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School of Management FAQ


Good day dear juniors. First of all, we would like to congratulate and welcome you all to the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Your many years of hard work had finally paid off. Right now, you are about to embark on a brand new chapter of your life. If you are having any doubts or confusions, here’s the FAQs that hopefully will be of help to all of you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What will students study in a Management degree?

Management is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate successfully, students will have to accumulate 136 units (credit hours) including 21 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation etc). Management students are required to choose a major and minor from the lists below.


  1. Finance
  2. Marketing
  3. Operational Management
  4. Organizational Behavior
  5. International Business
  6. Islamic Finance

Minor (whatever School that provides Minor courses):-

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Southeast Asian Studies
  4. Psychology
  5. Computer Science
  6. Information Technology
  7. Communication Studies
  8. Science and Environmental Journalism
  9. Islamic Studies
  10. English Language
  11. Translation and Interpretation
  12. Japanese Language Studies
  13. Chinese Language Studies
  14. Communication Arabic

SOM do not offer double major programme currently. And programmes offered for major cannot be chosen as a minor. Eg. Students CANNOT major in Finance and MINOR in Marketing. Students must choose ONE from the major list as major and ONE from minor list as your minor.

Students will only be asked to choose minor during 3rd semester and major during your 4th semester.

So, for first year, students will normally take subjects about the basics or some fundamental of those major courses. Students will take papers such as Principle of Marketing, Finance, Organizational Behaviour, Operational Management and International Business. All the papers mentioned above will unveil what can expect from those majors.

2. What is the best major or minor?

There is no such thing as the best major or minor. It all depends on what students like and enjoy the most. So, when the time comes, choose something that you are interested in.

3. What will students study in an Accounting degree?
Similar to the Management program, Accounting is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate, you will have to accumulate 137 units (credit hours) including 15 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation, Core Entrepreneurship etc). Students will get more details about this inside a guide book that will distribute during orientation. Accounting program is a professional course so students are not required to have no minor subjects.

4. For accounting students, what qualification we may get after graduate?

The Bachelor of Accounting degree graduates are recognized by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Graduates will be obtained a certificate in Bachelor of Accounting (Hons.) and accepted as Certified Accountants after gaining 3 years of working experiences at an accounting firm or an industry.

*For more information, you can get from http://www.mia.org.my/new/members_being_application.asp

5. How many examination papers can exempted from professional accounting bodies? (*subject to changes)

(a) CIMA – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (10/16)

Syllabus – http://www.cimaglobal.com/PageFiles/360026951/CIMA%20Syllabus.pdf

Exemption – http://www.cimaglobal.com/Starting-CIMA/Starting-CIMA/Exemptions/Exemption-Search/University-Sains-Malaysia-USM-9859/?qualification=1-2NIVF22
(b) MICPA – The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (exemption granted – professional stage exam)

Advanced stage syllables – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf

Exemption – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf
(c) CPA Australia

(d) ACCA – The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (9/14)

(e) ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (8/15)


6. What is the medium of teaching in management and accounting program?

English. Lectures, tutorials and examinations are all conducted in English. However, for Minor courses, it may be in English, BM or other languages.

7. How to register the courses for the first semester?

For the first semester, School of Management provided automatic courses registration. Students are only required to check the courses that auto-registered.

8. Do students have to do internship?

For management program, the students will do their internship during the 8th semester which is the last semester. For accounting program, the students will do their internship during the 6th semester.

9. Do students need to buy textbooks?

Textbooks will be recommended by lecturers. We do not encourage photocopying of textbooks but students may make their own decision.  For some papers, lecturers will require students to take online quizzes which carry weight into coursework grades (eg. 5% or 10% of coursework grades). In order to take those online quizzes, students will need to have an activation code that comes along with the purchase of textbooks. So in this case, students will have no choice but to buy the textbooks.

Lecturers will be using slides to teach most of the time, and USUALLY, students will be given the lecture notes (PPT slides or PDF). Anyway, for those courses don’t have the online quizzes, juniors can try to get the textbooks from seniors for free or buy the textbooks from seniors.

10. What is the proper attire for attending lectures and tutorial classes?

In discussing this issue, USM is comparatively liberal among public universities. Students do not have to wear formal to attend classes every day. As long as they wear long pants and covered shoes.  Round neck t-shirts are also acceptable in USM.

11. How do students get access to Internet?

Within USM compound, students can connect to USM network using their own IDs which will be given upon entering USM. However, being able to connect does not guarantee the speed of the connection.

12. Can students choose not to attend lectures or tutorials?

Students are required to have at least 70% and above attendance or else they may be barred from final examinations. So, students are not endorsed to skip lectures and tutorials. Moreover, lecturers might give tips for examinations during certain lectures or tutorials. Some lecturers may choose to give pop quizzes to ensure students attend their classes.

13. Must all students join any co-curricular activities?

USM does not force students to join co-curricular activities. However, students might need the units (credit hours) from co-curricular activities to graduate successfully. So, to join or not is up to students own preferences. 1st year students will be given more information during orientation week.

USM also have a lot of societies or clubs which they can choose to join. These societies or clubs offer NO units. However, by joining those societies or clubs, students will be able to gain MyCSD points (important to secure a hostel room in second year). MyCSD is My Continuous Student Development in full. It is a program that intends to build a holistic student personality under the APEX program. Having a low MyCSD points will lessen the chance of getting a room in subsequent year in USM. Again, joining these societies or clubs is based on students own preference.

 14. Can students drive in USM? How to get the sticker?

First year students are NOT allowed to bring in any vehicles into USM. If students get caught driving any unregistered vehicle in USM, they will receive a summon. Students can only bring their own vehicle to USM start from second year. Still, students have to get a sticker and register their own vehicle with Jabatan Keselamatan in USM. In order to entitle a sticker, students have to be active in societies and clubs. Stickers are limited and they are only given to students who are actively participating in the clubs. Anyway, vehicles without stickers can be parked at Padang Kawad ONLY.

15. Can students take foreign language? Is it compulsory to take it?

Yes, management and accounting students are allowed take foreign language. It is not compulsory but you can take foreign language to fulfill the units (credit hours) in order to graduate successfully.

Foreign languages that are available in USM:

15.Where is School of Management located?

School of Management is in building E45. It is located opposite the Hamzah Sendut Library 2 (E41) and School of Educational Studies (E43).

16.Does School of Management have any societies or clubs?

Yes, there are two societies which are Management Society (for management students) and Accounting Society (for accounting students).

Get Connected with Us

USM School of Management FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.SOM
USM School of Management FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USMSOM/
USM Management Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.Management
USM Accounting Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/usm.accounting.society
USM SOM (Intake 2016/2017) FB 
USM School of Management Official Web: http://www.som.usm.my/

Societies & Clubs

List of Societies & Clubs Registered in Main Campus, USM


  1. Students Representative Council (Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar MPP)


  1. Anak Negeri – GAPP Gabungan Anak Pulau Pinang
  2. Anak Negeri – PERDAMA Perkumpulan Siswa/i Pahang
  3. Anak Negeri – PERMATA Perkumpulan Terengganu
  4. Anak Negeri – PERMAS Perkumpulan Selangor & WP
  5. Anak Negeri – AMLIS Anak Negeri Perlis
  6. Anak Negeri – PERKASA Perkumpulan Anak Sarawak
  7. Anak Negeri – HAAK Himpunan Anak-Anak Kelantan
  8. Anak Negeri – IKMAR Ikatan Mahasiswa/i Johor
  9. Anak Negeri – KAKUSMA Kumpulan Anak-Anak Kedah
  10. Anak Negeri – KUSISDARI Kumpulan Siswa/i Perak
  11. Anak Negeri – PURNAMA Perkumpulan Anak Melaka
  12. Anak Negeri – PEMANIS Perkumpulan Anak Negeri Sembilan
  13. Anak Negeri – PERSIS Perkumpulan Siswa/i Sabah


  1. Persatuan Sains Farmasi
  2. Persatuan Sains Fizik
  3. Persatuan Sains Kajihayat
  4. Persatuan Sains Kimia
  5. Persatuan Sains Matematik
  6. Persatuan Sains Komputer
  7. Persatuan Sains Tek. Industri
  8. Persatuan Perumahan, Bangunan dan Perancangan
  9. Kelab Astronomi USM



  1. Kelab Kung Fu
  2. Kelab Taekwando WTF USM*
  3. Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia*
  4. Kelab Karate*



  1. Persatuan Pelajar Buddhist
  2. Persatuan Mahasiswa Katolik
  3. Persatuan Navigator
  4. Persatuan Pelajar Sikh
  5. Persatuan Persaudaraan Kristian Agape (PKA)


  1. Kelab Alam Sekitar
  2. Kelab Antropologi dan Sosialogi
  3. Kelab Arkeologi
  4. Kelab Bridge & Catur
  5. Kelab Ekonomi
  6. Kelab Geografi
  7. Kelab Kebajikan St. John Ambulans M’sia
  8. Kelab Kerja Sosial
  9. Kelab Kebajikan Rancangan Khidmat Masyarakat*
  10. Kelab Pemadamdan Sekretariat Warga Sejahtera
  11. Kelab Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya
  12. Kelab Penyayang (USM Chapter)
  13. Kelab Perdamaian (KeDAMAI-USM)
  14. Kelab Rekreasi Palapes Laut*
  15. Kelab Palapes Tentera Darat (Palapes)*
  16. Kelab Sains Politik (Kespol)
  17. Kelab Sejarah
  18. Kelab Terjemahan & Inter. (BATI)
  19. Kelab Rekreasi Universiti (KRU)
  20. Kelab Fotografi
  21. Kelab Sastera
  22. Kelab Perancangan Pengurusan Pembangunan


  1. Persatuan Bahasa Inggeris
  2. Persatuan AIESEC
  3. Persatuan Bahasa Jepun
  4. Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah*
  5. Persatuan Golden Key International Honour Society
  6. Persatuan Pelajar Ilmu Kemanusiaan
  7. Persatuan Ilmu Pendidikan
  8. Persatuan Komunikasi (PERKOM)
  9. Persatuan Kor Suksis USM*
  10. Kumpulan Latihan Kelanasiswa Malaysia*
  11. Persatuan Pengurusan
  12. Persatuan Perakaunan
  13. Persatuan Seni
  14. Persatuan Rancangan Khidmat Masyarakat (Rancangan Khidmat Komuniti)*
  15. Persatuan Bahasa Melayu (PBM USM)
  16. Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam (PMI)
  17. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua (PBT)
  18. Persatuan Kebudayaan India (PKI)
  19. Persatuan Debatdan Perucapan Umum
  20. Pergerakan Perkhidmat Masyarakat (PPM)


  1. MPD Indah Kembara
  2. MPD Bakti Permai Cahaya Gemilang
  3. MPD Aman Damai Fajar Harapan
  4. MPD Restu
  5. MPD Saujana
  6. MPD Tekun
  7. PETAS (Pelajar Tanpa Asrama)


  1. Sekretariat Kebudayaan & Kesenian Tionghua USM (SKKT) (CNY) (Tanglung
  2. Sekretariat Rakan Muda
  3. Sekretariat Pencegah Rasuah
  4. Sekretariat Green Lung
  5. Sekretariat Permaufakatan Siswa/Felda (PERSADA)
  6. Sekretariat PG Undergraduate Community Service (PUCS)
  7. Sekretariat Kumpulan Kesenian ADIKARMA
  8. Sekretariat Orkestra Cina
  9. Sekretariat Kesukarelawan
  10. Sekretariat Sinar Perpaduandan Rukun Negara
  11. Kumpulan Nasyid USM
  12. Kelab Usahawanan USM
  13. Sekretariat Sahabat Perkim
  14. Kelab Integriti USM
  15. Sekretariat 1Malaysia
  16. Dewan Perniagaan Siswa (DPS)
  17. SIFE USM
  18. Kelab Pengguna

Student who join any of club and society listed above with (*) which is under co-curricular program able to obtain ‘unit’ and also MyCSD if they active in organizing or joining any program under the club or society.

For club and society without (*), the student is allowed to join and hold up position in order to gain MyCSD. Different club, and society will have different rules and regulations of recruiting new members, please contact them directly if you wish or interested to join them.


Source: Sektor Pembangunan Pelajar, USM

Main Campus Co-Curriculum

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  1. WCC103 – Catan Asas
  2. WCC105 – Gamelan
  3. WCC107 – Gitar
  4. WCC108 – Jazz Band 1
  5. WCC208 – Jazz Band 2
  6. WCC308 – Jazz Band 3
  7. WCC109 – Koir
  8. WCC110 – Kraftangan
  9. WCC115 – Tarian Moden
  10. WCC116 – Tarian Tradisional
  11. WCC117 – Teater Moden
  12. WCC118 – Wayang Kulit Melayu
  13. WCC119 – Senaman Qigong Asas
  14. WCC219 – Senaman Qigong Pertengahan
  15. WCC120 – Canting Batik
  16. WCC121 – Seni Khat
  17. WCC122 – Seni Memasak
  18. WCC123 – Silat Cekak Malaysia 1
  19. WCC223 – Silat Cekak Malaysia 2
  20. WCC323 – Silat Cekak Malaysia 3
  21. WCC124 – Kompang Berlagu
  22. WCC125 – Seni Wau Tradisional
  23. WCC128 – Kraftangan (Sulaman)
  24. WCC130 – Seni Fotografi SLR Digital
  25. WSU101 – Isu Kelestarian
  26. WEC101 – Pengucapan Awam


  1. WSC105 – Bola Tampar
  2. WSC106 – Golf
  3. WSC108 – Karate 1
  4. WSC208 – Karate 2
  5. WSC308 – Karate 3
  6. WSC110 – Memanah
  7. WSC111 – Ping Pong
  8. WSC112 – Renang
  9. WSC113 – Senamrobik
  10. WSC114 – Skuasy
  11. WSC115 – Taekwondo 1
  12. WSC215 – Taekwondo 2
  13. WSC315 – Taekwondo 3
  14. WSC116 – Tenis
  15. WSC119 – Badminton
  16. WSC122 – Selaman Scuba
  17. WSC123 – Kriket
  18. WSC124 – Sepak Takraw
  19. WSC125 – Futsal
  20. WSC126 – Bola Jaring
  21. WSC127 – Pengurusan Acara 1
  22. WSC227 – Pengurusan Acara 2


Rancangan Pakaian Beruniform Bersenjata (PACKAGED WITH 6 UNITS FOR 6 SEMESTERS)

  1. Palapes Tentera Darat
    WTD102 – Palapes Tentera Darat Peringkat Rendah
    WTD202 – Palapes Tentera Darat Peringkat Pertengahan
    WTD302 – Palapes Tentera Darat Peringkat Tinggi
  2. Palapes Tentera Laut
    WTL102 – Palapes Tentera Laut Peringkat Rendah
    WTL202 – Palapes Tentera Laut Peringkat Pertengahan
    WTL302 – Palapes Tentera Laut Peringkat Tinggi
  3. Palapes Tentera Udara
    WTU102 – Palapes Tentera Udara Peringkat Rendah
    WTU202 – Palapes Tentera Udara Peringkat Peertengahan
    WTU302 – Palapes Tentera Udara Peringkat Tinggi
  4. Suksis (KOR Sukarelawan Polis Siswa / Siswi)
    WPD101 – Suksis Peringkat Rendah
    WPD201 – Suksis Peringkat Pertengahan
    WPD301 – Suksis Peringkat Tinggi


  1. Kumpulan Latihan Kelanasiswa Malaysia
    WLK102 – Latihan Kelanasiswa Malaysia Peringkat Pertama
    WLK202 – Latihan Kelanasiswa Malaysia Peringkat Kedua
  2. Pasukan Ambulans St. John
    WJA102 – PasukanAmbulans St. John I
    WJA202 – PasukanAmbulans St. John II
  3. Pasukan Bantuan Kecemasan Bulan Sabit Merah
    WBM102 – Latihan Bantuan Kecemasan Bulan Sabit Merah Peringkat Pertama
    WBM202 – Latihan Bantuan Kecemasan Bulan Sabit Merah Peringkat Kedua
  4. SISPA (Siswa / Siswi Pertahanan Awam Malaysia)
    WPA102 – Sispa Peringkat I
    WPA202 – Sispa Peringkat II
  5. Rancangan Khidmat Masyarakat
    WKM102 – Khidmat Komuniti
    WKM202 – Khidmat Komuniti


Sources: Pusat Rancangan Ko-Kurikulum Official Website http://kok.usm.my/


MyCSD (My Continuous Student Development)

What is MyCSD?


Continuous Student Development Program (MyCSD) is a program that specifically designed to give recognition to student involvement through student development program that they joined during their whole academic calendar and recorded in a systematic and sustainable continuous pattern.

Uses of MyCSD

  • Co-curricular transcript
  • Selection hostel

Advantages of MyCSD

  1. Recognition by the university for student activities in a systematic and efficient
  2. Students will have specific activities transcript to support the development of soft skills of students that can be adopted after graduated in the work field.
  3. To differentiate USM graduates from other institutions specifically for the convenience and value of the employer.

MyCSD Components

  1. Academics (Akademik) – a degree program at respective school
  2. Compulsory core (Teras Wajib) – join PIMPIN SISWA or HIMPUN
  3. Generic components (Komponen Generik) – Recognition on the participation of students in soft skills program organized bay Societies, Clubs, Associations, Hostels or other bodies recognized by the university

9 Core Soft Skills (Generic Component)

  1. Invention and innovation
  2. Community Service
  3. Debate & Speech
  4. Volunteerism
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Leadership
  7. Culture
  8. Sports

MyCSD Record

  • MyCSD Record of all students will be recorded electronically in student activities system with the support of Pusat Pengetahuan Komputer & Teknologi (PPKT).
  • All activities in the Eight core soft skills will be recorded in the system of existing activities
  • Students can monitor their progress and achievement MyCSD online through Healthy Campus – Campus Online http://campusonline.usm.my

MyCSD and Hostel Application
All students are encouraged to participate in activities at the hostel, clubs / associations, universities and national level to earn points needed to increase the added value of each student’s achievement after graduating. All records will be displayed in the student involvement transcript of non-academic activities (non-Academic Transcript).

Summary of MyCSD

  1. Is the individual information for all activities undertaken in whole academic calendar.
  2. Record all student activities throughout the academic calendar in the system [My-activity].
  3. Are all registered activities with fixed point given out.
  4. Give points and added value to the hostel application.

Application hostel for the next session academic calendar can be done online through the web when notice of the application was issued.

MyCSD high points accumulated in each academic calendar will increase the percentage of selected students to stay in the hostel.

The Whole-Listic Students | Lik Meng

We don’t want students to be bookworms. We want them to have soft-skills, to be able to have emotions, to be able to relate and interact with other people, to be able to communicate and express themselves.

We don’t want students to merely study for exams. We want them to contribute to the community to uplift the lives of the poor and the unfortunate. We want them to have high moral values and ethics. We don’t want them to be mere followers. We want them to lead and innovate and think of new ways and new ideas to improve the world we live in.

We want them to do so many things other than study in the classroom or their bedrooms. Continue reading The Whole-Listic Students | Lik Meng

MyCSD: A New Educative Approach in Recognizing Student’s Achievement – USM Experience


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Parallel with the advancement of the globalization era, the national educational revolution plays a very crucial part to prepare the Malaysian educational standard to achieve a global standard and to compete in the international arena. In order to become a global educational hub, the Malaysian educational standard must be recognized internationally.

The educational system must be able to carry out its function as a catalyst to produce human resource with soft skills aside from their specialization. The obvious weakness of most graduates is the lack of a good self image and soft skill as required by the employers in the competitive job market. In order to overcome those problems, USM has introduced a holistic approach to emphasize on the soft skill model thought their student development program.

Continuous Student Development [MyCSD] is one of the such Talent Management program among students. This model was formulated in such way in order to produce versatile graduates with all the necessary skills to face future challenges. The activities planned for those students while they are on the campus both academic and non academic will receive a proper recognition. So, this paper attempt to give an overall description of the MyCSD model practiced in Universiti Sains Malaysia [USM] that covers both academic and co-curriculum activities.