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PSY513 Organisational Psychology (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the field of Organisational psychology, which is the study of human behaviour and social processes in groups and organisations. Students will learn about the dynamics between individuals and groups, and how these dynamics affect individual's behaviours in organisational contexts. Students will build their knowledge by learning the principles underlying the analysis and understanding of human behaviours in organisations.


PSY515 Research Methods in Work Psychology (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of advanced research methods used in industrial and organisational psychology including research ethics. Students will learn to determine whether the data investigation approaches are the best ones for the research purpose. Tips on writing research articles are also discussed. Students will have hands-on practice in actual data analyses using statistical software and in research report writing. This course may also include extensive fieldwork experience at a selected site in the local community.


PSY605 Coaching and Counselling in the Workplace (3 credits)

This course is intended as an introduction to the basic concepts and issues of workplace coaching and counselling. Various problems faced by employees that hinder their professional and personal growth are also examined in order to promote civility, teamwork, work-life balance, and well-being in the workplace.


MIH505 Educational Psychology: Teaching and Learning Strategies (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the study of human learning as it applies to instruction, with particular reference to contextualize the proposed course against the wider policy background of creating a more conducive and inclusive learning environment to address the integration matters arising from the growing diversity of student populations, especially managing the growing complexity of international students admitted to contemporary universities. The course addresses ten aspects of learning i.e. learning and behaviour, learning and cognition, learning and development, learning and biology, learning and motivation and learning and instruction.


MIH501 Globalisation, Policy and Society (3 credits)

This course focuses on several key topics in education and society in East Asia and the rest of the world, with particular reference to analyze how education and society have been affected by the growing trends of globalization. The course takes an explicitly comparative approach with each of the issues examined through case studies of societies located in East Asia like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, Japan, Korea and Singapore, critically examining how the globalzing economy and the growing tide of neo-liberalism have affected educational development and social change. Largely student-centered, the course is structured around student-guided discussions of assigned readings, with the goal of encouraging the drawing of conclusions about important educational issues from the comparison of different cases. Through preparation for discussions, organizing group presentations and completing written assignments, students will develop independent inquiry skills to explore the interrelationships between education and social phenomena.


MIH504 Internationalization and Quality Management in Higher Education (3 credits)

The concept of “quality” has become a central theme in modern in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Rising tuition fees and the increasing role that it plays in funding universities, state funding, and the desire to apply management principles to the running of universities have all led to the emphasis on quality. The notion of quality has departed from its origins in quality control and assurance that takes a retrospective view of quality in favour of the idea of quality enhancement. Quality enhancement is a forward looking and progressive examination of quality with a view to bringing about change, innovation and improvement and this course will examine practical ways of bringing about such enhancement.


MIH506 Branding and Marketing of Education (3 credits)

This course emphasizes on the design of marketing programmes to build university identity and brand equity. Students are expected to obtain a comprehensive understanding of brand management concepts and principles through assignments, readings, case studies, and a course project for practical application and experiential learning.


MIH601 Internationalising Education: Institutional Strategy and Development (3 credits)

In this module you will explore the origins and development of international higher education with particular focus on current drivers and practices. Drivers include economic, political, cultural and academic pressures, while the practices covered will include transnational campuses, international collaborations in teaching and research, the recruitment of overseas students and staff, and the use of new distance learning technologies. These will be illustrated through specific examples in different contexts, making use of both the literature and invited speakers.


MIH605 Managing Talents and Finance in Education Institutions (3 credits)

This course covers the management two of the most important resources of an institution, namely human resource and financial resource. Students will learn the essential knowledge in human resource management and financial management and be required to apply it in role plays, cases, and project.


MIH608 Global Higher Education: Issues and Challenges (3 credits)

Higher education is facing an uncertain future due to the interactions of various elements, including the rising trend of anti-globalization and nationalism, the rapid development of exponential technologies (like the artificial intelligence, biotech, robotics, etc.), and global health crisis (like the COVID-19 pandemic). This course provides opportunities for students to learn and explore how higher education sectors and individual university and college in various countries to respond to the issues and challenges in the contemporary world.


MOP601 Regional Study on Education Management in Greater China and East Asia (3 credits)

In collaboration with major universities in Taiwan, Mainland China, Macau and East Asia, special lectures and class discussions, professional visits and cultural tours will be organised for students. In selected Asian societies, students will be engaged in field observations and field visits to develop a more critical understanding of education management and governance through their active participation in and personal experience and critical reflection. More specifically, this course is an intensive and experiential unit, which provides a platform for students to study beyond classroom. Through observing different higher education institutions, student learning experience will be enhanced through theory-field experience integration and reflection.


MOP602 Applied Education Management Project (6 credits)

This course aims to provide students with hands-on research experience. In particular, a research project related to education management and applied psychology will be conducted. In their projects, students will implement research ideas by extending theories and research skills that they have learned and acquired. They will produce a research report under the supervision of the instructor.


MOP603 Educational Management Summer School (3 credits)

Students will have opportunities to join the Summer / Winter School in renowned universities in the UK and USA, to exchange ideas with other educators from all around the world.


MOP604 Managing Conflict in Organisations (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce the role, importance, and methods of managing conflict in organisations. Students will be asked to consider the different forms of conflict in organizations and work-home interface. They will review and discuss research on conflict in work and cross-discipline teams, top management teams, leadership, between departments, and between organisations. Studies also indicate that well-manage conflict can promote quality decision-making, stronger relationships, innovation, organisational commitment, and employees’ well-being. Students will review and discuss research identifying major dynamics and conditions under which conflict can be constructive. Techniques in stress management and crisis management will also be introduced. The emphasis will be on giving students both an understanding and skills that they can use to manage conflict productively.


MOP605 Guided Study in Education Management (3 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage in an independent study on a topic of their own choice relating to education management. With academic guidance of the Program Director, students may identify an area of professional/academic interest for taking the guided study. The matching between the student and the tutor will be based on individual student’s learning needs and expertise of the faculty member. Through one-to-one personal tutorials and guidance, students are expected to complete their study within a semester.


MOP606 Fostering Interculturality through Intercultural Education (3 credits)

With the globalization and internationalization of higher education, there is a growing number of opportunities for students to cross borders, countries and cultures to start a new language and cultural learning journey in a different educational context. It is crucial to prepare our students with relevant theory and research together with some practical examples, facilitate their understanding of their intercultural education and help them achieve positive learning outcomes by relating their international/intercultural learning experiences to the topics in this course. This course is designed for postgraduate (PG) students in the university with recent or current international experience (study abroad, exchange program, immersion program, internships or educational visit). It will guide students in understanding theories and topics such as language/cultural shock, acculturation challenges and strategies, intercultural adjustment, intercultural relations, identity expansion, global citizenship and intercultural competence through using English as a second language from perspectives of international education (intercultural contact and diversity) and cross-cultural psychology (the stress and coping theory, cultural learning theory and the social identity theory).


CRS512 Evolution of Early Childhood Education in China and the World (3 credits)

Early childhood education (ECE) is one of the inductors in the education domain to reflect urbanization. This course is designed to introduce and review the development of ECE in regions including Mainland China and the Western world. Over the past few decades, following the policy of marketizing and privatizing non-compulsory preschool education and the announcement of the “Outline of China’s National Plan for Medium and Long-term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020)” (State Council of China, 2010), a dramatic change has been seen in ECE in Mainland China. Students will be able to learn more about the development of China and the world from the perspective of education and how the influences of social, political and economic development drive mainland China’s ECE evolution: the early development of ECE before the 1950s; the one-child policy of the 1980s; the decline of public kindergartens in the 1990s; and post-2010 developments. And by comparing studies from Mainland China and the Western world, the course will also discuss the quality standards, assurance policy development, kindergarten participation and disparities in the quality of provision so as to let students have a more comprehensive understanding towards the ECE ecosystem establishment and related discussions. Current trends and challenges will also be explored.