Introduction to Business

Introduction to Business

Sophia's Introduction to Business course helps you understand the fundamentals of business. In this course, you will examine the environment of business, the art and science of marketing, what successful management of human resources looks like, and the basics of business finance and business investment. You will also learn how these concepts apply to companies of all sizes whether big, small or even entrepreneurial. Full Description

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Upper Iowa University
  • 3 semester credits at Upper Iowa University
  • Upper Iowa University Equivalency: General Credits

Category: Business


Accepted for transfer by Upper Iowa University.

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Introduction to Business

Course Description
Sophia's Introduction to Business course helps you understand the fundamentals of business. In this course, you will examine the environment of business, the art and science of marketing, what successful management of human resources looks like, and the basics of business finance and business investment. You will also learn how these concepts apply to companies of all sizes whether big, small, or even entrepreneurial.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the environment of business
  • Examine the art and science of marketing
  • Analyze the successful management of human resources
  • Evaluate finance and investment in business

Sophia's Many Ways
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Touraine J. on January 21, 2021
The information was amazing. I have already started to use in my daily work already and seeing great results with my team. Love the personality traits section OCEAN, I will never forget. Would recommend to anyone.
by Andrea S. on January 21, 2021
I would prefer the option to have the course audible while I read without needing to open a new tab and listening to a video. I do not like to watch the video but do appreciate reading along with the lessons.
by Nicholas K. on January 21, 2021
I found the content in this class to be relevant, and the format gave me the opportunity to read, and review the content via the challenges, milestones, and final milestone. Which in turn allowed me to not just read, but retain the information.
by William T. on January 20, 2021
Introduction to Business was a solid class that I enjoyed and learned a lot from. I used the text for each lesson, rather than the videos, and it worked just fine for me. The class was pretty well done, with lots of relevant examples to outline a concept that was just taught. The class is longer than most of the other classes I've taken thus far on Sophia, but it was worthwhile and I enjoyed it. I had some passing familiarity with a lot of the concepts involved in the class, but not nearly all of them, nor any serious experience with a lot of them, but reading the text and taking notes got me an A. The challenge questions were consistent with the lessons, and the milestone questions were generally consistent with the challenges, with very few questions sticking out as being unfair in their design or selection of correct answers.
by Teralynn H. on January 20, 2021
very informative
by Kenneth kealeboga S. on January 20, 2021
Very challenging but the content is very useful and beneficial
by RaShonda L. on January 20, 2021
Great! Take notes.
by Johnny L. on January 20, 2021
I enjoyed taking this course, I was refreshed as a retail manager. I was also educated with financials


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    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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