1 Handbook for International and Exchange Students Fall semester г.
2 Contents MSU BS CONTACTS 3 MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY 4 MSU BUSINESS SCHOOL 5 STUDY AT LOMONOSOV MSU BS 10 FALL SEMESTER 2013 COURSES 12 Bachelor courses for international students (in English) 12 Master courses for international students (in English) 23 Courses available to all exchange students 31 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 33 ACCOMMODATION 34 VISA INFORMATION 35 SUPPORT SERVICES 35 GETTING AROUND 36 RUSSIAN HOLIDAYS 40 MOSCOW SIGHTS 43 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN MOSCOW 45 IMPORTANT CONTACTS 46 This Handbook provides international students with some important information relevant to studying at the Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School (MSUBS). The information given in this handbook is correct at the time of going to print.
3 MSU BS Contacts ADDRESS: Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School 1-52 Leninskie Gory MGU Moscow Russia +7 (495) , fax: +7 (495) Website: HEAD OF THE SCHOOL (DEAN): Professor Oleg S. Vikhanskiy The Secretary of the Dean +7 (495) EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES TEAM: Natalia Bukhshtaber Acting Associate Dean for Academic Programmes and International Affairs, Head of the Quality Assurance Department +7 (495) Svetlana Pak Exchange Programme Coordinator +7 (495) Darya Denisova Senior Specialist +7 (495)
4 MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY GENERAL FACTS: Established: January 25, 1755 Current Rector: Viktor Sadovnichiy Faculty: 5,000 Staff: 15,000 Undergraduates: 40,000 Postgraduates: 7,000 IT IS WORTH FINDING OUT Moscow State University (MSU) is the largest university in Russia. Founded in 1755, it claims to be the oldest university in Russia. The first lessons were held on April 26, It was originally located in the Principal Medicine Store on Red Square. The University was transferred by Catherine the Great to the present Neoclassical building on the other side of Mokhovaya Street. In the 18th century, the university had three faculties: philosophy, medicine, and law. The university was renamed in 1940 in honour of its founder Mikhail Lomonosov. After 1991, nine new faculties were established. In 1992, the university was granted a unique status: it is funded directly from the state budget (bypassing the ministry of education) and it is also allowed a significant level of independence. According to Federal Law N259-FZ, from 10th November 2009 Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) was granted a specific legal framework for its activities within the national educational context. The law recognises the uniqueness of MSU as a leading classical university and entitles it to wider academic freedom. The law provides MSU with the possibility of setting its own educational standards and entry requirements The curricula of all MSU faculties are based on the combination of academic instruction with student s research work and the combination of thorough theoretical knowledge with special skills. Moscow State University consists of 39 faculties, over 350 departments, and 14 research institutes. The historical building on Mokhovaya Street now primarily houses the Faculty of Journalism, the Faculty of Psychology, and the Institute of Asian and African Studies.
5 MSU BUSINESS SCHOOL As a faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Business School integrates the academic traditions of MSU with innovative techniques for teaching business and management. The mission of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School (MSU BS) is to be an internationally recognised agent of change in business and society as a school which creates a new way of thinking for its students and provides them with a wide range of prospects. The MSU BS goal is to bolster the art, theory and technology of business and management. By preparing strategically focused, skilful and ethical managers, we hope to contribute to the development of a civilized competitive business environment in Russia and around the world. The MSU BS offers a full range of educational programmes: Bachelor of Management, Master of Science in International Management, MBA, Executive MBA and a Doctoral programme (PhD). The programmes are designed to meet the sophisticated needs of modern Russian and foreign students. MSU BS is recognised in the business and academic communities as a leader in Russian management education for its: Action-oriented graduates who embrace innovative perspectives, and lead companies with integrity, vision, balanced judgment, ethical commitment and social responsibility; High-quality, student-centred teaching provided by dedicated full-time, associate and visiting faculty members, all of whom use a variety of management education technologies, such as casestudies, team projects and state-of-the-art business simulations; Hands-on experience-based approach, which allows students to participate in internships, attend master classes held by prominent business leaders, engage in company visits, and take part in career events designed to improve students understanding of the labour market and to develop their career management skills; On-going management research conducted in collaboration with the School s strategic partner, the Institute for Complex Strategic Studies (ICSS). The MSU BS occupies two facilities at the main MSU campus on Vorobievy Gory (Sparrow Hills) in south-western Moscow. The main classroom and administrative building were constructed in 2001 using donations to MSU from the Japanese government. A third building, located in the historic centre of Moscow, is mainly used for the EMBA programme, guest lectures and scientific seminars.
6 The bachelor, masters and MBA programmes make use of the two facilities located on the main MSU campus. The two buildings (733m² and 654m²) have a total of 14 classrooms (including two computer rooms), two student study rooms, two faculty meeting rooms, programme and school management facilities, a cafeteria and a recreational area for students. All classrooms are equipped with multimedia projectors, portable computers and flip charts. Student study rooms are equipped with computers, Internet connection, and multifunction copiers and printers. Free Wi-Fi connections are available throughout the buildings. Student dormitories, available to students who permanently reside outside of Moscow, are located in the MSU main building, which is less than a 10-minute walk from MSU BS s facilities. THE MSU CAMPUS The main Lomonosov Moscow State University building was designed by the architect Lev V. Rudnev. In the post-war era, Stalin ordered that seven grand, tiered, neoclassic towers were to be built around the city. The main MSU building is the largest of these. It was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City at the time of its construction (1953), and it remained the tallest building in Europe until The central tower is 240 metres tall and 36 stories high, and is flanked by four large wings for student and faculty accommodations. The entire building is said to contain a total of 33 kilometres of corridors and 5,000 rooms. Facilities available inside the building include: a concert hall, a theatre, a museum, various administration services, a library, a swimming pool, a police station, a post office, a laundry, a hairdresser, several canteens, bank offices and ATMs, shops, and cafes. Along with the university administration, four of the University s main faculties the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, the Faculty of Geology, the Faculty of Geography, and the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts are housed in the Main building. The star on the top of the tower, which weighs 12 tons, is large enough to include a small room and a viewing platform. The building s facades are decorated with giant clocks, barometers, thermometers, statues, carved wheat sheaves and Soviet crests (recently renovated). The front of the building includes a terrace featuring statues of students gazing optimistically and confidently into the future. On campus, students will find all that a modern town or city can offer. As the campus provides students with all of the goods and services they may need to make their life is quite comfortable. On the map the most essential services and shops are shown. 1. The main building of MSU: Faculty of Geology Faculty of Geography Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts 2. The First Humanities Building of MSU: Faculty of Philology Faculty of Philosophy Faculty of Law Faculty of Public Administration Faculty of History 3. The Second Educational Building of MSU: Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics Faculty of World Politics 4. The Third Educational Building of MSU: Faculty of Sociology 5. Faculty of Physics 6. Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Materials Science 7. Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Soil Science 8. Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies 9. Fundamental Library Building 10. Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics A-E: MSU Library Divisions for different departments 11. University Avenue 12. Lomonosov Avenue 13. Botanical Gardens 14. Playgrounds 15. Football Playgrounds 16. Baseball Playgrounds 17. Tennis Lawns 18. Three Hall Building 19. Track-and-Field Halls 20. Universitet Metro Station 21. Vernadskiy Avenue 22. Michurin Avenue 23. Mendeleevskaya Street 24. Academician Khokhlov Street 25. Lebedev Street
8 The main Lomonosov Moscow State University building public amenities centre provides the following services: Shoe repair Clothes repair and tailor services Jewellery repair Leather items repair Photography Electric home appliances repair Eye glasses repair and construction (to order) Metal items repair TV, video and audio appliances repair Laundry Watch and clock repair Key making
9 LIBRARIES MSU Library is the oldest public library in Russia, founded in Its collection consists of more than 10 million exemplars. The Library includes the Fundamental Library (reading halls) and Divisions at MSU Departments (reading halls and lending sections). The building of the Fundamental Library was built in 2005 in honour of the University s anniversary. It faces the MSU Main Building. International students (coming to study for one year or less) can also use the reading halls of the Library. To start attending the reading halls you should register at the information desk of the Fundamental Library (27, Lomonosovskiy prospect, sector A, first floor, room number 114). Phone number: +7 (495) Open hours: on week-days and on weekends. To register you must present the following documents: a passport, a photo, a Lomonosov MSU BS student card, and written confirmation from Lomonosov MSU BS of the period you are staying at the School. A payment of 50 RUR is also required. After registration you can order a book with the help of the electronic catalogue which can be accessed using the computers in the Fundamental Library, or by using distant connect. Once registered, a student can visit all the reading halls of MSU including the Fundamental Library. Electronic resources such as e-books and scientific databases are also available at the MSU BS. The access is provided through MSU BS computers in student rooms (2nd and 3rd floors of the first MSU BS Building).
10 STUDY AT LOMONOSOV MSU BS ACADEMIC CALENDAR Fall Semester: 01 September 25 January Winter Exam Period: 3-25 January Spring Semester: 7 February 30 June Summer Exam Period: 1-30 June NB: The exact schedule of examinations will be announced at a later date. Do not book your return ticket until your exam dates have been announced ASSESSMENT SYSTEM A student s performance on each course is assessed on a 100-point scale. The final 100-point mark for the course is integrative and may include, but is not limited to, the following: active participation in class (answering questions, participating in debates, commenting in discussions, arguing using materials recommended for home reading, activity in group works etc.), home assignments, individual projects, essays, group projects and presentations, in-class tests, and final written exams. The academic activities that are individually assessed account for more than 50% of the integral mark. At the beginning of each course, a teacher provides students with the course syllabus, explains the requirements for the interim and the final examination. All requirements, including the deadlines for assignments, projects and presentations submissions are binding for the students. Failure to adhere to deadlines of assigned work results in a reduction of the final integral course mark. According to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation regulations a 100-point integrative mark is converted into the scales of: Excellent (5), Good (4), Satisfactory (3) and Unsatisfactory (2), or Pass Fail. In order to complete the course successfully, a student must attend more than 50% of class sessions, have at least a pass mark in the final examination, and obtain the required minimum number of points in the relevant courses. Failure to comply with these requirements means failure of the whole course. The conversion algorithm for each course is described in the relevant syllabus and usually is as follows: Excellent (5) 80 points and above; Good (4) points; Satisfactory (3) points; Unsatisfactory (2) below 60 points; Pass 60 points and above; Fail below 60 points.
11 The Russian Assessment system is converted into an ECTS letter-based system as follows: Russian Assessment System ECTS Letter Definition 5 - Excellent 4 - Good A B C D Outstanding work Significantly above average work with only a few deficiencies Good work with some deficiencies Adequate work but with notable deficiencies 3 - Satisfactory E Work meets the minimum criteria 2 - Unsatisfactory F Work does not meet the minimum criteria TEACHING QUALITY ASSESSMENT Students evaluation of the teaching quality is an important component of the Lomonosov MSU BS quality assurance system. At the end of each course you will receive an with a link to a questionnaire which uses an online survey software tool. Please, complete the questionnaire by answering a number of questions concerning the course s teaching quality and education process. PAY ATTENTION: you can only follow the link once. According to MSU BS s rules, the results of final written exams and final integrative course marks are announced after at least 75% of the students complete the students course assessment forms (see next section). The official transcript of your academic results will be sent to your home institution within a month of the end of the exam season. MSU BS RULES No smoking in the building Do not be late for classes. If you are late you will be not allowed to enter the classroom Do not miss classes. If you miss more than 50% of chosen subject classes you will automatically fail your examination. Do not forget your pass card. You will not be allowed to enter the building without it. No food or drink, apart from water, are allowed in classrooms. You should leave your outerwear at the cloakroom on the first floor. You are not allowed to use mobile phones, computers or any other electronic equipment while attending a class unless your teacher asks you to bring a computer. MSU BS has a zero tolerance for plagiarism in written assignments and cheating at exams. If you are caught with unauthorised notes or cheat sheets, you will be removed from the examination room and will be considered to have failed the exam.
12 Fall Semester 2013 Courses International students (exchange students and free-movers) can attend the Bachelor of Management and Masters in International Business programme courses in English and in Russian (advanced level language knowledge required). Please note: Masters level courses are available for Masters level students only. 3rd year Bachelor courses for international students (in English) Course Contact Hours ECTS Credits 1. State and Municipal Management Regional Economics Strategic Management Cross-Cultural Management International Economics Visual Communications Urban economics Human Resources Management th year (available for bachelor and master students) 9. Corporate Governance IT in Business 34 4
13 STATE AND MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 3 Contact hours: 17 Total workload: 72 Assessment outcome: Pass/Fail Professor: Natalia Churkina Learning objectives: This module aims: To provide students with an understanding of the role of the government in the economy; To develop the ability of students to analyse public and municipal policy, and to estimate its influence on the business environment. Course content: Topics of the module will include: the concepts of the state regulation of economy; the system of public authorities; and the main areas of state policy such as fiscal, monetary, industrial, anti-trust, social, foreign and regional policies. The focus will be on state economic policy, its possible forms and mechanisms. Cases both from Russia and foreign countries will be used in this module. Assessment: Components of the final mark: active participation in class discussions, a group project, an individual essay, in-class tests, and the final written test. In order to complete the course successfully, a student must attend more than 50% of class sessions, have at least a pass mark in the final examination, and obtain at least 60 points.
14 REGIONAL ECONOMICS Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 3 Contact hours: 17 Total workload: 72 Assessment outcome: Pass/Fail Professor: Evgeniya Shvets Learning objectives: This courses aims: To improve the students awareness of the basics of regional economies, and relations emerging from interacting regional economies; To develop the students ability to manage regional social economic development issues; To provide understanding of the role of regional policies in territorial socioeconomic development. Course content: The course Regional Economics focuses on the discussion of regional economic issues. A region is seen as a complex social economic system. The course explores production location theories and the most common regional management problems of territorial development imbalance. Foreign experience of regional policy is analysed to assess its eligibility and feasibility for use in other regions. Special attention is paid to the development of students practical skills in regional studies and in taking managerial decisions. A special information base is formed for these purposes. The objective of the course is to further the understanding of the economy of regions and smaller territorial units. The subject of the course concerns national economic system interrelations that emerge in the process of building up a region s territorial production structure. Assessment: Components of the final mark: a group presentation, a written homework assignment, written inclass assignments, in-class tests, and a final written test. In order to complete the course successfully a student must attend more than 50% of class sessions, have at least a pass mark in the final examination, and collect at least 60 points.
15 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 5 Contact hours: 34 Total workload: 144 Assessment outcome: Differentiated mark Professor: Sergey Shaposhnikov Learning objectives: The objectives of the module on strategic management are: To understand the processes and techniques associated with analysing environmental, industry, and company data in order to identify significant threats, opportunities, organizational capabilities, and strategy alternatives inherent in a specific situation; To introduce basic concepts, theories and approaches in the field of strategic management; To provide knowledge and skills for students to conduct effective organizational research and opportunities to practise strategic management skills through real examples of business situations and case analysis; To develop analytical, communication, interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills; To provide a framework that can be used to integrate what students have learned and are learning in the other disciplines and to enhance this learning through case analysis. Course content: This course deals with the development and implementation of organization strategy and focuses on the perspectives, analytical techniques, and skills employed by managers to improve an organization s probability of attaining sustainable competitive advantage and success in the long term. In this course, students will be expected to integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from the business disciplines, to work effectively in teams, to demonstrate leadership skill, to communicate effectively, to engage in the analysis of complex business situations, and to make their own decisions based upon perception. This is a multidisciplinary course, emphasizing the development of strategies that integrate accounting, financial, economic, marketing and management considerations. Assessment: A student s final grade will consist of the following components: individual in-class discussion participation, a group case analysis and presentation, an individual case analysis, and a final written test. In order to complete the course successfully the following requirements should be met: at least a pass mark for the final written examination work (failure on the final examination means failure of the whole course); submitted and positively assessed individual case analysis; participation in a group presentation. An integrative 100-point mark for the course is converted into conventional scale as follows: Excellent 80 and above points, Good from 70 to 79 points, Satisfactory from 60 to 69 points, Unsatisfactory below 60 points.
16 CROSS-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 3 Contact hours: 17 Total workload: 72 Assessment outcome: Pass/Fail Professor: Vera Bunina Learning objectives: The main aims of the course are: Establishing and improving ethical-cultural competence of specialists in different national and corporate contexts in order to achieve successful communication results; Developing skills of cross-cultural analysis and the ability to apply them correctly in business and political communication; Understanding the specific impact of national mentality on communication processes, so as to be able to analyze a foreign partner s position, while respecting their cultural and social-ethical rules and values; Mastering strategy and tactics of negotiation, and overcoming intercultural conflict. Course content: This course aims to help the students to develop an awareness of the concept of culture and its influence on management practices and the functioning of organisations, and to develop cultural sensitivity as an ability to understand and to analyse the behaviour of people in a cross-cultural context. The course will start with the exploration of the concept of national culture and its dimensions in order to understand the underlying determinants of people s behaviour with different cultural backgrounds. Then the issues of cross-cultural interaction will be addressed, including perception, communication and leadership. At the end of the course group presentations will be held as a means of increasing awareness regarding other cultures. Assessment: The final score is composed of the following components: active participation in classwork, case analysis (homework), a group project (presentation), and the examination test. Active participation in classwork involves answering questions, participating in case studies and practical exercises. In order to complete the course successfully a student must attend more than 50% of class sessions, have at least a pass mark in the final examination, and collect at least 60 points.
17 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS Level: Bachelor level Course Credits (ECTS): 4 Contact hours: 34 Total workload: 108 Assessment outcome: Pass/Fail Professor: To be confirmed Learning objectives: This course offers an introduction to international macroeconomic theory and international trade theory. It also develops the main tools for macroeconomic and trade policy analysis. The aim of the course is to help students to understand the economic and policy induced reasons for international trade and finance, as well as the resulting effects on domestic and world welfare. Course content: The course starts by studying the balance of payments and the causes and consequences of global imbalances. This is followed by an in-depth study of the determination of exchange rates, money, and prices in open economies. The costs and benefits of different nominal exchange rate regimes and their sustainability are discussed, and the causes and consequences of debt and default, speculative attacks, and financial crises are all examined. The patterns of trade are studied distinguishing between inter-industry and intra-industry trade flows. Then the course proceeds to an in-depth analysis of the causes and effects of flows based on the concepts of absolute and comparative advantage, relative factor abundance and intensity, increasing returns to scale, and imperfect competition. Finally the gains and losses from trade are discussed, their distribution among people and firms, and their implications for the debate on trade liberalization vs. protectionism. Assessment: The final score is composed of the following components: individual exercises and essays, class activity and the final written exam. In order to complete the module successfully the following requirements should be met: At least a pass mark in the final written examination (failure on the final examination means failure of the whole course); Submitted and positively assessed individual exercises and essays; At least 60 points for the entire course.
18 VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 3 Contact hours: 17 Total workload: 72 Assessment outcome: Pass/Fail Professor: Kapterev Alexey Learning objectives: On completion of this module, students should understand basic concepts of information theory; possess a general understanding of human visual system anatomies and the important differences between visual communication and communication via other channels. They should develop general skills in graphic design and be able to illustrate messages with meaningful diagrams or select analogue metaphors for analytical concepts. Students should also have acquired: basic visual thinking skills; the ability to organise information (Mind Maps, Concept Maps, etc.); proficiency in creating illustrative displays for numerical data; and an understanding of the appropriate charts in relation to the data and the overall goal. The course also develops the ability to apply basic principles of scriptwriting for presentations and corporate films, as well as knowledge of corporate video production. Course content: The general aim of the course is to improve students skills in using visual aids. The main focus is on public speaking (slide-supported presentations). The course includes work on: the key concepts of general information theory; the anatomy of human visual system; body language; hand gestures; facial expressions; illustrative evidence; visual metaphors; inforgraphics; storytelling; and requirements for visual narrative, as well as animation and corporate film. Assessment: The final score is composed of the following components: active participation in class work, homework assignments, in-class tests and the score in the final exam. In order to complete the course successfully a student must attend more than 50% of class sessions, have at least a pass mark in the final examination, and collect at least 60 points.
19 URBAN ECONOMICS Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 3 Contact hours: 17 Total workload: 72 Assessment outcome: Pass/Fail Professor: Evgeniya Shvets Learning objectives: The course aims: To improve students awareness of the basics of urban economics and the actual challenges of urban development providing them with a wide range of theoretical and practical approaches; To develop the students ability to analyse the urban economy as a complex system, their understanding of the main relations of its components, and their skills at managing urban socioeconomic development issues by identifying key factors; To provide an understanding of the role of urban economies in national and international socioeconomic development; To raise students awareness of the modern contexts within which an urban economy operates and also to provide a clear description of a city manager s work. Course content: The «Urban Economics» course focuses on a discussion of the most urgent issues in the rapidly expanding field of urban economics. The central concern of the course is to show cities as crucial and advanced components of the national and global economy, acting as engines of economic development and social changes. The topics selected for the course give a good idea of how modern urban economies face different challenges related to sustainable development, such as general environmental problems or the creation of low-carbon economy. A problem-solving based approach is a basic one for the analysis of these urban challenges. Themes of the course are also selected so as to develop an understanding of a wide range of a city s management problems and peculiarities. Studying high quality managerial practices from cities all over the world helps produce possible solutions, applicable to other urban economies. Through a series of real case studies, learning tasks and calculating exercises the course stimulates a critical understanding of the economics which govern urban development. The course covers the following themes: Urban Economics Theories, City s Functions, Modern Challenges of Large and Small Cities, Strategic Territorial Planning, Branding Cities (marketing places), Factors of Cities Growth, Territorial Expansion of Cities, The Case of Moscow Expansion, Cities Ratings and Indexes, International Financial Centers, World Emerging Cities: Challenges and Trajectories. Assessment: The final score is composed of the following components: active participation in class work, a written homework assignment, a written in-class assignment, a group presentation and the final test. In order to complete the course successfully a student must attend more than 50% of class sessions, have at least a pass mark in the final examination, and collect at least 60 points.
20 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Level: Bachelor Course Credits (ECTS): 5 Contact hours: 34 Total workload: 144 Assessment outcome: Differentiated mark Professor: Anna Gryaznova Learning objectives: The aim of this course is to provide a balanced introduction to the complex world of human resource management. The course is designed to introduce the basic concepts, functions and processes of human resource management and to create an awareness of the role and functions of the human resource management department of organisations. Course content: The course aims at creating an overall understanding of a human resources (HR) management system. Upon completion students will understand basic concepts and methods of HR management and will gain practical skills in the field. The course considers the main theories and concepts of human resources management, personnel planning, HR policies, personnel selection and hiring, personnel development, and career management. Assessment: Students final grade will consist of the following components: active participation in a class work, an individual project (HR Log-book), group assignments which form a basis for weekly class discussions, a group case analysis and presentation, and the final written test. An integrative 100-point mark for the course is converted into a conventional scale as follows: Excellent 80 and above points, Good from 70 to 79 points, Satisfactory from 60 to 69 points, Unsatisfactory below 60 points.