Students from the School of Social Science and Humanities and the School of Business showcased their work in Capstone presentations held on December 9 and 10.
Camera Company Simulations Come into Focus
Six teams from the School of Business stepped on stage to present their results from a simulation in which they ran a global digital camera company. The student simulations placed them at the helm of a company over 10 years, making decisions to position their companies for success.
The simulations, done through GLO-BUS, are performed online and benchmarks team results against not only their classmates, but against 1500 classes in colleges and universities around the globe. “The presentations are a culmination, not so much of the success of the team’s company, but a way to showcase how much our students have learned,” says Scott Burke, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
and Associate Professor in the School of Business.
Six teams were tasked to develop an identity and brand, a strategic vision, marketing and financing plans and performance targets. Their presentations included an in-depth look at the decisions each company made along the way, as they looked at their competition, made adjustments to their vision, changed strategy, assessed outcomes and ultimately what they had learned.
“The simulations challenge the teams to think on a very strategic level,” says Burke. “For example, a team may have started out with the intent of producing a very high-end camera and paying high wages and bonuses, then realized, a lower-price consumer-based product would be better and salaries needed to be lowered. At each step, they had to assess their strategy and consider their corporate social responsibility and citizenship. It is very real.”
Mount Ida students are a competitive lot. “I am pleased to report that once again, our students placed in the top 100 in the world,” says Burke.
The School of Social Sciences and Humanities Capstones covered a wide range of subjects, under the watchful eyes of professors Michelle Barretto-Wilson, Suzanne St. Germain and Donna Ross.
Bullying Front and Center
A Psychology student led off the presentations with a proposal positing that bullying in childhood and adolescence can affect a person’s confidence in young adulthood. Her proposal asserted that bullying affects young adult’s confidence in how they make important decisions and hypothesized that the effects of bullying can vary depending on the type of support the victim receives and what age the person receives the support.
Research on Education Presented
One student from Professional Studies in Education spoke on her research into the need to provide developmentally appropriate activities for children aged three and four, for optimal learning to take place, while another’s research addressed the needs of children with English- language learning challenges and the implementation of classroom management in early childhood educational settings.
Criminal Justice Presentations Cover a Broad Range
One student demonstrated the significance of fingerprinting for investigative purposes, and the role of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation – Waltham Police Department, in using prints to solve crime, while another presentation highlighted the difference between effective and ineffective community policing and the effects of both.
The employment outlook and hiring trends in selected careers in the field of Criminal Justice followed and another capstone explored the history of fraud, along with an explanation of different types of fraud and the importance and strategies for prevention.
The Criminal Justice sessions concluded with a look at elder abuse and how law enforcement officers and their departments play an important role in investigating and addressing concerns.