MIM Survival Guide: Registration, Syllabus, and Books

This is part of a new series to showcase all the details you need to know about the MIM program. The post below details the three most important aspects of starting a new course in the MIM program: registration, syllabus, and books. 

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Registration

All of PSU registration is done through Bandweb, a service that combines applications for registration, campus employment, tuition payments, transcripts, etc. You can sign into Bandweb here with your Odin username and password. If you do not have an Odin account yet, please go to oam.pdx.edu (note you will need your student ID number).

When you enter Bandweb click on the “Student Services” tab, go to “Registration and Class Schedule” then select “Add/Drop Classes.” If you know the CRN numbers of your classes, you can simply type them into the worksheet, or you can search for classes through the “Class Search” button on the bottom. All MIM classes will be under Master of Intl Mgt.

If you need to know what classes to register for, refer to the MIM Program schedule here.

*Note if there are multiple class times for a single course, the preferred times tend to fill up fast. Make sure to register on the first day of registration!

Syllabus

Every class you attend in the MIM program will have a syllabus available which details the course objectives, necessary materials, assignments, and often a schedule. Although most professors will hand out a hard copy on the first day of class, many will assign reading or homework for the first day, and therefore expect you to read the syllabus before class. Here are the three ways to locate a class syllabus before the term starts:

1. The professor emails you the syllabus (while this may happen, the email may also come too late for you to order books online).

2. The professor may have uploaded the syllabus onto D2L under their course. D2L is an online learning platform to which professors can post assignments, grades, etc. You can access the site with your Odin ID and password.

3. Some professors have a course page with the syllabus which can be found in the faculty directory. First go here, click on your professor’s name, and select the course number.

Books

It is always important to have your books within the first week of class (again, many professors would rather you have it on the first day). The books necessary for a course will be on the course syllabus, but if you cannot find the syllabus there is another option. After going through registration you can click on the “Student Detail Schedule” and there will be a link to booklist and course materials. This directs you to the PSU Bookstore and automatically shows which books are needed for various classes.

Below are four options for buying books:

1. PSU Bookstore: Most likely to have your textbooks in stock, but may be more expensive.

2. Powell’s: A new and used bookstore on Burnside and 10th that will likely have older versions of textbooks that are less expensive. Also visit their website here.

3. Amazon.com: The best online choice for the widest selection and cheapest price. Note that if you do not want to pay for express shipping, order your books at least two weeks in advance.

4. Ebooks: Occasionally, one or two textbooks will have an ebook (online) version which can be read on tablets or e-reader applications. Note that you do not need a Kindle or iPad to read ebooks, some reader applications can be downloaded to your computer. Depending on where you find the ebook, you may either purchase or rent the books, but it’s a good idea to check these prices against Amazon to see which is cheaper. Ebooks I have purchased are either from Amazon or Chegg.com.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to add them below or email us at askmim@pdx.edu. You can also message or tweet us your questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Juli Tejadilla

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  Juli Tejadilla is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. She previously graduated with two Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art from Linfield College. While her interest in international business began as an undergraduate student, she has been traveling around the world since she was nine months old. She hopes through the MIM program to learn key insights to conduct business internationally and to establish herself as a global citizen.

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