Programme Structure

Core Courses

ACCT 7060 Business Accounting (3 units)

This course stresses the analytical use of accounting information from the perspective of business management. Under current business environment, managers need financial information to aid in planning operations, controlling operations, assessing performance, and making financial decisions in order to compete effectively in world markets. This course will cover topics of financial accounting and management accounting. Financial accounting includes topics for preparation of financial statements, ratios analysis and cash flow analysis. Management accounting includes topics for decision making, such as cost determination and control, relevant costing, budgetary control, responsibility accounting, capital budgeting decisions, and performance evaluation.

BUS 7060 Business Law and Corporate Governance (3 units)

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal framework related to the Hong Kong legal system, contract law and corporate governance. Related laws and regulations such as case law, the Sale of Goods Ordinance, Control of Exemption Clauses Ordinance, Companies Ordinance, the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Listing Rules, the Code of Best Practice, and the Takeover Code will be covered. Other topics include the HK legislative process, the doctrine of judicial precedent, contract law: formation, validity, performance, and remedies for breach of contract, corporate governance: mergers and acquisitions; shareholders’ residual powers; protection of minority shareholders; types of directors; directors’ appointment, rotation, disqualification and removal; board of directors’ composition, meetings and duties; monitoring the board of directors; interests of other stakeholders such as individual and institutional shareholders, creditors and employees.

BUS 7070 Business Operations (3 units)

This course introduces contemporary concepts and models of operations management, focus on the enhancement of competitive, collaborative advantages and core competence through business operations and supply chain management. It particularly gives attentions to global and regional operational environments, and delivers managerial knowledge of operational strategies, product and service design, capacity planning, business process selection, location and warehousing management, quality control and management, inventory and transportation management, operational scheduling, supply chain management, JIT and lean operations, project management, and operations performance management.

BUS 7080 Business Research Methodology and Application (3 units)

This course aims to provide students with the necessary methodological and data analytical tools for business research. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be covered. Students will also design and conduct individual research projects and learn to interpret research findings for business decision making.

BUS 7090 Business Strategy (3 units)

Strategic Management is an integrative course that draws upon and combines and applies knowledge acquired in the other subject courses, such as accounting, economics, marketing, finance, management and operations. This course provides the tools to analyze an organisation’s strategic position from both an internal and external perspective and perspectives on developing effective strategies such as business-level strategies, corporate-level strategies, competitive dynamics and mergers & acquisitions among others. The purpose is to help students develop strategic management knowledge and skills and apply the concepts to real world situations.

ECON 7090 Business Economics (3 units)

Business economics studies how to apply micro and macro economic models and analyses to make business decisions and to predict the changes in business environment. We (1) Introduce and apply economic theory necessary for sound business decision-making and, (2) Enable students to understand the effects of changes in macroeconomic environment, government fiscal and monetary policies, and international events for making favorable decisions.

FIN 7080 Business Finance (3 units)

This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques in making investment and financing decisions. It enables students to evaluate some basic investment options, understand how corporations finance their investments, and appreciate different capital structure.

MGNT 7230 Managing People (3 units)

For most students, this course will be very different from any that they have taken before. The emphasis will be on developing an awareness of their own skills of managing people and systematically working through a number of readings, cases, and exercises that will lead them to become more effective. The class is highly interactive and intensive, and students will work on an individual project to document skill improvement at their current level of competence in managing people to achieve results.

MKT 7080 Managing Marketing (3 units)

The objective of this course is enable students to develop a disciplined approach to the analysis of market situations and decision making. The orientation is managerial and real life applications will be emphasized. Taking a holistic view, emphasis is on the entire marketing program and the global environment in which it operates so that students can develop the skills required to make optimal marketing decisions.


Elective Courses

ACCT 7080 Financial Statement Analysis

The objective of the course is to develop an understanding of the use of financial information in decision-making contexts, taking into account the incentives of the producers and consumers of financial information. Users of financial information include management at various levels in a firm, corporate boards, individual and institutional equity investors, financial analysts, lenders (banks and bond investors), and regulators. The focus of the course is to sharpen student’s analytical abilities in financial statement analysis from a managerial and business strategy standpoint.

BUS 7390 Legal Aspects of International Business

This course is designed to provide students with practical legal knowledge which effective business executives will need. It will help students develop the competence to use law as a strategic tool to (1) create competitive advantage for their business such as capturing the value of intellectual capital and using contracts to define and strengthen relationships; and (2) tackle potentially catastrophic legal problems in their incipiency such as board room conflicts and labour disputes. Through lectures, case studies and discussions students shall develop a solid understanding of the legal dimension of major business and managerial decisions.

BUS 7400 Legal Aspects of China Trade and Investment

Business between Hong Kong and China is very substantial. Therefore, it is essential for Hong Kong business people doing business in China to understand the legal aspects of trade and investment in China. This course will provide the students with an understanding of the legal framework of China and the commercial and civil laws in China.

BUS 7440 Entrepreneurship Development

The scope of this course would be mostly on Venture Design: the stages from idea creation to the formation of a start-up company, with successful venture capital funding and management team in place. The perspective should be that of a potential entrepreneur wanting to start up a company, or start up entrepreneurial activities within a large company. Special attention will be put into topics on people who make decisions, handle deals, analyse problems, allocate and mobilise scarce resources and succeed in a local and international context. Some Asian and China cases are carefully chosen to reflect the special situation of starting businesses in Asia/China.

BUS 7450 Business Creativity

The course Business Creativity emphasises the importance of creativity and innovation as key drivers of growth in times of the innovation economy. The students learn how to reliably develop meaningful ideas for a business challenge using a systematic innovation process method and related thinking tools.

At the end of the course, the students will personally experience the creative power of systematically applying thinking tools within a structured innovation process method in a real case simulation, thereby learning how to produce better insights and ideas for business success. Other topics discussed in the course are the modern spectrum of innovation types, individual factors of creativity (mindset and action routines), and how one’s preferred styles to think, work, interact and live define a person’s innovator profile.

BUS 7460 Participation in External Competitions

There are several international and perhaps local competitions in which students will have the opportunity to represent the University. Examples of such competitions include, but are not limited to, the Molson MBA Case Competition and the Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp® Competition). In order to participate in such events, and get the university credits, students must undergo a stringent selection process in which the best candidates are chosen. The participants in such events gain valuable training in analysis and presentation skills, depending on the nature of the competition. In addition, participants may be required to write a paper, analyse a case, etc. and may have the opportunity to travel abroad, which will provide further valuable experience.

Enrolment in this course is by selection, i.e. interested students will have to go through a selection process to be admitted to this course.

BUS 7470 Business Field Study

This field study of 5-7 days’ duration enables students to visit a location of timely business value. The location is to be decided by the Programme Director with due consultation with PMC members and student representatives. The location may be somewhere in Chinese mainland, Taiwan, or any city/country in the world. Provided with detailed information about the chosen location, its business environment, and background of the firms/organisations to be visited, participating students are required to produce both group and individual reports.

BUS 7480 Mediation

Mediation is considered as an effective alternative, other than legal approaches, to resolve conflicts in business interactions. This course aims to introduce the theory and practices in relation to mediation. Different approaches of mediation will also be introduced and discussed.

BUS 7500 China Marketing and Foreign Investment Issues

The objective of this course is twofold : First objective is to explore the foundations of trade policies, particularly the major policies to promote free trade among trading partners. It also discusses the major issues related to trade policies, including the effects of trade policies, trade balances, and world trade system. To enhance deeper understanding of various trade policies, a comparison between these policies would be provided. Another objective is to focus on topics in international finance. Major topics covered include national income accounts, balance of payments, foreign exchange market, interest parity and purchasing poser parity, and topics in international monetary economics.

ECON 7610 Economic Developments in China and Hong Kong

This course aims to provide students with a systemic understanding of the system and performance of the Chinese and Hong Kong economies since 1949 respectively. Adopting a historical and topical approach, this course focuses on the policy issues of reform and development of the Chinese and Hong Kong economies respectively. Issues on closer economic ties between Hong Kong and the mainland will also be examined.

ECON 7620 International Macroeconomics and Policy Issues

The objective of this course is twofold: First objective is to explore the foundations of trade policies, particularly the major policies to promote free trade among trading partners. It also discusses the major issues related to trade imbalances, including the effects of trade policies, trade balances, and world trade system. To enhance deeper understanding of various trade policies, a comparison between these policies would be provided. Another objective is to focus on topics in international finance. Major topics covered include national income accounts, balance of payments, foreign exchange market, interest parity and purchasing power parity, and topics in international monetary economics.

ECON 7630 International Trade and Finance in China

This course aims at fostering an understanding of two major aspects of China’s economic development since 1978: (1) the basic features and impacts of expanding foreign trade under the open policy; and (2) the functions and the administration of money and finance in an increasingly liberalised and decentralised environment. After a brief historical review of major stages, achievements, and remaining problems in both aspects, reform and policy options will be discussed, and the opportunities as well as challenges from a business perspective will be examined.

ECON 7860 Big Data Analytics for Business

This course aims to introduce a set of fundamental principles of data science that underlie techniques for extracting useful knowledge from data. It also introduces several major data mining techniques for solving business problems around these general principles.

FIN 7760 Derivative Securities and Risk Management

This course enables students to understand the fundamental concepts in derivatives and risk management and their applications. Derivatives have been used extensively in hedging, arbitrage, speculation, and the design of financial products. Executives with knowledge in derivatives can better assess the risk of a business entity. Precautions of using derivatives will also be emphasized. Besides application of derivatives in risk management, other techniques in risk management are introduced. In the global environment of business, risk management is an indispensable tool for business managers. Students will be able to apply the concepts in this course to real-world situations after the completion of this course.

FIN 7770 Investment and Portfolio Analysis

This course analyses different principles in the valuation of financial assets including common-, preferred stocks and bonds. The development of portfolio concepts and capital market theories are introduced. The issue of market efficiency is investigated while asset pricing models are discussed. Techniques on performance evaluation are introduced and performance of mutual funds is also examined. After completing this course, students should be able to perform sound investment and portfolio analysis.

HRM 7600 Global Human Resources Management

Global Human Resources Management (GHRM) has been identified as a crucial factor in a firm’s international success. GHRM is more complex and varied than domestic HRM and incorporates a broader scope, and increased risk exposure as well as a change of emphasis. This course will examine environmental elements and the characteristics of GHRM. It will deal with the practical issues and consequences of the internationalization of HRM.

ISEM 7050 Current Issues in Electronic Commerce

This course aims at exploring the contemporary issues and current development in relation to e-commerce and e-business. In particular, it examines the impact of e-commerce on different business areas and discusses how to implement e-commerce strategies to achieve competitive advantages.

MGNT 7270 International Management

This course focuses on how the process of managing applies across national and cultural boundaries, especially with a regional perspective. The emphasis is on multinational corporations and their managerial activities, but all types of international business operations and their environmental issues are covered.

MGNT 7280 Managing change

Managing change has become the norm in today’s turbulent business environment, and almost all organisations have faced large-scale changes. The current challenge, and the one addressed in this course, is to find ways to manage the change process more effectively. Using a case-based approach, we consider the common types of changes organisations pursue and what it means to manage those changes. The focus is on key, interrelated issues of when to change, how to enable change and react to change.

MKT 7100 Management of Integrated Marketing Communications

The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyse and solve marketing communication problems at a strategic level, taking into account its impact on the firm as well as society in general.

MKT 7110 Seminar in Marketing

This course aims at providing opportunity for students to further their knowledge in selected areas of the marketing discipline. The areas include marketing thought and theory, strategic marketing, and current issues in marketing. By means of active participation in this seminar, students will be better equipped to master marketing knowledge and to face new challenges in the marketing discipline.

MKT 7130 Services Marketing Management

Although firms have long recognised the value of services, most business programmes still focus on the marketing and management of physical products. This course addresses the importance of the services industry, and the distinctive characteristics of services. Students develop a firm understanding of key challenges and issues associated with marketing in a services environment, gain a broad understanding of the interaction between marketing and management in a service organisation, and become familiar with issues in developing and assessing service quality.