BUS 495, or Senior Experience, is the capstone of all the student’s previous work. The idea behind the program is to prepare the student for the working world, the next step after college. Senior Experience is a program where the student has the opportunity to apply everything they have learned. Senior Experience is not just another class. Although it is a 3-unit course, the workload required is much more intense than typical courses. It is a real-world example of working on a team to complete a project. This experience is as close to the real working world as possible.
Each student will work in a five-person team on a defined project for a sponsoring organization. It is a business consulting engagement. A faculty member advises each student team. Students will be in class the first two weeks of the program. After the second class, students will be turned over to their faculty advisor to begin work on the project. In addition to the project work, the team will create a comprehensive report on the project. Toward the end of the semester, the team will present their paper, with sponsors, faculty, and other students attending. The last week of the semester, the student team will create a booth on behalf of the sponsoring organization and staff the booth to talk about their project at the Senior Experience Trade Show.
During the course, students examine topics such as:
- Problem Identification
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- Project Management
- Strategies for Team Effectiveness
- Analyze the Business Problem
- Develop Recommendations
- Implement the Best Solution for the Sponsoring Organization