Recommended Electives

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Semester 1

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Professor/Lecturer: Virginia Cha
    This is my favorite course in semester 1, a very practical module on entrepreneurship. The lecturer Virginia Cha is an Angel investor, who is famous in ASEAN as well as in China. She is probably one of the earliest entrepreneur in ASEAN region. She has extremely rich experience on startups, some successful, some failed, some ran by herself, some invested by herself. With her firsthand experience, she taught us hands-on techniques on establishing a startup, including finding an idea and value proposition, developing a persona and finding the beachhead customers, conducting a market research and opportunity sizing, conducting risk assessment, building MVP and having smoke test, building Beta Test, and carrying out a business plan and venture pitching. She considered herself as a geek. Therefore, she wanted to guide us, who have no experience on tech before, to practice something with IT. So that in the future, we won’t feel any fear towards technology things. I should say she did it. And after her cause, I gain rich confidence on starting anything with IT. Last but not least, she is a great teacher with lots of wisdom and humanity.  – Hailu Chi, 2016 Intake photo 2

Semester 2

  • Asia Business Environment
    Professor/Lecturer: Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood
    Asian countries are in the news every day, and we see dynamic changes, unbelievable creativity and growth from China, India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan. If you feel like to know them more from multiple perspectives of history, economy, culture (especially), governance, and business, this course is a perfect choice.

    Few facts to show how popular it is:
    1. Most of the time in the semester, students have to arrive the classroom at least 10 minutes earlier to get a seat.
    2. Auditing students (who doesn’t receive credits) are willing to join every class.
    3. The professor always overruns but everyone in the classroom always stay and show no impatience.
    Best things in this class I observe:
    1. The professor is the master of asking questions that provokes exciting discussion and debates. Everyone is very engaging in the class.
    2. Time is never enough in the class. The course has been designed to show the rich content of a theme country each week from a holistic viewpoint. So much to learn but all insights are very inspiring.
    3. You have a diversity of classmates who are encouraged by the professor to share their ideas as well as their bias. A very precious learning journey.
    “Best course I have in NUS MBA. ” – Chieh-An Yu, 2016 Intake photo 2

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  • Management of Technological Innovation
    Professor/Lecturer: Sampsa Patrikki Samila
    This is one of my favorite two courses in semester 2 (by the way, the other favorite is Asian Business Environments). Before, I totally didn’t have plan to take this course, since I already have a full schedule. But after I sat in the class, which was already the third lecture, I registered immediately after the class. The contents are so interesting and so open-minded. This module showed the development of technology and how the innovation happened during the history. And the technology discussed in this module is not just information technology, but also engineering technology. There are a lot of case reading in this module. But I should say, this is a very good part. Because the cases are so interesting that I could not approach to in other places. These amazing cases involves topics such as quantum computer, LEGO’s struggle on patent protection, Intel’s innovation history, Navy’s cannon innovation, and Open IDEO (an open platform that invited anyone in the world to collaboratively solve important social issues). We discussed a lot of most cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain, self-driving cars, and machine learning. And the most exciting part is that Prof invited guest speakers from outside to our every class! Many of them are entrepreneurs. Some from Fintech realm, some from deep tech realm. One of the most interesting guest speaker is Deepak Natarajan, one of the early founding team of Intel. We were inspired to very diverse topics and guest speakers every week. This is a very open-minded course!  – Hailu Chi, 2016 Intake photo 2

  • Valuation and Mergers & Acquisitions
    Professor/Lecturer: David Mitchell Reeb
    What to learn from this class – more than just how to calculate a company’s valuation
    1) Basic methods to value a company (PE EV/EBITDA DCF etc);
    2) Synergy in M&A;
    3) Negotiation in M&AWhy the class is highly recommended – good professor and well-organized class with rich content
    1) Prof. David has rich practical experience as a banker;
    2) He used a simple way to illustrate the process of valuation, facilitating us to    understand and apply;
    3) His unique way of teaching turns a seemingly boring and technical class into a class with vibrant environment, and encourages students to think and share his/her insights or experience;
    4) The class is full of enlightening and open-ended discussions;
    5) Apart from technical calculations on valuation and case discussion, the class has role plays sessions, enabling us to experience the process of M&A negotiation.What to prepare for the class – challenges from heavy workload on case studies (7-10 hours per week)
    1) Basic knowledge of accounting and valuation;
    2) Heavy workload as there is one case study for each class.
    – Jonathan Chen, 2016 Intake photo 2

Special Term 1

  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
    Professor/Lecturer: Sandy Lim
    One of the best courses in NUS MBA! In the class, we did several negotiation case practices(such as Multiple issue two-party Negotiation, Cross-cultural Negotiation, Agent and Ethics in Negotiations, Dispute Resolution and etc.) with classmates. I’ve learned how to prepare a negotiation in a structure way by using BETNAs(Best Alternative to a Negotiated agreement), Reservation point, Power, Right and Interest. Those methods are something that I can really takeaway from the class and apply to the real life. Highly recommended!  – Sherman Chien, 2016 Intake
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  • Global Operation Strategy
    Professor/Lecturer: Alexander Capri
    Global Value Chains effortlessly traverses different flight levels, from how to find the HS code for thin steel plates to the implications of the Trump presidency on global trade flows. The course includes many aspects of supply chain management that aren’t taught in books. I especially liked that the lectures did not only discuss the status quo, but also elaborated on potential future trends.The lecturer, Alex Capri, has many years of hands-on experience with KPMG in both the US and Asia, and is well connected with key players in industry and academia. Where other NUS professors write opinion pieces for the local press from time to time, Alex is a regular studio guest on CNBC, BBC and ChannelNewsAsia.The small number of students taking the class in spring semester 2017 made for many lively discussions. Participation was weighted at 10%, with individual essays and team presentations making up the remainder (all due at the end of term). The lecturer provided ample time and feedback for project work. – Anonymous student, 2016 Intake

Special Term 2

  • Marketing in Digital Age
    Professor/Lecturer: Ang Eu Gene
    One of the most useful Marketing class I had in NUS. The class is very well organised and we learnt different topics & skills every week. Lecturer Eu Gene is Google certified lecturer with great Digital Marketing experience. He has great sense of humour that it’s almost impossible to fall asleep in the class. In the end of class, your team will be asked to choose a product to enter Singapore market by using Digital Marketing Strategies that you learnt from the class. In the class, you will learn:

    • Online customer acquisition tools(Email Marketing & Marketing Automation, Search Engine, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Display Advertising, Content Marketing and Customer Engagement Channels)
    • Digital Measurement and KPIs, Web Analytics
    • Multi-attribution tracking, content experiments
                                                                                       – Anonymous student, 2016 Intake
  • Sales Management
    Professor/Lecturer: Perry Chou
    Very interesting and insightful class. Prof. Perry has over 22 years of sales experience in MNC and during the class he discussed the practical Sales issues in large organization and SME.  The class is a bit heavy since we had group case assignment every week, but in the end we all learnt a lot from preparing those practical materials. The class is perfect for those who is doing Sales function and is looking for further improvement or none-Sales background but is interested in Sales.  In this class, you will learn:

    • Collaboration between Sales vs. Marketing Functions
    • Sales Organization Design

    • Build Client Trust

    • Direct Sales: Key Account Selling; Large Account Penetration Strategy(including Qualify Leads & Strategies Win); Understanding the Policy in Client’s Organisations
    • In-direct Sales – Channel Collaboration; Cannel Partner Management
    • Self-Branding Management

                                                                                       – Sherman Chien, 2016 Intake

  • Fund Management
    Professor/Lecturer:Aaron Low
    What to learn from this class?
    1)  A comprehensive understanding about fund management industry, including:
    2)  Practical investment methodologies, strategies and models applied in different asset classes
    3)  Different roles or positions in an asset management firm

    Why is the class highly recommended? – resourceful content taught by an experienced practitioner

    1)  Prof. Aaron has rich practical experience in asset management industry
    2)  Lectures have sufficient content covering most of the key issues in different asset classes
    3)  Investment strategies and models taught in class are prevailing in the real market
    4)  Stocktrack, a virtural trading platform, would be a good way to practice we learn in class and experience portfolio management
    5)  Prof. Aaron also shares with us the culture difference across different countries in terms of investment

    What to prepare for the class? – takes time to process all the materials in the slides

    1)  Basic knowledge about finance (should be ok for MBAs after taking corporate finance)
    2)  Modest workload but should spend time building up and managing portfolio on stocktrack
    3)  Takes time to absorb the abundant knowledge from the slides

    – Jonathan Chen, 2016 Intake photo 2
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  • Techtropreneruship

    Professor/Lecturer: Douglas Abrams
    This is another entrepreneurship course. But it’s very different from Entrepreneurship & Innovation. This is also a great course! It’s an entrepreneurship course base on the angle of investors and emphasize on scalable business. Here’s a comparison of these two courses.

    Techtropreneurship

    Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Business style

    Scalable business

    Scalable business / lifestyle business

    Angle and insight

    Venture investors

    Entrepreneurs

    Project style

    Group work on one entrepreneurial idea, then develop the idea into fundable business. Then pitch the business plan to real VCs.

    Group work on one entrepreneurial idea, then develop the idea into MVP (minimum viable product) through real startup processes. Then pitch to real VCs on business plan.

    Prof style

    Great lecturing style with lots of VC experience in great humor

    Great coaching style with lots of practical entrepreneurial experience and geek experience

    Prof background

    Venture investor and entrepreneur

    Entrepreneur and angle investor

    Guest speaker

    No

    Yes

     In all, Techtropreneurship is another must have course. It’ll give you lots of insight from venture investors. To those who wants to have one’s own startup, you’ll gain tons of down to earth insight from a venture investor on their judgement on startup companies. This insight may help you on approaching to VCs and funding. – Hailu Chi, 2016 Intake photo 2

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