Syllabus for 2018 Management and Business Principles

The module will meet most Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 a.m., January 17 - April 18. There will be a required 1/2 day retreat the afternoon of Wednesday, March 14. 

The module will be a mix of interactive didactic sessions (pre-retreat) and small team-based projects with short lectures on project management and problem-solving, (post-retreat). Due to the interactive nature of this course, attendance at all sessions is required. See attendance policy, below.

All module participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Date Topic
January 17

Finance 1 (Accounting and Financial Reporting)

Finance 2 (Managerial Finance, Budgeting, and Cash Management)

January 24

People 1 (Organizational Design, Recruiting, Hiring, Training)

People 2 (Leadership, Development, Motivation, and Compensation)

January 31 Marketing 1 – Promotion, Advertising, Social Media, Public Relations
February 7 Marketing 2 – Product Development, Product Management, Customer Management
​February 14 Technology – IT, Technology Infrastructure, Data Management
February 21 Operations 1 – Facilities and Operations Management
February 28 Operations 2 – Quality, Efficiency, and Continuous Improvement


NO CLASS March 7

Wednesday, March 14



afternoon retreat - 1/2 day social/networking event with guest speakers.


Core Directors assigned as team leaders, project problems are presented.


March 21 Project Management mini-lecture plus a Project Workshop 
TEAM MEETING NO DIDACTIC CLASS March 28; teams may meet on their own
April 4 Problem Solving mini-lecture plus a Project Workshop
April 11 Data Driven Decision Making mini-lecture plus a Project Workshop

April 18

time TBD

Final presentations

Groups will present the problem and their proposed solution/strategy.


Attendance policy

Because the module is interactive and team-based, module participants need to attend all sessions and participate fully, including completing reading assignments outside of class and completing a team-based project. Participants should discuss time away from the lab with their research advisor in advance of the module. Anticipated absences, such as for scientific conferences, should be discussed with the module director.