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2017/2018  DIP-DSCHO2000U  Final project

English Title
Final project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Aseem Kinra - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Strategy
  • Supply chain management and logistics
  • Economics
Last updated on 27-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: Knowledge:
Students must be able to apply a number of the theories, perspectives, models, concepts and methods of the programme to solve a self-identified, complex issue relevant for supply chain management. In this context, students must demonstrate knowledge of and a broad perspective on the theories, models and methods of the programme, be able to apply these for the identification, analysis and solution of the issue and demonstrate knowledge of the potentials and limitations of these.
In addition to this, students must possess knowledge and have an overview of the relevant business economics and organisational methods to resolve the problem The students must also possess knowledge on how these methods are applied and be able to reflect on their potentials and limitations.

Students must be able to:
• Formulate a relevant, well-defined problem that can govern and structure the work on the thesis project.
• Argument the research questions that are defined to solve the problem.
• Explain and evaluate the methods that are used to answer the questions.
• Select and adapt theory that is used to formulate the problem, and to analyse the issue.
• Argue for the relevance of the theory used.
• Collect and analyse empirical knowledge.
• Explain and evaluate the connection between: problem formulation and statement, selection and application of theory, collection of empirical knowledge and conclusion.

Students acquire competences in being able to: identify, formulate, define, analyse and solve complex supply chain management practical issues through the use of scientific theory, models and methods.
Course prerequisites
In order to be able to participate in the oral defense in the Final Project, it is furthermore a condition that the student has passed or are enrolled in all other exams in the study programme.
Final Project:
Exam ECTS 15
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 Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2
Size of written product Max. 80 pages
The size of the project is the same for groups and individuals.

The assessment reflects an overall evaluation of the academic content (the written contribution and the oral performance) as well as the student’s written and oral presentation skills, where the academic content has the greatest weight; see also progamme regulations section 12(2).

The Final Project can also be written on an individual basis.
Assignment type Graduate Diploma project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
45 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale

The student’s spelling and writing skills are taken into consideration in the overall assessment of the examination performance, but the academic content is given the highest weight.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer and Summer, For exam information, exam dates and timely withdrawal of registration for the examination please see My.cbs.dk.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take exam is held in August.

For exam information, exam dates and timely withdrawal of registration for the examination please see My.cbs.dk.
Description of the exam procedure

The student starts the exam with by providing a presentation and reflection on the project(approximately 5-10 minutes). The rest of the time in the room is spent on a dialogue between the supervisor/examiner, external examiner and the author of the assignment.

Course content and structure

The Final Project is kicked off with a workshop, where the project requirements are gone through and guidance is provided on the project work. The working plan and method for the project work is determined by the student(s). The student(s) prepare(s) a plan for how to identify, substantiate and analyse a complex supply chain management issue. A specific problem within supply chain management is formulated. The student(s) is/are given a supervisor who provides guidance throughout the process. The supervisor also acts as examiner.


The purpose of the Final Project is to offer the students the possibility of devoting themselves to solving a major supply chain management problem for which the scientific perspectives, theories, models and methods acquired by the students can be applied.


The objective of the Final Project is to have the students gain an overview of the theories, models and methods of the programme, and to have them demonstrate the ability to apply these and reflect on their potentials and limitations. In addition to this, the purpose is for the students to obtain training in working independently on a complex, academically relevant,issue. Finally, the purpose is that the students obtain training in communicating a complex supply chain management issue, method, analysis and conclusion, both written as well as oral communication.

Teaching methods
Information meeting, kick-off workshop as well as individual/group guidance
Feedback during the teaching period
Regular individual / group supervision during course
Short feedback on performance after exams
Student workload
Preparation including hours for participation in workshops and for preparation for supervision 392 hours
Hours for participation in supervision with supervisors 12 hours
Exam including preparation and presentation 8 hours
Further Information

For further information, please contact the Department of Operations Management 
Programme Administrator: Gitte Østergaard goe.om@cbs.dk
Course Coordinator: Aseem Kinra aki.om@cbs.dk

Last updated on 27-06-2017