VHL 3403 Introduction to Norwegian and international retail - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

VHL 3403 Introduction to Norwegian and international retail - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

Course code: 
VHL 3403
Accounting, Auditing and Business Analytics
Course coordinator: 
Eirill Bø
Product category: 
Bachelor of Retail Management - Programme Courses
2018 Spring
Active status: 
Re-sit exam
Resit exam semesters: 
2017 Autumn
2018 Spring
Resit exam info

This course was lectured for the last time autumn 2016. Re-sit examiniation is offered autumn 2017 and last time spring 2018.

Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

The retail trade is one of Norway’s largest business sectors. It consists of a number of industries with a total of several hundred thousand employees. It is the largest employer in almost all the counties in the country. The industry is undergoing a rapid development both nationally and internationally. Today the retail trade is characterized by large entities exposed to fierce competition. In order to be profitable, therefore, it is dependent on efficient and lean operation.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

On completion of the course the students are supposed to have acquired basic competence related to the retail trade markets and the framework conditions for trade in Norway and abroad. They will have acquired in-depth knowledge on the most important industries of the trade and they must also understand the relationship between industry (the suppliers) and trade.

Learning outcomes - Skills

On completion of the course the students are supposed to be able to apply the acquired knowledge in their work related to Norwegian and international retail trades. They are supposed to understand the difference between strategic and practical operations in the retail enterprises.

Learning Outcome - Reflection

On completion of the course the students are supposed to have developed an understanding of the importance of the trade for value-creation in society. They are supposed to be able to ask critical questions and reflect on the responsibility of the trade for sustainable development, particularly as regards environmental issues and service.

Course content
  • Retail trade in Norway
  • Wholesale trade in Norway
  • The import of merchandise
  • The export of merchandise
  • International retail trade
  • The relationship between industry and trade
  • Trading trends, shopping centres, downtown retail
  • E-trade
  • The social responsibility of the retail trade
Learning process and requirements to students

The course is delivered through lectures by the assigned lecturer, discussions, exercises, lectures by external speakers and corporate visits. 

The exercises are submitted through itslearning on two specified dates in the course of the semester. Assignment 1 deals with Norwegian trade and assignment 2 with international trade. The assignments will be reviewed during lecture hours the week after they have been submitted.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination every semester
100Yes4 Hour(s)
  • No support materials
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • No support materials
Duration:4 Hour(s)
Exam code:VHL34031
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Prepare for teaching36Hour(s)
Self study62Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching62Hour(s)Preparation of two exercises
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:36 Hour(s)
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:36 Hour(s)
Workload activity:Self study
Duration:62 Hour(s)
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:62 Hour(s)
Comment:Preparation of two exercises
Workload activity:Examination
Duration:4 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.