Course Information

Weekday Course

All the courses in our university are organized by the quarter system (the academic year is split into 2 semesters, equaling to 4 terms in total) and each course will be completed in a single term (lasting 7 weeks).

Spring Semester: April - August

  • Term 1: April - May
  • Term 2: June - July

Fall Semester: September - March

  • Term 3: September - October
  • Term 4: November - January

Weekend Course

Weekend courses may be held on Saturday and Sunday, for two consecutive weekends (lasting 4 days in total). Some weekend courses are held on three days (including National holidays). Please refer to the school calendar and curriculum of the academic year to see if there will be any weekend courses and when they might be organized.

Course TypeDatePeriodTimeGroup Discussion
Weekday
Mon-Fri
Period 1 & 2
(20 min. break)
0920~1300
0920~0940
Weekday
Mon-Fri
Period 3 & 4
(20 min. break)
1340~1720
1340~1400
Weekend
Sat-Sun
Whole day
(70 min. break)
0920~1640
0920~1000

Group Discussion

The main purpose of the group discussion is to brainstorm for the case and assignments in a small group, deepening the understanding of the case and exchanging views on it. Every student needs to take part in the session proactively. The instructors will create a list of groups and share them directly with the students at the beginning of each class.

Attendance

Attendance will be taken and confirmed in all of the lectures as it is an important part of the university’s policy. Students must carefully check their attendance rate on the Course Monitoring Platform in order to be aware of their percentage as it’s a crucial requirement for various eligibilities and selections.

If you do not meet ¾ or more of attendance rate in a course, that course will become ‘Incomplete’ (IN), for which you will not be eligible to receive any credits and your grade will be -1. Therefore, students must not miss more than 3 periods for each course in order to be eligible to receive credits and grades. For weekend courses (3 or 4 days), the course will be marked ‘Incomplete’ even if you miss one single day.

Arriving late or leaving early are strictly not allowed either as it disrupts the entire class.

Course Registration

Maximum Number of Courses

The maximum number of courses that can be taken each semester is 10 (5 courses per term), which is equal to 20 credits (each course is worth 2 credits). 2nd - 4th year students can register for ‘repeating courses’ or ‘new courses’ that are available in addition to this maximum number of courses. However, they must be equal or less than 4 credits per semester semester.

Repeating Course

If you get a pass grade between ‘S’ and ‘C’ for any course, you cannot register for the same course again. But if you get ‘F’ or ‘IN’ grade, then you can register for the same course again in the following academic year; if it is an intensive or a weekend course, this rule will not be applicable. A fee of JPY 3,500 will be charged for each repeating course.

New Course

In case a course where you have received an ‘F’ or ‘IN’ grade is not going to be held in the following academic year, you can register for a new course instead; if it’s an intensive or a weekend course, this rule will not be applicable. A fee of JPY 3,500 will be charged for each new course.

Limited Number of Registrants

If the number of applicants for a course exceeds the limited number of registrants, the students will be decided through lottery in order to keep the class size within its limited number. The following students will not be given priority in the above case:

  • Students who have already enough credits to graduate;
  • Students who have received ‘IN’ grade in the previous year.

Information About Class

Purchasing Casebooks, Textbooks, and Reference Books

Hard copies of the casebook will be distributed before the beginning of the lectures. Paid cases will be sold at the university and students need to purchase them during the established period; please note that it is legally prohibited to photocopy a case due to copyrights.

The list of required textbooks, if applicable, will be posted in the syllabus and the instructors will let you know how you may acquire them.

Case Study Preparation

Students are required to prepare each case for at least 3 hours. The assignments for each case will be provided by the instructor before the lecture, and they will be usually related to the casebooks. Some additional teaching materials for the course will be provided as necessary via Google Classroom.

Group Discussion

The group discussion will be held between 09:20 - 09:40 for the period 1 & 2, 13:40 - 14:00 for the period 3 & 4, and 09:20 - 10:00 for the intensive and weekend classes. The main purpose of this session is to brainstorm for the case and assignments in a small group, deepening the understanding of the case and exchanging views on it. Every student needs to take part in the session proactively. The instructors will create the list of groups and share them directly with the students, they will also oversee the group discussion as it’s part of the evaluation.

Mandatory & Supplementary Readings

For every course, the students are required to complete the mandatory readings (textbooks, excerpts, chapters, articles, papers, etc.) when directed by the instructors in order to learn about the required fundamentals, concepts, and theories. When addressed by the instructors, students will need to buy textbooks. Instructors might also share additional resources for supplementary readings and students are encouraged to read them in order to further increase their knowledge.

Year and the Maximum Number of Credits

The maximum number of courses that can be taken each semester is 10, which is equal to 20 credits (each course is worth 2 credits). Additionally, the student can take repeating courses, new courses, intensive courses, and transfer credits through the credit transfer system, equaling to 12 credits or less for each academic year. Thus, the maximum number of credits that can be gained in total each academic year is 52 credits.

2 credits represent 90 hours, composed of 23.3 contact hours and 66.7 hours of self-study.

The contact hours represent the 7 weeks of 200 minutes lectures for each course while the 66.7 hours of self-study represent the minimum number of hours student should spend for case preparation, mandatory and additional readings, assignments, reports, etc. for the same course.

Year
Total
Limit
Regular
Course
Credit
Information
1st-4th
52 credits
40 credits
(Spring: 20 credits)
(Fall: 20 credits)
12 credits
Limit of repeating New Course: 8 credits
Limit of Intensive Course: 8 credits
Limit of credit transfer: 8 credits

Grading and GPA System

Evaluations of course performance are expressed by the following 6 letter grades.

Grading
Point
%
Description
S4100-90Excellent performance rich in originaity and amply meeting course requirements
A389-80Excellent performance
B279-70Generally satisfactory performance
C169-60Lowest level of performance that can be considered acceptable (passing grade)
F-Re059-40Fail - however the student is given the option to submit a makeup report in order to get a chance at passing the course with a C grade
F039-0Fail (no credits given)
IN-1NAIncomplete (no credits given) due to a lack of attendance

In the Global BBA program, there are no final exams but instead, students have to hand in a final report, the instructors will specify the topic of this final report, submission guidelines and deadlines that students must follow strictly to submit in due time according to the instructor’s direction. Please read the syllabus carefully and follow the instructions given by the instructor.

The final evaluation for each course is based on the various grades received by the student (in-class contribution and participation, assignments, simulation results, final report etc.) as well as the attitude in the class. In-class contribution and participation include the attendance, being active during the group discussion, giving new perspectives and constructive remarks during the class discussions, commenting on others’ remark, relaunching the discussion, being first to answer, etc.

Certain attitudes, such as being late or not participating at all, disrupting the classroom by leaving and entering often, using electronic devices for unauthorized purposes, giving aggressive remarks or having a passive attitude, not submitting the assignments and reports or submitting them late, etc., will negatively impact the final evaluation. Our university has a strict grading evaluation criteria.

At NUCB, the grades are converted into our grade-point average (GPA) system. For the student’s GPA, the total number of points is divided by the total number of courses.