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2019/2020  BA-BASPO1007U  Bachelor Project

English Title
Bachelor Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Verner Worm - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 04-12-2019

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Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate that s/he can live up to the following learning objectives:
  • Formulate and justify research question(s) that are related to an international management issue in an Asian/international perspective
  • Select and apply relevant concept and theories in relation to specified research questions
  • Select and use relevant quantitative or qualitative methods to answer the research questions
  • Describe and evaluate the primary or secondary data sources used.
  • Identify and use relevant scholarly literature
  • Evaluate the project achievements and limitations and suggest further steps for inquiry given research opportunity
  • Reflect critically on the choice of methods and the data as well as the quality of the answer produced at the oral exam
Bachelor 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 Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 80 pages
Definition of number of pages:
Groups of
2 students max. 60 pages
3 students max. 70 pages
4 students max. 80 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take exam shall be based on the original project as the ordinary exam:

*if some of the group members fail the original exam: the re-take exam will be held as a group exam with the failed group members and based on the original project, which must be resubmitted.

*if the whole group fails: a substantially revised and improved version of the original project must be handed in.

Make-up exam due to documented illness at the ordinary oral exam: an individual oral exam (30 minutes per student) based on the original project.

Make-up exam due to documented illness and unable to participate during the writing of the project: an individual project must be submitted followed by an individual oral exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The project group must ensure to register with groupmembers and supervisor.


The exam must be handed in through Digital Exam before the set deadline.


The final project must include an executive summery (1 page).


The oral exam is max 1 hour total exam (including votation) per group.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The bachelor project is the final project in the undergraduate programme and the objective and requirements should be seen as a continuation of the First and Second Year Projects. 

The objective is to further develop the students’ abilities to formulate an interdisciplinary problem and conduct a systematic analysis within the framework of a complex theme. 
In the bachelor project (3rd year Project) students are to demonstrate the unique qualifications obtained during all three years of undergraduate studies. On the basis of their studies, the students should be able to formulate one or several multidisciplinary research question(s) suitable for methodological guided analysis within the framework of a complex theme.

During the 1st year at IBA the focus was primarily on the concepts and methods for analysing society and culture combined with macro- and micro-economic models and theories related to national and international business.

The 2nd year nurtured the ability to view industrial sectors and business enterprises as functioning systems in relation to national and international social and political systems as well as specific and general economic conditions.

The 3rd and final year at IBA focuses on concrete problems found in international economic and political situations in which companies and organisations typically find themselves. By combining the aggregated knowledge accumulated during the three years of undergraduate studies the 3rd year project should thus take its point of departure in this aggregated knowledge. 

On the basis of the above the 3rd Year Project thus focuses on an international management problem within the thematic framework of “International and Global Corporate Strategies” 

For example, competition and co-operation takes many forms. There are various consequences and implications for the parties involved. Companies have to develop their resources to be able to be part of the international competition, and international organisations work politically to create a better environment for the global distribution of economic and knowledge based resources. Companies and organisations have to understand these processes to engage in international competition or international co-corporation, and both internal and external relations of the company are influenced by changes in the political, social and cultural environment in a given societal context. 

Accordingly, the project can deal with both market and co-operative relations, and the chosen problem can be viewed from a social, company-specific or actor-centred angle. However, the company/organization must always be at the centre. Furthermore, the project shall combine and apply economic theories and models together with various societal perspectives learnt during the three years of undergraduate studies at IBA when dealing with the selected topic in their project. 

It is thus required that the project:

  • Is based on economic models and different theoretical perspectives on various societal manifestations
  • Incorporates an international and an Asian perspective

It is important that the students demonstrate abilities to consider the financial consequences of proposed ideas, projects, marketing initiatives, communication or organisational change. That is, the project design needs to assess how these activities influence the financial situation of the company/organisation. These considerations should be included even if your research issue does not imply a financial analysis or accounting aspects. 

The chosen problem must be discussed in the light of the economic, political and cultural internationalisation that characterises the development of society. The project need not therefore exclusively focus on external or internal relations, but can deal with internal relations in an internationally working company or organisation or a company/organisation that to a significant degree is affected by internationalisation. Inspiration for establishing this perspective with regard to empirical data, theory and method can be taken from, for example, comparative social analysis, communications and more general Asian studies. As stated in the thematic framework, Asia must have a central role in the formulation of the project. It may deal with an Asian company seeking international relations or a European company working in Asia, however, different and creative angles are most welcome.

Description of the teaching methods
Introductory lectures are given.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is a main part of the sessions between the project group and their supervisor through the project process.

Student workload
Lectures 2 hours
Supervision and meeting prep 20 hours
Project research and work 175 hours
Examination 1 hours
Student conference and prep 10 hours
Further Information

Please see the project manual for Bachelor Project on my.cbs for more details on the process.


Supervisor hours per group:

2 student group - 12 hours

3 student group - 16 hours

4 student group - 18 hours


Supervision hours are offered in connection with the course during the semester and cannot be automatically transferred to the re-take period.  


Exemptions of any kind regarding the project and/or exam must be applied for by filling out a detailed exemption application - kindly see more information on my.cbs.


In exemption cases where a student is granted permission for an individual exam the following allowances apply: 

max. 40 pages

7 hours supervisor hours


Please note that this course will be discontinued and will be offered for the last time in spring 2021. The last exam in the course will be offered in summer 2022.


Last updated on 04-12-2019