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Broadly, there are two things that you will do in this course:

  1. Run a MikeBikes' company
  2. Reflect on (and write-up) what you have learnt

Running a MikesBikes' company

For many students, the central thread of this course is working with their team to run a MikesBikes company; everything else is grounded in that task.

For the first week of the course, you will practice individually with MikesBikes Advanced Single-Player. With this version of the software you run a firm and compete against one opponent (the computer, sometimes known as Steady Mike).

When you log in to the SmartSims website there is a manual and a guide that explains all the different aspects of the simulation. This manual is very helpful in understanding the simulation and how to be successful in the simulation.

At the end of this individual practice you will be placed in a team (for the rest of the course). As a team you will then practice with MikesBikes Advanced Multi-Player for two-rollovers. With this version of the software you will practice against several other teams of students.

After the individual practice and the team practice, you will move into the 'main event'. Once again you will use MikesBikes Advanced Multi-Player and compete against other teams from the course. In this third phase, the performance of your firm will contribute to your grade in the course (details of this in the section on Assessments).

Reflective journals

For each 'MikesBike year', you need to reflect on your learning and write-up a learning journal. In addition, you will need to provide feedback (essentially a peer-review) on the learning journals of two of your classmates. Your goal in providing feedback is to help them do better learning journals; in doing so, your own ability to write good learning journals will improve.

Learning journals are something quite new to many students, and they find the reflective element of the course to be the most challenging. However, most students report that–because of the amount of practice and feedback associated with the learning journals–by the end of the course they are rather straightforward.

After writing 10 learning journals, and having reviewed and commented on the learning journals of 20 other people–and having developed some skill in that area–you you will write a summative learning portfolio that is based on (and that references) your other learning journals.

That, in a nutshell, is the course.

There are more details on these tasks in the section on Assessments.

You will find you can access the  2013 Learning journals2014 Learning journals, and 2015 Learning journals on this site.

In-class activities

Most of our time together is  reserved for Team-time . This ensures that you have times when all the members of your team can get together to work on the challenges presented by being a team that is responsible for running a bike company. The To Do checklist details the key tasks that need to be completed. 

There are Readings that need to be done each week. If/when readings are discussed in class or in your learning journals, it will be assumed that you have already done the readings for the current week. You need to be take responsibility for doing the readings, as they will not be 'taught' in class; e.g., there will not be, for example, a lecture on strategy, but we may discuss the readings together.