Heriot-Watt (EBS) MBA courses materials

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by adelx, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. adelx

    adelx New Member

    Unfortunately, this is the first time since 2003 I have to ask a question. The search tool of this site was very powerful and all my questions were answered by searching the forums. Sadly, this is no longer possible. :mad:

    Anyway, Does any know where I can buy the Heriot-Watt MBA courses materials? I am only interested in the courses materials. At this moment I am not planning to do the MBA. So I really don't want to pay $1400 pre course for the course material only.

    If anyone has those courses materials and he or she is welling to sell it, I am welling to buy it :)
  2. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    You can Google...

    key words site:degreeinfo.com

    ...but you might have to settle for cached pages.

    I think I recall the course materials being offered on E-Bay in the past.

    You can also try the EBS (Heriot-Watt) Watercooler on delphiforums.com.

    Heriot-Watt hasn't been much mentioned here since Professor Kennedy retired.
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  3. JamesK

    JamesK New Member

    Re: Re: Heriot-Watt (EBS) MBA courses materials

    Although offtopic, it is possible to use the URL returned by Google to create a valid link for the forums.

    Using a semi-random (off-topic) thread as an example, suppose Google returned the following URL:

    Take the number following thread_ (in this case 15789) and append it to the following URL

    In this case it becomes

    That should work in most (if not all) cases - I have yet to have it fail.
  4. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    Re: Re: Re: Heriot-Watt (EBS) MBA courses materials

    Cool. I thought the error message to mean those pages no longer exist on the server.
  5. Michael Lloyd

    Michael Lloyd New Member

    You can also contact Pearson Publishing, in London, the publisher of the EBS textbooks. If I recall correctly, they do sell the textbooks without the course fees. I believe that the texts sold for just over $ 100 USD.
  6. adelx

    adelx New Member

    thanks everyone.

    I searched e-bay with no luck.

    I contacted Pearson Education customer services via email. let see what they say.
  7. philosophicalme

    philosophicalme New Member

    Must one pay the full $1200 for the course before taking the test, or is the test fee included in this amount? Also, does anyone have a list of the testing centers in the United States that may be used?


  8. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    EBS Global

    The following is dated but should still be relevant:

    My Heriot-Watt MBA by Distance Learning Experience
  9. friartuck

    friartuck New Member

    You might have to sign up for it but if you go to the Watercooler you'll find people from time to time selling their materials with and without the green cards....

  10. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Hi Rhonda,

    I read one of your earlier posts, and i have to say - way to go on accumulating 52 credits since July of this year! That's impressive!

    Anyway, I just thought you might be interested to know (if you didn't already), that the Heriott-Watt (EBS) does NOT require that you have a Bachelor's degree to gain entrance to their online MBA program. I understand that this is common knowledge to many people on this forum, but I thought I would throw it out there for you.

    BTW, I hear that the HW MBA exams are extremely difficult! Of course, if you have a strong background in Business (or you apply yourself well) then this should not be an issue. I briefly considered pursuing an MBA through HW/EBS, however I decided that I wasn't really all that interested in obtaining an MBA! Business is just not my thing. You have to really LOVE (or at least greatly enjoy) what you decide to study at the Graduate level.

    Good luck!

    - Tom
  11. philosophicalme

    philosophicalme New Member

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the encouraging words! I agree, you really have to love what you are planning to study at the graduate level or you probably won't succeed. I honestly don't think the MBA is for me but I would love to pursue a Management or even a Psychology degree at the Master's level.

  12. Michael Lloyd

    Michael Lloyd New Member

    The $ 1200 per course is paid at the time of purchasing the course. The test fee is an extra amount paid when you are ready to sit (invigilate, as the British say) for the exam. In terms of the location of the test centers, EBS selects the centers based on the number of people in the area who are sitting for an examination. They generally make every effort to arrange for a center within 250 miles of the student.

    My first two exams were taken at a community college in Salem, Oregon. The remaining exams were taken at the University of Washington in Seattle. The test centers are usually the testing center of a college or university. If you live near a large city, the chances are good that one of the universities or colleges there are, or can be, testing centers for EBS.

    I graduated from the EBS program in 2000, so please let me know if you have any other questions.
  13. adelx

    adelx New Member

    Michael, you already graduated from the EBS program. so I don't think you need the courses materials anymore :D
  14. Michael Lloyd

    Michael Lloyd New Member

    I like to sit, late of an evening, with a glass of fine port and flip through the pages.... :p
  15. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    If it is only the materials you want, there are tons of textbooks out there that cover the same thing. For a list of books that follow the same areas that EBS teaches, check out "The Graham Chronicles" at http://members.aol.com/dgraham380/hwmba.html I used a lot of the same books he did preparing for the EBS exams. Some other texts even have the same authors of the EBS materials.

    Also, you can check out MIT's Opencourseware site and get notes, syllabi, and other materials they use for their MBA program. http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-School-of-Management/index.htm
  16. adelx

    adelx New Member


    I am currently running my own business. I don't know a lot about accounting, marketing and many of the business subjects. So I decide to start learning those subjects. And maybe later, I want to do an MBA (DL). EBS is in the top of my list. The idea here is I use their course material to learn the subjects matter. And if I decide later that I want to do an MBA with EBS, I will be familiar with their courses' content and it would require less time to prepare for the exams.

    I might be wrong, but this is how I view it.
  17. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    I think I see what you are saying. You want to study the EBS materials, and then maybe later on down the road, review them, then take the exam.

    The way the EBS exams are structured, that would be extremely difficult. You really need to know the material cold and take the exams while everything is fresh in your mind. Also, the EBS material is sometimes updated. If you study some older material, you might get exam questions that were not covered in the texts you have.

    I still say your best bet would be to follow the books in the Graham Chronicles. I can provide some books to cover subjects that he did not list. Then, when you are ready for the EBS MBA, you will have a good head start.
  18. Michael Lloyd

    Michael Lloyd New Member

    +1 to what Edowave said. Especially the parts about the texts being updated periodically, and the best way to pass the exams is right after studying the texts.

    One cannot underestimate the difficulty of the EBS exams. You can get a case study that is worth 30% of your grade that is based on a single topic covered in 2.5 pages out of a 500 page text. The best way to think of the exams is as a really tough open book exam without the open book.

    I know how tough the exams are. I liked some of the exams so much, I took them twice!
  19. adelx

    adelx New Member

    Michael and edowave, I guess you are both right. so what a single book you recommend for the following topics/courses (one book for each):

    Project Management
    Consumer Behaviour
  20. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    Negotiation - "The New Negotiation Edge" by Gavin Kennedy - same author as the EBS text

    Influence - "Influencing for Results" also by Gavin Kennedy, also the same author as the EBS text.

    Marketing - "Marketing Management" by Harper Boyd. Same author as the EBS text, however it is an older text because he is deceased.

    Project Management - The PMBOK. See http://www.pmi.org/info/default.asp, also the CBT nuggets videos are great. www.cbtnuggets.com

    Consumer Behavor - " Understanding the Consumer" by David Statt. Same author as the EBS text and on-campus lecturer.

    Accounting - Forget it, hire a CPA. What you do need to know is how to interpret a companies financial statements. - " The Analysis and Use of Financial Statements" by Gerald White

    Read those and you will be good to go.

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