APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013
BST 9742 Small Business Development
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Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation
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This course, together with BTH 9743 Bachelor’s Thesis – Small Business Development, 15 ECTS, makes up a specialisation of 30 ECTS, which is included in the students’ final diploma. The course applies to students enrolled on the Bachelor’s Programme in Marketing or the Bachelor’s Programme in Business Administration. Other students may choose this course as an elective in their 3rd year.
The course aims at qualifying students for management of small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – as well as for consultancy work for SMEs. This entails that the specialisation has ties to the business community and practical entrepreneurship. Cases and discussions are used to enable students to find work methods for contributing optimally to their own and other students’ learning. Hence the students become responsible for the learning processes, together with the organizers of the processes.
2 years of bachelor studies in business administration, marketing or similar, including as a minimum a basic course of statistics from the 1st year of the bachelor’s programme – MET 3431 Statistics or MET 2920 Statistics.
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Business concept and start-up
Growth and internationalization
Effective operations and innovation
Change, readjustment and winding-up processes
Students must employ PCs with Internet access. There are no particular requirements as regards IT competence but students must be familiar with using the Internet, database searches and using computer-based tools to analyse, structure and present information. Active use of BI’s Internet-based learning platform It’s Learning.
Learning process and workload
In the course of the semester two assignments will be given via the learning platform It’s Learning.
One assignment is to be done individually; the other can be done in groups of up to three students. Feedback on the assignments will be given after they have been presented in class.
The course ends with submission of a term paper which is to be handed in at the end of the autumn semester. The term paper can be written individually or in groups of up to three students.
The topic of the term paper is preparation of a business plan in which management and innovation processes are central.
BST 97421 Term paper, counts for 100% to obtain final grade in BST 9472 Small Business Development, 15 credits.
Examination support materials
All support materials are allowed.
A re-sit is held in connection with the next scheduled exam in the course.
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