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EXECUTIVE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

PROGRAM HANDBOOK

2023 - 2024

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

  • SCOPE OF PROGRAM HANDBOOK


    Intended for students enrolling in the Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive M.B.A.) program, this handbook contains information specific to the program. It is a definitive record of the program's primary characteristics and the learning outcomes that a typical student can reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the available learning opportunities. This document also serves as a reference for academic and support staff, internal and external examiners' assessments, and future program monitoring and review.


    PROGRAM AT A GLANCE


    Program

    Executive Master of Business Administration


    Awarding Institution

    The American University of Science


    Administrative Unit

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    American School of Management


    Academic Level

    Graduate (2nd cycle)


    Credits

    Minimum 60.0


    Methods of Delivery

    On-campus

    Online


    Mode of Study

    Three-quarter-time: ~2.0 Years


    Last Date of Revision

    December 20th, 2023


    QUALITY ASSURANCE


    Programmatic Accreditation

    Institution: Chartered Management Institute

    Dual Award: CMI Level 7 Certificate/Diploma Strategic Management and Leadership Practice

    Professional Status: Chartered Manager (CMgr)


    Programmatic Validation

    Institution: Institute of Leadership

    Professional Status: Fellowship (FIoL)

  • SYNOPSIS


    The E.M.B.A. program adopts an efficient, modular structure that enables students to apply their knowledge and skills directly to organizations, boosting corporate and individual capabilities for optimum short- and long-term outcomes. The program is divided into five-week modules with three concentrations, namely Professional Accounting and Financial Engineering, Strategic Marketing Communications, Strategic Human Capital Management and Analytics to enable students to experiment with new ideas and refine their thinking in their prospective and current areas of practice.


    PROGRAM BENEFITS AND AIMS


    The program at the American School of Management embodies the school's aim of being a world-class business school community embedded in a world-class institution tackling global problems. The program consists of several key components that contribute to this strategy.


    Acknowledging the rising global complexity and advances in science and technology, the program's core value is to equip students with advanced skillsets, especially in data-driven decision-making, for addressing external environment-related challenges facing businesses and the capacity to comprehend and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders. Through personalized career counseling and executive coaching, the program provides students with the opportunity to understand their leadership style, strengthen their leadership abilities, and increase their self-awareness. Students will have a chance to learn and develop their essential business communication abilities, such as the capacity to speak and present effectively, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and respect for diversity, integrity, and ethics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to investigate all elements of entrepreneurship, enabling them to generate innovative ideas or new initiatives for organizations.


    Upon completing the program, students should be familiar with multiple dimensions defining organizations, their management, and the dynamic external environment in which they function. Also, students can achieve and outperform leadership roles in business and management to scale up or start new ventures. Moreover, students' capacity for lifelong learning and personal and professional development, together with integrating various functional skills and specializations, is encouraged to contribute to society. It is possible to gather exceptional students from diverse backgrounds to discuss, debate, and be able to overcome today's business concerns. Finally, new learning opportunities in response to advancements in management research and the emerging circumstances of the global business community are constantly provided through the program.


    LEARNING OUTCOMES


    The program offers an analytical and integrative study of business and management, resulting in a better understanding of organizations, their management, and the external environment in which they function. Students should fully understand the processes, procedures, and practices necessary for efficient organizational administration. They should be familiar with critical theories, models, analytic frameworks, and management responsibilities. They should also comprehend how organizations are influenced by their external environment, specifically, the institutional framework within which they operate (including legal, political, and ethical considerations), as well as the impact of economic, technological, and environmental factors on an organization's strategy, behavior, and management. Within this broad framework, students are expected to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of core business and management disciplines. The program is a generalist degree, and all students are expected to integrate a variety of functional abilities. Indeed, the program is designed to be both intellectually rigorous and practical, educating students with the necessary skills and allowing them to specialize and explore those specialties through electives and business ventures. The program is designed to prepare students for careers on the fast track.


    SKILLS AND OTHER ATTRIBUTES


    Practical Capabilities


    • Independently analyze data, utilize methodologies, and transform them into novel solutions.

    • Examine a particular industry or sector of the economy.

    • Apply a conceptual framework to the institutional and individual analysis and management.

    • Employ conceptual framework when considering the enterprises-markets interaction.

    • Apply economic techniques to real-world challenges at the company and industry levels.


    Practical Capabilities


    • Deliver excellent presentations.

    • Seek, evaluate, present, and apply data in decision-making for novel and realistic solutions.

    • Appreciate computer-based spreadsheets for managerial decision-making and planning.

    • Examine and interpret financial statements to assess a company's health and prospects.

    • Create and propose a solution to a real-world business challenge.

    • Determine the market viability of novel company concepts.

    • Efficiently utilize information technology.


    Transferable Competencies


    • Communicate via oral presentations, computer-assisted processing, and written reports.

    • Critically examine the evidence, focusing on reliability, validity, and relevance.

    • Transfer strategies and solutions from one discipline to another.

    • Properly manage resources and time to accomplish objectives.

    • Acquire independence through critical thinking and open-mindedness. Acquire knowledge effectively for the goal of professional growth.

    • Recognize individual behavior in teams and value cultural differences in behavior.

    • Define success criteria and evaluate team performance.

    • Adopt a lifelong learning approach to career and leadership development.

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    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • ADMISSION CRITERIA

    All applicants must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by:

    • Being a citizen of a country where English is an official/major language; or

    • Demonstrating an ability to communicate in English at least at English level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference.

    All applicants must demonstrate sufficient academic and professional capacities by:

    • Having completed at least an undergraduate degree of a minimum of 120.0 semester credits with a cumulative grade point average of a minimum of 2.3 in a 4.3 system used by AUS or equivalent in a relevant subject area if required; and

    • Having post-first degree working experience, if required.

    *Points (1.1) and (1.2) must be satisfied before an unconditional offer can be made.


    PROGRESSION
    Rules of Progression

    A status of Good Standing can be achieved by:

    • Completing a course with a final score of at least 60%; and

    • Maintaining a cumulative average score of at least 80%.

    *A status of Good Standing is required to graduate.

    *The cumulative average score is calculated as the weighted average of the grade percentages achieved in all completed courses. Transfer credits are not included in the determination of the cumulative average score.

    A status Academic Warning can be applied when:

    • A cumulative average score of less than 80% is achieved.

    *Remedial plan: to lift the cumulative average score to at least 80%.  Students must improve the cumulative average score by achieving adequate final scores in the next three courses.

    *Academic probation: when a remedial plan is unsuccessful, students must improve the cumulative average score by achieving adequate final scores in the next three courses. If impossible, students must retake at least two past courses. In this case, Rules of Re-siting are applied (see below).

    *Academic dismissal is applied if academic probation cannot be lifted after the allowed number of attempts.

    Rules of Failing

    Students can have a Fail grade in two (2) courses and fail the same course twice. If a Fail grade is received three times in a row in the same course, no more retakes are allowed, resulting in a Fail grade.

    Rules of Re-sitting

    Students failing a course will be allowed to retake it. Retakes must be within four (4) weeks after a formal decision. A fee is applied unless mitigating circumstances are accepted.

  • ACADEMIC CREDIT HOUR POLICY

    AUS implements a credit-centric pedagogical schema, rigorously calibrated per the Academic Credit Hour Policy. This schema apportions credits to academic offerings, a process nuanced by educational stratum. Specifically, credits at the graduate level are denoted as AUS Graduate-level Semester Credit Hours (GSCH), and at the undergraduate level as AUS Undergraduate-level Semester Credit Hours (USCH). Determination of academic hour equivalence per credit hour is methodically anchored to the instructional paradigm employed.


    CONTINUING EDUCATION UNIT (CEU) POLICY

    The Continuing Education Unit (CEU), pursuant to the Continuing Education Unit Policy, serves as a definitive, standardized gauge for assessing the requisite engagement duration in professional advancement programs. Varied sectors prescribe specific continuous learning or training intensities, with each CEU, equivalent to ten instructional hours, facilitating this assessment. Defined instructional activities for CEU accreditation include direct educator interaction, asynchronous discussion participation, and the execution of designated assignments, exercises, homework, as well as engagement with specified videos and readings. Activities falling outside mandatory coursework, including optional and supplementary efforts, are excluded from CEU consideration. The CEU's valuation is derived from a calculated consensus among instructors on the anticipated average time commitment for essential course engagements. Achievement of all stipulated program criteria entitles the participant to an AUS-issued credential, affirming programmatic completion.


    CREDIT TRANSFER POLICY

    Before initiating course enrollment, individuals aiming for credit accumulation must ensure course eligibility for transfer, adhering to the established Credit Transfer Policy. Courses identified with the 5-AGSCS marker are ordinarily accredited with 10.0 ECTS in the European context and 25.0 credits in the United Kingdom, reflecting divergent academic valuation standards. Notably, criteria for credit recognition exhibit substantial variability across institutions and geographical boundaries. The acquisition of a digital transcript and testamur from certified sources constitutes a prerequisite for the formalization of credit transfer engagements.


    ACADEMIC HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

    Affirmation of academic honesty and integrity constitutes a cornerstone of AUS's educational ethos. The institution mandates unequivocally that each scholarly submission emanate exclusively from the student, categorically denouncing plagiarism. Defined as the unauthorized appropriation of another’s intellectual output, presented deceitfully as the student’s original work without appropriate citation, plagiarism breaches academic conduct irrespective of the material’s origin or the original author’s consent. Such infractions, irrespective of intent, trigger disciplinary responses ranging from the nullification of the implicated work to potential course failure, with recurrent malpractices risking expulsion. The AUS Policies and Procedures document articulates a comprehensive taxonomy of academic integrity violations and attendant disciplinary measures.

    Prior to final submission, academic works are scrutinized through Turnitin, a software designed to detect similarities between the student’s submission and existing texts across various databases, including scholarly articles, digital content, and other students’ compositions from different institutions. This generates a similarity report, accessible in the drafting phase, which quantifies textual parallels, enabling students to ensure compliance with established similarity benchmarks.

    Responsibilities vested in students include:

    • Mastery of plagiarism’s definition and implications.

    • Diligent modification of their work to align with the stipulated similarity limits before submission deadlines. Post-deadline, should a submission exhibit a similarity index exceeding the course-specific allowance, the instructor will assess the presence of plagiarism and determine the appropriate academic consequence.


    STUDENT CONDUCT AND ETIQUETTE

    Membership in the AUS community obligates students to personify and uphold a code of conduct that promotes scholastic distinction, behavioral integrity, and an enriching academic environment. This encompasses an expectation for all students to conduct themselves with professionalism, responsibility, and maturity at all times. The University Policies and Procedures codify these behavioral expectations, emphasizing that the enumeration of specific behaviors is not exhaustive. Actions deemed antithetical to the ethos or objectives of AUS, even if not explicitly listed, may incur disciplinary sanctions ranging from admonition to expulsion, underscoring the institution’s commitment to maintaining a conducive learning atmosphere.

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