Corporate Finance dominated my Homemade MBA effort this week (the case study was intense!), but I was able to complete the required materials for Marketing and Leadership as well. I also spent a considerable amount of time on the Coursera discussion boards talking about my Homemade MBA project and comparing it to those of my classmates. It was really fun to hear that other people are doing this too, and to learn about their various approaches. Much more on this later!
This week’s Gantt chart doesn’t really do my effort for this week justice (Corporate Finance!), but it shows I’m pretty much on track:
Here is my class-by-class breakdown of last week:
- Operations: I left this class as 99% complete because technically, I still have to submit 5 more peer evaluations for the last module of the Coursera Operations Project. However, these evaluations are not available until December 9, so I must wait until then to complete the last step.
- Marketing: I completed the Week 7 videos this week, as well as the Quidsi case study. Two more weeks of content and the final exam are all that is left of this consistently awesome class.
- Corporate Finance: Corporate Finance dominated my time this week. I started by going back and finishing all the videos I hadn’t watched yet. Then, it was on to the massively important (25% of the final grade) case study. As anyone who is taking this class with me can attest to, the case study was intense! Although only twice as many questions as the weekly homework assignments (20 instead of 10), it took me waaaay more than twice as long to complete! I would guess that I spent roughly 12 or 13 hours on it in total. I submitted it twice, and got full credit on my second submission, so I guess the time was worth it…but man was it a challenge! This was the most difficult single task I have completed so far in making this Homemade MBA. If anyone reading this also just completed the case, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments section!
- Leadership through Emotional Intelligence: I did Week 4 of this class this week, and will carry on with week 5 next week. No surprises here.
That was quite a week. I’m really lucky that the Corporate Finance case study was due this week. Fortunately, I didn’t have much other work this week, and wasn’t traveling or anything like that. If I would have been traveling, or had a particularly busy week, I wouldn’t have been able to complete the case study with the attention that it required, and my experience with Corporate Finance would have suffered as a result. I’m not sure how much I care about the Statements of Accomplishment at the moment, but I do feel like I learned a lot by working through an entire case like that (which I would have missed out on if I didn’t have the time to dedicate to it).
This week, I also started publicly talking about this website. As a result, many people brought up good points or had good suggestions, so I tried to keep up with them and the coursework throughout the week. Over the next week, I hope to focus a little more on improving the new social media pages I just made for Homemade MBA (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter), and trying to move some of the good discussions we’re having on the Coursera forums onto those social media platforms so we can keep the conversations going after the courses on Coursera end.
I have to say, it has been really inspiring to see how many people are passionate about improving themselves through independent learning. I’m sure I am only seeing the tip of the iceberg on the Coursera discussion forums, but I like what I see.