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'Optional' course offerings from your school pre-program?

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'Optional' course offerings from your school pre-program? [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 12:19
My school has this program called the "Flying Start" week, which I thought was mandatory for all MBAs. However, after some investigation, I found out the week long course was optional and had 50 spots available at a cost of $700.

The course includes 2 days of Accounting, 1 day of Finance, 1 day of Case Work, and 1 day of Presentation Skills. During my undergraduate degree, I took entire courses on learning with cases and presentation skills, and I'm wondering if the remaining 3 days are worth the cost and extra time.

These courses are two weeks ahead of when the program starts. I am moving across Canada to pursue my MBA, and had originally planned to be (reluctantly) be ready to start school on August 23rd, thinking this was when the program actually kicked off. However, now that I find out I can take an extra two weeks to get ready and enjoy my life instead of moving to Toronto for this one week course and then having nothing to do with myself for a week before school, I'm wondering what the value of the course is.

I don't have a business background, but I doubt I'm the only one in my program, so I don't think I'll be enrolling in this course assuming that I can learn stuff without the three day crash course.

Am I shooting myself in the foot?
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Re: 'Optional' course offerings from your school pre-program? [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 13:06
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It seems as though you could get the same stuff from mbamath.com at a much lower price. I bought the program and finished it yesterday. It covers the basics of accounting, finance, econ, statistics and excel.

ETA: I had a completely non-quant background myself. The only thing I'll add is that I brought myself up to speed on Calculus & Stats through extension courses and that helped me go through the mbamath stuff pretty quickly (for example, not really getting confused at what a first derivative was in the marginal revenue/total revenue stuff).
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Re: 'Optional' course offerings from your school pre-program? [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 05:25
We have access to mbamath.com for "free", while the accounting camp is $200. A friend of mine with no accounting background is still skipping it though as some of it will be covered in the required pre-term the week before classes begin.
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Re: 'Optional' course offerings from your school pre-program? [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 05:49
I'd be less curious about your business background that about your math background. Honestly, there's only so much they can teach you about finance and accounting in three days. If you feel intimidated by those topics, it might be worth the money. If you feel that you'd be fine just taking the regular course, you'll save more than the $700 because there's those weeks of being able to get settled you mentioned.

Personally, I'd only do it if you really have absolutely no clue about finance/accounting and fear that you'll immediately fall behind in your regular classes without some sort of introduction. Before I'd shell out the money I'd go poking around Wikipedia or something; just my style.

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Re: 'Optional' course offerings from your school pre-program?   [#permalink] 21 May 2010, 05:49
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