Delivery of Programme
This international programme is highly participative, which combines personal learning and group work. It emphasises personal development and is delivered in a format that focuses on individual and collaborative learning but uses individual assessments.
The taught element of the Henley Flexible Executive MBA is delivered through a series of workshops. Workshops are delivered over three or two consecutive days, once every two months. Workshops signify the start of a module and are supported by online learning resources relevant to the subject of study. To get the most from the workshops, you will use the online material for preparatory work before the actual workshop. For each module you will receive a specially designed study guide including a set of key readings, videos and audio clips to amplify or exemplify particular points. These will be supplemented by guided independent reading from ARC (Academic Resource Centre) Online. You will also have opportunities for online chat regarding the modules to broaden understanding supported by subject tutors, and you will be encouraged to keep a reflective journal as part of your personal development. Studying in this way is a rewarding experience and guidance on how to do this effectively is discussed extensively during your Stage One Starter workshop.
The module material is found through the Henley virtual learning environment (VLE). Each module is built around a core study guide which is easily available and accessible to you with indicative content and suggestions of further reading. Each module is individually assessed though an assignment. At the end of Stage One you will also need to sit for an exam.
All workshops are delivered in Malta, except for the Leadership & Personal Development workshop in Stage One and the Strategy workshop in Stage Two. The first workshop is delivered at Henley Business School, UK and programme members will have the pleasure of meeting other programme members following the same Henley MBA programme from other countries.
Attendance at the Leadership & Personal Development Workshop is compulsory and you are advised to block the remaining workshop dates out in your diary at the start of the programme. The study schedule for the duration of your programme will be available to you prior to the start of the Henley MBA programme, and this indicates the level of commitment required to progress successfully. Not only will attendance at the workshops make your learning journey a far more fruitful and enjoyable one (ultimately giving you a better return for your investment) but through the many opportunities for group work it will support other individuals in your learning teams, maintaining the mutual support, motivation and commitment to keep going when progress seems difficult.
A programme member is expected to prepare adequately before coming to workshops using the materials specified in the online learning platform. This prior reading will allow a Henley programme member to discuss the concepts and theories of each subject area in relation to management practice and share views with other programme members. A variety of learning approaches are used to enrich the learning experience.
Henley believes that learning depends on a the relationships between learner, subject tutor and other programme members. Each party has a distinct responsibility as follows:
• Learners define the depth of their learning needs, relative to their current competence, and select from various opportunities for learning according to their requirements.
• The subject tutor provides knowledge and expertise that is relevant to the learners' needs, and designs suitable opportunities for the application and synthesis of knowledge and the development of intellectual and practical/behavioural skills.
• Fellow programme members actively and respectfully contribute their experience and alternative perspectives both to challenge and enrich understanding of practice, and to give feedback to others on the practical/behavioural skills that are defined in the programme specification.
Given that people generally feel more comfortable sharing complex knowledge when they have met face to face, workshops are considered to be a critical part of the blend of learning opportunities, which stimulate and maintain the vitality of interactions online.
Academic Resource Centre
The ARC Online contains a wealth of resources to support your studies, including full-text journal articles, financial and market research databases, ebooks, faculty papers, a guide to study skills and much more. Access to this dedicated Henley Business School resource is complemented by additional access to the vast learning resources at the University of Reading. The module materials provide the core information required to pass all the assessment criteria. However, to gain full value from the programme, you will be encouraged to read around topics from different perspectives and delve into business and academic papers.