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SEN1302 - SPORTS DECISIONS THROUGH ANALYTICS

SPORTS DECISIONS THROUGH ANALYTICS

SEN1302 SPORTS DECISIONS THROUGH ANALYTICS

(Senior Instructor: Ryan Duff) Course Description: With the new prominence of sports analytics (i.e. Moneyball, Numbers Never Lie (ESPN), and Accuscore), sports have become much more than just winning and losing. Statistical analysis can predict whether a team will become a dominant force, as well as a profitable franchise. In this hands-on course we will explore and practice sports analytics through statistical programs and techniques that analyze player and team stats in order to determine the keys to building a cohesive team. We will also learn how team owners are able to make strategic decisions using key statistical analyses. Students do not need advanced math or statistical coursework or knowledge to enroll in this course.

Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)

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SEN1303 - MKT BEAUTY AND FASH ETHICAL STANDPOINT

MKT BEAUTY AND FASH ETHICAL STANDPOINT

SEN1303 Marketing Beauty and Fashion from an Ethical Standpoint (Senior Instructor: Brittany Lo) The course will focus on identifying marketing differentiation strategies in the luxury sector of the beauty and fashion industry. Questions we will consider are: Why are luxury brands' marketing strategies the strongest? Why are people willing to pay such high prices for these brands? How do ethical business practices determine a brand's success? The course will use the "Paradoxes of Luxury" framework to analyze real world cases, such as L'Oreal, Herms, and Louis Vuitton. Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)

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SEN1304 - SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE FOR BUS PROFESSIO

SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE FOR BUS PROFESSIO

SEN1304 Mobile App Development (Senior Instructor: Alexander Deeb) In Mobile App Development, students will create an application on the Windows Phone platform using the C# programming language. During this process, students will learn programming fundamentals such as data types, conditional statements, and more. Finally, students will gain insight on how to present app ideas to developers. No previous programming knowledge is assumed or required, although basic knowledge of the Windows operating system is expected. Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)

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SEN1305 - SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE FOR BUS PROFESSIO

SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE FOR BUS PROFESSIO

SEN1305 Social Media Etiquette for Business Professionalism (Senior Instructor: Will Hallock) Due to the growing ability to connect with others via social media, individuals' online behavior is becoming increasingly important in the professional setting. Whether during the job search or in everyday communication, social media etiquette is an essential skill for success. This course incorporates a combination of theory (through scholarly articles and publications) and application (through frequent class activities such as practice professional emails, social network profile assessments, and mock social media networking activities), with a heavier emphasis on the latter portion. Course Schedule: Friday, January 31 - Effective Email Communication Friday, February 7 - Using LinkedIn to Highlight Your Skillset Friday, February 14 - Developing Your Professional Brand on Twitter Friday, February 21 - Building Your Network on Facebook Friday, February 28 - Professional Presentation Strategy Friday, March 7 - Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars

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SEN1306 - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC PRODUCTION

ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC PRODUCTION

SEN1306 Electronic Dance Music Production (Senior Instructor: Evan Shirley) It is no secret that music is an essential element of life and component of culture and identity around the world. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is a rising force, taking our generation by storm. EDM has been growing in size since its explosion onto the US scene in the late 21st century; its fans number in the hundreds of millions and the industry now tops $6 billion a year in value. In this course, we will explore how this music is created and how you can be a part of it. You will develop an understanding of proven patterns in EDM and get a chance to apply them with software tools. By the end of the course, you will have created your very own tracks from top to bottom. All you need is an interest and a passion- no experience or special equipment is required. This is your music, and your time! Course Schedule: Class 1 - Tuesday, January 27 Class 2 - Tuesday, February 3 Class 3 - Tuesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 18 (as February 17 is a Babson Monday) Class 5 - Tuesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday evening, 3/3 or Friday afternoon, 3/6. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1307 - PRESENTATION SKILLS FORENSIC ARTS

PRESENTATION SKILLS FORENSIC ARTS

SEN1307 Enhance Your Presentation Skills through Forensic Arts (Senior Instructor: Breeana Blackmon) Poetry Interpretation is a specific type of skill within the speech and debate field of Forensics. In this seminar, students will practice this skill by choosing a short poem to interpret, practice performing, and finally present at the final Senior Seminar Showcase. In the course, students will first and foremost be challenged to step outside of their comfort zones. Poetry Interpretation will not only boost their confidence, but also greatly strengthen their communication and presentation skills. They will learn how to connect with and captivate a crowd or audience. Also, they will develop valuable leadership skills through critiquing and coaching their peers. To get a better idea of what Poetry Interpretation looks like and how it relates to speech and debate skills, please visit the following links: http://www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/video.aspx?id=51 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTErgLIYkc4&index=15&list=PLxwwkVu35jxAcS1U-TMYdail3A3gAQbHz Course Schedule: Class 1 - Tuesday, January 27 Class 2 - Tuesday, February 3 Class 3 - Tuesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 18 (as February 17 is a Babson Monday) Class 5 - Tuesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday evening, 3/3 or Friday afternoon, 3/6. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1308 - ALT FINANCE IN 21ST CENTURY

ALT FINANCE IN 21ST CENTURY

SEN1308 Alternative Finance in the 21st Century; Islamic Finance, Microfinance and Socially Responsible Investing (Senior Instructor: Ryan Diplock) You may be interested in finance, but did you know: - As of today, over $2 trillion of assets are under management by over 300 banks and 250 mutual funds that are "Sharia Compliant" (15% of the world's total invested assets)? - A concept pioneered less than 30 years ago to help raise families out of poverty now impacts the lives of 80 million borrowers worldwide? - $3.74 trillion in assets currently sit in socially screened investment funds? Islamic Finance, Micro Finance, and Socially Responsible Investing are all projected to grow at annualized rates of 15-20% over the next decade. This seminar will delve deeply into the principles of all three types of alternative finance, teaching the basics and exploring the controversies in each field. Group discussions will be augmented with guest speakers from each of the three industries, and in-class competitions. Winners of each competition will be entitled to a free lunch or dinner with the guest speaker for that particular topic. If you are interested in learning how Islamic finance gets around interest rates and the derivatives market, how microfinance has become so successful despite political headwinds, or how socially responsible investing is impacting the greater business community this seminar is for you. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Tuesday, January 27 Class 2 - Tuesday, February 3 Class 3 - Tuesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 18 (as February 17 is a Babson Monday) Class 5 - Tuesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday evening, 3/3 or Friday afternoon, 3/6. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1309 - THE T IN LGBTQ:INTRO TO TRNSGNDR STUDIES

THE T IN LGBTQ:INTRO TO TRNSGNDR STUDIES

SEN1309 The T in LGBTQ: An Introduction to Transgender Studies (Senior Instructor: Elizabeth Lin) This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to transgender studies. Introduction to Transgender Studies will be divided into three phases. First, the course will critically examine the interactive relationships between cultural/social institutions and individuals based on an understanding of non-normative gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities. This first phase will take a deep dive into the institutionalized oppression faced by the transgender community in federal and state documentation, medicine, housing, employment, and incarceration. Next, student will look into how race, sexuality, and disability intersect with and impact trans individuals' lived experiences. In the final phase, students will focus on developing an understanding of allyship and what it means to be an ally to the transgender community. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Wednesday, January 28 Class 2 - Wednesday, February 4 Class 3 - Wednesday, February 11 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 18 Class 5 - Wednesday, February 25 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday evening, 3/3 or Friday afternoon, 3/6. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1310 - ADVANCED EXCEL AND PERSONAL INVESTING

ADVANCED EXCEL AND PERSONAL INVESTING

SEN1310 Advanced Excel & VBA through Personal Investing (Senior Instructor: Dineth Siriwardane) This course will serve to teach students useful technical skills, which they will practice by exploring a variety of personal investing strategies. Advanced Excel through Personal Investing will introduce students to concepts applicable to personal investing such as technical, fundamental and comparative analyses. Simultaneously, students will learn advanced Excel functions such as VLOOKUPS, COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, INDEX MATCHES and OFFSETS as well as basic VBA commands. While these skills will be applied to personal investing in this course, they are also transferrable to multiple situations in the work world. Overall, this course aims to teach students two distinct yet complementary skills-personal investing and Excel. By the end of the class, students will have created a comprehensive template for personal investing, derived from the skills learned in this course. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Tuesday, January 27 Class 2 - Tuesday, February 3 Class 3 - Tuesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 18 (as February 17 is a Babson Monday) Class 5 - Tuesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday evening, 3/3 or Friday afternoon, 3/6. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1311 - FROM 0 TO 1 LAUNCHING A TECH STARTUP

FROM 0 TO 1 LAUNCHING A TECH STARTUP

SEN1311 "From 0 to 1: Launching a Tech Startup" (Senior Instructors: Nina Vir & Jerry Baker) With all of the press that successful tech startups receive, it is extremely easy to lose sight of the difficulty of starting one. It is important to remember that for each business that thrives, there are plenty that barely survive. The primary focus of this seminar is to help you develop key skills and practice tactical strategies to launch a tech startup. To accomplish this, we will bring in outside speakers, expose you to Babson campus resources, and implement a learn-by-doing approach. The seminar will unfold through a playbook: each class will focus on a topic such as how to build a minimum viable product, how to hire, and how to raise money. By the end of the course, you will not only understand the basics of starting a tech startup, but you will have an intimate knowledge of the resources available on Babson's campus. Come ready to explore and pursue your ideas! Course Schedule: Class 1 - Wednesday, January 27 Class 2 - Wednesday, February 3 Class 3 - Wednesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 17 Class 5 - Wednesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday or Wednesday evening, 3/1 or 3/2. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1312 - ALGORITHMIC TRADING STRAT USING MATLAB

ALGORITHMIC TRADING STRAT USING MATLAB

SEN1312 Algorithmic Trading Strategies Using MATLAB (Senior Instructor: Philip Dunay) Trading stocks can be a mentally stimulating and highly rewarding experience. However, with the rise of cheap computer processing power and speed, algorithms have overtaken humans regarding entering trades in the markets. This course will teach students how to develop trading algorithms using MATLAB code. Students will simulate trades by buying and selling equities, tracking portfolio performance, analyzing data and managing risk. No prior experience in MATLAB is necessary, nor is the completion of MCE/SME, although these will be useful courses to have taken. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Wednesday, January 27 Class 2 - Wednesday, February 3 Class 3 - Wednesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 17 Class 5 - Wednesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday or Wednesday evening, 3/1 or 3/2. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1313 - BY DESIGN

BY DESIGN

SEN1313 By Design (Senior Instructor: Gabe Diaz-Barriga) The natural world (governed by chance) stands in contrast to the built environment (governed by design). In this entry-level course, we will seek to better understand design by comparing some of the many competing definitions of the word. We will go beyond "the way things look" to examine "why things work in that way" and even consider "the way things ought to be." Next we will apply human-centered design (a set of methods and a mindset) to a central design challenge: How might we improve the Babson student experience? In small teams, we will use the tools and techniques pioneered by leading practitioners like IDEO and the d.school at Stanford to wrestle with this question and produce solutions. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Wednesday, January 27 Class 2 - Wednesday, February 3 Class 3 - Wednesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 17 Class 5 - Wednesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday or Wednesday evening, 3/1 or 3/2. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1314 - EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

SEN1314 Equine Business Management (Senior Instructor: Elizabeth Monteith) Students in Equine Business Management will apply principles of Babson's outstanding business education to the equestrian industry. The business of horses is a diverse and historical trade, ripe for innovation that Babson entrepreneurs can provide. In this seminar, we will study competitive governing organizations (such as the United States Equestrian Federation), stables, racing syndicates, and more. Students will also be introduced to many of the equine-related jobs available to business students. No former equine experience is required, just bring your passion and willingness to learn! Course Schedule: Class 1 - Wednesday, January 27 Class 2 - Wednesday, February 3 Class 3 - Wednesday, February 10 Class 4 - Wednesday, February 17 Class 5 - Wednesday, February 24 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday or Wednesday evening, 3/1 or 3/2. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1315 - THE BLACK BODY SUBJECTED

THE BLACK BODY SUBJECTED

SEN1315 The Black Body Subjected: The complexity of being a black man in America (Senior Instructor: Shatiek Gatlin) Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. These are few among the many names of Black men who have recently been killed by police officers across the United States. We also can't forget Trayvon Martin, unarmed teenager shot by George Zimmerman. The deaths of these men have sparked a national conversation about race in America, in the era of the first black male President. Conversations have sparked on Babson's campus as well. What made the bodies of these black men subject to such peril, with no charges being brought to their executioners? From what historical realities and hierarchies did ideas associated with being a black man in America emerge? How do Americans act when they encounter a black man who doesn't fulfill the negative stereotypes? This course will explore the complexity and vulnerability of being a black man in America, particularly as it pertains to the origins, perpetuation, and implications of negative stereotypes. We will also consider the intersections of socio-economic class, sexuality, gender, etc. in our seminar conversations. In the seminar we will be reading articles, watching media clips, and fostering conversation using both. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Tuesday, January 26 Class 2 - Tuesday, February 2 Class 3 - Tuesday, February 9 Class 4 - TBD. Tuesday February 16 is a Babson Monday so this class date is TBD. Class 5 - Tuesday, February 23 Class 6 - Senior Seminar Showcase: Tuesday or Wednesday evening, 3/1 or 3/2. Details to be confirmed by first day of class.

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SEN1316 - THE BUSINESS OF LUXURY FASHION

THE BUSINESS OF LUXURY FASHION

SEN1316: The Business of Luxury Fashion (Senior Instructor: Sasha Israni) Fashion: an industry that dates back to the beginning of global civilization. Fashion is constantly evolving. In the 1920's Coco Chanel altered women's fashion to incorporate trousers and blazers. In 2016, Kanye West merged his fashion line, Yeezy Season 3, with his music album, The Life of Pablo. Though most observers focus on the constantly changing trends, designs, and media of fashion, there's fast-paced change concurrently occurring behind the scenes. In this course, we will be studying the business of luxury fashion. We will be exploring four specific areas: demand, the supply chain, technology, and sustainability. Through articles, videos, guest speakers, and industry professionals we will explore how luxury fashion works today and brainstorm future possibilities. Course Schedule: Class 1 - Wednesday, Feb 1 Class 2 - Wednesday, Feb 8 Class 3 - Wednesday, Feb 15 Class 4 - Wednesday, Feb 22 Class 5 - Wednesday, March 1 Class 6/Showcase - Wednesday, March 8 (6 - 7:30) Senior-Led Seminars are free, non-credit courses that are taught by seniors at Babson. They are graded non-credit pass or fail (NCP or NCF) and will appear on your transcript at the end of the semester. These courses are made possible by a generous gift of the Donald W. White, Sr. '50 Family.

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