Introducing a Graduate Skills Business Unit into a Business Degree in Malaysia Using a Transnational Delivery Model

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Stein, Andrew and Licciardi, Raquel (2011) Introducing a Graduate Skills Business Unit into a Business Degree in Malaysia Using a Transnational Delivery Model. In: The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference. Education Special Interest Group, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Chicago.


The School of Management and Information Systems at Victoria University Australian res ides within the Business Faculty and has a range of M anagement and I nformation S ystems degrees. In 2008 all degree programs in the Business F aculty introduced a graduate or generic skills compulsory subject that focussed on problem - solving, cr i tical thinking, communication and teamwork. This paper presents an analysis of the challenges faced when delivering the graduate/generic skills business unit into an Business degree into a Malaysian University College . Cultural, pedagogical, logistical, operational and student perceptions are some of the challenges that must be assuaged when deploying new units. Further t his paper will present preliminary quantitative data to analyse and identify key classroom delivery challenges and then facilitator/student qualitative data to provide context and deeper understanding . The challenges that arose in the rollout included; the need to customise programs into culturally different destinatio ns, the need to find and train facilitators that could deliver the graduate skills - based activities , and the adoption of a team - based learning pedagogy with the commensurate difficulty this type of pedagogy engender s in a teaching culture that is heavily r eliant upon the individual in its education system. Suggestions for improving learning outcomes are provided and include the adoption of a team - based learning pedagogy, a focussed student assessment rationale and the develop ment of a student lecturer trust relationship. -- 2011 ISECON (Information Systems Education Conference): Wilmington North Carolina

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paper no. 1620

Item type Book Section
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID23322, business education, international education, degrees, graduates, cultural issues, teamwork, team-based learning, Faculty of Business, VU, Vicoria University, Melbourne, Malaysia
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