Online Essentials Courses

The Kellogg School is pleased to offer a series of online tutorials for skill enhancement and review. Kellogg faculty designed courses in mathematics, accounting, microeconomics and statistics to enable incoming students to get up to speed on certain fundamentals that are important in their coursework, regardless of the student’s academic and work experience prior to Kellogg.

The Online Tutorials are designed to help you build or refresh your skills. For each course, you should briefly review the material to assess your readiness. If you are unfamiliar with the key concepts or if you are not entirely comfortable with the material, you should work through the content of the course. This preparation will significantly ease your transition into the Kellogg core curriculum.

Business Analytics Prep

*required for students prior to taking DECS 430

Business Analytics Prep is a new required course if you are taking DECS 430, that serves as preparation for the Business Analytics sequence. It covers descriptive data analysis, sampling, probability theory, independence and conditional probability, random variables and statistical inference. The course includes interactive exercises that let students check their progress.Students are required to work through the course in its entirety – including the ‘checkpoint’ questions that follow each chapter – prior to taking DECS 430. Completion of this online course will be considered in your overall grade of the DECS 430 course. Students' progress will be monitored. Access will be provided throughout the duration of the program.

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Math Boot Camp

This course covers key mathematical concepts required for the Kellogg curriculum and previews where students will see math concepts applied in core courses. The content emphasizes basic mathematical tools and their application to specific business examples. Topics covered in Math Boot Camp include: Probabilistic Modeling, Expected Value, Decision Trees, Linear Equations, Regression, Present Value, and Compound Interest Rates. Please note that the course content contains no review or discussion of calculus.

Estimated time to complete the primary instructional path is 15 to 20 hours.

Since this critical mathematics material is covered only in review in Online Math Boot Camp, you may also want to consider enrolling in a term-long summer course to build your mathematics background if necessary.

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Accounting Essentials

Online Accounting Essentials covers key accounting concepts and serves as an introduction for those students who have little or no prior training in accounting. It introduces three major financial reports (balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows), shows the interrelationships among them, and gives you an opportunity to become familiar with key accounting terminology. A learn-by-doing exercise lets you track the financial progress of a start-up company, produce financial statements and get feedback along the way.

Online Accounting Essentials demonstrates two methods for constructing financial reports – the Accounting Equation method and the T Account method. For those who are new to accounting, it may be better to focus initially on the Accounting Equation method, by "clicking through" the T Account material on the first time through the course. Once you have an understanding of the basics, then go back and work through the T Account method.

Estimated time to complete the primary instructional path is 4 to 6 hours.

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Microeconomics Essentials

Microeconomics is the branch of economics that studies how prices are determined in markets and how the structure of markets affects competition and the level of prices. Online Microeconomic Essentials serves as an introduction for students who have little or no prior training in economics, and it gives them the opportunity to become familiar with key microeconomics terminology and concepts.

The strategic challenges faced by Pepsi in its competition with Coke in the market for soft drinks serve as the backdrop for the course, which covers five key topics in microeconomics: (1) demand and revenue; (2) cost; (3) price and output determination; (4) perfect competition; and (5) game theory. The course uses a combination of tutorial, animation, exercises, and real-world examples to introduce microeconomic concepts in a way that prepares students for Kellogg core courses in both microeconomics and strategy.

Estimated time to complete the primary instructional path is 4 to 6 hours.

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Statistics Essentials

Online Statistics Essentials provides an introduction to some statistical methods and concepts that are particularly useful for management. The course is designed both for those who have had no prior exposure to statistics and for those who may have studied statistics before but need a refresher. Even those who know some statistics should find the managerial applications and setting informative.

In the context of problems faced by Café Caliente, a worldwide coffee chain, the course addresses five major topic areas: (1) distributions and describing a variable; (2) estimating with data; (3) hypothesis testing; (4) two population testing; and (5) regression analysis. The course helps prepare students for Kellogg core courses in decision sciences as well as for the use of statistics in areas such as finance and marketing.

Estimated time to complete the primary instructional path is 6 to 8 hours.

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You will need Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or higher and your Kellogg NetID and password to access the courses online. If you wish to use an online course’s Web site discussion forum, you will need to create a discussion account for yourself, different from your Kellogg NetID account. Just follow the on-screen instructions as you enter the discussion forum from within a course. If you have issues accessing courses, please email