Bachelor in Business Administration

Bachelor of Business Administration

The curriculum describes normal progression for each year. There will be a new course structure as of the academic year 2009/2010. As a main rule least course size will be 7,5 ECTS credits and this implies changes in the program as well. The new course structure will be introduced gradually so that changes at first year was done in the academic year 2009/2010, second year will be changed in the academic year 2010/2011 and third year in the academic year 2011/2012.

Students who started at their first year before autumn 2009, and are doing the prescribed curriculum, will complete their program according to the preceding course structure. Re-sit exams will be arranged for courses at first and second year level even spring 2012. For courses at third year level re-sit exams will be offered even spring 2013.

The curriculums are presented according to the way the courses will be lectured in the academic year 2010/2011. It is possible to preview new curriculums for third year in 2011/2012 below. Earlier versions of curriculums are to be found in previous student handbooks.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a three-year full-time degree programme that will give the students a solid first degree in international business. This programme is taught entirely in English and has a deliberate international emphasis. The student population is international and culturally diversed.

Acquired knowledge

The BBA degree programme gives students basic knowledge in management with a focus on international business. The theoretical platform used to identify and analyse complex issues in the global economy is attained through a thorough introduction to the following subjects: accounting, finance, economics, marketing and quantitative methods. Management of behaviour and strategic processes as well as internal and external communication channels is acquired through leadership and communication-based courses.

Acquired skills

The BBA degree prepares students for a career in an increasingly global world. The students are trained in the solution of business-related issues by the application of theoretical knowledge to practical business situations through the use of for example case presentations and negotiation techniques. This programme equips the students with an overall understanding of the challenges which international institutions face.


The BBA degree programme encompasses a wide range of decisions which global managers will invariably face. After completion of the programme, students will be able to appreciate and critically evaluate the financial, marketing and ethical consequences of the key decisions made.

The programme consists of these courses:

First year 2010/2011 - new course structure

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
EXC 3410 The Firm - Introduction Course 7,5 X  
EXC 3414 Marketing Management 7,5 X  
EXC 3442 Managerial Accounting 7,5 X  
SPÅ 2901 Business Communication in English - Written Intercultural and Ethical Awareness 7,5 X  
EXC 2910 Mathematics 7,5 X X
EXC 2904 Statistics 7,5   X
EXC 2953 Organizational Behavior and Management 7,5   X
EXC 3451 Financial Reporting and Analysis 7,5   X

Second year 2010/2011 - new course structure

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
EXC 3520 Microeconomics 7,5 X  
EXC 2110 Basic Financial Management 7,5 X  
EXC 2123 Business Research Methods 7,5 X  
Elective 7,5 X
EXC 3525 Macroeconomics 7,5   X
EXC 2112 Consumer Behaviour 7,5   X
EXC 2121 International Commercial Law 7,5   X
EXC 2122 Management Accounting and Control 7,5   X

. ELECTIVES Students must decide which elective course they want within mid of July 2010. The election must be done in the individual program curriculum at web. Norwegian School of Management takes reservation of a minimum rate of students in each course to be able to carry them out.

These courses are offered autumn 2010:

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
ELE 3701 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 7,5 X  
ELE 3702 Social Entrepreneurship 7,5 X  
ELE 3705 Reputation and Corporate Communication 7,5 X  
ELE 3706 Business Communication Skills for Leadership: Persuasion and Dialogue 7,5 X  
ELE 3709 Project Management 7,5 X  
ELE 3710 Business and Professional Ethics 7,5 X  
ELE 3711 Sociology for Business Students 7,5 X  
ELE 3712 Risk Management 7,5 X  
ELE 3715 Logistics and Marketing Channels 7,5 X  
ELE 3716 Organization and Change 7,5 X  
FIN 3510 Financial Markets 7,5 X  
NSA 2510 Marine Insurance 7,5 X  
NSA 2511 International Maritime Law 7,5 X  
NSA 2512 Organising the Shipowning Entity 7,5 X  
NSA 2513 Ship Accounting 7,5 X  
SHI 3401 The Maritime Industry 7,5 X  

Course descriptions for previous courses (RE-SIT EXAMINATIONS)

Course code Course name Credits
EXC 2200 Economic and Business History 6
EXC 2300 Basic Financial Management 6
EXC 2303 Marketing Management 6
EXC 2304 Statistics 6
EXC 2305 Macroeconomics 6
EXC 2307 Organizational Psychology and Management 6
EXC 2400 Business Research Methods 6
EXC 2401 Financial Accounting II 6
EXC 2403 International Commercial Law and EU/EEA 6
EXC 2405 Logistics 6
EXC 2406 Managerial Accounting II 6
EXC 2407 Microeconomics 6
EXC 2408 Strategy I - Strategy Analysis 6
EXC 2601 Financial Accounting I 9
EXC 2610 Mathematics 6
EXC 2701 Managerial Accounting I 9
ORG 9353 Organization and Change 6
SPÅ 2401 Intercultural Communication in English: Business Cultures and Ethical Dilemmas - Written course 6
SPÅ 2402 Business Communication in English: Negotiations and Presentations - Oral 6

Third Year 2010/2011

The third year programme is built up of a mandatory part, 30 credits and an elective spesialization, 30 credits.

The mandatory courses are:

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
EXC 2404 International Economics and Trade 6 X
EXC 2500 Strategy II - Applied Strategy 6 X
EXC 2501 Financial Decision Making 6 X
EXC 2502 International Marketing 6 X
EXC 2705 Scandinavian Management in an International and Comparative perspective 6 X

. Specialization in Marketing consists:

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
EXC 2704 Consumer Behavior 6 X
EXC 2504 Market Planning and Product Management 6 X
EXC 2506 Service marketing and customer loyalty 6 X
EXC 2602 Direct Marketing 6 X
EXC 2603 Branding 6 X

Specialization in Finance consists:

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
EXC 2505 Empirical Methods in Finance 6 X
EXC 2807 Macroeconomics and Financial Markets 6 X
EXC 2508 Investment Analysis 6 X
EXC 2509 Financial Statements and Valuation 6 X
EXC 2707 Risk Management with Derivatives 6 X

Third year 2011/2012 - new course structure

Course code Course name Credits Autumn Spring
EXC XX16 Strategy 7,5 X  
EXC XX17 Financial Decision Making 7,5 X  
Specialization course 7,5 X  
Specialization course 7,5 X  
EXC XX18 International Marketing 7,5   X
EXC XX19 International Economics 7,5   X
Specialization course 7,5   X
Specialization course 7,5   X

In the academic year 2011/2012 students can select one of theese three specializations; Finance, Marketing or Shipping.

Course descriptions will be published in the middle of june 2011.