Method of Education Delivery of BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program
Modular Content with Problem-based Learning
Since 2010, BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program has used a Constructive Alignment approach that integrates the design of teaching, learning, and assessment at course and program levels. BUI implements modular content with problem-based learning (PBL) to speed up the process of student-centered learning in selected courses. The modular content refers to a collection of learning resources developed as a single learning object.
Examinations, which are conducted by BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program, consist of course examinations and a thesis (or final project) examination.
- Course Examination
The examination for the majority of courses consists of a mid-semester exam and a final exam. Both mid-semester exam and final exam are conducted once each semester. There are several courses in some programs that do not require students to sit in a mid-semester and/or a final examination.
Other than a mid-semester exam and a final exam, students will also be assessed using other assessment activities in accordance with the published assessment policy, which is defined in each syllabus of the courses.
A course syllabus will be published and made available for each student no later than the second week of a teaching period. The syllabus will also contain information of assessment requirements for the course as follows:
- Statements/descriptions of all assessment items, including (possible) due dates;
- Procedures to be used in determining the final grade including, where appropriate, a statement of any item/s for which a pass is required in order to gain an overall pass in the course.
- Thesis (Final Project) Examination
Upon submitting the thesis report, students will be required to attend a thesis defense examination (viva voce), where students must conduct a presentation and/or demo in front of the examiner board. Normally, this defense exam will take one hour to complete.
The board of examiners consists of three members that includes the students’ supervisor and two independent examiners. The student’s grade will be the weighted average of the grades assigned by each examiner. Students will be assessed in the areas of effort, content, writing quality and delivery of the thesis presentation. The detailed policy and procedure regarding the thesis defense examination is contained in the Thesis Guidelines provided later.
To develop the quality of students to an international standard and to educate students in the language of international academia and global business, BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program uses English as the medium of communication, instruction, and assessment. Textbooks, class delivery, discussions, student presentations, quizzes, and all other forms of assessments including reports and theses are all in English.
To be accepted as a student of BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program, a potential student has to have a TOEFL score of at least 550 and a TWE score of at least 4.0 or their equivalents. If their TOEFL and/or TWE scores are below the requirement, students have to take a pre-sessional English course (English Plus Stage One) of 150 hours. BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program organizes these pre-sessional English classes especially to enhance the students’ ability to deal with an international academic English environment. Students still having difficulty with English on entry are given further help by being enrolled in an English Plus Stage Two course which prepares them for late entry to Academic English I from semester 2.
Since BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program students study in an English only medium of instruction environment, the current policy of some of our partners is that our students can be accepted without having to go through an international English language test such as IELTS that would normally determine a student’s acceptance by a partner university.
Semester Credit Unit (SCU)
The Semester Credit Unit (SCU) system is a way of organizing the teaching and learning in higher education programs as it indicates the academic weight of a course and describes the duration of each activity related to the teaching, learning, and assessment of a course in one semester of an academic year. The SCU system offers some degree of flexibility for students to design their pace of study. Some benefits of an SCU system are:
- Give a possibility to students to complete their studies within a shorter-than-normal minimum duration of study.
- Give an opportunity to students to choose courses according to their own interest, talent and capacity.
- Facilitate the adaptation of curricula to meet with the rapid development of knowledge and technology.
- Enable an optimal assessment of the students’ learning outcomes at course level.
In the SCU system, each course has a weight, that is, a credit value. The number of credit values for specific courses may differ. It is determined by the effort to finish the tasks presented in lecture programs, job training, practical work, and other tasks. In one semester, each course runs for 13 weeks. The weight of each course is measured in credit units. Students can graduate if they have achieved, among others, a minimum of 146 SCU.
One credit is made up of a weekly commitment of:
- An academic hour of scheduled face-to-face learning in the classroom with an academic staff. This is defined as 50 minutes in BBS.
- An academic hour of structured academic activity, which has been scheduled and planned by an academic staff (e. a lecturer), e.g. a review session or seminar.
- An academic hour of independent academic activity such as reading, summarizing, working on papers,
Collaborative Learning with Innopeda Curriculum
BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program is also committed to developing the students’ skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. A new learning environment implemented in a curriculum called Innopeda (Innovation Pedagogy) has been specially designed to facilitate the development of these skills. It fosters collaborative learning experience well suited to the needs and characteristic of Gen-Y students. Teamwork skills, innovative idea generation, viable business solutions, and business startups are all the intended learning outcomes aiming to nurture new entrepreneurs at BINUS Business School.
The Innopeda curriculum is centered upon the hatchery courses, which enable students to hatch their innovative ideas into business solutions and startup such as Project Hatchery and Entrepreneurship Hatchery, which become mandatory courses for all BUI students in their early years. During the entrepreneurial enrichment track, Business Model Innovation and Sustainable Startup Creation are follow-up courses designed specifically with design thinking, customer development and lean startup methodology in a multi-discipline environment to stimulate and cultivate the students’ entrepreneurial skills.
To support this collaborative and entrepreneurial learning environment, Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Research (CIDER) was established in 2015, which serves as a focal link between your entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurial career. It develops the core competencies in innovation and entrepreneurship, identifies innovative products or services that have been developed by students, and assists them in commercializing those products and services. It also promotes entrepreneurial thinking and attitude among students by actively involving the students in entrepreneurship projects and providing outlets to exhibit them. The Innopeda curriculum and CIDER immerses students with an end-to-end experiential journey.
An approximate grade breakdown of the assessment items must be prescribed in the course syllabus. Subsequent changes must be approved by the relevant head of school.
The grading system which is in accordance with the purposes and goals of BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program is the Absolute Grading System. A letter summarizes the student’s academic performance in a course in a single semester and over the duration of the student’s enrolment in the course, and is grouped as follows:
|Alphabetical Value||Weight||Final Score of Semester||Description|
|A||4||90 – 100||High Distinction|
|A-||3.67||85 – 89|
|B+||3.33||80 – 84|
|B||3||75 – 79||Distinction|
|B-||2.5||70 – 74|
|C||2||65 – 69||Pass|
|D||1||50 – 64||Near Pass|
|E||0||0 – 49||Fail|
In general, a full credit load in a single semester is between 18 and 24 units, depending on the course of study. The specific number of units may vary by semester within this range. Students with a high grade point average may petition the Head of the Programs in which they apply for permission to overload.
At BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program, 1 credit equals to 36-48 hours/semester with 1 teaching hour consists of 50 minutes/week.
Study load in one semester can be determined by individual ability and by looking at the students’ results from the last semester, which are measured by Semester Grade Point Average (IPS/GPS), or all of the semesters by Cumulative Grade Point Average (IPK/GPA).
Semester Grade Point Average (IPS/GPS) is counted as follow:
Cumulative Grade Point Average (IPK/GPA) is counted as follow:
K = Number of credits taken in related semester
N = Weight of each subject taken
M = Conversion Value (K x N)
L = Number of pass credits
Acceptable Academic Performance
Standards of Academic Performance are published in the Student Handbook, available both online and from Student Services at the beginning of each academic year. In general, courses that are considered “core” courses in a major must be passed with the prescribed minimum grade.
For the definition of the core courses by each major, the students can contact the Head of Program. Academic misconduct and the sanctions imposed for instances of misconduct are also defined in the student handbook.
BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program has developed a 3+1 curriculum system which refers to a three-year on-campus program at Bina Nusantara University and a one-year off-campus enrichment program (i.e. internship, research, entrepreneurship, community development, and study abroad). The main idea of this program is to reduce the gap between university and industry/society, and to achieve one of our quality objectives to have at least two out of three graduates become an entrepreneur or working at a global organization within six months of graduation.
Students Support Facilities
Students from BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program have the right to receive academic advisory from their Academic Advisor. The consultation may include academic advice, reports of academic achievements, information about results to their parents, and problem solving for academic problems that students experience during their study. The Academic Advisor also aims to motivate students either as individuals or as a group during class. The Academic advisor may advise the students of the courses they need to take or provide them with suggestions for a study plan.
Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their academic advisor (who is normally the appointed lecturer or their Head of Program), especially when they are planning their semester courses. Students should meet their academic advisor when they have academic difficulties in their study. It is very important that students seek academic help before their problems or difficulties become more serious and possibly jeopardize their success in studying.
English Language Services
English Language Services (ELS) is responsible for innovating, designing and maintaining programs, and promoting, supporting and resolving communication issues relating to the use of English at BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program. The English language programs and services for students include English Plus Stage One, English Plus Stage Two and Academic English courses, inter-class competitions, a language clinic, website, social networking accounts and a self-access center for students. In addition, ELS pursues contacts and develops programs and events with English language based entities. Consultation, training, translation, and proofreading for faculty and staff are also provided.
ELS is pursuing a vision of making BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program a campus of high quality international communication through continual exposure to and immersion in international academic, professional and general English, not only for faculty, staff, visitors, and resources but among students themselves. Students are also encouraged, in order to continually improve and update their English language ability, to make the most of facilities such as one-to-one consultation sessions with native speakers and expatriate English faculty in the daily English Language Clinic. They are also recommended to contribute extra-curricular involvement in BEST, the student English club responsible for one of the most successful national and soon to be regional high school and university English competitions called E-Com, or to BIPEDS, one of the finest English debate organizations in Indonesia with an international reputation. Students will therefore be well prepared for, and feel at home in communicating in English in an international environment, thus smoothing the transition to studies overseas, and giving students a commanding edge.
Students, Alumni and Global Employability (SAGE)
BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program aims to provide students with opportunities to gain necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in their future career through extra-curricular activities, as defined in the Student Development Program (SDP). The SDP is managed by the office of Students, Alumni and Global Employability (SAGE) which includes various soft-skills enrichment programs for the students, including the Freshmen Enrichment Program for new students. These activities enhance students’ public speaking skills, presentation skills, as well as leadership and organizational skills through their participation in student committee and student club activities.
Some of our regular activities include:
- Career Seminar and Career Preparation Training. Industry experts are invited to give motivation to students on how to build their future career, and what kind of skills that they will need for their career development after they graduated. BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program usually invites communicative and inspiring speakers to help students plan their career as early as possible.
- Campus Hiring and Recruitment. Facilitating and assisting our companies’ partner recruiting needs through our on-campus recruiting program and vacancy information distribution through student mail and website, in helping them to hire Binus Business School International Undergraduate Program
- Leadership Training. Binus Business School International Undergraduate Program Leadership Training is an annual program aimed to increase the leadership skills of members and future members of student committee and student clubs. Trainings are normally conducted in an off-campus site and involving industry professional schemes, such as outbound and team-building programs.
- International Student Activities. Binus Business School International Undergraduate Program student clubs and student committee regularly organize international activities – involving at least more than two countries as participants – where students can take part to enrich their international organizational skills. Among others is the Regional Youth Leadership Conference (RYLC). RYLC is BINUS BUSINESS SCHOOL international Undergraduate Program’s annual flagship program. This student-led international event involves students from the regions in Indonesia and invites prominent speakers from around the world. The aim of the event is to create a movement and a community of global youth to induce change in a multi-cultural world.
- Student Mentoring. The SAGE office also pays serious attention to students in need. To ensure that students with GPA < 2.0 are supported academically, Student Advisory assign mentors to help them with study sessions outside of regular classes.
- Buddy Coordinator. The Freshmen Enrichment Program (FEP) is not just aimed to help new students in adapting to campus life, but it also provides an opportunity for senior students to develop their coaching and guiding abilities. Through the Buddy Coordinator program, senior students will be given soft skills training so they will be prepared in informally assisting new students in their first semester.
- Student Counseling. In order for students to have a conducive study environment, they must also experience positive wellbeing. For personal problems that students feel the need to share in confidentiality, they can discuss it with a counselor, particularly if that personal problem has any effect on their academic performance. Counseling sessions can be arranged conveniently between the student and counselor.
- Alumni Sharing. Binus Business School International Undergraduate Program is very proud to have its alumni around the world and from various industries. SAGE office regularly conducts alumni sharing events with students through face-to-face meetings or teleconference events, especially with our alumni who work abroad.
- Alumni Development Program. The Alumni Lifelong Learning Program is dedicated to the Binus Business School International Undergraduate Program alumni to give opportunities to widen their network and gain knowledge through annual gathering activities. This continuous support improves the quality of our graduates.
Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Research
Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Research (CIDER) was established in 2015 to serve as a focal link between students’ entrepreneurial learning and their entrepreneurial career. It maintains and develops the core competencies of entrepreneurship and ensures they are embedded implicitly or explicitly in academic programs at BINUS Business School International Undergraduate Program. It identifies potential products or services that have been developed by students during their studies and assists them in commercializing those products and services. It advocates entrepreneurial thinking and attitudes among students by actively involving the students in entrepreneurial projects and providing outlets to exhibit them. It also builds a connection with similar centers at the international level both for benchmarking and collaboration purposes.
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