Teaching, Learning & Evaluation Methods
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Our pedagogy is based on student-focused learning. Student integration and interaction are key elements of the classroom experience, and provide students the opportunity to share ideas, learn from each other, and develop the skills that will help them throughout their career.
The AUA MBA strikes a balance between theory and practice. The program favors the study of real-world situations. This provides students with hands-on learning experiences and allows them to develop effective decision-making and analytical skills.
AUA MBA program uses the case study method extensively. Typically, students are introduced to a real decision to make situations, and given some background on the organization and its operating environment. Students are then expected to identify the key issues in the case, evaluate different options, make a reasonable decision, recommend a clear plan of action, and defend their position.
In addition to the case method, instructors use and combine other teaching methods such as role-playing, field trip, inviting guest speakers, interactive discussion, lecture, oral presentation, simulation, and research project. The faculty choose the most appropriate method for each subject. For instance, a marketing course might combine interactive discussion and the case study while a finance course might rely on lecture and simulation. This variety allows students to have a rigorous and professionally relevant learning experience.
One of the practical aspects of the AUA MBA is the internship program. The internship is designed to immerse the students in a realistic and dynamic business environment allowing them to apply their classroom knowledge and skills to the needs of an organization.
The AUA MBA recently introduced action learning courses that mainly rely on live case studies. Students who enroll in these courses are expected to study real business problems, meet with the managers of concerned organizations and, under the guidance of the faculty, propose meticulous plans for organizational change and improvement.
Teamwork is encouraged in most courses. The AUA MBA students are expected to prepare some of their assignments such as papers, oral presentations and case studies in a collaborative way. Considering that students come from different educational and professional backgrounds and most of them have substantial work experience, team assignments help them to become engaged in learning from each other as well as from faculty, texts and cases.
The AUA MBA faculty members use a combination of methods to evaluate student work throughout their studies. These include oral presentations, project reports, written exams, quizzes, research papers, and case study reports.
The high frequency of assessments allows the faculty to provide students with a timely feedback. In addition, the variety of assessment methods favors a more comprehensive and accurate evaluation of student’s work.