Name of Staff: Prakash V. Arumugam
Designation: Deputy Dean / Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) (Hons) (USM), Master of Public Administration (USM), Master of Economic Management (USM)
He has been involved in education for the past 25 years at different levels. He has taught economics, statistics and basic management in several diploma and degree programmes for a good 18 years before joining WOU. He holds two masters degrees in public administration as well as economics. Mr. Prakash is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Malaya.
In WOU, he has been tasked with the running of the postgraduate programmes; namely the CEMBA and CEMPA programmes. He teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both the distance learning and full-time programmes of WOU. Mr. Prakash mainly lectures in the areas of public administration and economics.
In the international front, he is a member of the International Academic Board of the Commonwealth Executive MBA/PA Programmes, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada since 2011. Holding memberships in several local and international professional associations including the Malaysian Economic Association, he is also an HRDF certified trainer.
Course / Module Writing Experience
He has hands on experience in using open educational resources (OER) in writing and adapting courses. He has written and adapted several courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Microeconomics, Public Systems Management, Public Policy, Development Planning and Administration, Policy Analysis and Implementation, Contemporary Administrative Systems, Disaster Management, Economic Environment of Business, Research Methods and Quantitative Techniques.
He has also contributed in the writing and development of courses including International Business, Macroeconomics and Business Statistics.
Current research interest is in the area of foreign direct investment between East Asia and Southeast Asian economies. Also conducts research in distance learning and adult motivation including retention studies, student support and assessment design.
Research Projects - Internal Grants
1. A Study of factors that are hindering the students’ success in ODL programmes of WOU and designing strategies to enhance students’ successes rate. – Institute of Research and Innovation Research Grant (December 2016 – ongoing) – Co-Researcher
2. Discourse Analysis of Student-led Online Seminars as Student Engagement in Online and Blended Classrooms. – Institute of Research and Innovation Research Grant (June 2017 - ongoing) – Co-Researcher
3. Stakeholder’s Expectation on Employee Well-Being: A Case Study of Open Distance Learning (ODL) University – Institute of Research and Innovation Research Grant (December 2016 – April 2018) – Co-Researcher
Selected Publications: Journals and Proceedings
1. Norizan Baba Rahim, Intan Osman & Arumugam, P.V. Linking Work-Life Balance and Individual Well-Being: Do Supervisor and Family Support Moderate the Relationship? International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS) (Scopus-indexed) Forthcoming 2018.
2. Norizan Baba Rahim, Intan Osman & Arumugam, P.V. (2018). Organisational Climate as a Moderator Between Work-Life Balance and Individual Well-Being. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH) (Scopus-indexed) Forthcoming 2018.
3. Arumugam, P.V. (2017). Distributed leadership in a distributed learning environment. 31st Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 27 – 29 October 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
4. Arumugam, P.V. (2017). Instructional Design and Course Delivery in an Online Setting: Issues and Challenges. 31st Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 27 – 29 October 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
5. Norizan Baba Rahim, Intan Osman & Arumugam P.V. (2017). Work-Life Balance and Individual Well-Being: The Moderating Effect of Organisational Climate. International Conference on Human Capital and Knowledge Management (ICHCKM 2017), 10 October 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
6. Arumugam, P.V. (2017). Reaching the Unreached through Online Delivery: Issues and Challenges. International Conference on Open and Innovative Education, 12 – 14 July 2017, Hong Kong
7. Norizan Baba Rahim, Intan Osman & Arumugam P. V. (2017). Do Supervisor and Family Support Moderate the Relationship Between Work-Life Balance and Individual Well-Being: Evidence from Open Distance Learning (ODL) University? SIBR Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economics Research, 6 – 7 July 2017, 2017, Osaka, Japan.
8. Arumugam, P.V. (2016). Open Educational Resources and Cost Savings Efforts: Lessons from WOU. The International Journal on Open and Distance e-Learning, Vol. 2(2), December 2016, pp 49-60.
9. Arumugam, P.V. (2016). OER and Cost Savings: Lessons from WOU. 30th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 26 – 29 October 2016, Manila, Philippines
10. Arumugam, P.V. (2015). Effective Tutoring: Learner’s Perception and Institutional Responsibility. Pakistan Journal of Distance and Online Learning, Vol. 1(1), December 2015, pp 11-24.
11. Arumugam, P.V. (2015). Motivation, Learning Strategies and Distance Learners. 29th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 30 November – 2 December 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12. Emmanuel, J.S., Arumugam, P.V., & Ch'ng L.K. (2015). Stressors, Coping Strategies and Use of Social Support: A Comparison of Male and Female Undergraduate Open Distance Learning Students at The WOU Penang Learning Centre. 29th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 30 November – 2 December 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
13. Arumugam, P.V. (2014). Moodle Quizzes in the Learning Environment. 28th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 28-31 October 2014, Hong Kong
14. Arumugam, P.V. (2013). Personalised System of Instructions: The ODL way. AAOU Journal, Vol. 8 (1), March 2013, pp 13-22.
15. Arumugam, P.V. (2013). Effective Tutoring: Learner’s Perception and Institutional Responsibility. 27th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 1-3 October 2013, Islamabad, Pakistan
16. Arumugam, P.V. (2012). PowerPoint and Narration: Substituting the Classroom. 26th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 16-18 October 2012, Chiba, Japan
17. Arumugam, P.V. (2012). Personalised System of Instructions: The ODL way. 26th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 16-18 October 2012, Chiba, Japan
18. Arumugam, P.V. (2012). Assessment and Learning Outcomes: QA in motion. International Seminar on Open and Distance Learning, 26 – 28 October 2012, Danang, Vietnam
19. Arumugam, P.V. (2010). Flight Risk: Indentifying Potential Drop-outs. 24th Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 26 – 28 October 2010, Hanoi, Vietnam.
20. Arumugam, P.V. (2011). Abolishing PPSMI: A move in the right direction…or is it? COL CEMBA/PA Case Study Bank.
21. Arumugam, P.V. (2007). Online Auction Houses and Strategic Bidding Behaviour: A Case Study of Lelong.com. Unpublished Master’s Thesis
>> Board Member - Journals and Associations
- Asian Journal of Distance Education (ADJE) - Assistant Editor
- Pakistan Journal of Distance and Online Learning (PJDOL) - Member
- International Academic Board, CEMBA/PA Consortium, Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver - Member
>> Professional Association
- Malaysian Economic Association (MEA) - Member
- Global Association of Teachers of Economics (GATE) - Member
- International Economic Development and Research Center (IEDRC) - Member
- Association for Development of Teaching, Education and Learning (ADTEL) - Life Member
>> External Moderator - Examination Papers
- TAJ International College, Ipoh - Subjects: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics & Statistics
Awards / Recognition
- Education Leadership Award, Golden Globe Tigers Award 2016
- Rewards and Recognition (2014, 2015), Wawasan Open University
Final Year Project Supervision
Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA)
1. Title: Driving Force Behind E-Loyalty in Online Banking
Candidate: Chew Yin Ching
Completion : Ongoing
2. Title: Impact of Training on Employee Performance in the Electrical & Electronic (E&E) Industry
Candidate: Stephen a/l Gopalan
Completion : 2018
Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA) Final Year Project
1. Title: Cacophony of Dissenting Voices Pave Way for Better Governance
Candidate: Dorge Rajah
Completion : Ongoing
2. Title: A Study on the Satisfaction Level towards Local Government Service Delivery System in Mersing, Johor
Candidate: Kan Pei Ying
Completion : 2017
3. Title: Implementation of BRIM: Issues and Complications
Candidate: Khoo Kok Siang
Completion : 2012
4. Title: Working Mothers: Work-Life Balance Through Effective Government Policies
Candidate: Satnam Kaur
Completion : 2012
5. Title: Nursing Student's Perception towards Service Quality of its Public Training Institution
Candidate: See Teik Lan
Completion : 2010
Official Correspondence Address
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Wawasan Open University
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