12 lectures + 10 exercise sessions
The key learning activities in this class is preparation for the weekly lectures by reading the course material, active participation in the lectures, active use of the course blog (including subscription to the feeds), participation in the exercises, and writing up the essay and report during the course.
Each week, the lectures will be followed by two hours of exercises. Exercises is the tool to digest the readings and train the students in what business literature essential is all about: identify the problem, outline different approaches to meet the challenge, aim to minimize risks and maximize the potential gains, take appropriate action, and monitor and follow-up actions during the implementation and exploitation phase.
The exercises are supervised and assisted by a teaching assistant and will be an opportunity for students to prepare for the exam and to work with the theories and models from the lectures.
Each exercises class will have a student presentation of one of 10 cases related to the topic of the lecture. The cases are analyzed and discussed as part of the exercises to highlight the importance of the technical and managerial concepts being introduced into the business context.
After the case presentation students will solve a set of questions during the exercises that are relevant according to the lecture of the day. The exercises are carried out in groups and aim at preparing the students for the exam as well as applying the theories and models presented in the lectures. At the end of the exercise class the solutions to the assignments will be discussed in plenary.
External examiner, 7-point marking scale, B4: Oral examination with written work but without time for preparation at the exam
The written work includes two sections: a case report of no more than 8 pages and a short essay of 1-2 pages. In the oral exam we have a dialogue with the point of departure from your written work and the readings in course. In the oral exam relevant elements from the readings will be discussed in order to demonstrate that the student has met the learning objectives of this course. The oral exam is 20 minutes long.