Syllabus and Curriculum

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*SMU students please refer to OASIS for more details here.

For time-tabling purposes, courses will be divided into three clusters in 2018. 

Courses in Cluster 1 will be held in the morning, and courses in Cluster 2 and 3 will be held in the early and late afternoon respectively.

For each course, there will be three classes per week for a total of 4 weeks.

If you plan to take 1 course: you may choose any course from either of the clusters.

If you plan to take 2 courses: pick one course from two of the three clusters. You may not pick two courses from the same cluster.

In the online application form, you should rank your course preferences in descending order (i.e. first choice as your most preferred course). Should your first-choice course be unavailable, your second-choice course, or the next available course, will be allocated to you. As such, you should rank your choices carefully.

Each course is worth 1 SMU credit (or 36 contact hours). Please see the simple credit conversion table below regarding the transfer of SMU credits back to your home university. Please note that this is only meant as a reference. You should check with your home university to confirm exactly the number of credits which could be transferred to your degree.

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Credit Transfer Table


European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

UK Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme

US Semester Credit Hours

Single Course, 1 SMU credit =

5 - 7.5 ECTS

10 - 12 CATS

3 - 4 credits


Please note that all course outlines can be downloaded by clicking on the "Course Outline" icons below each course description. 
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Asia Pacific Business

This course consists of a set of core lectures which will introduce students to: (a) economic, political and socio-cultural theories and frameworks for understanding the context of business in the Asia Pacific region; and (b) the application of international business theories and frameworks to understand the decision-making processes of companies investing in the region. Course participants are expected to apply theories and frameworks to assess business environments of specific Asian economies. Participants are expected to analyse and make presentations about issues and challenges that are relevant to companies operating in large emerging economies such as China, India, Taiwan, and South Korea but also other economies such as Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Capital Markets in China

This course is designed to offer a detailed analysis of China's capital markets, ranging from the overall assessment of the macro-economic environment and political context, to the detailed micro level study of the specific players, instruments, and individual transactions. Through seminars, cases, discussions, and group projects, students explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the quickly evolving capital markets in China. Many of the insights gleaned from the course can be readily applied to other emerging markets, thus this can also be a good course for students interested in understanding the functioning of emerging capital markets in general.

Innovation for Asia’s Smart Cities

What makes a city "smart"? Through case studies and industry leaders, innovative city designers, tech experts and business development executives from local and international companies, as well as incorporating actual site visits to enhance experiential learning, students will learn the opportunities and challenges of the ‘smart city business’, and how to create a ‘smart’ city.

Managing Customer Relations with Analytics: Asian insights

So, you have collected customer data, lots of it. What's the next step? Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Analytics is an approach companies can take, to improve business relationships with customers.
Discover and practise with tools and learn from best practices with case studies in the region, before developing customer relationship strategies with the help of business process management tools and customer analytics.
Learn how to improve relationship intelligence with your customer to apply to your next job or business!

Asian Family Businesses

Family businesses are the most prevalent form of business in the world, especially in Asia. It is also an emerging and vibrant area of interest among academics, practitioners and students of management. Students who wish to enter the private banking, wealth management, corporate banking and consulting industry will find knowledge gained in this course helpful to their work. Anyone who thinks of the interaction of two somewhat mutually exclusive systems, – the family and the business - as being difficult, will find this course fascinating.

Economics of Ageing in Asia

Population ageing is a global phenomenon. This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of population ageing, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by ageing economies within Asia. At the end of the course, students should understand the role and challenges brought about by population ageing, as well as the implications for policies.
This course will enable students to participate in discussions of ageing-related issues and enhance their understanding of government policies and the accompanying limitations. Students can also identify the gaps and provide recommendations on what can be done to maximize the potential of ageing economies.

Global Megatrends: Opportunities and Challenges for Asia

Using real-life case studies and trends, this course helps students to understand the importance and developments of globally-evolving data patterns in 5 key domains: ecology, society, economy, geopolitics and technology. Opportunities, complexities and uncertainties are discussed in a business context, analyzing the effects of resource scarcity, environmental and societal stress, demographic change, diversity, globalization, the economic system, and key technology areas (AI, big data, biotech, nanotech, IT, internet security). 

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia

Interested in making a true impact in society? The course will serve as an introduction to the social enterprise ecosystem in Asia, how it operates, its challenges and success stories. Through critical analysis of case studies from across the continent, best practices will be identified. Out of classroom sessions and site visits will help the theoretical concepts come alive in the real world. Additionally, in line with the practical focus of this course, students will get opportunities to engage in systems thinking in defining problems, business model presentations, developing funding strategies and evaluating social impact, during classroom activity sessions. This course will focus on some key steps in envisioning a social enterprise and how these can be applied to develop a scalable social business idea.

Religions in Asia

Religion is a primal response of man. Religion moves people beyond the rational to the transcendental and engenders such strong feelings that people will go to war, and are willing to die for their faiths.
Asia is the frontier of future economic development, and with increasing interactions with and within Asia, it is crucial to understand society and culture through its many religions.

People/Places/Practices - The Changing Art World in Asia

This course introduces students to the changing spatial conditions of arts production and consumption in Asia, with a focus on the role of Singapore in the region during this time of rapid change and global complexity. Through the exploration of a range of real-world case studies and experiential learning, students will critically consider the varying natures and impact of arts spaces in Asia, as well as explore the complex interplays that exist between top-down state aspirations, market-driven forces and the organic ways in which artists have activated and engaged with spaces.

Ultimately, this course aspires to provide students with a reflexive understanding of the unique arts ecologies in Asia, and a heightened appreciation of the significance of the arts to urban processes, practices and everyday life.

Smart Healthcare in Asia

The annual expenditure on healthcare, by both individuals and governments, is expected to continue increasing within the next five years. There is thus an imminent need to stretch the effectiveness of the expenditure, and explore new innovations, which can subsequently serve the needs of the rapidly ageing population, tackle the issues associated with shortage of healthcare professionals, and achieve improved clinical outcomes.

This course will explore the changing needs and trends of the healthcare industry, and how innovation can address the rising costs and inefficiencies in the healthcare systems, with a particular focus on Singapore and Asia. Students can expect to be equipped with knowledge of state-of-the-art smart healthcare technologies, as well as the multi-faceted impact of technology on this multi-million dollar industry, through various lenses.

The Law and Information Technology in Asia

Participants will be introduced to the many legal issues and problems that arise from and relate to modern developments in Information and Communications Technology. ICT is changing the socio-economic environment and the way we behave and transact on a global scale. Terms such as “the gig economy”, “disruptive innovations”, “big data”, “social media” and “the Internet of Things” describe some of these changes.

The course will provide an overview and introduction into the developments and trends in the law on information technology in Asia, with a focus on Singapore law, within the last decade.


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