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eBank Microworld

Like all our microworlds, this game is a self-contained PC application, for use by individuals or small teams. It plays out business performance over a time-scale that is long enough to experience the complexity of strategy and decision-making. Teams control strategy by making a small number of key decisions, and can progress through the simulation at their own pace, trying alternatives and saving scenarios

Initial conditions

Launching a new savings bank in the market presents the challenge of matching staffing levels with rapidly varying workloads

The simulation runs over 48 months, with monthly decisions. Decisions can be set to repeat over a number of periods automatically.

Objectives

Grow the a sustainable and profitable savings bank.

Feature List
Decisions
Two decisions: Interest rate offered to savers and the number of people to hire for the call centre

Teams choose when to run forward and the simulation runs forward one month with each step, or can choose to repeat decisions over several months.
"Go Back" option
A 'Go back' option allows previous decisions to be revised an alternative strategies explored.
Challenges
Four challenges included - part played scenarios that provide different situations for students to work with.
Save new challenges
Teams can save the game at any point, to explore alternative strategies.

Instructors can create new challenges by running the game with their own decisions, then saving and distributing the game to teams
Resource map
A ‘Resource Map’ of the business architecture showing key resource relationships is available in simple and expanded form
Reports
Two numerical reports showing relevant financial and staffing data.
Graphs
Three graphs showing comparisons of key data items - eBank interest rate vs. the market rate, the savers won and lost and staff workload vs. capacity. Graphs for single data items are available by clicking on table headings.
Table data
Three tables showing entire history of financial and service data. Plus tables of all public variables and user decisions/
Save Comments with games
When saving games can add comments: this makes it easy to create new scenarios for students.
Table of User Decisions
Makes it easy to keep track of your actions.
Table of all public variables
Analysis of game results is made easy with this additional feature. Results are presented in the same order as the reports / tables but on copying to Excel or similar spreadsheet can be re-ordered to enable straightforward analysis.
Copy to other applications
Images of all Reports, Graphs and Tables can be copied into other applications for inclusion in documents and slide presentations produced.

All game data can be copied from the tables into spreadsheets for further analysis.
Custom Graphs
Any item appearing in a table can be represented as a graph - simply double click on the table heading.
Teachers materials
Site License materials include the user’s guide as well as instructor’s slides and slide notes.
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