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2012/2013  BA-BLC_3PRO  Bachelor Project

English Title
Bachelor Project

Course information

Language English
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Charles Tackney - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 05-09-2012
Learning objectives
  • define the Project’s research issue or question, which should be clear, consistent and in every way controlling the structure and analysis of the project
  • specify and discuss the appropriateness of the empirical sources and theories appropriate to the analysis of the issue or question, as these have been derived from Project fieldwork and course material
  • explain and evaluate the hypotheses (if appropriate) or method of analysis developed for the Project
  • identify and evaluate the variables (or issues) of interest and, when appropriate, correctly identify their type, scale, and role in the Project
  • describe and evaluate the primary and secondary data sources used
  • evaluate the advantages and limitations of interdisciplinary research methods in respect to analysis at the corporate level.
  • In reference to particular Third Year Project features, students should be able to:
  • clearly and concisely state the problem(s) to be solved at the corporate level in an international perspective
  • link the theoretical/analytical perspectives used in the Project to BLC course material studied during all three years with particularly emphasis on models, theories and methods taught in the economics courses of the programme
  • discuss the chosen problem in the light of the economic, political and cultural internationalization that characterizes the development of contemporary society
  • communicate findings to two target groups: CBS and the company or organization, with which the group has collaborated. Evaluate the reactions of the company/organisation
  • and evaluate the Project achievements and limitations (as appropriate): implications for the specified company/organization/issue, support for hypotheses, or theoretical confirmation
Bachelor project
Bachelor project:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner External examiner
Exam period May/June
Aids Without preparation
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below

The examination is an oral group examination based on group project written by 3-5 students. The length of the oral exam is 1 hour if 3 students in the group and 1 and a half hour if 4-5 students in the group. The Project report is to be of 65-70 standard pages for a group of 3 students and 10 more pages for extra person in the group. The grade is an overall assessment of the written project and the oral performance.
If the examination grade is at 00 or below, a substantial Project revision must be undertaken prior to re-submission. To facilitate this, within eight days after the oral examination, the examiners submit a written report on the Project, outlining ways to improve it.

Reexamination when the regular examination is failedby one group member, is a 25 minutes individual oral exam based upon the same project revised according to proposals set by the examiner. Reexamination when ill at the oral exam is a 25 minutes individual oral exam based upon the same project. Reexamination when ill during the writing of the project is a 25 minutes individual oral exam based upon an individual written project.

Course content

This research project is one of the defining features of the educational experience offered by the Business, Language and Culture (BLC) Programme. Students have an opportunity to explore an issue of particular interest within an interdisciplinary social science, research-oriented, participatory educational framework. The theme of the Third Year BLC Research Project (the bachelor project) is “Organizations, strategy and internationalization.” Accordingly, the project can deal with both competition and co-operative relations, and the chosen problem can be viewed from a social, company-specific or actor-based angle. Nevertheless, the company/organization must always be at the centre.

The Third Year Project must be based on Primary data, with supportive Secondary data. It is also required that the project draws on the business economics/business management courses It must incorporate an international perspective and be interdisciplinary, integrating insights from at least one of the following courses: Culture, Economy, Oganisation, Organisation and Communication, British and American Studies, and French, German or Spanish/Spanish American Studies.

Teaching methods
The Research Project is organized around Project teams,so that students may focus on a topic of mutual interest,refine this topic into a research issue,and work together during the allotted period of time to design,conduct,and present a Research Project.Accordingly,the Research Project study experience involves peer-to-peer learning,Project advisement from a Project Adviser,and the learning experience found in Project Report preparation,submission,presentation and examination.In the Third Year Project,students must arrange for their Project Adviser(the Adviser is not assigned),subject to approval by the Project Coordinator.In this way,the Third Year Project aids educational development by enhancing the reflective understanding and sensibility of students in the proper use of subject material taught in courses or otherwise acquired.The Project ensures these goals,once the student has a specific,well-formulated research issue, because the process leads to the following:
1.Obliges students to work independently(outside the classroom and away from an teacher)in a focused way with selected theories
2.Enables students to experience the limitations of and relations between different scientific disciplines to build up an understanding of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of research issues
3.Encourages students to reflect upon the differences between cultural and societal and upon the problems one encounters when analyzing and interpreting these differences
4.Permits students to demonstrate acquisition of the skills needed to undertake research issue project analysis.In this respect, the research issue's analytical process is shaped by the systematic, professional,and scientific expectations of academic knowledge production
5.Offers students the educational experience of working in groups with people from different cultural,linguistic,and national backgrounds for a common research objective.Individual student projects are also possible.
Expected literature

To be found by students in the groups

Last updated on 05-09-2012