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Introduction to Business

Introduction to Business

Sophia's Introduction to Business course helps you understand the fundamentals of business. In this course, you will examine the environment of business, the art and science of marketing, what successful management of human resources looks like, and the basics of business finance and business investment. You will also learn how these concepts apply to companies of all sizes whether big, small or even entrepreneurial. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: Business

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Introduction to Business

Course Description
Sophia's Introduction to Business course helps you understand the fundamentals of business. In this course, you will examine the environment of business, the art and science of marketing, what successful management of human resources looks like, and the basics of business finance and business investment. You will also learn how these concepts apply to companies of all sizes whether big, small, or even entrepreneurial.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the environment of business
  • Examine the art and science of marketing
  • Analyze the successful management of human resources
  • Evaluate finance and investment in business

Sophia's Many Ways
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by William B. on May 6, 2018
i like the content but wasn't impressed by practice questions/milestones. I felt that they tried to trick you when asking questions creating a negative experience. The video tutorials were good but questions were difficult to answer even when watching. The terms to know did not include key terms for questions at times.
by Gregory L. on January 15, 2019
There were some questions that I thought should be a different answer vs what it said was the right answer.
by Matt P. on September 29, 2017
Easy! Completed it in 10 days while working full time and taking a condensed college course. Completed Milestones in 7 days and I had to wait 3 days to take the final.
by Brandon I. on July 8, 2020
5 stars for the course, 2 stars for Sophia. Here is how I break it down. 4 stars for the glossary, almost all the information was in the glossary. I like to use the glossary though not everyone does, so this may not be important to you. 5 stars for the tutorials. I watched Jeff's videos, they were faster. Occasionally had to look at the other guy's tutorials but they were way slower. I play these videos at 1.5 speed, would highly recommend this! 5 stars for speed or the course. Took about 9 hours non-stop. 0 stars for requiring learning. Because of the set up of Sophia, everything is open book. This does not mandate learning, only encourages students to remember where, not what, information is. 4 star for course maneuverability and setup.
by Sarah A. on February 28, 2019
I would like to have more examples of the terms in the tutorial. Most of the ones I missed, were asking for examples and giving scenarios that were more detailed than the flat examples given. It would also be nice for maybe a small dialog box on the wrong question explaining how it is wrong or what makes it right. Just little things to help me improve.
by Madeline M. on February 13, 2017
I finished it in 6 days.
by Rebekah S. on July 29, 2020
There were a few questions within the lessons where I would argue that the multiple-choice options provided did not provide enough differentiation to signify the "correct" answer amongst the "incorrect". Happy to share my screenshots with whomever want to discuss.
by Jonathan D. on October 12, 2018
The tutorials are good but there were several questions with errors or more than one objectively correct answer but only arbitrarily accepted one of them. The final milestone in particular needs to be fixed.


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