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ABOUT PROGRAM

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme equips graduates with analytical and problem-solving skills for undertaking independent research at the doctoral level. The aim is to find solutions to business problems at the national and international levels. Graduates are encouraged to disseminate their research findings through publications and journal articles.

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City University

ABOUT UNIVERSITY

City University in Selangor, Malaysia was founded by a group of scholars with extensive experience in local and international universities in April 1984. The mission of the university is to provide high-quality industry and market-driven educational courses/programmes to produce knowledge-based, socially responsible leaders and managers.

The programmes offered at City University are comprehensive and recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) as well as the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA). The accreditation provides local and international recognition of City University as an institution of higher learning. Additionally, the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia recognises the university as a credible education provider.

Accreditations

  • Accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Public Service Department (JPA)
  • Approved by World Education Services (WES)
  • Also, listed under World Higher Education Database (WHED) – a portal, in collaboration with UNESCO, provides information on higher education systems.

Recognitions and Accolades 

  • 2016 – The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) awarded a full University accreditation status and we are now known as City University Malaysia
  • 2010 – Upgraded to a ‘University College’ status and named City University College of Science and Technology
  • 1998 – Acquired by Selia Group and was rebranded as Unity College International (UCI) SELIA Group
  • 1984 – Established as Petaling Jaya Community College (PJCC) offering American Degree programmes, Technical and Corporate Training

Rating

According to the Malaysian government’s SETARA ratings of Malaysian universities, City University is rated as 4-Star or ‘Very Good’.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme equips graduates with analytical and problem-solving skills for undertaking independent research at the doctoral level. The aim is to find solutions to business problems at the national and international levels. Graduates are encouraged to disseminate their research findings through publications and journal articles.

MODULES

MODULES TOTAL CREDIT – 80

Code: DBA 7113

Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Learn the concepts, fundamentals and techniques of research.
  • Get guidance on the research procedures from the research problem identification, literature review, data collection, analysis and conclusion.
  • Exposure to the various research methodology, effectiveness, weakness, and application.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the different research methodologies and select the appropriate methods for the student’s research area.
  • Analyse research journals and study different forms of research methodologies in a given research area.
  • Write a detailed framework for the research area under study.
  • Compare and assess different organisations by use of the research methodology tools.
  • Analyse their organisations using research tools to improve effectiveness.

Code: DBA 7143

Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Learn the concepts, fundamentals and models of information systems and their applicability to the IT industry.
  • Guidance will be given on the procedures involved in accumulating, processing, and disseminating various types of information within an organisation.
  • Exposed to various organisational systems, effectiveness, drawbacks and application in leading organisations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain why knowledge of information systems is essential for managerial end users.
  • Analyse how businesses can use IT for strategic competitive advantage.
  • Explain the major types of operations systems, and discuss how each supports the operations of a business.
  • Apply the systems approach, the systems development cycle, and models of information system components as a problem-solving framework to propose information systems solutions to business problems.
  • Assess organisations on their IT readiness and IT product quality.

Code: DBA 7323

Objectives

In this course, students:

  • Learn the concepts, fundamentals, and management models and their applicability to the industry.
  • They are guided on the process and components required to build leadership capabilities and manage change within the students.
  • Exposed to various management  systems, their effectiveness, their drawbacks and application in leading organisations

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain essential management theories and models of successful management
  • Analyse the different organisational cultures and structures and the building blocks of organisations.
  • Apply control techniques to improve organisation effectiveness.

Code: DBA 7123

Objectives

In this course, students will be:

  • The learners are taught the concepts, fundamentals and models of global marketing plans and systems.
  • Guidance is given on the procedures involved in forming an effective global marketing plan within an organisation.
  • Exposed to global marketing strategies, their effectiveness, their drawbacks and its application in leading organisations

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how marketing strategies can provide for a more effective organisation.
  • Analyse how businesses can use different global marketing plans and strategies to obtain a competitive advantage.
  • Explain the major types of global marketing strategies, and discuss how each supports the operations of a business.
  • Compare and link their educational experience in global marketing with their workplace.

Code: DBA 7313

Objectives

The primary objective of this course is to enable the DBA candidates to be thoroughly familiar with the strategic role of HRM for organisational performance. This requires the design and application of formal systems in organisations to ensure human talent’s effective and efficient use to accomplish organisational goals.

Upon completion of this course, candidates will also become fully knowledgeable of the activities that must be undertaken to develop and maintain an effective workforce and also the competencies to find the right people to place them in positions where they can be most effective and develop them further to enhance their contribution to the companies success.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, the students:

  • Become thoroughly familiar with the strategic role of HRM in improving organisational performance.
  • Will be able to adopt a strategic approach for developing human capital through training and development to drive performance.
  • Will have the competencies to undertake Human Resource Planning with capabilities for assessing organisational needs and matching them with quality employees.

Code: DBA 7243

Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Learn about awareness and understanding of essential issues in corporate finance.
  • Learn to relate financial and theoretical models to real-world phenomena.
  • Exposed to “classic” finance contributions, however, current financial developments will also be discussed.
  • Exposed to potential avenues for future research interest in finance
  • Guided on the use of tools from contract theory and game theory.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Analyse various theories and paradigms of finance
  • Explain the various theories, concepts and fundamentals of finance
  • Apply different financial policies, investment policies and resource allocation in organisations
  • Compose special financial written reports on organisations
  • Critique organisations operations using relevant financial theories

Code: DBA 7233

Objectives

The objective of this course is to make students understand the international dimensions of accounting and financial reporting. Through readings, research, problem-solving, case analysis, and class discussions, students should be able to develop analytical and practical skills to deal with international financial reporting issues and problems effectively.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the subject, the students will:

  • Become thoroughly familiar with the main topics in international accounting
  • Gain knowledge about the differences in financial measurement and reporting practices that exist internationally and learn about the measures employed to cope with differences.
  • Learn about the international financial reporting standards (IFRS) movement and the implications of reading financial statements based on IFRS.

Code: DBA 7233

Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Learn the concepts, fundamentals, and strategic management models and their applicability to the industry.
  • Be guided on the procedures involved in the strategy formation and implementation within an organisation.
  • Get exposure to different strategic management systems, their effectiveness, drawbacks, and application in leading organisations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain problematic issues within any organisation, give an overall analysis and make strategic suggestions to solve them.
  • Analyse strategic processes within organisations and identify accurate choices of strategies which affect firm performance.
  • Analyse and critique thoroughly how the various functional areas (e.g., marketing, MIS, or finance) interact with each other and ultimately contribute to strategy.

Code: DBA 8324, DBA 7325, DBA 8116, DBA 8116, DBA 8216, DBA 8216

This course will be designed to expose students to the actual process and methodologies that exist within the realm of conducting, writing and documenting research in business.  This knowledge will achieve the program’s overall objectives of producing graduates who can explain and apply a range of research methods frequently used in the field of research to solve current problems or add to the body of literature.

Objectives

In this course, students will be:

  • Taught on applying the concepts, fundamentals and techniques of research.
  • Guided on the research procedures to enhance teaching, learning and applying the research methodologies.
  • Exposed to various research methodologies, its effectiveness, its weakness and their application.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explore a subject other than those offered in the syllabus
  • Explore a topic in more depth than a taught module
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research on their chosen topic and to sustain an argument at length
  • Identify problem domain
  • Plan research methodology and collect data
  • Analyze data collected
  • Develop the thinking ability to sharpen their argumentative perspectives on current issues
  • Present wise and constructive resolutions in a clear and persuasive manner
  • Apply research skills in the major areas of research formation, implementation and evaluation
  • Construct research questions that can be examined empirically
  • Generate new and readily applicable knowledge

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND DELIVERY MODES

80 credit hours, including ten coursework units and a thesis of 45,000 words.
Lectures in the evenings and weekends.
Supervision by qualified and experienced supervisors during the thesis stage.
Library assistance and electronic library services.
‘Doctoral Symposia’
requirement

ADMISSIONS
REQUIREMENTS

  • Candidates must have an MBA or Master degree
    or equivalent from recognized institutions.
  • Candidates must have at least three years of work
    experience at managerial level.
  • Candidates must have a thorough command of written
    and spoken English. English level: 6.0 IELTS or equivalent
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