These were for 2004 through 2007, but enough applies such that I'm leaving it here for now.
Here are tidbits if information that I've gathered
about classes. Send more and I'll include it here.
Please help me collect information that will help
international students. If I collect enough, I will create a separate
page. For now, here's a link that may help: http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/about/admissions/incoming/InternationalStudents.htm
Temporary Medical Insurance
Our medical insurance will not be available after
Mid July, so, we will have temporary medical insurance coverage
until Duke's medical insurance is available (August 17). Here
is the web site given to us by Fuqua administration: www.hillchesson.com
NOTE: You must wait until your beginning date is within 30 days.
Many mobile phone carriers have trouble with reception
at Fuqua. Verizon does very well and seems to be the most common
choice at Fuqua. So I recommend Verizon. You will have
good reception, and calls to most classmates will be free (i.e.
it will not count against your allotted minutes).
- Notes from Current Students
[There are many textbooks that cover the] math material.
One good one is Haeussler et al, Introductory Mathematical Analysis
for Business, Economics, & the Life and Social Sciences. Prentice-Hall
Term 1: The MicroEcon one is, in fact, the one that
is used for the MicroEcon course. It is worth skimming through...
I actually used the text quite a bit in the class.
For Stats, I have the textbook, but it was pretty much useless...
actually most of us ended up purchasing another textbook or "The
Cartoon Guide to Statistics" which was more entertaining
and more educational. If you want to take the placement exam,
prep probability, conditional probability and multiple regression...
If you're just prepping for the class, review the first two (or
take math camp where they hit the basics!)
Managerial Effectiveness doesn't have a text and it's not a heavy
Term 2: Finance: We used the Brealy and Meyers text, which is
also used for Corporate Finance (and more heavily used there.
This class is intense, but prepping with a textbook won't help
much--it's a matter of keeping up with problem sets in class and
getting a tutor if you need help (2nd year tutors are readily
available and free...)
Accounting: Don't remember the text we used for Financial Accounting.
If I were prepping for this, I'd focus on the basics and use an
Marketing: Had the textbook... good for the class, but no need
Don't spend too much time prepping... math camp will take care
of most things... I'd focus on Stats for Term 1 prep and Accounting
for term 2.
(Thanks Elyse) See
|Links for School Preparation
||Tutorial for Accounting / Bookkeeping
|MIT's Open Courseware
||Courses from MIT - some are powerpoint - some
are over my head
Book Bag (Backpack)
Thanks to Luke H. for sharing his book bag research with me last year.
Thanks also to Cory G. for his thoughts.
For me, a good book bag (or backpack) was essential (there's enough walking with books such that a comfortable one makes a big difference over the briefcases that I already own). Choosing your book bag is especially an issue if you have the 15 inch machine because not all fit those very well.
Attributes to Consider
- Padded straps backed up with strong synthetic material
- Padded back so oddly shaped contents won't jab into your back
- Accessible side pockets for quick access while walking (less necessary, but nice)
- Consider loops on the straps if you want to hang a water bottle, PDA, phone, etc.
- Internal pocket for notebook computer (tall enough to cover your computer)
- Internal pocket for computer AC adaptor
- Consider a pocket with a reinforced headphone cord hole to hold an MP3 player
- Some may want a waist strap. I found it to be a nuisance and the walking isn't THAT far.
- Consider a water bottle pocket (if you do not use a strap loop for that)
What I Carry
I carry one day's worth of books and a few other things. While I use my locker periodically, if I have everything I need in my book bag, I can take advantage of those good hallway conversations without the worry of being late. So I generally carry at least two classes worth of material, and have carried material for three classes. That includes:
- Two 1.5 inch binders (one for each class - sometimes a third)
- A notepad (I buy a notebook that has 8.5 x 11 paper, pre-punched for binders with fine perforations so I can pull it out easily - bought at Office Depot)
- Sometimes one textbook, rarely I might include a second textbook
- Some folders for extra curricular activities (such as Duke for LIFE, clubs, CMC Web Design sheets, the TAC,
- I also like to carry some snacks and a water bottle in my bag because the tight scheduling at Fuqua can catch you off guard and I don't do well on a totally empty stomach.
SIZE: I found that a larger bookbag was essential for me. I use a Targus. BUT BE WARNED, it's difficult to fit in the locker. I sometimes had to unload some of the books, then fight with it to stuff it in. It was worth it to me, but it may not be worth it to some others. (Example: you may want to do this when you are going to a symposium, or a company meeting - called a SIP - and you don't want to have a book bag with you.) My bag was rarely packed tightly, but sometimes it was (sometimes I wanted running clothes, a change for a FuquaVision skit, etc.).
BINDERS: The binders that I buy for carrying are the flexible cheap type. I want to replace them for permanent archiving, but the flexible ones are much nicer for fitting in the book bag. I buy 1" and 1.5" flexible plastic binders and use the smallest possible. Course Pack size will determine how big of a binder you'll need (remember, you'll ad notes and assignments)
COMPUTER: I carry my computer every day (many do not - you can survive quite well without it). I never know when it would be useful so I try to keep it fully charged. I also carry my power cord, but rarely had to use it except for some longer team meetings. Fuqua is considering offering power cord checkouts at the library so you may be able to leave it behind and only borrow when needed.
SOURCE and SPECIFIC BAG: I looked for the specific model name on the www.ebags.com website from which I bought mine, but I couldn't find it exactly. The closest that I saw is called the Pulse (Here's a Link). This one is black (mine is gray) and looks like it might be an improvement over my model (I've been very happy with mine). There is another here that also seemed acceptable from the photo, but had one fewer pocket than mine. For me, that would be less convenient (but might fit more easily in a locker).
TERM 1 MATERIAL THICKNESSES: I'll list the thicknesses in inches since that's how notebooks and back packs here are measured. CP = Course Pack; Notes = my class notes and assignments
Managerial Effectiveness (I used a 1.5 inch notebook that was overfull): CP: 1.5; Notes: 0.7
Statistics (I used a 1.5 inch notebook that was only a little overfull):
Managerial Economics (Micro) (I used a 1 inch - a little overfull):
CP: 0.75 ;
Computer Skills (I used a 1 inch that was fine):
Simple calculators will work. Financial functions
will not be needed (in either year unless some elective that I did not take required it). However, I
will focus on financial calculators here for those who want to buy
(I'm using a scientific calculator that I already had, and it's been
more than sufficient). Information was taken from postings, recommendations
from students, and where indicated, my own opinions.
any thoughts or makes/models that you recommend. I'd like to include more here. There certainly are many good choices that are not listed below.
This section is only for those who are interested in HP's line of RPN calculators so skip it if you have no interest in those.
RPN - or Reverse Polish Notation is simply a different
way of doing math, and it's handy once you are accustomed to it.
HP is known for this type of calculator and they make good calculators,
so I included this description. It utilizes what is called a stack.
It will take about 20 minutes of use to become adequately accustomed
to it. I personally recommend it, but you will curse me for the
first 20 minutes. :-) (There are calculators listed below that will
operate in either mode, possibly easing the transition.)
As the above shows, the advantage of RPN is that you
can go on with other calculations and the number you calculated
before (25 in our example) is in the stack and ready for use without
fooling with recall buttons. Once you are accustomed to it, it's
very fast and feels natural. Is it worth "getting used to it?"
Maybe not. But I'm already used to it and like it.