Business Studies Department News

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 10:01

BSD faculty honed in case study analysis skills

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The Business Studies Department (BSD) through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Committee organized a faculty development programme on the topic Comprehensive Case Study Analysis last June 29, 2021.

Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed, the resource person and a BSD faculty member, presented the importance of exploiting case studies in classrooms as an effective means to enhance student learning. He elucidated the basics of case studies and the reasons for using case studies to a variety of industries, organizations and strategic problems.

He further explained that using case studies is of great importance to students to assume managerial role, apply tools and techniques of their respective specialization or functional area, and even compel them to come up with pragmatic management action plans. The discussion continued with an emphasis on the different types of case studies available for the academics to explore while imparting quality education to the students.

Lastly, the resource person shared some teaching tips, while handling case study assignments in the classroom environment. The particular focus during the session was how to create interest in the students’ minds while dealing with case studies.

Thursday, 24 June 2021 08:14

BSD faculty honed in forecasting skills

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The Business Studies Department (BSD) through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Committee organized a faculty development programme on the topic Introduction to Time Series Analysis on the 15th of June, 2021.

Mr. Pavan Kumar, the facilitator and a BSD faculty member, presented comprehensive data on trend analysis using the EViews software. Statistical forecasting was highlighted during the session, where the attendees learned that using various analytical tools is user friendly since data could be efficiently managed. The facilitator also explained the significance of using Simple Time Series Regressions.

The programme was dynamic as evidenced with the attendees’ insightful participation during the question and answer portion.

The Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Business Studies Department (BSD) organized an online session on “Project Awareness for Staff Supervisors and Students on Project Guidelines” via MS Teams on May 11, 2021 at 10:40 a.m.

The speaker was Dr. Navaneetha Krishnan, BSD Lecturer of UTAS-Salalah.  The session was one of the series of R&C committee’s workshops, which aims to help senior project students understand the procedures and assessment criteria to be followed in their projects, and to provide them the relevant tools and knowledge to complete their project requirements. 

During the session Dr. Navaneetha highlighted the general guidelines in preparing the graduation/senior project, along with responsibilities of the students and the supervisors. He explained the basic rules and procedures on how to effectively prepare the project and its contents including the timetable for submission and completion.

Dr.,Ghanim Shamas, HoS-Accounting and R&C committee member, also shared his expertise on the critical contents of the project specifically on the literature review and how it is supposed to be written. The session was well attended by all students, their supervisors, and R&C committee.

In its continuing effort to equip relevant tools and knowledge in building research capacity mechanisms, the Research and Consultancy (R&C) committee of the Business Studies Department (BSD), UTAS- Salalah, organized a webinar and open forum on “Successful TRC Submissions” last April 6, 2021, via MS Teams.

The resource speaker of the webinar was Dr. Aziza Al Qamashoui, faculty at UTAS - Al Mussana.  Currently, she is the University’s Deputy Research Committee Chair and the Head of Technology Transfer Office. She discussed the guidelines on the different types of research grants and the necessary steps on how to upload a research proposal in TRC-RIMS (The Research Council-Research Information Management Systems).

During the open forum, faculty members manifested their eagerness and interest to learn more about TRC, and all their queries and concerns were clearly explained by Dr. Aziza.

Staff members across all departments of UTAS-Salalah attended the said webinar, including the Head of BSD Dr. Abdullah Al Ghazali, who supports in enabling a research culture in this University.

According to the R & C committee of BSD, future webinars and collaborations related to research are in the pipeline to support the University’s mission to provide a high quality learning, training, and research environment.

Friday, 02 April 2021 14:40

Webinar on Business Ethics

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The Student Development (SD) committee and On-the-Job Training program of the Business Studies Department organized a webinar on “Prohibited Matters in Business in Islam and Ethical Practices in Organizations” via MS teams on March 16, 2021 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. to equip students with insights on different ethical practices in the business environment.

The resource speaker was Mr. Mughees Shaukhat, Islamic financial strategist, policy advisor, Fintech Specialist, and Chairman of Fingel Global Inc., Canada. He highlighted the means to earn legitimate income and how to manage the natural risks during the process of doing business.

In addition, the speaker emphasized that the rule of law, well- defined property rights and a high degree of trust, efficient contract enforcement, and good governance are the main principles that govern economic behavior of an individual and society. He concluded his lecture by explaining the difference between Riba and Ribh, transformational leadership and the challenges that need confrontation, ethical practices, and organizational behavior.

The session was attended by students taking up Business Ethics as a common course, Staff, and SD committee members.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 08:06

BSD faculty honed in Research-Teaching Nexus

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The Business Studies Department (BSD) through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Committee organized a Faculty Development Programme on the topic “Implementing Research-Teaching Nexus in the Curriculum of Higher Education'' last March 18, 2021.

The programme was conducted with the support of the On-the-Job Training program and the Industrial Link Committee. Dr. Anand was the facilitator for the programme. He is the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research Department, College of Banking and Financial Studies in Muscat.

During the session, the facilitator presented comprehensive data on connecting research with teaching. The session discussed essential aspects with of knowledge and subsequently the transfer of knowledge with students, transferring them as per the expectations of corporations. He elucidated on aspects considered for linking research with academics. He asserted that research oriented universities and institutions integrate research into teaching/learning while promoting research culture within the campus. This holistic approach helps students in acquiring employability skills.

Various models explaining the need to connect research and teaching were likewise discussed during the session. All models reviewed during the session primarily focused on providing applied knowledge by the academicians to the students through research by emphasizing prerequisites industries need from prospective employees applied knowledge, not mere conceptual understanding.

The programme was participative and lively as evidenced with the attendees’ thorough contributed thoughts and ideas during the questioning session. While attending the programme, the participants disclosed that they grasped the significance of integrating research into teaching-learning activities.

To provide senior project students with relevant tools and knowledge to complete their project requirements, the Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Business Studies Department organized a session on “Report Writing via MS Teams on March 16, 2021, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Abdulnazar N, the resource speaker and a lecturer of the said department, highlighted the general contents of a research report that includes the Introduction, Literature Review, Research Methodology, Data Analysis and Interpretation, Findings and Discussions, and the Conclusions and Recommendations. He explained to the students the basic rules and procedures on how to write clearly and effectively the contents of the report.

The session was well-attended by all project students along with their supervisors, and the members of the R&C Committee.

The Student Progress Committee of the Business Studies Department has organized “Induction Programme for New Intake Students of BSD”. The online session on MS Teams was held from 02nd March, 2021 to 8th March, 2021 during the ‘Introduction to Business’ Classes. The Resource Speaker was Mr. Hatem Suwailam, HOS, HRM Section, Business Studies Department, UTAS-Salalah. 

During the session, the facilitator explained the following: Programs and specialization offered by the Business Studies Department, Eligibility criteria to move to a higher level, Familiarize the students regarding Degree audit, Details of Assessment Methods followed by the University, Grading system and GPA calculation, Rules related to Academic Probation and also given clear information on different ways to clear probationary status, General rules and guidelines, Rules related to Examination, Usage of University website and also information on Business club.

The session was very helpful, interactive and informative for the participants to clarify their doubts regarding the basic academic requirements.

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Committee, of Business Studies Department (BSD), of ‘University of Technology and Applied Sciences’- Salalah, has organized a workshop on SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) with the support of the ‘OJT and Industrial Link Committee’, for the staff members on Tuesday 23rd February, 2021. The guest speaker Dr. Dharmendra Singh, Associate Professor, Modern College of Business & Science, Muscat, was the facilitator for the workshop.

During the session, the facilitator presented comprehensive information on statistical analysis of data for research findings. The facilitator elucidated the participants, the analysis of statistical information using ‘Microsoft Excel Worksheet’ and also the software-SPSS, which is used by various kinds of researchers for complex statistical data analysis. The facilitator explained the role of statistical measures ‘correlation’ and ‘regression’ in determining the relationship between two or more numerical or quantifiable variables.  

The session progressed by involving the participants and solving the following questions: Are two or more variables related? If so, what is the strength of the relationship? What type of relationship exists between variables whether simple or multiple? What kind of predictions can be made from the relationship? The session was lively and participative as staff members were clearing their doubts during the virtual session. By attending the program, the participants were satisfied to acquire the basic understanding of using the software-SPSS.

The Research and Consultancy Committee of the Business Studies Department has organized a session on “How to Write a Literature Review and Research Methodology”. The online session on MS Teams was held on February 23, 2021, at noon. The Resource Speaker of the session was Dr. Shelly Mohanty, Lecturer, Business Studies Department, UTAS-Salalah.  The session was part of the Research and Consultancy Committees’ series of workshops for senior project students of the Business Studies Department to provide them the relevant tools and knowledge to complete their project requirements. 

Dr. Shelly highlighted in the session the general structure of the Literature Review, its functions, procedures for reviewing the literature, and the ways to organize and present the Review. Moreover, she also discussed the methodologies of research, data collection, and data analysis techniques. 

The session was well attended by all Project students including their supervisors and also the members of the Research and Consultancy Committee. Additional sessions and workshops will still be held in the coming weeks to help the students prepare and complete their projects.

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