading · Project Teamwork Slides

    Video · 4.9 Working with Difficult People Part 1

    Video · 4.10 Working with Difficult People Part 2

    Video · 4.11 Working with Difficult People Part 3

    Reading · Working with Difficult People Slides

    Quiz · Module 4

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  2. COURSE 2

    Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Dutch, Bulgarian, Korean, Russian, Spanish

    About the Course

    You will be able to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques that you have learned in goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Learn to plan effectively to achieve your personal and professional goals 2. Learn to recognize and overcome barriers to successful time management 3. Identify specific time management tools and use them effectively 4. Manage resources both effectively and efficiently 5. Keep your sense of perspective to prevent and manage crises 6. Learn to delegate effectively 7. Learn to manage expectations and say “No” when appropriate
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    WEEK 1
    Smart Work Habits Just Don't Happen

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Video · 1.1 Productive vs. Unproductive Work

    Video · 1.2 Creating a Work Plan

    Reading · Module 1 Resources

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Smart Work Habits Just Don't Happen

    WEEK 2
    Time Is the Most Limited Resource

    Video · 2.1 The Myth of Work-Life Balance

    Video · 2.2 Where Does the Time Go?

    Reading · Module 2 Resources

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Time Is the Most Limited Resource

    WEEK 3
    Little Tips That Make a Big Impact

    Video · 3.1 How Long Will This Take?

    Video · 3.2 Managing Communications

    Reading · Module 3 Resources

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Little Tips That Make a Big Impact

    WEEK 4
    Let's Bring It All Together

    Video · 4.1 Some Thoughts About Multitasking

    Reading · Module 4 Resources

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Let's Bring It All Together

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  3. COURSE 3

    Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    Impact your financial decisions and learn how to affect the performance of your unit's profitability and of your organization. In this course gain a basic understanding of finance and accounting concepts to drive your organization's growth. Upon completion of this course, you will have gained general financial knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the impact of your decisions outside your functional area. Content of the course includes selected aspects of finance from a non-financial specialist perspective. Specific topics include: financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow, and strategic financing. This class will be interactive and will require the active involvement of the participants in finance related activities. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Explain the importance of finance and interpretation of financial information 2. Apply the concepts of accounting and finance to analyze financials 3. Learn about key accounting and finance terms 4. Examine financial statements by using key ratios 5. Explain the importance of budgeting process 6. Learn about key components needed to improve profitability
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    WEEK 1
    Foundations of Finance and Accounting

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Reading · Finance Quick Reference Guide

    Video · Introduction

    Video · 1.1 The Building Blocks of Accounting

    Video · 1.2 Overview of the Finance Principles

    Video · 1.3 The Four Financial Statements

    Video · 1.4 The Practice of Accounting

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Module 1 Quiz

    WEEK 2
    Costing

    Video · 2.1 Costing Methods

    Video · 2.2 Cost Allocation

    Video · 2.3 Break-Even Analysis

    Video · 2.4 Pricing

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Supplemental Reading

    Quiz · Module 2 Quiz

    WEEK 3
    Financial Ratios

    Video · 3.1 Liquidity Ratios

    Video · 3.2 Asset, Profitability, and Debt Ratios

    Video · 3.3 DuPont Pyramid

    Video · 3.4 Earnings and Dividends

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Supplemental Reading

    Quiz · Module 3 Quiz

    Reading · Financial Statement for Gap (for Peer Review)

    Practice Peer Review · Optional: Perform a DuPont Analysis

    WEEK 4
    Valuation

    Video · 4.1 Market Methods

    Video · 4.2 Valuation Methods

    Video · 4.3 NPV and IRR

    Video · 4.4 Course Summary

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Module 4 Quiz

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  4. COURSE 4

    Communication in the 21st Century Workplace

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    In today's fast-paced business environment, employees at all levels find themselves being asked to handle more tasks, meet more deadlines, take on more responsibilities, and adapt to more change. Added to these challenges is the constantly shifting diversity of the workplace, where coworkers cope with generational, gender, age and cultural differences. Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is at the foundation of everything we do and say, and is especially important in the 21st century workplace. The good news is that communication is a learned skill, and can be improved upon with the right training. The focus of this course is to heighten students’ awareness of workplace communication, and add new interpersonal skills, with the end result of becoming a more competent communicator overall. Target areas include: the process and functions of communication, behavioral patterns, perceptions as reality, verbal and nonverbal cues and behaviors, confidence, assertiveness, tact, anger management, criticism and constructive feedback, conflict resolution, team building, leadership, interviewing, and communicating more effectively with technology (email, Skype, texting, etc.). Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Define communication and its role in the workplace 2. Describe benefits of effective communication in the workplace 3. Identify and explain most common audiences and techniques for communicating with each audience 4. Identify and solve common obstacles to effective communication 5. Summarize the 5 Step Technique and explain its usefulness in communicating with your manager 6. Discuss the best approaches and communication techniques for delivering bad news to your manager 7. Describe ways to make positive connections with your staff. 8. Discuss techniques for deciphering the communication styles of executive managers 9. Discuss techniques for identifying the characteristics and drivers of executive managers 10. Discuss techniques for persuading executive management 11. Identify best practices for working successfully with virtual/remote teams 12. Apply proven techniques for effective conference calls and webinars
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    WEEK 1
    Communicating With Peers

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Video · Introduction

    Reading · Lecture Slides

    Reading · Required Readings

    Video · 1.1 Communicating With Peers Part 1

    Video · 1.2 Communicating With Peers Part 2

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 1 Required Readings

    Video · 1.3 Book Chat: Working Effectively with Virtual Teams

    Video · 1.4 Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

    Reading · Resources for Working with and Managing a Virtual Team

    Reading · Slides for Lecture 1.4

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 2
    Communicating With Your Manager

    Video · 2.1 Communicating With Your Manager

    Video · 2.2 Interview with Starbucks HQ Manager

    Video · 2.3 Delivering Bad News

    Video · 2.4 Communicating Change Effectively

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 2 Required Readings

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 3
    Communicating With Executives

    Video · 3.1 Communicating With Executives

    Video · 3.2 Deciphering the Communication Styles of Managers

    Video · 3.3 Persuading Executive Managers

    Reading · Module 3 Required Readings

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 4
    Communicating With Your Direct Reports

    Video · 4.1 Communicating with Your Employees

    Video · 4.2 Giving Feedback to Your Employees

    Video · 4.3 Book Chat: "Listen Up"

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 4 Required Readings

    Quiz · Review

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  5. COURSE 5

    High-Impact Business Writing

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian

    About the Course

    Effective writing is a powerful tool in the business environment. Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly. You'll also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents. From a simple interoffice memo to a twenty-page business proposal, learn how to put good business writing to work for you. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Write effective business communications, including bad news, good news, persuasive writing, presentations, emails, memos, business reports and press releases 2. Learn how to edit and proofread business documents 3. Learn how to write for a global market
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    WEEK 1
    Introduction to Business Writing

    Video · Introduction

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Video · Module 1 Introduction

    Video · 1.1 Audience

    Video · 1.2 Message

    Video · 1.3 Word Choice

    Video · 1.4 Developing and Preparing Documents

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 1 Resources

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 2
    Spelling, Grammar, Sentence and Paragraphs

    Video · Module 2 Introduction

    Video · 2.1 Common Spelling Errors and Word Misuse

    Video · 2.2 Grammar

    Video · 2.3 Sentence Structure

    Video · 2.4 Paragraphs

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 2 Resources

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 3
    Document Types and their Considerations

    Video · Module 3 Introduction

    Video · 3.1 Agendas

    Video · 3.2 Letters and Memos

    Video · 3.3 Executive Summaries

    Video · 3.4 Reports

    Video · 3.5 Proposals

    Video · 3.6 Business Cases

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 3 Resources

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 4
    Finalizing Formal Document, Informal Written Communication and Social Media

    Video · Module 4 Introduction

    Video · 4.1 Revising, Editing and Proofreading

    Video · 4.2 E-mails

    Video · 4.3 Visual Appeal

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Module 4 Resources

    Quiz · Review

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  6. COURSE 6

    The Art of Negotiation

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish

    About the Course

    The art of negotiation comes into play daily in the life of employees at all levels and in every position. Participants explore how current approaches to negotiation strategy and tactics are used, what negotiation entails, types of negotiation relationships that exist from hard bargain to win-win, to fully partnered relationships and personal ones. The course explores the personal and behavioral characteristics of an effective negotiator. Participants discuss how empowerment, power, and authority affect the negotiation process and outcome. Topics include how important it is to plan and prepare for a negotiation session. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Learn about the nature of negotiation and how it differs from selling 2. Gain awareness of the basic doctrines of negotiation and barriers to effective negotiation 3. Explain the role of authority and how to address it in negotiations 4. Explain the role of power in negotiations and how to address power inequities 5. Explain the positive and negative influences of empowerment 6. Learn the different “stances” or negotiation styles negotiators might adopt 7. Demonstrate the factors that influence which negotiation style is implemented 8. Describe the personal and behavioral characteristics of an effective negotiator 9. Demonstrate your grasp of emotional intelligence and how it impacts the effectiveness of a negotiator 10. Assess your own values and personal style and how they affect the negotiation process 11. Learn about the critical importance of planning and preparation in the negotiation process
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    WEEK 1
    What is Negotiation?

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Reading · Resources

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Video · 1.1 Introduction to Negotiation

    Video · 1.2 What is Negotiation?

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 2
    Influencing Factors and Considerations

    Video · 2.1 Factors That Influence How a Negotiation Proceeds

    Video · 2.2 Negotiation Strategy

    Video · 2.3 Value, Fairness, and Successful Outcomes

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 3
    You and Your Counterparts as Negotiators

    Video · 3.1 Traits of Negotiators

    Video · 3.2 Behaviors that Make a Difference

    Video · 3.3 Behavior Traits of Successful Negotiators

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Practice Peer Review · Optional Peer Review: Practice Your Negotiation Skills

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 4
    Preparation, Planning and Implementation

    Video · 4.1 Making Offers

    Video · 4.2 Framework Agreement

    Video · 4.3 Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

    Video · 4.4 Developing Options for Negotiation

    Video · 4.5 Best Practices of Negotiation

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Video · Guest Speaker: Best Practices in Negotiation in Business

    Quiz · Review

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  7. COURSE 7

    Fundamentals of Management

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    Are you about to enter the workforce? Are you an emerging professional? Are you new to your role in the organization? All prospective new employees benefit from understanding management principles, roles and responsibilities, regardless of position. Now you can acquire an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts and theories of management while exploring the manager's operational role in all types of organizations. Gain insight into the manager's responsibility in planning, organizing, leading, staffing and controlling within the workplace. It’s never too soon to plan your professional path by learning how the best managers manage for success! Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Describe the difference between managers and leaders 2. Explore the focus of a manager’s job 3. Cite the required skills for a new manager’s success 4. Describe the five functions of management 5. Explain the new model management operating philosophy 6. Describe the hierarchy of planning 7. Use the SMART goal setting technique 8. Discuss the concept of evolution of leadership 9. Explain how customer satisfaction is linked to controlling 10. Discuss the power of building a network
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    WEEK 1
    Managers vs Leaders

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Video · 1.1 Managers and Leaders: What's the Difference?

    Video · 1.2 The Manager's Role

    Reading · Lecture Slides

    Reading · Leadership Tool Box

    Video · 1.3 Organizational Behavior

    Video · 1.4 Lean

    Video · 1.5 The Nine Wastes

    Video · 1.6 Change and Transition

    Video · 1.7 Behavior Change

    Video · 1.8 Facilitating Change

    Video · 1.9 Common Reactions to Change

    Reading · Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 2
    Skills for Today's Manager

    Video · 2.1 Essential Skills for Today's Manager

    Video · 2.2 Management Functions

    Video · 2.3 The Fundamental Business Model

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Reading · Suggested Readings

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 3
    Planning

    Video · 3.1 Organizational Planning

    Video · 3.2 Goal Setting

    Video · 3.3 The Planning Process

    Video · 3.4 Planning Tools

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 4
    Management Styles and Networking

    Video · 4.1 More Functions of Management

    Video · 4.2 Leadership Styles

    Video · 4.3 Control Process

    Video · 4.4 Networking

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  8. COURSE 8

    Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish

    About the Course

    Critical thinking – the application of scientific methods and logical reasoning to problems and decisions – is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making. Critical thinking enables us to avoid common obstacles, test our beliefs and assumptions, and correct distortions in our thought processes. Gain confidence in assessing problems accurately, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating likely risks. Learn how to use analysis, synthesis, and positive inquiry to address individual and organizational problems and develop the critical thinking skills needed in today’s turbulent times. Using case studies and situations encountered by class members, explore successful models and proven methods that are readily transferable on-the-job. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Choose and apply appropriate problem solving and decision making processes and methods 2. Identify common obstacles to effective problem solving and decision making 3. Recognize the human variable in problem solving and decision making 4. Assess major conceptual blocks and significant situational challenges 5. Apply concepts to enhancing personal development and organizational performance 6. Explain the key elements of problem solving and decision making and the barriers associated with them
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    WEEK 1
    Introduction to Problem Solving

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Video · 1.1 Decision Making and Problem Solving in Organizations

    Video · 1.2 Types of Problems

    Video · 1.3 Categories of Problem Solving

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Module 1 Quiz

    WEEK 2
    Charts and Diagrams

    Video · 2.1 Pareto Chart

    Video · 2.2 Cause and Effect Diagram

    Video · 2.3 Histograms

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Module 2 Quiz

    WEEK 3
    Decision Making Methods

    Video · 3.1 Group Decision Making

    Video · 3.2 Decision Methods

    Video · 3.3 Consensus and Ethical Decisions

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Module 3 Quiz

    WEEK 4
    Implementing Decisions

    Video · 4.1 Basing Decisions on Information

    Video · 4.2 Control Charts

    Video · 4.3 Implementing Decision Results

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Module 4 Quiz

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  9. COURSE 9

    Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action

    Upcoming session: May 8 — Jun 12.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Arabic

    About the Course

    Success in business can be greatly enhanced with an understanding of key entrepreneurial characteristics and competencies solutions. This interactive course provides potential entrepreneurs with the knowledge of succeeding in an entrepreneurial opportunity. Topics include: how creativity, opportunity and feasibility are best evaluated; business strategies for new businesses; importance of a business plan; achieving success in a new business. At the end of the course students will have the skills and confidence to evaluate starting a business, in addition to becoming more enterprising in how they approach their roles should they decide to work in organizations. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Learn about the many faces of and contexts for entrepreneurship 2. Learn about the entrepreneurial process and how to manage it 3. Learn about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and your own potential to be one 4. Learn to recognize opportunities to generate and assess your own business idea 5. Explain the business planning process 6. Apply entrepreneurial approaches, concepts and methods to your own business idea 7. Learn about the operational issues in developing new business ventures
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    WEEK 1
    Introduction

    Reading · About this Course

    Reading · Please Take this Survey

    Video · 1.1 Process of Entrepreneurship

    Video · 1.2 Risk and Uncertainty

    Reading · Module 1 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 2
    Feasibility Studies

    Video · 2.1 Feasibility Studies

    Video · 2.2 Financial Equation

    Reading · Module 2 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 3
    Skills and Strategies

    Video · 3.1 Entrepreneurial Skills and Tools

    Video · 3.2 Marketing Strategy

    Video · 3.3 Human Resources and Operations

    Reading · Module 3 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    WEEK 4
    Starting a Business

    Video · 4.1 Starting a Business

    Video · 4.2 Accounting

    Video · 4.3 Systems & Technology

    Reading · Module 4 Lecture Slides

    Quiz · Review

    Reading · Course Wrap-Up

    Reading · End of Course Survey

  10. COURSE 10

    Career Success Project

    Upcoming session: May 1 — Jun 19.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    The purpose of the Capstone Project in the Career Success Specialization is for you to apply the methods and techniques you learned in the series of courses to a personal experience, giving you a way to communicate your value to potential employers. You’ll focus your communication, management, negotiation, problem solving, business writing, time management, finance, entrepreneurship, and project management skills into a single project that demonstrates your career readiness. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Apply the methods, techniques and skills you have learned throughout the Specialization to add value, every day, to your organization by effectively gathering, synthesizing, analyzing and presenting information 2. Develop and hone your critical thinking skills as you evaluate ideas, concepts, approaches and assumptions to arrive at a practical, yet innovative, solution to an organizational problem 3. Learn to skillfully use a powerful strategic planning tool 4. Effectively communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to senior-level decision makers
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    WEEK 1
    Capstone Project Assignment
    Welcome to the Career Success Capstone course! This week you will review the directions for the assignment and begin researching a business to evaluate using the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the coursework in the Career Success Specialization.

    Reading · Project Overview

    Reading · Project Assignment Instructions

    Reading · FAQ

    Reading · Company Selection and Research

    WEEK 2
    Week 2 Progress Check
    In Week 2, you will conduct a SWOT analysis to better understand and describe the organization, its resources and its environment.

    Reading · SWOT Analysis

    WEEK 3
    Week 3 Progress Check
    In Weeks 3 and 4, you will use your SWOT matrix, created in Week 2, to write your SWOT Analysis Report. You will select and focus on one specific people- or process-related current problem (identified as a weakness or threat through the SWOT analysis you have conducted) facing the organization that would be of personal and professional interest to you; develop a detailed analysis of the problem, including affected stakeholders and impact; explore options; and select and write about a viable solution to the problem.

    Reading · Analysis Paper

    WEEK 4
    (Optional) Project Peer Feedback
    You have the optional opportunity to submit a draft of your project for Peer Feedback. You can also self-evaluate your project draft to see how you would do on the grading rubric and identify areas to improve.

    Reading · Overview of Peer Review and Grading

    Reading · Self- and Peer Assessment Rubric

    Practice Peer Review · Capstone Project Ungraded Peer Feedback Review (optional)

    WEEK 5
    Final Assignment Submission and Graded Peer Review
    Submit your Final Capstone Project and Peer Review the projects of 3 classmates.

    Peer Review · Capstone Project Final Graded Peer Review

    WEEK 6
    Specialization Wrap-Up
    Congratulations on making it to the end of the Career Success Capstone and Specialization! Make sure you have submitted your Final Project and completed your 3 required Peer Reviews well before the final deadline.

    Reading · Message from UCI Extension

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