Our Course Design

AMA Self-Study courses feature a structured, flexible design that enables individuals to master critical business and management skills, either on their own or in a group or classroom setting. All AMA Self-Study courses are reviewed by subject-matter experts. Every course is designed to provide practical application that translates to on-the-job success.

Course Elements

Pre- and Post-Tests These multiple-choice assessments allow learners to establish a knowledge baseline before taking the course and measure progress on completion.  

Chapter Organization Self-Study courses are organized into carefully structured chapters written in clear, straightforward language and reviewed for both subject matter and pedagogical soundness. Each chapter features learning objectives tied to section headings, exhibits, exercises, a recap, and review questions.

Learning Objectives Chapters begin with a list of learning objectives that state the concepts and skills to be mastered. Each objective is linked to a section heading, is summarized in the recap, and is tested in the review questions.

Exhibits Tables, charts, diagrams, and lists illustrate and summarize key points from the text.   

Exercises A wide range of exercises support the course content and allow learners to perform self-assessments, test their understanding of new concepts, and practice new skills. 

Think About It These visualization exercises allow learners to apply what they learn to their own workplace situations and experiences—ensuring application and retention of learning.

Recaps Each chapter ends with a recap that links to the learning objectives and summarizes chapter content. 

Review Questions Five self-scoring review questions conclude each chapter and allow learners to see if they’ve mastered the content or need to review selected learning points. 

Bibliography and Recommended Resources For learners who wish to explore related topics in more depth, these features list a wide range of sources.

Glossary Key terms are defined in this useful reference tool.