BTH 9743 Bachelor Thesis - Small Business Development
This bachelors thesis in combination with the course BST 9742 Small Business Development, 15 ECTS, constitutes a specialisation of 30 ECTS. Students in the Bachelor of Business Administration or the Bachelor of Marketing programme who have chosen this combination will receive a final certificate stating that they have completed this specialisation.
The bachelors thesis is a significant independent piece of work in which the students are to show that they can examine a current problem and take overall responsibility for solving it in a suitable manner.
The bachelors thesis is a mandatory part of the programme. It is to be written in groups of 2-3 collaborating students. In special cases students may be permitted to write individually.
- The students are to acquire an understanding of the operations of small businesses while working on their bachelors thesis.
- They will also gain an understanding of the significance of management of small businesses and of the overall perspectives of small businesses.
- The students should be able to prepare plans for growth in SMEs
- They must be able to prepare budgets
- They must be able to describe the collaboration within the group.
- The students are to develop critical reflection
- They should develop ethical consciousness associated with business management.
The students are responsible for finding a topic or problem area that is suitable for the specialization in Small Business Development.
Students are expected to take personal responsibility for work on their bachelor’s thesis. Tutorials and seminars presuppose that students are prepared for discussions and tutoring.
The students must fill in their chosen topic in a registration form. They will then be assigned a supervisor. The course duration is one semester and includes both seminars and tutorials. Guidelines for writing Bachelor thesis
are to be found on the student portal @BI.
The teaching includes 4 seminars. For each seminar the students must usually prepare and present, and/or hand in material beforehand.
Up to 3 hours of individual tutoring for each student group is offered. The seminar teaching is mandatory. Students that have not taken part in seminars and/or have not handed in documentation must expect to be called in for an oral check.
The course is supported by BI’s learning platform and the students must have access to PCs with relevant software. The library offers courses and guidance in using the statistics program (SASJMP) and literature searches.
Two years of college education in economics and business administration, marketing or equivalent is required for taking the course.
The students must have completed BST 9742 Small Business Development or have equivalent knowledge. In addition they must have basic knowledge of social science methodology.
|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|
|Other in classroom||2||Hour(s)||Participation in introduction lecture|
|Other in classroom||2||Hour(s)||Participation in library information meeting|
|Teaching||8||Hour(s)||Participation in seminars, 4 x 2 hours|
|Prepare for teaching||40||Hour(s)||Preparation for seminars|
|Submission(s)||80||Hour(s)||Preparation of interim papers|
|Group work / Assignments||265||Hour(s)||Work on Bachelor Thesis|
|Workload activity:||Other in classroom|
|Comment:||Participation in introduction lecture|
|Workload activity:||Other in classroom|
|Comment:||Participation in library information meeting|
|Comment:||Participation in seminars, 4 x 2 hours|
|Workload activity:||Prepare for teaching|
|Comment:||Preparation for seminars|
|Comment:||Preparation of interim papers|
|Workload activity:||Group work / Assignments|
|Comment:||Work on 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.
|Løwendahl, Bente R.; Chen, Siyu; Wenstøp, Fred||2013||Skriv gode oppgaver!||2. utg||Cappelen Damm akademisk|
|Saunders, Mark N.K.; Lewis, Philip; Thornhill, Adrian||cop. 2016||Research methods for business students||7th ed||Pearson|