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2021/2022  DIP-DSCHO1003U  Business Project

English Title
Business Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 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 (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Andreas Wieland - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Study administration for HD-SCM: HDSCM@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 07-06-2021

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Learning objectives
The project work gives students knowledge about how to identify, formulate and analyse an SCM issue with a view to creating value for one or more enterprises. In addition to this, students gain knowledge on how a literature review can be carried out and how the competences acquired during the first year of study of Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management can be applied in a specific practice.

Students must be able to:
• Formulate a relevant, well-defined and a real issue-solving problem that can govern and structure the work on the project.
• Carry out and describe a literature review that is adequate for the identified problem.
• Select, describe and apply a method of investigation that is suitable for the formulated research questions.
• Select, introduce, combine and apply relevant theories and analytical models related to one or more of the courses or the disciplines of the first year of study of the Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management.
• Collect own empirical knowledge in the form of interviews, observations, questionnaires, data from enterprises and/or other sources.
• Perform a thorough and structured analysis of the chosen problem.
• Answer the research questions and provide reflections on the identified problem.
• Prepare a well-defined implementation plan for the recommended solution.
• Explain the organisation and management of the project work.
• Present the results of the project in a clear and convincing way.

Students acquire competences in performing SCM analyses that rest on a solid methodological and theoretical basis. With this competence, students obtain the basis for being able to perform a good analysis of SCM-related problems in their own enterprise.
Business Project:
Exam ECTS 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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
Max. 30 pages in the case of an exam on an individual basis

In accordance with section 6 of the programme regulations.
This exam then is individual for both the written product and the oral exam.
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
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
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
In the case of a re-take exam an amended or new project is handed in after consultation with the supervisor.

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

The oral exam is based on the project but may include other theories and models that could have been applied for the analysis and solution of the issue defined. At the exam, an overall evaluation is made of the written and the oral performance.


The exam lasts 20 minutes per student. It is expected that you start the examination by presenting the end results and providing a perspective on them. After the initial presentation, the rest of the examination is a dialogue between the supervisor/examiner, external examiner and the author of the assignment. The examiners discuss the student’s performance, grading and feedback in last 5 minutes of the examination.


Research question

A preliminary problem formulation of the size of 1-2 pages should be prepared and must contain:


  • Description of the problem area (What is the challenge/dilemma and for whom?).
  • Formulation of the research question, and sub-questions, if any.
  • Statement of the theories and models, an application of which is aimed for.
  • A description about how the student(s) will metodologically deal towards reaching a solution to the problem


One of the teachers attached to the programme acts as supervisor on the project. A supervisor is assigned by the course coordinator.

Supervision covers 6 hours per group project. In the case of an individual project, 3 hours of supervision are given. Supervision concentrates on discussion of the final research question and the application of theory. The supervisor is not to read through drafts for all parts of the report, but it is important that students receive feedback from the supervisor on some of their analyses along the way. It is the responsibility of the students to contact the supervisor and be in charge of the supervision process.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The purpose of the course is to give students knowledge, skills and competences in problem-solving supply chain management (SCM) analysis that rests on a solid methodological and theoretical basis.


The course consists of two parallel work parts. One part of the course consists of workshops where the relevant aspects of the project work are introduced and discussed. In the other part, students individually or in a project group carry out the project work as such in accordance with the instructions from the workshops. Students may consult the supervisor related to the project on an ongoing basis. By way of conclusion, the project is reported on in writing in a project report.


Teaching principles and methods: The students commence their project work after a common project start-up in the form of dialogue-based workshops, independently or in a project group and may contact the supervisor related to the project on an ongoing basis.

Description of the teaching methods
Workshops and independent project work.
Feedback during the teaching period
Individual and group feedback during the course. Short feedback on performance after exams. Office hours for feedback.
Student workload
Hours for teaching including exercises and workshops with lecturers and guest speakers 9 hours
Hours for supervision on student project with dedicated supervisors 6 hours
Student preparation hours for lectures and supervision including preparations of lecture notes, meeting agendas and project drafts and proposals 42 hours
Project research and project report preparation hours 75,5 hours
Exam presentation preparation 5 hours
Further Information

For further information, please contact the Department of Operations Management 

Programme Administrator: Gitte Østergaard goe.om@cbs.dk 
Course Coordinator: Andreas Wieland awi.om@cbs.dk


If the special situation requires this, students can ask for permission to write the project in Danish. In that case, also the oral exam will be in Danish.

Expected literature

Students’ individual literature lists for the project.

Last updated on 07-06-2021