BTH 2412 Bachelor Thesis - International Business
The bachelor thesis is an integrated part of the course International Business. It is an independent piece of work where the students must demonstrate an ability to deal with (real-life) problems and solve them accordingly. The bachelor thesis is a compulsory part of the course and thus of the bachelors programme. In order to write the thesis, students should form groups of two or three. Based on request, it is possible to write individually.
The overall objective of the bachelor's thesis is to give the students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in their studies (substantive and methodological)
During the process of writing a bachelor's thesis, students will learn how to use their theoretical understanding in the field of international business to explore or even solve a problem. Also they will acquire knowledge of how to plan and execute a project, how to collaborate successfully, and how to effectively write up a report.
The students should demonstrate some expertise and ability to carry out a major assignment, i.e. be good project managers. They should also be able to make a knowledge contribution by bringing understanding to an international business problem or issue. Overall, the bachelors thesis should demonstrate that the students are able to develop research questions, perform literature search and write a literature review, select research method(s) and collect and analyze data, interpret results and write it up in a structured manner. They should also demonstrate knowledge of how to properly refer to materials (books, articles, the Internet) that have been used as
Writing a bachelor thesis should give the students an opportunity to reflect on different perspectives and possible consequences of the perspectives chosen. Also, ethical considerations on issues such as confidentiality, anonymity, different forms of consent, plagiarism are often necessary. Also, they will learn how to treat their own data, i.e. not "over interpret" or "under interpret" such data in order to make the data fit is an important issue to reflect on.
- The challenges of writing a bachelor thesis
- Searching for literature and writing a literature review
- Choosing design and research methods
- Analyzing and interpreting your data
- Structure and style of a bachelor thesis
It is expected that the students take responsibility for working on the thesis. The students shall fill in a registration form where the chosen topic is defined. After this the students are assigned a supervisor. It is expected that the students be well prepared for the meetings with the supervision. Every student group is entitled to up to three hours of supervision.
In order to support students' progress they will have to attend four compulsory seminars. The seminars will reflect the course outline. Each seminar will last about two hours and the students are required to document their own progress in one form or another. Please see guidelines for writing Bachelor thesis are to be found on the student portal @BI.
The students will be divided in groups, and in each seminar there will typically be 4 - 5 groups. Students who have not taken part in the seminars and/or have not delivered documentation can expect to be called in for an oral examination.
Two years of college education in economics and business administration, marketing or equivalent is required for taking the course.
BST 2411 International Business or equivalent.
|Exam category||Weight||Invigilation||Duration||Grouping||Comment exam|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
|100||No||1 Semester(s)||Group/Individual (1 - 3)|
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Grouping (size):||Group/Individual (1-3)|
|Resit:||Examination when next scheduled course|
|Workload activity||Duration||Type of duration||Comment student effort|
|Teaching||8||Hour(s)||Participation in seminars 4 x 2 hours|
|Other in classroom||2||Hour(s)||Participation in introductory lecture|
|Other in classroom||2||Hour(s)||Participation in library information|
|Prepare for teaching||40||Hour(s)||Preparation for seminars|
|Submission(s)||80||Hour(s)||Preparation for hand-ins during the semester|
|Group work / Assignments||265||Hour(s)||Working with Bachelor Thesis|
|Comment:||Participation in seminars 4 x 2 hours|
|Workload activity:||Other in classroom|
|Comment:||Participation in introductory lecture|
|Workload activity:||Other in classroom|
|Comment:||Participation in library information|
|Workload activity:||Prepare for teaching|
|Comment:||Preparation for seminars|
|Comment:||Preparation for hand-ins during the semester|
|Workload activity:||Group work / Assignments|
|Comment:||Working with Bachelor Thesis|
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.
|Salkind, Neil J.||cop. 2014||Exploring research||8th ed., New international ed||Pearson||Kap. 1-10, 13-14|