Curriculum - CUHK MBA

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Key Highlights

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24

Months 

Programme
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8

 

Terms
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9

 

Core Courses
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27

 

Electives Courses
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45

Units 

Credits Required

A Part-time MBA for ambitious future leaders:

  • Flexible learning: Part-time students meet on CUHK’s main campus from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. every weekend for two classes. Elective courses may be offered at weekends on CUHK’s main campus. There are also selected courses to be completed in 3 to 5 days during intensive week or through online.
  • Diverse curriculum: From business management, fintech, to digital transformation, develop your credentials as a future leader.
  • Come to where East meets West: A range of exchange programmes, study tours and field trips blend international business learning with essential China business exposure.
  • Get to the top of business: Insights and hands-on experience all come with our Entrepreneurship Training, providing intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial mindsets and skills.

The CUHK MBA helped me achieve a promotion and expand my job scope with comprehensive leadership and management training. After graduation, I was promoted to a senior management position, managing the premium jewellery brand “Hearts On Fire” for Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company Limited. My job scope also expanded from regional level to global level, which includes the coordination of production, merchandising, sales and marketing, and more – all because the programme has taken me to the next level.

Clara AU
Hong Kong, Class of 2018.
Deputy Head, Sustainability and Innovation Centre, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company Limited

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)*
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)*
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study(Optional)

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study(Optional)

Concentration Options

Students may pursue a general MBA degree or select one of the below two concentrations to complete the programme:

Finance and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

General MBA

*Only intensive week electives can be selected in Year 1

  • Operations Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • Strategic Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)

  • Operations Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • Strategic Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)

Concentration Options

Students may pursue a general MBA degree or select one of the below two concentrations to complete the programme:

Finance and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

General MBA


 

Full Course List

Course offerings are subject to change. All MBA courses will be taught in English, with the exception of elective courses of a unique nature in which teaching in Chinese is preferable.

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Course
Type
Applied Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising in Asia
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Most of the young ventures fail within the first three years of their establishment by making some fatal mistakes. However, it is a business nature to make mistakes, particularly for those young entrepreneurs who enter the market without proper preparation because they usually do not realize the constraints and problems faced by new ventures. Since the Lecturer of this course strongly believes that it is difficult to repeat a ‘success model’, this course will concentrate on teaching the ‘failure factors’ that can bring down new ventures. It emphasizes on several major topics related to executing a business opportunity and securing required financial resources.

As the lack of financial resources is one of key failure factors and there are limited financial resources available to start-ups, students will be trained specifically for their fundraising skills. Since the investment community of Asia operates differently compared to the West, particularly USA, this course will concentrate on the assessment criteria of Asian investors in terms of the development and investment viability of ventures. This course covers critical issues concerning business ventures, especially ventures with innovative ideas and technology focuses, in detail.

This course is highly practical in nature. Existing quality ventures that encounter problems in fundraising will be sourced through the Pan Asia Venture Development Platform (http://pavd.info/) globally. The students are required to review the business model of those ventures and modify them from the view of Asian investors: angels, venture capitalists, private equity investors – industrial players and other strategic investors. At the last day of the course, students will make a fundraising presentation to approximately 15 – 30 PAVD investors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan (http://pavd.info/Registered%20Investors/Judges/). The students may also see the performance of students from other programs and/or universities. In a nutshell, students of this course will work on real project and raise real money.

Behavioral Decision Making
Elective - Without Concentrations

Making decisions, from the trivial to the fundamental, is part of the everyday life of every manager and investor. For the last 30 years, psychologists — and more recently also economists — have studied how people process information and make decisions. This research program has provided an insightful understanding of how people’s decisions deviate from “optimal” ones, and the consequences of such biases in financial and personal terms. This course is devoted to understanding the nature, causes and managerial implications of these limitations. It will help the students discover a series of serious yet often overlooked mistakes that most people would commit in a variety of decision contexts, including investment decisions, hiring decisions, purchase decisions and even marital decisions. At the same time, this course will also teach them how to correct these mistakes and how to reach optimal solutions. Instead of overwhelming the students with mathematical models or academic theories, this course will use many in-class exercises and questionnaires to convey the concepts.

Business Field Study – Asia
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The course consists of preparatory reading assignments followed by a week-long residential program in Asia, concluding with a written report and oral presentation or other assignments. The goal in taking classroom sessions in Asia is to provide MBA students first-hand exposure to some of the issues related to doing business in dynamic Asian market economies such as trade rules, economics, finance, marketing, management practices, politics, as well as geographic and social issues. Course learning activities include lectures provided by top academic partner schools, seminars and discussions with local government officials, business professionals, and visits to multi-national companies, state enterprises, joint ventures and manufacturing facilities. Students will be offered the opportunity to interact with executives and leaders of industry, financial institutions and government organizations in the region. The trip is highly structured to provide intellectual and social experiences with other cultures for students learning to lead in a booming Asian market. Trips may embrace a theme or focus on a particular business topic of relevance to the location such as marketing, entrepreneurship, or globalization, to leverage learning throughout the in-country experience.

(Students are responsible for visas arrangement, if required. Students will need to pay for their own airfare, meals, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses.)

Business Field Study – Europe
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course consists of preparatory reading assignments followed by a week-long residential program in Europe, concluding with a written report and oral presentation or other assignments. The goal in taking classroom sessions in Europe is to provide MBA students first-hand exposure to some of the issues related to doing business in the EU, European business practices, and the influence of culture. This course may also focus on a particular business topic of relevance to the location such as marketing, entrepreneurship, or globalization. Course learning activities include lectures provided by top academic partner schools, seminars and discussions with local business professionals and/or government officials, and site visits to European enterprises.

(Students are responsible for visas arrangement, if required. Students will need to pay for their own airfare, meals, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses.)

Business Negotiation
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course introduces current research and thought on the negotiation process, and provides opportunities for course participants to apply the concepts and skills in simulations of actual negotiations. Strategic lessons are learned from different actual cases. The objective is to enable course participants to appreciate the art and science of negotiation, to understand how to resolve conflicts and derive the most out of bargaining.

Business Valuation and Analysis
Elective - Finance and Technology

This course introduces a framework for business valuation analysis using corporate disclosure and financial statement data. The framework identifies four key components of valuation: business strategy analysis, accounting analysis, financial analysis, and prospective analysis. Employing a case methodology, applications of this framework in a variety of decision-making contexts including securities analysis, credit analysis, and merger and acquisition decisions are examined.

Corporate Financial Reporting
Core

This course provides a graduate-level overview of the principles and concepts that underlie corporate financial reporting and the economic consequences of accounting choices. The course focus is on developing the skills required to interpret the information contained in financial statements and its use in decision-making rather than on the skills required to prepare financial statements. Topics include the use of accounting information in evaluating firm performance, and corporate reporting policies.

Corporate Fund-Raising Initiatives in the Chinese Equity Markets
Elective - Finance and Technology

This course delves into the major issues surrounding equity fund-raising in China. The principal focus is on initial public offerings (IPOs) and seasoned issues in Chinese stocks (including H- share, ‘red-chip’, private Chinese and ‘China-concept’ issuers) listed in Hong Kong. The characteristics of the various corporate entities and the nature of the funding methods utilized are critically explored. Case analysis of major IPO and seasoned equity issues (rights issues and private placings) features to amplify these objectives. Shanghai A- share listings are also considered as well as the various reforms to its constituent issuers. These include the transformation of non-tradable stock holdings into tradable form, the development of QFII and QDII schemes and the key reforms to China’s leading state-owned commercial banks. Finally, dual listings, such as American depositary receipts, and alternative routes to listing (‘reverse takeovers’) are also assessed. Upon completion of the course, students will have developed key insights into a major global funding activity.

Current Topics in Business: Digital Transformation and Innovation
Elective - Without Concentrations

Changes are becoming the new industry norm, especially those underpinned by Digital Transformation and Innovation (DTI). The course will start with an executive overview of DTI fundamentals, from technology landscape and industry maturity, followed by exploring the New Normal – from new products and services, to new intelligence and new experience.

Students would then be exposed to latest thinking and trends in the market, covering customer innovation with Design Thinking; New Economies grown on Digital Platform; and Reinvention of Businesses driven by Industry 4.0. Industry experts would be invited as appropriate.

Innovation is at its best when ideas are without boundary – students will review real cases from different industries, and from the analysis gain the grasp on DTI application. The course would wrap with a framework for students to apply DTI in their jobs.

Current Topics in Finance: Application of AI and Machine Learning in Finance
Elective - Finance and Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are being used in the financial services industry worldwide. Financial institutions and Financial Technologies (FinTech) start-ups are using AI and machine learning methods to assess credit quality, to price and market insurance contracts, and to automate client interaction. Some of these companies are optimising scarce capital with AI and machine learning techniques, as well as back-testing models and analysing the market impact of trading large positions. Hedge funds, broker-dealers, and other firms are using AI and machine learning to find signals for higher (and uncorrelated) returns and optimise trading execution. These companies are using these technologies for regulatory compliance, surveillance, data quality assessment, and fraud detection.

After completing the course, you will have a basic understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Blockchain (BC) from the core concepts to the main technologies. You will also learn how these technologies are being applied to finance industry from asset management to insurance, and from customer service to regulatory and compliance areas. Ethics and risks relevant to AI and machine learning will be explored.

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