Undergraduate > LABU2051
Business Case Analyses I
Fall 2014 (2 credits)
Co-ordinators: Nora HUSSIN
Jessie LAM
Course Description
The LABU 2051 course is part of a two-semester graded course worth a total of 4 credits, offered in Fall, in conjunction with LABU 2052 in Spring. The Fall semester is worth 2 credits.The course aims to help students achieve goals and learning outcomes in 4 sets of skills based on the desired visionof HKUST graduate attributes. The sets of skills are: application of theories, principles and real-world knowledge; case analysis; communication and language; and teamwork and leadership. These skills are transferable and applicable to the students’ current and future School of Business courses.The course is structured on analyzing 3 business cases: ISOM, ACCT and MGMT, and is structured around 7 stages and numerous sessions. The cases serve as a vehicle for students to sharpen their communication and language skills.To assist students in achieving the goals and learning outcomes, and also demonstrate that they have achieved them, they will be assigned practice tasks and case assignments, completed either individually or in groups.


Objectives (Shared Vision & Goals) and Content (Structure)

To assist students to manage their own learning to achieve learning outcomes based on desired graduate attributes, in 4 sets of skills, applicable to their current and future business courses by analyzing business cases.

The desired graduate attributes are:

  • academic excellence
  • competencies and capacity building
  • leadership and teamwork
  • international outlook
  • vision and orientation to the future
  • ethical standards and compassion


To attain the vision, students should achieve goals in 4 sets of skills:

  • content
  • case analysis
  • communication and language, and
  • teamwork and leadership.

and the skills are in:

  • data management, accounting ethics, and cross-cultural communication
  • critical reading, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and integrating real-world problems
  • oral and written communication, and vocabulary
  • teamwork and leadership

The integration of IT is also a skill included.



Cases, Stages & Sessions

To help students achieve the goals, the course is structured around 3 cases (ISOM, ACCT and MGMT). In each case, students will go through 7 stages spread over numerous sessions:

Each session delineates the learning outcomes students need to achieve and the assessment. The learning outcomes are progressive in terms of level of difficulty. What will be introduced in LABU 2051 will be stepping stones for the skills to be developed in LABU 2052. Within each stage and session, students will complete specific tasks which will help them achieve the learning outcomes.

The course has 42 contact teaching hours per semester and lessons are conducted 3 hours per week in two 1.5 hour lessons.


Teaching and Learning

LABU 2051 students, LABU teachers, SBM teachers, HKUST librarians, CELT, and the community play an important role in the teaching and learning process.

Student Role
Students must be active learners in and out of the classroom. They will be asked to take responsibility for their own learning, to set goals and learn on their own as well as in groups.

LABU Teachers’ Role
LABU Teachers:

  • act as facilitators to students’ learning
  • act as guides and provide feedback relevant to students’ learning needs
  • expect students to be in control of the learning process, and to manage their own learning such as understanding what, how, when and where tasks, activities and assignments are to be completed, and how to overcome the challenges they may face
  • structure teaching such that students are encouraged to participate actively in and out of the classrooms

SBM Teachers’ Role
SBM Teachers:

  • act as facilitators to students’ understanding of the theoretical concepts in the business cases which would help guide students understand the cases better

The LABU 2051 Student Community’s Role
As part of the LABU 2051 student community, students are to work with other students within their own class and within the community by sharing ideas and opinions through discussions in and out of the classrooms.

The External Community’s Role
Students are encouraged to collaborate with other professionals and other students who would facilitate their learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes 

To complete the assessment successfully, students must take note of the product, the main outcome, and specific outcomes under Communication and Language Skills, Case Analysis Skills and Content Skills.