The curriculum is continuously updated to integrate changes that are taking place in the business environment. It is benchmarked against the courses offered by the best B-schools. Suggestions are also invited from industry experts and alumni in designing the curriculum. The curriculum consists of compulsory (core) and elective courses. The core course package provides the students with the foundation of business. Elective course, on the other hand, are offered with an option to specialise in an Area. The Institute presently offers specialisation in Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Information Management, International Business, Strategic Management and Business Analytics. There is a provision for major and minor specialisation
The main pedagogical methods are lectures, case studies (Harvard, Ivey and other International and Indian cases), simulations and project works. These methods are further augmented by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from different providers, role-plays, group discussions and movie screenings and the actual mix varies with the nature of a course. To ensure effective learning, the Institute leverages these latest technologies to make teaching-learning process more experiential and participative.
The pedagogy is designed in such a way that academic rigour is maintained and students are continuously evaluated. Strong support from the faculty and robust emphasis on ethics and values are the notable features of the pedagogy. Case studies help students experience the management predicaments whereas role-plays and simulations prepare them to take decisions in the real time scenarios.
Additionally interaction with industry experts, live projects, innovation workshops, participation in conclaves and learning through co-curricular activities give a feel of the real world which encourages active learning for a stronger academic foundation.
The pedagogy ensures that analytical skills are developed through concepts and practice, which help the students hone their decision making skills. There is also a very strong focus on entrepreneurship with courses being offered which are quite hands-on to inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship among the students.
The Institute of Management, Nirma University has been following Outcome Based Education (OBE). OBE is student / learner centric as compared to the traditional form of education. Thus, the focus is to have a clear picture of what the students should be able to do at the end of their learning experience and thereby modifying the curriculum, instructions and assessment accordingly to ensure that the learning really takes place. Rubrics have been developed to assist faculties in rating qualities of learning outcomes. It is a document that articulates the expectations for an assessment component by listing the criteria or what counts, and describing levels of quality of performance from excellent to poor.
Assurance of Learning Standards is set which evaluates how well the course accomplishes the educational aims (learning goals) at the core of its activities. Measures of learning shall assure external constituents such as potential students, trustees, public officials, supporters and accreditors that the Institute meets its goals. This is followed by closing of the loop by the faculty submitting a detailed report on the learning process in his/her course which helps in review and continuous improvement of curriculum.
The emphasis is to shift from lower order thinking and learning (remembering, understanding and application) to higher order thinking and learning (analysing, evaluating and creativity). The faculty sets challenging standards of performance to encourage students to be engaged deeply with the issues they are learning. Teachers strive to provide expanded (extended) opportunities for the learners, and believe that given appropriate opportunities, most students are capable of achieving high standards of performance. Thus, personalised attention is given to the students by virtue of learning through frequent faculty-student interaction and small groups
The Institute organises several certification programmes in association with professional agencies. In the past, the following certification programmes were offered:
The students are exposed to contemporary industry developments through a series of guest lectures from the industry experts in the year. The Institute organises Institute Lecture Series wherein eminent persons are invited to speak on the topics of contemporary interests. The Institute also organises the Institute’s CEO Lecture series. Last year, eminent CEO’s including Mrs Sudha Murty (Co founder of Infosys Foundation), Mr Manish Advani (Mahindra SSG), Mr Naveen Bachwani (Edelweiss Financial Services) and Mr Upendra Namburi (Bharti Axa General Insurance) delivered lectures.
The Institute regularly organises at least, two lectures in a month under its Seminar Series. These lectures are held on various management themes delivered by academia, industry experts, alumni and prominent Government officials.
The Institute also strongly believes in experiential learning. The students are exposed to hands on training through the platforms of various functional area clubs. These student managed clubs meet weekly and organise workshops, training programmes, interactive games, competitions, guest lectures etc. throughout the year to fulfill the insatiable need of the budding managers.