Task Objectives:

This course is largely based on a business simulation called MikesBikes, and in particular the Advanced, Multi-Player version of simulation, also known as Net Mike. This assignment is used to orient and familiarise you to MikesBikes, and to form `Executive' teams that will run companies in the simulation.

If you fail to complete this task, you will not be placed in a team. This effectively means you cannot complete the course and you will be need to withdraw from the course.

There are three parts to this assignment, purchasing/registering the software, getting a base-level of competence with the simulation, and completing a CV so that you can be recruited into a team/firm.

  1. Purchase and register the software: In other words Get MikesBikes.
  2. Getting a base level of competence: This part of task provides you with some experience and understanding of the bike industry by running SoloMike.
  3. Complete your MikesBikes CV: This part of the assignment is designed to elicit background information that is used in forming Executive teams. You may complete parts of the CV before using the simulation software, or you may want to use with the simulation before deciding your role of choice. Think carefully about the role you pursue in the simulation. You should read the Job descriptions before making your decision.

 

To give some sense of scale to the challenge ahead, in 2017, a UoA student (Katrina Pobre) was #5 on the world-wide MikesBikes Advanced Hall of Fame with a SHV of $995.37 in 8 rollovers, and Yiqi Chen was at #18 with a SHV of $541.18. The #1 player at the end of 2017 had a SHV of $1,731.12 (alas, he wasn't one of our alums).

Overall, this is a pass/fail task. Your CV will either be of sufficient quality to warrant you being placed in a team, or it will not. The most frequent reasons for failing this assignment are:

  1. Not having registered/paid for the software
  2. Incomplete information on the CV
  3. Failing to attach the appropriate report
  4. Having your name on the CV
  5. Submitting a poorly presented, or unprofessional looking CV
  6. Failing to achieve a shareholder value of at least $25

Teams often struggle when they have members who haven't achieved a minimal level of competence with the simulation. If you are unfamiliar with the software, you will find that your experience in your team will be frustrating or worse; so, in the long term, it pays off to practice with Solo Mike.

Remember, group grades are allocated/distributed based on the evaluation of your performance by the other members of your team. If you are unable to fully contribute because of weak preparation, they may factor that into their assessment of your performance.

That is why you must achieve a minimum level of competence in the simulation.