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2014/2015  BA-BHAAU3001U  Business Continuity Management

English Title
Business Continuity Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Administrator alh.ioa@cbs.dk
    Ane Lindgren Hassing - Department of Organization (IOA)
  • Morten Thanning Vendelø - Department of Organization (IOA)
The course is taught by Pablo Villanueva Holm-Nielsen, who is a Business Continuity expert and consultant for companies and NGO’s. Pablo is an economist and tele-communications engineer and holds a Master in Disaster Management.

e-mail: pablovhn@gmail.com telefon: +45 61 65 75 03
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Organization
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 09-04-2014
Learning objectives
  • To understand the concepts of Business Continuity Management (BCM) and how to implement it in practice.
  • To be able to analyse the risk level and exposure of an organization as a basis for a Business Impact Assessment (BIA).
  • To identify the various parts of a Business Continuity Plan(BCP) for an organisation or business.
  • To combine tools for creating BIA and BCP and communicate the BCM strategy for other members of the organization.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)20 min presentation of a case made in groups.
Oral exam based on written product:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 4 students in the group
Group project with group oral exam.
Also possible to make the project individually (max. 10 pages).
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
The make-up/re-exam will be held as a 4 day home assignment. There is a strict maximum length of 10 pages.
Course content and structure
A disruptive event, for example in the form of a computer system breakdown, a flooding of manufacturing premises or a sudden cut-off from vital resources, can be extremely costly for businesses. Therefore, they must plan for the reconstruction of the functionality their organization. The aim of such planning is to minimize the recovery time before full functionality is re-instated.
The course provides the students with a theoretical basis for analysing and implementing a strategy for Business Continuity Management (BCM).  The students will become familiar with the process of creating a Business Impact Assessment (BIA) and a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Strategies for implementation of the BCM process and the necessary related disciplines will be presented as well. The methods will follow international standards for analysis, planning and implementation.
Teaching methods
The course will be based on lectures and class discussion sessions. Reading will be given for each class and a case will be evaluated throughout the course. During the lectures it will be expected that the students will participate actively in the discussion. The students will work in parallel in a case of their own that will be the basis for the evaluation of the course.
Student workload
Attending Lectures 36 hours
Reading of Course Literature 85 hours
Other Preparation Prior to Lectures 24 hours
Development and Presentation of Case in Class 50 hours
Preparation for and Participation in Exam 30 hours
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur.
Thursday 11.40-14.15, week 36-47.
Expected literature
Lacey, D. (2012) “Business Continuity Management for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises”, BSI, ISBN 978-0-580-74108-1.

Bird, L. et. al. (2010) “Good Practice Guidelines 2010”, The Business Continuity Institute.

ISO22313 guidelines, International Organization for Standarization.
Last updated on 09-04-2014