Islamic Management in trade and industry(Modules)

 

 

IMK 001 – History and Philosophy of Science

Description

History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) includes history of science and philosophy of science, as well as integrated approaches to both. Science and Society (SAS) includes sociology of science, science policy studies, and studies of science communication, engagement, and evaluation. This course introduces students to some of the key ideas, arguments and readings in HPS and Science and Society.

 Aims of the module

The module has two specific aims. First, introduce students to key ideas, arguments and readings in Science and Technology Studies, broadly defined to include history of science, philosophy of science, integrated history and philosophy of science, science policy, sociology of science and technology, studies of science communication and evaluation. Second, prepare students, in terms of key ideas, arguments and readings.

Learning Outcome

  • Students will be equipped with argument tactics.
  • identify role of science in advancement of societies.

 Syllabus

  • What is a scientist?
  • Does science progress?
  • How does science produce knowledge?
  • Do the public need to understand science?
  • Can Science be separated from its social context?
  • How is scientific evidence used in policy?
  • Where has science come from?
  • Are there different histories of science?
  • Science in Antiquity
  • Medieval Science and Medicine in Global Perspective
  • Early Modern Science
  • Material Culture and Science in the Eighteenth Century
  • Science in the Nineteenth Century
  • Models and Facts in Science
  • Knowledge, Evidence, and Explanation in Science
  • Causality, Mechanism, and Classification in Science

 Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

 

IMK 002 – Research methodology

 Description

This module deals with all aspects of an academic research from selecting topics to define the research problem, doing a thorough review of the previous works, and then how to complete a research using the right methodology. It covers main methodologies used by students of most universities. It also covers the main points on writing a thesis from dividing it into Chapters and sections, to indexes and references.

Aims of the module

The main aim of this module is how to write an academic thesis. This is different from writing a book. This fact is over sought by many students. Therefore, this module is necessary for those who want to enter the realm of academic works. The emphasis is on defining a problem and trying to solve it using systematic and proven course of action (methodology).

 Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  • understand some basic concepts of research and its methodologies
  • identify appropriate research topics
  • select and define appropriate research problem and parameters
  • prepare a project proposal (to undertake a project)
  • organize and conduct research (advanced project) in a more appropriate manner
  • write a research report and thesis

Syllabus

  • Overview of Research and its Methodologies
  • Literature review
  • Selecting and defining a research problem
  • Conducting the research
  • Examples of Research at the University
  • Writing Research Reports and Thesis
  • Writing Research Proposals

Assessment

Writing essays:                         30%

Writing a sample thesis                        70%

 

 

 

IMK 003 – Research methods

Description

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their work, social, local and global environment.

Aims of the module

This module prepares students to enter the realm of research. It deals with issues such as: What is research and how can we extract information from data we get or what we experience. How to critically analyse data and how to make sense out of them. Moreover, the role of ethics in research is well discussed.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will:

  • understand research terminology
  • be aware of the ethical principles of research, ethical challenges and approval processes
  • describe quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research
  • identify the components of a literature review process
  • critically analyse published research

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Research and the Research Process
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Critical appraisal
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research, Study Designs and Methods
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Quantitative Data
  • Critical Appraisal of Quantitative Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research, Study Designs and Methods
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Qualitative Data
  • Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods Research, Study Designs and Methods
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Mixed Methods Data
  • Critical Appraisal of Mixed Methods Research

 Assessment

Critical analysis of published works    40%

Discussion s                                         20%

Final Project                                         40%

 

 

IMK 004 – Development Economics 1

Description

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of economics as a means of analysing individual and collective behaviour. Economic concepts and models will be evaluated as explanations of behaviour and outcomes, ranging from price determination in a simple market to the determination of national income. In turn, the conclusions from this analysis will point to policy proposals (and their evaluation). The first part is devoted to the study of microeconomics – how and why individual economic agents behave – and the second part focuses on macroeconomics – how and why sectors and the national economy behave as they do.

Aims of the module

·         understand what economic factors are and how they work

·         develop the analytical skills necessary to evaluate role of economics in a society

·         arm with economic tools in order to control the quality of living

 Learning Outcomes

·         define key concepts used in microeconomics and macroeconomics

·         present elementary models and theories describing economic processes in a market economy

·         apply these economic concepts and theories to analyse numerical data and real world situations

·         discuss and assess the government’s role in the economy, in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts

Aims of the module

·         understand what economic factors are and how they work

·         develop the analytical skills necessary to evaluate role of economics in a society

·         arm with economic tools in order to control the quality of living

 Learning Outcomes

·         define key concepts used in microeconomics and macroeconomics

·         present elementary models and theories describing economic processes in a market economy

·         apply these economic concepts and theories to analyse numerical data and real world situations

·         discuss and assess the government’s role in the economy, in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts

Syllabus

·         Introduction

·         Supply and demand

·         Theory of consumer choice

·         Theory of supply

·         Macroeconomic objectives and policies

·         National income accounting & determination

·         Role of money in the economy

·         Unemployment and inflation

·         The open economy

Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 005 – Development Economics 2

Description

In the second part of development economics. Development economics is an immensely broad field. Hence, rather than attempt to give a complete overview of the field, this module aims to give students a flavour of how economics can shed light on development issues via the choice of a manageable number of topics that will be studied in some depth. These topics aim in particular to examine why some countries are underdeveloped and what deter1mines how the development gap evolves over time.

Aims of the module

  • provide an appreciation of the development process and the problems facing economies striving to develop and individuals striving to leave poverty behind
  • develop the analytical skills necessary to evaluate economic policy choices in developing economies
  • Learning objectives

Learning Outcomes

  • an increased understanding of the development process and the constraints confronting developing economies (and, to some extent, poor households and individuals)
  • an increased ability to apply economic tools to analyse problems of underdevelopment and to critically assess the economic policies of developing economies

Syllabus

  • Industrial Competitiveness and Global Transformation
  • Development Fundamentals
  • Development Fieldwork
  • Development Research
  • Ability of foreign aid to influence development.

Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 006 – Management and Organisation theory

 Description

This module tours the major theoretical perspectives informing our understanding of organisations and management. The module attempts to locate a set of ideas and concepts that establish a field of study for organisations and management distinct from related knowledge domains (e.g. economics, sociology and psychology). A complex conceptual terrain emerges demonstrating inherent interdependences with other subject areas, but with exciting new ground for theoretical discovery and debate.

Aims of the module

  • The module aims to provide a depth of theoretical understanding in the area of organisational theory
  • To empower students with a range of discussions and persuasion tools for their arguments

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the range of concepts in management and organisations;
  • Students will be able to use a wide range of intellectual ideas and analytical thinking to enrich their arguments
  • Appreciate ideas from different perspectives and use multiple framing to deepen one’s understanding of complex phenomena
  • Reflect on ideas deeply and richly in a way that opens up the space for the exploration of meaning in business contexts
  • Conduct independent research using a range of sources
  • Recall the principles of key organisation and management theories, including principles of management, decision making and organisational learning.
  • Critique theoretical perspectives by demonstrating the lack of clarity in the relationship between concepts and the lack of evidence demonstrating the explanatory power of concepts.

Syllabus

  • Structure of organisations, bureaucracy, firm context, institutional perspectives, virtual organisation
  • Organisational environments, including mechanistic versus organic structures, systems theory, organisational ecology
  • Managerial decision-making
  • Classical principles of management
  • People in organisations, including worker attitudes and behaviours, sensemaking perspectives
  • Organisational change and learning, including process theories of change

 Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 007 – Islamic Management

 Description

This module provides a broad understanding of Islamic doctrine and its codes particularly in the fields of social and economic activities. It also introduces the new and progressing field of Halal industry and what it means.

 Aims of the module

  • To explore, at an advanced level, the impact of cultural variations on management issues to rationalise Islamic management, with particular emphasis on the Islamic principles of management and organisational behaviour in general, and motivation and leadership in Islam.
  • To advance students’ understanding of Islamic management principles and its articulation in various managerial principles.
  • To explore, at an advanced level, corporate and Shari’ah governance in Islamic moral economy as well as Islamic corporate social responsibility as part of organisational behaviour.
  • To advance students’ understanding of the impact of cultural variations on Islamic management functions and entrepreneurship.

 Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should:

  • Have a detailed knowledge of key issues and theories associated with Islam
  • Have a critical appreciation of management-related issues within a religiously and culturally constructed, i.e. Islamic context.
  • Recognise and analyse the impact of cultural differences, and particularly the impact of Islamic religious and cultural tradition, on managerial functions, organisational behaviour and motivation;
  • Use their understanding of cross-cultural and Islamic constructs to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to complex management issues.

 Syllabus

  • Defining Management: Evolution and Historical Outline
  • Managing in Different Cultures: Cross-Cultural Management
  • Principles of Management in Islam
  • Islamic Perspectives of Motivation
  • Leadership Theories and Islamic Leadership
  • Islamic Corporate and Shari’ah Governance
  • Islamic Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Islamic Management Styles and Entrepreneurship
  • Halal Markets/Islamic Management and Branding

Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%


 

IMK 008 – Globalisation, Trade and Development

 Description

This module provides current issues and policy debates relating to economic development in the context of globalization. The module is structured around three parts. The first part is dedicated to an analysis of the ‘public’ rules of trade. This will focus on the following issues: debates over the role of multi-lateral organisations the World Bank, IMF and the WTO in shaping multilateral trade regimes, new trading issues such as intellectual property rights, dispute settlements and WTO trade rules. This part of the course will also consider the growth of regional and bilateral trade agreements – in particular through a focus on the EU.

The second part will turn to the rise of private and public-private trade rules. This will include the rise of codes of conduct and voluntary certifications governed by Multinational Corporations (MNCs) who outsource through global production networks; the role of global standards, especially labour standards and corporate social accountability, in local patterns of economic development; Fair trade and alternative trading systems.

The third part will consider the role of the Rising Powers (the likes of China, India and Brazil) in shaping the dynamics of new trade rules, and its consequences for global governance.

Aims of the module

  • Analytical Approaches to Global Institutions (Public and Private) and Trade Policy
  • Familiarise with works of IMF and World Bank
  • Know Multilateral Trading System: GATT to the WTO to the Doha Round
  • Know issues relating to WTO: Intellectual Property, the TRIPs Agreement and Dispute Settlement issues
  • Familiarise with Global Standards and Voluntary Certification
  • Know Corporate Social Accountability, Fair Trade and Ethical Trade

Learning outcomes

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the main theoretical and analytical approaches relating to global institutions (public and private) and trade policy in developing and emerging economies
  • An awareness of the interactions between global institutions, new trade rules and national policymaking in developing countries
  • An awareness of the role of public and private actors in the formulation of export strategies, trade policy and trade regimes
  • An understanding of developments in the area of international standards and corporate social accountability
  • A critical appreciation of the role of multinational corporations and questions relating to technological capability building and value chain upgrading.
  • A critical awareness of the basis of Fair Trade and Alternative Trading Systems
  • Critical reading skills, including synthesis and critique of literature
  • Engagement with and participation in key debates on international trade
  • Critical thinking and analytical writing skills through the composition of an essay engaging with a course-related theme

 Syllabus

  • Analytical Approaches to Global Institutions (Public and Private) and Trade Policy
  • The ‘Washington Consensus’: Trade Liberalisation and the IMF and World Bank
  • The Multilateral Trading System: GATT to the WTO to the Doha Round
  • WTO: Intellectual Property, the TRIPs Agreement and Dispute Settlement issues
  • EU and Regional Trade Agreements
  • International Labour Organisation, Labour Standards and the ‘Social Clause’
  • Global Standards and Voluntary Certification
  • Corporate Social Accountability, Fair Trade and Ethical Trade
  • Rising Powers in Global Institutions and the Governance of Trade Rules

 Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 009 – Strategic opportunities in current and renewable energy

Description

The module will explore a series of topical issues in energy. It also looks at each of the principal renewable energy sources in turn. Each technology is examined in terms of the relevant physical principles; the main technologies involved; their costs and environmental impact; the size of the potential renewable resource; and their future prospects.

 Aims of the module

  • To give students a wider strategic overview of issues in the energy area, with particular reference to the major energy industries (fossil fuels, nuclear, renewables).
  • Engaging with perspectives from earth and environmental sciences and environmental social sciences, students will critically explore the science, politics and policy related to current energy debates.

Learning Outcomes

  • Application of student’s subject-specific skills to understanding major energy issues.
  • An appreciation of how scientific, technical, economic and social considerations are all relevant to energy decision-making
  • An understanding of the conflicting factors that influence decision making regarding development of energy resources.
  • Familiarisation with all forms of new and clean energy and their implications.

Syllabus

  • What is the future for hydrocarbons?
  • How do carbon dioxide levels relate to climate?
  • Is it possible to dispose of radioactive waste safely and permanently?
  • Is shale gas a panacea or a problem?
  • What contribution can energy efficiency and other demand-side measures make to reducing global CO2 emissions?
  • An introduction to renewable energy in the context of our primary energy needs – where you’ll gain an overview of the current status of renewable energy in the context of the world’s present primary energy situation.
  • Solar thermal energy – provides a detailed overview of the physics of solar heat and how this may be captured in a variety of different ways, as well as the complex topic of passive solar heating.
  • Solar photovoltaics – a structured introduction to this critical technology starting with the physics of crystalline silicon through to issues of integration and future prospects.
  • Bioenergy – various bioenergy products and processes are illustrated with a range of practical examples examining the factors likely to affect uptake of bioenergy systems.
  • Hydroelectricity – a critical look a small- and large-scale hydro in terms of their respective benefits and penalties.
  • Tidal power – including barrages, lagoons and the rapidly emerging and potentially significant tidal current technologies.
  • Wind energy – a detailed overview of a wide range of aspects of one of the fastest growing energy technologies globally that is set to become a major generator of electricity throughout the world.
  • Wave energy – basic principles and detailed technology case studies and a review of the most promising future designs for this potentially significant global source of renewable energy.
  • Geothermal energy – why it is treated as renewable even though it is being mined, its usage over the last century and its exciting future.
  • Integrating renewable energy into energy systems – a detailed look at the conditions under which the various renewable energy sources can continue to make increasingly significant contributions to world energy needs.

Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 010 – Organisational Change in the Internet Age

Description

This module looks at one constant in the Internet Age: Change. Continual advances in software development and Internet and communications technology, coupled with increasing demands for information, have created a new, constantly evolving business environment driven by requirements to deliver quality products and services faster, the challenge to exploit new technologies, the prospect of new markets to discover and conquer, and a growing for better customer relationship management.

Aims of the module

  • To know that companies and organizations must embrace, and drive change if they hope to survive.
  • To understand what factors and dynamics must organizations use to drive change effectively?
  • Based on the above understanding, what are the best management practices for implementing change?

 Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to change the following skills in order to survive in the Internet Age:

  • Leadership
  • Vision
  • Reasonable Alternatives
  • Culture and Behavior
  • Skills, Resources, and Personnel
  • Technology

Syllabus

  • Identify and agree on key change drivers.
  • Create demand for change; don’t mandate or force it.
  • Exercise consistent leadership and communication practices.
  • Continually update and fine tune the vision and project plan.
  • Achieve incremental, demonstrable success.
  • Find champions for your solutions at all levels.
  • Acquire and develop new employee skill sets.
  • Establish a collaborative environment.
  • Collect and use metrics to monitor progress.
  • Overhaul incentives before you begin.
  • Find the Right Pace

Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 011 – E-commerce

Description

The module provides a theoretical and technical understanding of the major issues for existing large-scale E-Commerce systems. Theoretical aspects include alternative E-Business strategies, marketing, branding, customer relationship issues and commercial website management. Technical part covers the standard methods for large-scale data storage, data movement, transformation, and application integration, together with the fundamentals of application architecture. Examples focus on the most recent developments in E-Business and E-Commerce distributed systems.

Aims of the module

  • To know how to deal with information in a world which is running into total transparency
  • How to deal with changes in humanistic spirit (employee loyalty, the level of professionalism, etc.)
  • Decreases the information cost and transaction cost
  • Prepare for the positive impact e-commerce will have on economics and society as a whole

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and interpret the operation of the major parts of any enterprise E-Business or E-Commerce system to a significant level of detail.
  • An understanding of the commercial opportunities presented by new E-Business and E-Commerce technologies, and the prerequisites for successful adoption of those technologies.
  • Effectively manage and communicate within technical and highly complex environment.
  • Research multiple information sources at multiple levels of technology detail and write technical reports.

Syllabus

  • What is E-Commerce?
  • Different Definitions of E-Commerce
  • Scopes of E-Commerce
  • Difference of E-Commerce and Traditional Commerce
  • Characteristics of E-Commerce
  • Why E-Commerce over Internet?
  • Capabilities Required for E-Commerce
  • Benefits of E-Commerce
  • Business Issues in E-Commerce
  • Technical Issues in E-Commerce

Assessment

Continuous Assessment                       30%

Final Examination                     70%

 

 

IMK 012 – Open Innovation and Creative Thinking Techniques

Description

This module introduces latest ideas in creative thinking as well as neuroscience advancements in this field. Moreover, it advocates the use of both sides of our brain in order to have a balanced, focused and yet creative outcome in our thinking process. It also deals with techniques used in brainstorming and focused, objective thinking. Learn how to develop creativity, innovation and lateral thinking – for individuals and work teams.

Aims of the module

  • to give awareness of pitfalls in pure rational or emotional thinking
  • understand abilities as well as weaknesses of our rational and emotional thoughts
  • an understanding of why some people are naturally creative, but also how everyone can develop their creative skills
  • knowledge of how to use a range of creative thinking methods, tools and techniques to generate ideas and solve problems
  • develop the analytical skills necessary to start a creative thinking process

Learning Outcomes

  • learn how brain works in decision makings
  • students learn how to manage their thoughts by switching between both sides of the brain
  • awareness of pitfalls in our rational thinking
  • be able to use special tools such as CoRT and Six Hats

Syllabus

  • What is reality?
  • The localized Brain
  • Intellectual Traps
  • Brainstorming
  • Pitfalls of Pure Rational Thinking
  • Creativity means Challenging Assumptions
  • Thinking is a Skill
  • Six Thinking Hats and CoRT Technique
  • Pitfalls of Emotional Belief
  • Role of Definitions in Reasoning
  • Let the Mind does the Thinking

 Assessment

Critical participation in class discussions                     70%

Final Examination                                            30%

 

 

IMK 014 – Innovation Engineering

Description

Innovation Engineering is a course where the participants develop a product from idea to a prototype and a business plan. The product development process is supported by coaching from experienced innovators, product- and business developers as well as technology specialists and representatives from industry.

Aims of the module

This module is designed to test the ability of students in using whatever they learned in other modules. It prepares students to show their learning outcome as a final work in this course.

Learning Outcomes

The participants of the course are expected to:

  • develop their innovative capability through problem driven and experience based learning
  • develop their ideas to commercial products and businesses
  • experience innovative product development, the innovation process and the innovation system
  • experience entrepreneurial activity, leadership, financing and business planning
  • understand patent rights, intellectual property etc.
  • actively utilize student projects and academic research in technological- and product development
  • understand prerequisites for new and small enterprises in Sweden
  • actively utilize existing support and mechanisms for innovators and entrepreneurs in existing innovation systems

 Syllabus

  • Innovation
  • Innovative Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financing
  • Business Planning
  • Patent Rights
  • Branding

Assessment

Critical Participation in class discussions         20%

Critical Review Notes (500 words each)                     20%

Written Assignment (3,500 words)                  60%