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Title: BSc in International Management BSc International Management with American Business Studies

BSc in International ManagementBSc
International Management with American Business
  • Dr Jiajia Liu
  • Programme Director

  • Welcome to Manchester
  • Welcome to Alliance MBS
  • And welcome to IM/IMABS!
  • The IM/IMABS degree
  • Two of the largest UG programmes
  • IM Covers Europe, SE Asia, Australia and beyond
  • IMABS covers North America esp. USA and Canada
  • Increasing international focus through studies
  • Exchange Year differentiates the programme
    (and the students!)

University of Manchester
  • History University of Manchester created by
    bringing together The Victoria University of
    Manchester (established in 1851) and UMIST
    (established in 1824).
  • The largest single-site university in the UK
  • 39,000 students and 10,400 staff
  • Part of the Russell Group of elite (red brick)
    research-intensive UK universities
  • In the RAE assessment exercise the university
    came 3rd (after Cambridge and Oxford) in terms of
  • 25 Nobel Prize winners have either studied or
    connected some of their work to the University of

Professor Alan Turing
Professor Brian Cox
2010 Nobel Prize (Graphene)
Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Alliance Manchester Business School Original
    Thinking Applied
  • Alliance MBS is the largest campus-based school
    in the UK
  • 2,000 students, 200 teaching staff
  • We support a further 3,500 students worldwide
    through centres in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, UAE,
    Singapore and the USA.
  • Alliance MBS is part of a small and select group
    of institutions worldwide that is accredited by
    all three major bodies - AACSB International,
    AMBA and EQUIS.

Programme DirectorContact Details
  • Dr Jiajia Liu
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Asian Business
    and Organisation Studies
  • Programme Director, International Management
  • Programme Director, International Management
    with American Business Studies
  • Room E14, Alliance MBS East
  • Alliance Manchester Business School
  • University of Manchester
  • Phone 0161 306 3523
  • Email
  • Office Consultation Times Each Wednesday 10am
    to 12 pm

Who are you?
  • Introduce yourself to the people on either side
    of you
  • Whats your name?
  • Where do you come from?
  • What are you interested in?
  • Tell them an interesting fact/story about you!

What is IM/IMABS all about?
  • 1. enable students to acquire state of the art
    knowledge and understanding of the field of
    management with a specialisation in the
    international aspects of management
  • 2. promote the exchange of students between the
    home and carefully chosen overseas partners to
    enable students to experience management teaching
    and learning within a different cultural
    environment to that of the home institution
  • 3. provide an educational experience both at home
    and overseas which will facilitate and promote
    students intellectual development and life-long
    learning skills
  • 4. promote critical awareness of the merits and
    complexities of management, especially in an
    international context, and to inculcate an
    appreciation of the association between theory
    and practice
  • 5. appraise students of important new
    developments in the field of management
  • 6. enable students to develop appropriate
    practical and transferable skills
  • 7. provide a high quality management programme in
    the home institution and access to a high quality
    management programme abroad.

Learning Outcomes
  • A. Knowledge and Understanding
  • A1. Understand the core disciplines of the
    field of management (e.g. accounting, economics,
    marketing, operations management)
  • A2. Understand subject specific theories, ideas,
    issues and practices relating to general
    management and to international aspects of
  • A3. Understand management as a dynamic field, as
    located in a complex historical, social and
    international context
  • A4. Understand developments in business and
  • B. Intellectual Skills and Other Attributes
  • B1. Apply higher-level cognitive skills,
    including analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • B2. Utilise both qualitative and quantitative
    problem-solving skills.
  • B3. Address arguments/ideas through multiple
  • B4. Identify inter-relationships between the
    subject matter of management and integrate these
    as a coherent whole.
  • C. Practical and Transferable/Key Skills
  • C1. Articulate ideas and arguments with clarity,
    conciseness and rigour both orally and in
  • C2. Learn independently
  • C3. Manage time and prioritise workloads
  • C4. Use IT skills
  • C5. Operate effectively as a member of a group or
  • C6. Operate effectively in an overseas

Programme Structure
  • The programme is studied over four years
    full-time, the third year in an overseas partner
    institution Europe and Asia for IM the USA and
    Canada for IMABS students..
  • Year 1
  • Forms the foundations of the degree!
  • Courses can be pre-requisites for year 2 and
    final year courses.
  • Students need to pass the first year to proceed
    to the second year. The first year average is
    important for IM/IMABS students as this
    influences where they go on their year abroad!
  • Year 2
  • Compulsory for IM International Business (10
  • International Business Strategy (10 credits)
  • Compulsory for IMABS full year (20 credits)
    American Economy and Society
  • Students can choose a further 20 credits of
    designated international courses as well as
    management courses to achieve 120 credits.

Programme Structure
  • Year 3 on Exchange -- spent abroad at a partner
    institution studying business and management
  • PASS or FAIL
  • Marks gained on exchange do not affect final
    degree classification
  • Students will commit 75 of their study to the
    study of management and business and the
    remaining 25 may be taken in cultural or
    language options.
  • Final Year
  • In the final year, students study course units
    amounting to a total of 120 credits from the
    Alliance MBS mainstream Management course menu,
    at least 60 credits from internationally focused
    course units.

Semester 1
Course unit code Course unit title
BMAN10001 Economic Principles Microeconomics
BMAN10621M Fundamentals of Financial Reporting
BMAN10101 Marketing Foundations
Semester 2
Course unit code Course unit title
BMAN10862 Case Studies in Management
BMAN10522M Financial Decision Making
BMAN10632M Fundamentals of Management Accounting
BMAN10872 Introduction to Work Psychology
Full Year
Course unit code Course unit title
BMAN10780 Academic and Career Development
BMAN10970 Introduction to Management and Organisation Skills
BMAN10960 Quantitative Methods for Business and Management
Exchange Year - My Choices
  • Allocation of students to exchange partners is
    carried out by myself and the international team
    in October of your second year
  • Allocation will be based on
  • Your expressed preferences
  • A statement of your expectations of the exchange
  • AND your First Year Results
  • I endeavour to ensure that all students go to
    their most preferred institutions.
  • This is greatly helped by flexibility on your
  • AND students being knowledgeable about the full
    range of destinations.
  • Real constraints (e.g. financial constraints)
    will be taken into account

Some of our IM Exchange Partners
Current Confirmed Partners (IM)
  • Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
  • RSM, Erasmus, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • HKUST Business School, Hong Kong
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • IESEG Lille, France
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Mannheim, Germany
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • NHH, Bergen, Norway
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Singapore Management University, Singapore

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Partner UniversitiesIMABS
  • W P Carey School of Business, Arizona State
    University, Arizona, USA
  • Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
  • Saunder School of Business, University of British
    Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Haskayne School of Business, The University of
    Calgary, Canada
  • Goizueta Business School, Emory University,
    Atlanta, USA
  • Warrington College of Business Administration,
    University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
  • HEC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University,
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill
    University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • The University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
    Massachusetts, USA
  • Carlson School of Management, University of
    Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • The Stern School of Business, New York
    University, USA
  • Fisher College of Business, Ohio State
    University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Queens School of Business, Queens University,
    Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • The Richard Ivey School of Business, The
    University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of
    North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British
    Columbia, Canada
  • Michael G Foster School of Business, University
    of Washington, Seattle, USA

Experiences of Exchange (IM)
  • An unbelievable experience, which I will
    treasure for the rest of my life!
  • AG, Helskini School of Economics, Helsinki,
  • Exciting, eye-opening, interesting, scary,
    unforgettable, definitely worth doing.
  • HS, CBS, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • A unique and exciting educational opportunity
    both culturally and intellectually that has
    enhanced my university experience, and one that I
    would not have missed for the world!!
  • AR, IESEG, Lille, France
  • St Gallen is one of those places you would
    probably never just visit on holiday, however
    once you visit you will not want to leave, truly
    amazing experience, truly amazing place.
  • NB, St Gallen, Switzerland
  • A truly mind-blowing year that offered me the
    opportunity to meet amazing people and go to
    places that I never dreamed of going.
  • JS, CUHK, Hong Kong
  • Fantastic, eye-opening and unbelievable
    experience. One sentence isn't enough
  • DA, University of Sydney, Australia

Said about Exchange (IMABS)
  • A brilliant year in a fantastic city. One of the
    best experiences of my life.
  • Greg Russell, HEC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Fun, fast and spontaneous it was an experience
    I will NEVER forget, and I wish I could do it all
  • Ushma Mistry, Queens, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Absolutely indescribablebest friends and
    unforgettable memories for life.
  • Caroline Hodgson, Ohio State, Columbus, USA
  • Friends for life, once in a lifetime teaching, a
    great institutionpossibly the best year of my
  • Ben Collins, William and Mary, Virginia, USA
  • Amazing experience I will never forget Ive
    learnt so much and been given so many
    opportunities, I would recommend studying abroad
    to anybody.
  • Dean Tempest, University of Illinois,
    Urbana-Champaign, USA

The Value of the Exchange Year
  • "The UK develops some great talent. It attracts
    some of the best from around the world. We will
    recruit that talent but to remain competitive we
    want to see more UK graduates developing a global
    perspective through international experience.
    They will have to work with global clients and
    mix with a range of people from different
    cultures. They have to be at home with cultural
  • Keith Dugdale, Head of Global Recruitment, KPMG
  • "This () is a wake-up call for students and
    parents. You'll get further in life if you travel
    overseas to study or gain work experience. In
    today's turbulent times it is more important than
    ever for every graduate to demonstrate an
    international dimension to their thinking, and
    there is no better way to demonstrate this than
    to study or work for a period overseas.
  • Will Archer, director of i-graduate

Exchange Year
  • You will take a normal student workload (e.g. 60
    ECTS credits or equivalent for Europe and 24
    credits for N. America)
  • 75 of this must be in management-related
  • The remaining 25 can be taken in cultural or
    language options
  • Course options must be agreed with me in advance
  • Students should not choose level one (i.e. first
    year) courses as part of your business/management
  • Students are advised not to take courses that
    they intend to take in the final year of the
    programme at Alliance MBS.
  • Work placements will not count for credit,
    whatever the local regulations and expectations.
  • You pay no fees to the exchange partner
  • Fees payable to Manchester University for this
    year vary
  • For EU students, funding is available if you go
    to European destinations
  • You must pass ALL subjects to progress to the
    final year of IM
  • The grade for your exchange year does not affect
    your overall degree classification

Take a break!
If youve got any questions on what weve covered
so far, please come and ask
Assessment and Progression
Degree weightings
  • First year need to pass to proceed to second
  • Marks do not count towards degree classification,
    but do appear on a transcript of marks.
  • IM and IMABS students have to achieve a grade of
    50 for their first year to remain on these
    degree programmes
  • Marks may be important when applying for
    internships/ work experience
  • Marks also determine which overseas institution
    you go to during your exchange year!
  • Second year worth one third of your degree mark
    (i.e. 33)
  • Final year worth two thirds of your degree mark
  • (i.e. 67)

Degree Classification
  • The first year average does not contribute to the
    degree classification which is currently 33/67
    second/final year.
  • Pass everything (40 in 120 credits)
  • Pass 40 in 80 credits and a compensatable
    fail (30-39) in 40 credits
  • If you fail 40 credits or more (lt40)
    compensation and reassessment
  • If you fail any course below 30 reassessment
  • Resits take place in August. They are not a
    second chance to gain better grades, only the
    chance to gain credits lost. Your original mark
    will stand.
  • Important to attend classes and engagement with
    studies including preparation for lectures and
    interacting at seminars.
  • Prizes there are several programme prizes for
    high achieving students at the end of each year.

Pass everything (40 in 120 credits)
Pass 40 in 80 credits and a compensatable
fail (30-39) in 40 credits
Year 1
Year 2
Fail 40 credits or more below 40 Compensation
and Reassessment
If you fail any course below 30 Reassessment.
Note You can be reassessed in courses up to a
maximum of 80 credits
Additional requirements for the BSc (Hons) in IM
  • The candidate must normally attain an overall
    average of 50 or higher in year 1 of the
    programme to continue on the BSc (Hons) IM or
    IMABS route.
  • Failure to satisfy the examiners in these
    requirements will result in the student being
    transferred to the BSc (Hons) Management
    programme at the end of year 1 and assessed
    according to the normal rules for that programme.
  • Students with fails and multiple compensated
    marks on their transcripts are at risk of not
    being accepted by partner institutions for the
    third year study abroad element of the IM or
    IMABS programme.
  • In such cases, students will progress as
    candidates for the BSc (Hons) Management
    programme according to the normal rules for that

Assessment What to Expect
  • Semester 1 exams take place in January
  • Semester 2 exams take place in May/June
  • Some courses are assessed by exam only, some by
    coursework and exams and some by coursework only.

It is your responsibility to check your
coursework deadlines and your exam dates, times
and venues!
  • The Full Version is called the Progression Rules
  • Full details of progression rules can be found
    at https//
  • Full Details on the IM programme (structure,
    programme specification, course specifications,
    etc.) can be found at
  • https//

Resits take place in August in Manchester
Resits are for progression only. They are not a
second chance to get a better mark
If you fail resits you may be allowed to take
additional courses in your second year, may have
to retake exams and wait a year to join the
second year, or be excluded from the university
Approaches to teaching and learning
  • University teaching is different from
  • Some very large lectures
  • Some small group seminars/workshops
  • A range of teaching styles
  • Lecturers, senior lecturers, professors, graduate
    teaching assistants (GTAs), seminar leaders
  • You are expected to be an independent learner
  • You are responsible for your own learning

Attendance and Engagement
You are expected to attend all scheduled teaching
session (lectures, seminars, workshops etc)
You are expected to engage in all scheduled
teaching session (lectures, seminars, workshops
You are expected to avoid any behaviour that
would interfere with the learning and engagement
of others.
Seminar attendance will be monitored, and spot
checks may be conducted in lectures.
Your timetable may be different each week
You are responsible for checking your personal
timetable on the Student System and making sure
that you are in the right place at the right
Academic Advisors
  • Every student will be assigned an academic
  • An academic advisor is a member of staff who you
    will get to know over your first year, and who
    will remain with you throughout your time on the
  • You will meet your academic advisor every
    fortnight as part of the Academic and Career
    Development course
  • Your academic advisor will provide you with
  • A point of contact regarding academic issues
  • Support in developing a personal development plan
  • Feedback on your progress
  • A reference should you need one for a job,
    internship or further study

Office hours
  • Office hours are times when academic staff are
    available to meet students
  • Academic staff should display their office hours
    on their door.
  • Course coordinators should be approached in the
    first instance if there is a problem at the
    course level (e.g. via email, phone, after class,
    and/or during office hours)

IT Information
  • IT Account
  • Register via the Student System
  • Note your University of Manchester email address
    and check it every day!
  • Storage p-drive 200mb of space
  • Printing - 10 free print credit
  • PC labs
  • Student Group Study Room C11
  • Wifi eduroam
  • IT Support

Study Support at MBS
  • English Proficiency/Language classes
  • If your first language is not English, I would
    encourage you to attend language proficiency
    testing and sign up for English language classes
    if necessary.
  • Further details about the language centre are in
    your pre-arrival pack.
  • Study Skills course (BMAN 10780 Academic and
    Career Development)
  • You will be taking a course as part of your
    degree programme which runs across both semesters
    in year one.
  • The course will incorporate study skills,
    academic advisor sessions, library information
    and personal development plans.
  • As part of the seminar activities students will
    write a practice essay and will receive feedback
    on this.
  • Attendance of this course is compulsory and will
    be monitored.
  • Maths Revision Sessions
  • Maths revision sessions available for students
    taking Quantitative Methods for Business and

Study Support at Alliance MBS
  • IT Skills and Blackboard
  • Blackboard is the University-wide virtual
    learning environment for students and a virtual
    blackboard space will be attached to each course.
  • Further details on this will be covered later in
    the induction session by Undergraduate Services.
  • Student Representatives
  • Please consider being a student representative
    for the IM/IMABS programme.
  • Student reps sit on the Programme Committee and
    attend the Alliance MBS UG Staff Student Liaison
  • It is essential that you have a voice within
    Alliance Manchester Business School and we
    encourage you to put yourself forward for this.
  • All interested students should go to the
    undergraduate office (D20) for a nomination form.

Expectations at Alliance MBS
  • Work and Attendance Monitoring
  • Attendance at all seminars and workshops is
    compulsory and will be monitored via registers.
  • If you are unable to attend a class because of
    illness or other good reason, you need to
    complete an absence from class form and submit
    it to the undergraduate office. Forms are
    available from the UG office (D20) or can be
    downloaded from the Undergraduate handbook.
  • If you miss 3 or more consecutive seminars or
    workshops, this will be followed up by the
    Assessment and Student Support Centre. We have a
    duty to make sure you are still attending classes
    and do not have any serious problems that are the
    cause of non-attendance.
  • Medical/Personal problems
  • It is vital you tell us if you experience
    medical, personal or other problems which have
    (or may have) an adverse affect on your studies.
  • Outside of Alliance MBS there is a counselling
    service and other sources of support.

Who To Speak To?
  • Your Support Within Alliance MBS
  • Assessment and Student Support Centre
  • Undergraduate Office (D20)
  • Your Academic Advisor
  • Programme Director
  • Other Sources of Help
  • Counselling Service, Nightline, Student Welfare,
    International Student Welfare
  • Details can all be found in your arrival packs
  • Feedback
  • Your student representatives play a key role in
    relaying your views to AMBS
  • You will from time to time be invited by the
    school to partake in surveys/questionnaires or
    focus groups. This is a key form of feedback and
    I would strongly encourage you to take part.
  • Throughout your courses at Alliance MBS, you will
    receive information on individual or collective

Get InvolvedBe a Student Representative!
  • Student representatives are the voice of the
    students on Alliance MBS committees
  • Staff-student liaison Committee
  • Management Programme Committee
  • Student Rep Focus Groups
  • Nomination forms are available from D20

Meet current reps at the Student Fair
  • What is it?
  • All 8000 new undergraduates at University of
    Manchester complete the Sustainability Challenge
  • Chance to meet and work with students from
    disciplines across whole University
  • Unique to University of Manchester
  • Fast-paced, interactive, sustainability-themed
  • Great way to find out more about the kind of
    University this is, and how you can make a
  • When Where?
  • Sustainability Challenge Day is Tuesday 20th
  • You will be working in mixed-disciplinary groups,
    with different start times and different
  • How will I find out where to go and when?
  • Check your emails you have been sent an email
    telling you where to go and when
  • Check your personalised timetable via My

Personalised timetable via My Manchester
Your personalised timetable will appear in this
  • No email or timetable?
  • If you havent received an email and cant access
    your personalised timetable, then either
  • Go to your School Office
  • Visit one of the Sustainability Challenge Help
  • Barnes Wallis Student Hub Mon 19th Sept
  • University Place Foyer Mon 19th Sept
    13.00-17.00 Tues 20th Sept 08.00-17.00
  • Ring the Sustainability Challenge Phone Help
    Line 0161 275 2851

Welcome Week and beyond
Final Words
  • Enjoy yourself
  • - but remember, the first year matters!!!
  • There is no gentle run-in
  • - Especially for IM students!
  • Think about being a student rep
  • - Alliance MBS needs you
  • Keep us informed of how you are
  • - Dont lose contact with your academic advisor!
  • You are responsible for your own learning and the
    time management implications of this.
  • Make the most of Manchester!
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