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PgDip in Participant-Centered Learning

This will be a diploma course exploring the case method style of teaching and learning, which originated at the prestigious Harvard Business School and has gone on to be adopted by the NUCB Business School and other institutions of management education around the world. The case method allows students to reflect on their experiences, form hypotheses, and relive the thought processes of key decision makers through the study of real cases, with the goal of developing and refining their own problem-solving skills in real-world situations. This program will be designed to introduce students to effective participant-centered teaching methods and teach students how to manage their case method classes. Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded with a diploma.


The power of the case method

Case Method in 2 Minutes



Case Method


3 steps to develop the management skills effectively by using case method



Analyzing skill; logical thinking; presentation skill; leadership skill; Management requires wide-ranging skills. NUCB Business School develops these skills using case method by repeating the three major steps: preparation, group discussion, and class discussion.

Source: L. A. Mauffette-Leenders, J. A. Erskine, and M.R. Leenders (2001), Learning with Cases 2nd ed., London, Ontario, Canada: Ivey Publishing.


  • STEP 1

    Individual preparation: case interpretation, hypothesis generating

    Participant receive the casebook in digital format 2 weeks before the class starts. They read the case and examine the reason for the company to succeed or struggle. They need to complete generating the hypothesis to the assignment before the class, referring to the text and recommended books the faculty present.

  • STEP 2

    Group discussion: reach the conclusion through many discussions

    Participants start from the group session. They break into small groups as instructed beforehand, and each group goes into group rooms and share the idea of each member, exchanging the opinions for the assignment. Each member clears their thoughts and get a deeper understanding for the case.

  • STEP 3

    Class discussion: pursuing the best management decision in the class

    Participants discuss under the facilitation of the faculty, using polls and raising hands to speak, about questions such as “the project of this company seems to be about to fail, should they continue to proceed? Do you agree or not?”. It leads to the deeper consideration through opinions from different perspectives. The ultimate goal of case method is not in reaching one conclusion in a class, but in reflecting the participants’ own attitudes in the case that they face the same situation they read in the case in the future.

All the classes adopt practical case method, and have the curriculum which enables participants to obtain the skill to overview the entire management of corporation as SME Management Consultants. The classes based on discussion proceed from the basics to the advanced, and to the further expansion in order, which should be easy to follow for those from science field or beginner of business economics.



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