5.3 Integrated Learning

To achieve the course objectives, the IBIBS employs a delivery approach grounded in a dynamic and integrated learning and teaching environment that is student-centred, humanistic, interactive, academically rigorous and relevant to the student’s needs. The educational approach utilised within the course is integrative of theoretical input, personal growth and professional development.

The following diagram captures this approach:

       Integrated Learning

Theoretical Input

The IBIBS courses are grounded in current and relevant theoretical perspectives and frameworks of law, business, finance, advice and investment banking disciplines that inform IBIBS’s higher education courses. The theoretical component is enhanced with a practical observation component to allow students to see the applicability of the curriculum. Academic rigor is an integral part of study within the course and is based on contemporary research and thinking.

The course provides students with the opportunity to read literature, undertake research, form discussion groups and complete written and oral assessments to demonstrate their understanding and integration of theory. Every effort is made to ensure that students maintain an appropriate balance in their work so that the learning of theory is not divorced from its relevance to real life and the ability to observe and understand theoretical principles and techniques is enhanced by the practical component of the course.

Personal Growth and Development

The role of personal development and personal growth is a central feature to the Bachelor program and of the teaching and learning environment of IBIBS. Personal development occurs through an integrated program of study which challenges the students to continually deepen and extend their knowledge and skills from the basic to the more complex. The Bachelor program is structured to enhance this personal growth dynamic through innovative assessment components dedicated to assisting the student’s growth in self-awareness and his/her capacity to be self-reflective.

Practical Application

Theoretical input without reference to its application in practice can often seem irrelevant. The IBIBS balances the theory with reference to its application by engaging teaching staff who currently work in their fields of practice, workplaces excursions and real transactional documentation assessments for students.

Learning outcomes are enhanced by analysing practical case studies and resources together with real world assessment activities that are focussed on the integration of knowledge and skills. In this way the student develops the capacity to critique, analyse and evaluate theory in practice and is encouraged to develop new theoretical insight, new understanding and industry best practice and high levels of technical understanding.

Professional Development

Professional development is facilitated through the imparting of ethical thinking and practice throughout the courses. The quality of the relationship between the teaching staff and the student cohort is central. The IBIBS teaching staff possess all the necessary qualifications and most the practical experience to teach their disciplines. Most teaching staff are members of their relevant professional associations and aware of their ongoing professional development needs, communicate professional ethical practice requirements and regulations, facilitate an atmosphere of open and honest expression of thoughts and experience relevant to the curriculum.

The courses have been designed to specifically support the professional development of each student through consistent reference to ethical, legal, moral and professional standards and benchmarks that inform and sustain best practice in a variety of fields and in particular to their chosen career outcomes.

Integration of the principles

Through the integration of these four principles, the IBIBS expects that students will develop the academic knowledge and skills, attributes, values and attitude to practice in the financial services, corporate finance and investment banking sectors.



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