BTH 2412 Bachelor Thesis - International Business

BTH 2412 Bachelor Thesis - International Business

Course code: 
BTH 2412
Department: 
Communication and Culture
Credits: 
15
Course coordinator: 
Eli Moen
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor Specialisations HSØA
Semester: 
2019 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

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 bachelor’s programme. In order to write the thesis, students should form groups of two or three. Based on request, it is possible to write individually.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

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.

Learning outcomes - Skills

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 bachelor’s 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
sources.

Learning Outcome - Reflection

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.

Course content
  • 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
Learning process and requirements to students

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.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

Two years of college education in economics and business administration, marketing or equivalent is required for taking the course. 

Required prerequisite knowledge

BST 2411 International Business or equivalent.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BTH24121
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
100No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:100
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:
Exam code:BTH24121
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching on Campus
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
Counselling
3 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 
400

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.