International Management with American Business Studies

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International Management with American Business Studies

  • Dr Antony Potter
  • Programme Director
  • Congratulations!


  • Welcome to Manchester
  • Welcome to MBS
  • And welcome to IMABS!
  • One of MBS’s flagship programmes

History: University of Manchester created by bringing together The Victoria University of Manchester (established in 1851) and UMIST (established in 1824).

  • History: University of Manchester created by bringing together The Victoria University of Manchester (established in 1851) and UMIST (established in 1824).
  • The largest single-site university in the UK
  • 39,000 students and 10,400 staff
  • Part of the “Russell Group” of elite (red brick) research-intensive UK universities
  • In the RAE assessment exercise the university came 3rd (after Cambridge and Oxford) in terms of research
  • 25 Nobel Prize winners have either studied or connected some of their work to the University of Manchester.
  • University of Manchester
  • Professor Alan Turing
  • Professor Brian Cox
  • 2010 Nobel Prize (Graphene)

Manchester Business School: “Original Thinking Applied”

  • Manchester Business School: “Original Thinking Applied”
  • MBS is the largest campus-based school in the UK
  • 2,000+ students, 200+ teaching staff
  • We support a further 3,500 students worldwide through centres in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, UAE, Singapore and the USA.
  • We offer an impressively broad base of subject areas, across four dedicated divisions:
  • - Accounting and Finance
  • - Marketing, Operations Management and Service Systems
  • - People, Management and Organisations
  • - Innovation Management and Policy
  • MBS is part of a small and select group of institutions worldwide that is accredited by all three major bodies - AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.
  • Manchester Business School

Dr Antony Potter

  • Dr Antony Potter
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Programme Director, International Management
  • Programme Director, International Management with American Business Studies
  • Room: 3.54 (MBS West)
  • Manchester Business School
  • University of Manchester
  • Phone: 0161 275 6466
  • Email:
  • Office Consultation Times: Each Wednesday: 10am to 12 midday
  • Programme Director:
  • Contact Details
  • Who are you?
  • Introduce yourself to the people on either side of you:
  • What’s your name?
  • Where do you come from?
  • What are you interested in?
  • Tell them an interesting fact/story about you!

What is IMABS all about?

  • The IMABS programme aims to:
  • 1. enable students to acquire state of the art knowledge and understanding of the field of management with a specialisation in the international aspects of management
  • 2. promote the exchange of students between the home and carefully chosen overseas partners to enable students to experience management teaching and learning within a different cultural environment to that of the home institution
  • 3. provide an educational experience both at home and overseas which will facilitate and promote students’ intellectual development and life-long learning skills
  • 4. promote critical awareness of the merits and complexities of management, especially in an international context, and to inculcate an appreciation of the association between theory and practice
  • 5. appraise students of important new developments in the field of management
  • 6. enable students to develop appropriate practical and transferable skills
  • 7. provide a high quality management programme in the home institution and access to a high quality management programme abroad.

IMABS Learning Outcomes

  • A. Knowledge and Understanding
  • A1. Understand the ‘core’ disciplines of the field of management (e.g. accounting, economics, marketing, operations management)
  • A2. Understand subject specific theories, ideas, issues and practices relating to general management and to international aspects of management
  • A3. Understand management as a dynamic field, as located in a complex historical, social and international context
  • A4. Understand developments in business and management.
  • B. Intellectual Skills and Other Attributes
  • B1. Apply higher-level cognitive skills, including analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • B2. Utilise both qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills.
  • B3. Address arguments/ideas through multiple perspectives.
  • B4. Identify inter-relationships between the subject matter of management and integrate these as a coherent whole.
  • C. Practical and Transferable/Key Skills (generic)
  • C1. Articulate ideas and arguments with clarity, conciseness and rigour both orally and in writing.
  • C2. Learn independently
  • C3. Manage time and prioritise workloads
  • C4. Use IT skills
  • C5. Operate effectively as a member of a group or team.
  • C6. Operate effectively in an overseas environment.

The programme is studied over four years full-time, the third year in an overseas partner institution in the US or Canada.

  • The programme is studied over four years full-time, the third year in an overseas partner institution in the US or Canada.
  • Students take course units worth a total of 120 credits per year at MBS, and a broadly equivalent workload in the overseas partner.
  • YEAR 1: The first year of the programme is a foundation year in which you learn the basic disciplines and try out subjects to assist with optional course choices for the second and final year.
  • YEAR 2: In the second year, students take a compulsory full year (20 credits) course unit that covers the economic, financial and legal systems of North America, and also includes business and labour history.
  • In addition, students take a further 20 credits of designated international courses as well as management courses to achieve 120 credits.
  • YEAR 3: The third year is spent abroad at a partner institution studying business and management in the US or Canada - Students will commit 75% of their study to the study of management and business and the remaining 25% may be taken in cultural or language options.
  • YEAR 4: In the final year students study course units amounting to a total of 120 credits from the MBS Management menu, at least 60 credits of which should be selected from the list of approved internationally focused course units.
  • Programme Structure

Semester 1: 6 x 10 credit compulsory courses

  • IMABS Year One
  • Semester 1: 6 x 10 credit compulsory courses
  • BMAN10001: Economic Principles: Microeconomics
  • BMAN10621M: Fundamentals of Financial Reporting
  • BMAN10881: Analysing Organisations 1
  • BMAN10101: Marketing Foundations
  • BMAN10821: Quantitative Methods for Business and Management 1
  • BMAN10780: Business and Management Skills (including practice essay) – full year course

Semester 2: 6 x 10 credit compulsory courses

  • Semester 2: 6 x 10 credit compulsory courses
  • BMAN10892: Analysing Organisations 2
  • BMAN10862: Case Studies in Management
  • BMAN10522M: Financial Decision Making (M)
  • BMAN10632M: Fundamentals of Management Accounting (M)
  • BMAN10872: Introduction to Work Psychology
  • BMAN10732: Quantitative Methods for Business and Management 2
  • Maths Revision sessions are available throughout both semesters for support with QM1 and QM2
  • English language support sessions are available throughout the academic year
  • Students wishing to take specialised finance courses must take BMAN10522
  • IMABS Year One

Students must pass the first year to proceed to the second year!

  • Students must pass the first year to proceed to the second year!
  • Students take American Society and Economy (20 credits) which covers the economic, financial and legal systems of North America, and also includes business and labour history.
  • You also take a further 20 credits of designated international courses.
  • You choose additional management courses to make up 120 credits for the year.
  • Availability of options changes from year to year and pre-requisites/co-requisites apply.
  • It is important that you achieve good grades during your first two years. In particular, passing the first year is essential and your performance may be taken into account during the allocation process.
  • You also continue with your Personal Development Plan.

Exchange Year - Your Choices

  • IMABS meeting soon to explain the process of selecting the overseas university you will be visiting
  • Early in your second year, you will be given the names and number of places of each of our exchange partners
  • You then have two weeks to research the possibilities and express your preferred destinations – so start thinking in advance!
  • It is essential that you are flexible in terms of your exchange destination
    • Investigate what is on offer at a wide number of destinations!
    • Approach the investigation with an open-mind, and think about what this means for your CV and your career

Exchange Year

  • Allocation of students to exchange partners is carried out by myself in October of your second year
  • Allocation will be based on:
    • Your expressed preferences
    • A statement of your expectations of the exchange year
    • AND your First Year Results…
  • I endeavour to ensure that all students go to their most preferred institutions.
    • This is greatly helped by flexibility on your part
    • AND students being knowledgeable about the full range of destinations.
  • W P Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA
  • Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
  • Saunder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Haskayne School of Business, The University of Calgary, Canada
  • Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
  • Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
  • HEC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
  • Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • The Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
  • Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • The Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Michael G Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • The College of William & Mary, Virginia, USA
  • Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Partner Universities IMABS

Said about Exchange (IMABS):

  • “A brilliant year in a fantastic city. One of the best experiences of my life.”
    • Greg Russell, HEC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • “Fun, fast and spontaneous; it was an experience I will NEVER forget, and I wish I could do it all again!”
    • Ushma Mistry, Queen’s, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • “Absolutely indescribable…best friends and unforgettable memories for life.”
    • Caroline Hodgson, Ohio State, Columbus, USA
  • “Friends for life, once in a lifetime teaching, a great institution…possibly the best year of my life!”
    • Ben Collins, William and Mary, Virginia, USA
  • “Amazing experience I will never forget I’ve learnt so much and been given so many opportunities, I would recommend studying abroad to anybody.”
    • Dean Tempest, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

The Value of the Exchange Year

  • "The UK develops some great talent. It attracts some of the best from around the world. We will recruit that talent but to remain competitive we want to see more UK graduates developing a global perspective through international experience. They will have to work with global clients and mix with a range of people from different cultures. They have to be at home with cultural differences."
    • Keith Dugdale, Head of Global Recruitment, KPMG
  • "This (…) is a wake-up call for students and parents. You'll get further in life if you travel overseas to study or gain work experience. In today's turbulent times it is more important than ever for every graduate to demonstrate an international dimension to their thinking, and there is no better way to demonstrate this than to study or work for a period overseas.“
    • Will Archer, director of i-graduate

Exchange Year

  • 75% of this must be in management-related subjects
  • The remaining 25% can be taken in cultural or language options
  • Course options must be agreed with me in advance
  • Students should not choose level one (i.e. first year) courses as part of your business/management subjects.
  • Students are advised not to take courses that they intend to take in the final year of the programme at MBS.
  • Work placements will not count for credit, whatever the local regulations and expectations.
  • You pay no fees to the exchange partner
  • Fees payable to Manchester University for this year vary
  • You must pass ALL subjects to progress to the final year of IMABS
  • The grade for your exchange year does not affect your overall degree classification
  • If you’ve got any questions on what we’ve covered so far, please come and ask
  • Take a break!
  • Assessment and Progression

Degree weightings

  • First year – need to pass to proceed to second year
    • Marks do not count towards degree classification, but do appear on a transcript of marks.
    • Marks may be important when applying for internships/ work experience
    • Marks also determine which overseas institution you go to during your exchange year!
  • Second year – worth one third of your degree mark (i.e. 33%)
  • Final year – worth two thirds of your degree mark (i.e. 67%)

Degree Classification

  • The first year average does not contribute to the degree classification which is currently 33/67% second/final year.
    • Pass everything (40%+ in 120 credits)
    • Pass 40%+ in 80 credits and a “compensatable fail” (30-39%) in 40 credits
    • If you fail 40 credits or more (<40%) = compensation and reassessment
    • If you fail any course below 30% = reassessment
  • Resits take place in August. They are not a ‘second chance’ to gain better grades, only the chance to gain credits lost
  • Important to attend classes and engagement with studies including preparation for lectures and interacting at seminars
  • Prizes – there are several programme prizes for high achieving students at the end of each year.


  • Year 1
  • Fail 40 credits or more below 40% = Compensation and Reassessment
  • Year 2
  • Pass everything
  • (40%+ in 120 credits)
  • Pass 40%+ in 80 credits and a “compensatable fail” (30-39%) in 40 credits
  • If you fail any course below 30% = Reassessment.
  • Note: You can be reassessed in courses up to a maximum of 80 credits

Additional requirements for the BSc (Hons) in IM and IMABS

  • The candidate must normally attain an overall average of 50% or higher in year 1 of the programme to continue on the BSc (Hons) IM or IMABS route.
  • Failure to satisfy the examiners in these requirements will result in the student being transferred to the BSc (Hons) Management programme at the end of year 1 and assessed according to the normal rules for that programme.
  • Students with fails and multiple compensated marks on their transcripts are at risk of not being accepted by partner institutions for the third year study abroad element of the IM or IMABS programme.
  • In such cases, students will progress as candidates for the BSc (Hons) Management programme according to the normal rules for that programme.

Assessment: What to Expect

  • Semester 1 exams take place in January
  • Semester 2 exams take place in May/June
  • Some courses are assessed by exam only, some by coursework and exams and some by coursework only.
  • It is your responsibility to check your coursework deadlines and your exam dates, times and venues!
  • The Full Version is called the Progression Rules
    • Full details of progression rules can be found at;
    • Full Details on the IM programme (structure, programme specification, course specifications, etc.) can be found at;


  • Resits take place in August in Manchester
  • Resits are for progression only. They are not a second chance to get a better mark
  • If you fail resits you may be allowed to take additional courses in your second year, may have to retake exams and wait a year to join the second year, or be excluded from the university

Approaches to teaching and learning

  • University teaching is different from school/college:
    • Some very large lectures
    • Some small group seminars/workshops
    • A range of teaching styles
    • Lecturers, senior lecturers, professors, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), seminar leaders
  • You are expected to be an independent learner
  • You are responsible for your own learning

Attendance and Engagement

  • You are expected to attend all scheduled teaching session (lectures, seminars, workshops etc)
  • You are expected to engage in all scheduled teaching session (lectures, seminars, workshops etc)
  • You are expected to avoid any behaviour that would interfere with the learning and engagement of others.
  • Seminar attendance will be monitored, and spot checks may be conducted in lectures.

Academic Advisors

  • Every student will be assigned an academic advisor
  • An academic advisor is a member of staff who you will get to know over your first year, and who will remain with you throughout your time on the programme.
  • You will meet your academic advisor every fortnight as part of the Business and Management Skills course (BMAN10780)
  • Your academic advisor will provide you with:
    • A point of contact regarding academic issues
    • Support in developing a personal development plan (PDP)
    • Feedback on your progress
    • A reference should you need one for a job, internship or further study


  • Feedback is developmental and should enable you to enhance your knowledge and understanding, personal qualities and intellectual, transferable and practical skills. 
  • Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
  • Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the course Blackboard space
  • Responses to your emails and questions from a member of staff, including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum
  • Specific course related feedback sessions
  • Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non assessed coursework
  • Written and/or verbal comments after you have given a group or individual presentation
  • Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance
  • Group and individual discussions/meetings with your Academic Advisor
  • Discussions and meetings with your Programme Director


  • Academic staff aim to provide feedback which is:
    • Prompt
    • Individual
    • Constructive
    • Related to progression
    • Related to the learning outcomes
    • of the course unit

Office hours

  • Office hours are times when academic staff are available to meet students
  • Academic staff should display their office hours on their door.
  • Course coordinators should be approached in the first instance if there is a problem at the course level (e.g. via email, phone, after class, and/or during office hours)

Study Support at MBS

  • English Proficiency/Language classes
    • If your first language is not English, I would encourage you to attend language proficiency testing and sign up for English language classes if necessary.
    • Further details of this will be covered at Thursday’s induction session. Information about the language centre is also in your pre-arrival pack.
  • Study Skills course (BMAN 10780 Business & Management Skills)
    • You will be taking a course as part of your degree programme which runs across both semesters in year one.
    • The course will incorporate study skills, academic advisor sessions, library information and personal development plans.
    • As part of the seminar activities students will write a practice essay and will receive feedback on this.
    • Attendance of this course is compulsory and will be monitored.
  • Maths Revision Sessions
    • Revision sessions available at the end of each semester for students taking Quantitative Methods for Business and Management 1 and 2.

Study Support at MBS

  • IT Skills and Blackboard
    • Blackboard is the University-wide virtual learning environment for students and a virtual blackboard space will be attached to each course.
    • Further details on this will be covered later in the induction sessions.
    • Students should already have received a handout about this in their arrival pack and more information can be found on the MBS UG intranet
  • Student Representatives
    • Please consider being a student representative for the IMABS programme.
    • Student reps sit on the Programme Committee and attend the MBS UG Staff Student Liaison Committee.
    • It is essential that you have a voice within Manchester Business School and we encourage you to put yourself forward for this.
    • All interested students should go to the undergraduate office (D20) for a nomination form.

Expectations at MBS

  • Work and Attendance Monitoring
    • Attendance at all seminars and workshops is compulsory and will be monitored via registers.
    • If you are unable to attend a class because of illness or other good reason, you need to complete an ‘absence from class’ form and submit it to the undergraduate office. Forms are available from the UG office (D20) or can be downloaded from the MBS UG intranet ( Further details on this are online in the student handbook.
    • If you miss 3 or more consecutive seminars or workshops, this will be followed up by the Assessment and Student Support Centre. We have a duty to make sure you are still attending classes and do not have any serious problems that are the cause of non-attendance.
  • Medical/Personal problems
    • It is vital you tell us if you experience medical, personal or other problems which have (or may have) an adverse affect on your studies.
    • Ideally you should seek help from the MBS UG assessment and student support centre (headed by Gill Clarke). You may also wish to inform your academic advisor and/or your programme director.
    • Outside of MBS there is a counselling service and other sources of support.


  • Your timetable will be different each week
  • You are responsible for checking your personal timetable on the Student System and making
  • sure that you are in the
  • right place at the
  • right time
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Who To Speak To?

  • Your Support Within MBS
    • MBS Assessment and Student Support Centre
    • Undergraduate Office (D20)
    • Your Academic Advisor
    • Programme Director:
    • International Office
  • Other Sources of Help
  • Feedback
    • Your student representatives play a key role in relaying your views to MBS
    • You will from time to time be invited by the school to partake in surveys/questionnaires or focus groups. This is a key form of feedback and I would strongly encourage you to take part.
    • Throughout your courses at MBS, you will receive information on individual or collective performance.
    • Further information in the MBS Undergraduate Welcome Guide.

Get Involved: Be a Student Representative!

  • Student representatives are the voice of the students on MBS committees
    • Staff-student liaison Committee
    • Management Programme Committee
    • Student Rep Focus Groups
  • Nomination forms are available from D20
  • Deadline 5th October
  • Meet current reps at the Student Fair

Final Words

  • Enjoy yourself
    • but remember, the first year matters…
  • There is no gentle run-in…
    • Especially for IMABS students!
  • Think about being a student rep
    • MBS needs you…
  • Keep us informed of how you are
    • Don’t lose contact with your academic advisor!
  • You are responsible for your own learning and the time management implications of this.
  • Make the most of Manchester…

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