31 Jan 2015

Summary of the Cambridge MBA courses I studied: what I liked (and not), and how I had to be collaborative actually.

As I compared the Cambridge MBA with other schools in the previous post, I (finally) felt like objectively seeing the courses (recapping them might follow later).

In a retrospective review, I liked (and disliked) the following courses most:

Yet, satisfaction with a course does not necessarily mean a good result ...interestingly and sadly they are barely correlated (r=0.16).
Marks seems almost irrelevant to how I am stimulated by or satisfied with courses.

*Satisfaction is defined as an average score (1-10) between intellectual stimulation and personal fit to a lecturer; a relative mark is comparatively scaled based on my personal range between highest and lowest marks.

However, marks are approximately 40% determined by (in most cases) collaborative group works.
One example of how collaboration is included in marks (NB: weighted total of course depends on elective choices)

When you compare three terms, interestingly, the first term, Michaelmas, was more individualistic, while the last term, Easter, required a lot of class participations. On a different note, the second term, Lent, was the busiest term as there were a lot of group assignments while preparing for the coming GCP. However, when busy you learn a lot.

In my opinion, Michaelmas courses also should (and could) have engaged students more, to set up a pace of studying individually (yet for me this was good as I skipped some to join courses and events in different departments of the Uni).