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2022/2023  BA-BIBAO4022U  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
  • Björn Jindra - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 22-06-2022

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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 motivate research questions related to an international business, trade, investment, business environments, cross-cultural management, organisation or marketing issue in an Asian context
  • Select and apply consistently a relevant concept or theory in relation to the specified research questions
  • Review critically and comprehensively relevant academic literature to motivate research questions and/or discuss research findings
  • Motivate critically the adopted research design including the choice of methods, data sources and analyses as well as inherent limitations
  • Apply rigorously quantitative or qualitative methods to investigate the proposed research questions
  • Evaluate research findings in the context of the exsiting academic literature
  • Formulate contributions, limitations as well as suggestions for further research
  • Access and use literature, data, or other sources of information available in Mandarin and/or Japanese language in the research process
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
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:

In case 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.

In case 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

Each group registers the project and as well as the research proposal for the project in MS Form in Canvas. In addition, each group must register in CBS Digital Exam. For more information on the process, please consult the Bachelor Project Manual.


The exam must be handed in via CBS Digital Exam before the set deadline. It is evaluated in an oral exam by an internal examiner (supervisor) and an external examiner. The evaluation will be according to the specified learning objectives as outlined in this course description. The examination is an oral group examination based on the written project. The length of the oral exam depends on the number of students in the group. The individual grade is an overall assessment of the written project and the oral performance.


The oral exam is maximal 1 hour total exam time (including votation) per group. For the oral exam the group should prepare a brief presentation of approximately 3 minutes per student  and 5 minutes for individual projects. Following the presentation, there will be a discussion with questions from the examiners regarding both the presentation and the written project.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In the bachelor project students demonstrate their unique qualifications obtained during all four years of undergraduate studies. The bachelor project deals with research questions related to International Business (IB) in an Asian context. This allows for empirical analyses at the level of the firm, industry, technology, or economy in the context of economic, political, social, or cultural conditions for international business in Asia from a comparative perspective, or within China or Japan specifically. In this framework, we encourage research which deals with societal challenges such as climate change, green transition, sustainability, digital transformation, inequality, or migration. The projects use one suitable and specific theory or conceptual framework from International Business, Marketing, Organization, Corporate Finance, and Political Economy to investigate the proposed research question(s). The project must develop a coherent research design applying rigorously either quantitative or qualitative methods. The empirical analysis can be based on secondary data, primary data, or a combination of both. The students need to consider the validity and reliability of their analysis. This should reflect that students are not only analytical with data but also aware about of its limitations and the ambiguity inherent to its interpretation. Finally, projects discuss the findings in the light of relevant academic literature, formulate empirical, theoretical, and, if applicable, managerial contributions. Finally, students make use of their advanced Mandarin and/or Japanese language skills to access literature, data, or other sources of information where this is possible given the research question(s) of the project.


Before the start of the project, students are to develop a short research proposal (2 -3 pages), which summarizes and clarifies: preliminary title, research question(s), relevant theory or conceptual framework, discipline, research approach, proposed methods for data collection (including possible sources) and analysis, as well as potential ethical considerations. This serves as a basis for allocation of a suitable supervsior as well as the initial discussion with the allocated supervisor.

Description of the teaching methods
Introductory lectures are given.

Approximately 3 weeks before hand-in a bachelor student conference is held. It is intended to help students to critically reflect upon the content and set-up of their thesis, allowing them to practice presenting the main ideas of their thesis to an audience talking about methodological, theoretical and analytical matters in a coherent way. All students are expected to participate in the bachelor student conference.
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 173 hours
Student conference and prep 10 hours
Examination 1 hours
Further Information

Please see the project manual for Bachelor Project on Canvas 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


Last updated on 22-06-2022