Center for Undergraduate Business Advising

Challenge Examinations

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business offers departmental challenge exams to earn credit for some coursework. Students interested in taking one of the AJB-COB challenge exams should contact the Center for Undergraduate Business Advising. 

Center for Undergraduate Business Advising
Business Building, Room 220
msu.business@murraystate.edu
270.809.3585

Proctoring. All challenge exams are proctored. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising proctors exams taken on the Murray campus. Students may arrange with CUBA to take the exam at one of the regional campuses or at another location approved by CUBA. 

Fee. The fee for each challenge exam is stated in the Schedule of Fees available on the MSU Bursar's Office Web site. Departmental Challenge Exams are $25 per credit hour for the 2014-15 academic year. This fee must be paid in advance.

Qualifications. To qualify for an exam, a student must 

  • have the pre-requisite for the course. 
  •  meet any additional requirements for the exam (listed individually for each exam below).

Registering for an exam. Students are responsible for contacting the Center for Undergraduate Business Advising before registering and paying for an exam to verify that he or she qualifies for the exam.

To register, students go to http://www.murraystate.edu/Academics/DepartmentalChallenge.aspx. Read the information on this page, and then click "Departmental Challenge Exams - Business." Follow the instructions to register and pay for the exam(s) you want to take. Within a week after registering, a CUBA adviser will contact the student via email to schedule the exam.

Other General Information. AJB-COB challenge exams are credit by examination. More information about credit by examination is available in the current academic catalog. As with all credit by examination credit, students

  • cannot use a challenge exam to replace a failing course grade. 
  • cannot take a challenge exam while enrolled in the course that is being challenged
  • cannot use a challenge exam for graduate credit. 

ACC 200 – Principles of Financial Accounting

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
Sophomore Standing
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
To qualify to take this exam, students must have taken and passed ACT 101 and ACT 102 through a KCTCS institution.
Exam Description:
This exam is a multiple choice exam delivered online. There are approximately 100 questions. The content covered by the exam includes the material typically covered in a Principles I course at most universities. Students can use calculators.

CIS 243 - Business Statistics I

Credit Hours:
2
Prerequisites:
MAT 220 and CSC 199
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
None
Exam Description:
During this exam, you may bring the following resources to use during the test.
  • A calculator
  • A book or multiple books
  • A formula sheet: both sides of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (written comments can also appear on the formula sheet)

CIS 343 - Business Statistics II

Credit Hours:
2
Prerequisites:
CIS 243 or MAT 135 (Minimum grade of C), MAT 220
Exam Topics:
Exam Practice:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
To qualify to take this exam, students must have taken and passed a qualifying introductory statistics course at another institution that that teaches the same concepts taught in this class. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising determines which classes meet this requirement.
Exam Description:
During this exam, you may bring the following resources to use during the test.
  • A calculator
  • A book or multiple books
  • A formula sheet: both sides of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (written comments can also appear on the formula sheet)

CSC 125 – Internet and Web Page Design

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
None
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
None
Exam Description:
This exam is delivered online and will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and fill in the blank questions. The student will also be required to complete a Web page design section in which he/she must create HTML documents. Students will be able to use the partial list of tags and their corresponding attributes, the partial list of styles and their corresponding attributes, and the example form during the exam. These resources are in the exam topics link and will be provided to the student during the exam. Students will not be able to use the Internet as a resource during the exam.

CSC 145 – Introduction to Programming

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
Qualified to enter MAT 145/MAT 150 or higher
Exam Topics:
The exam will cover some or all of the following using the Java programming language
  • Variables
  • Conditionals
  • Looping
  • Functions
  • Object-oriented design and development
    • Properties
    • Methods
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
Instructor recommendation. The student may choose to use a calculator.
Exam Description:
The exam is in three parts, covering the topics above. Students will write Java functions and/or design Java objects, as well as analyze existing code and calculations. The exam is a pencil and paper exam. It is open book, open note but without the use of a computer.

CSC 199 - Introduction to Information Technology

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
MAT 105 or higher or Math ACT score of at least 20
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
4 hours
Additional Requirements:
None
Exam Description:
This is useful for students who are already well-versed in the Microsoft Office Suite. The exam is timed and consists of 5 components - Concepts, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft PowerPoint. You must also purchase an access code from the bookstore or online using a credit card for about $20. This code is one-time use only. The entire exam is delivered electronically.

MGT 350 - Fundamentals of Management

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
Conditional or full admission to upper-level business courses or junior standing
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
To qualify to take this exam, students must have taken and passed a qualifying introductory management course at another institution. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising determines which classes meet this requirement.
Exam Description:
This exam is a multiple choice exam delivered online. There are approximately 100 questions.

MKT 360 - Principles of Marketing

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
Conditional or full admission to upper-level business courses or junior standing
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
To qualify to take this exam, students must have taken and passed a qualifying introductory marketing course at another institution. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising determines which classes meet this requirement.
Exam Description:
This exam is a multiple choice exam delivered online. There are approximately 100 questions.

FIN 330 – Principles of Finance

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
ACC 200 and junior standing or conditional or full admission to upper-level business courses
Exam Topics:
Length of Exam:
2 hours
Additional Requirements:
To qualify to take this exam, students must have taken and passed a qualifying introductory finance course at another institution. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising determines which classes meet this requirement.
Exam Description:
This exam is a multiple choice exam delivered online. There are approximately 100 questions. Students will be permitted to use a calculator.