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2010/2011  BA-BLC_3PRO  Third Year Project

English Title
Third Year Project

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
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
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The learning objectives of the Third Year Research Project have two aspects in respect to the Project outcome: method and Third Year Project content features. In terms of Research Methods, students at the end of the Third Year Research Project should be able to:
• 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/empirical perspectives (whichever are appropriate) 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
• evaluate the Project achievements and limitations (as appropriate): implications for the specified company/organization/issue, support for hypotheses, or theoretical confirmation
• suggest further steps for inquiry given research opportunity.
Third Year Project
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship External examiners
Exam Period May/June
The examination is an individual examination based on the project and an oral 25 minutes examination. One grade is given to each student on the basis of the entire, written project and the individual oral performance. Project based oral exam, 25 minutes
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The Research Projects 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 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. A database of potential Project Advisers is available on Learn. 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.
The Study Board publishes a Project Manual each year, which supplements the Program Regulations and serves as a teaching aid for the Project. The Manual provides detailed information about Project requirements and deadlines, as well as practical suggestions and advice regarding the Project experience and proper use of a Project Adviser. The Third Year Project group itself is responsible for determining an approved Project Adviser, producing a good report, and for using the Project Adviser as constructively as possible. The Adviser is available in order to help the group with its research issue (including the initial formulation) as well as the development of an appropriate research methodology. The Adviser, furthermore, functions as primary examiner at the time of the Project presentations, when a grade is awarded on an individual basis in respect to the stated Learning Objectives for the Project.

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