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Microcredentials – Course Offer for Students from Partner Universities

Start your Germany adventure at home

Get a taste of studying in Germany, learn together with German students, and acquire credit points – with our microcredentials initiative! It allows you to join courses at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, which are offered free of charge and are taught online and in English.
 

Course offer: Summer Term 2022

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Entrepreneurship (basics)

Course form

Lecture

Faculty

Faculty of Business

Study Type

Undergraduate (Bachelor level)

Prerequisites

none

Course Description

Learning outcomes

The overriding goal is to foster knowledge and skills regarding entrepreneurship. After successful completion of the module, students

  • understand challenging entrepreneurial contexts,
  • perceive entrepreneurial activities as a meaningful career perspective
  • apply specific entrepreneurship methods and tools such as Business Model Canvas and analyze markets and competitive situations
  • evaluate business decisions and assess (market) information
  • develop an individual attitude towards entrepreneurial activity

Contents

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Recognizing opportunities and generating ideas
  • Feasibility
  • Developing an effective business model
  • Industry and competitor analysis
  • Assessing a new venture’s financial strength and viability
  • Building a new-venture team
  • Getting financing or funding
  • Importance of intellectual property
  • Preparing for and evaluating the challenges of growth
  • Strategies for firm growth / franchising

Timetable

Weekly live sessions via Zoom on Tuesdays, 11:30-15:30 (UTC+2), from March 29th until July 12th

Asynchronous participation is possible upon consultation with Prof. Bernhard Wach.

Credit Points

6 ECTS

Assessment

Online exam via e-assessment or oral exam via online conference

Places available

10

Enquiries about course content

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Bernhard Wach: bernhard.wach@fh-bielefeld.de

International Human Resource Management

Course form

Seminar

Faculty

Faculty of Business

Study Type

Undergraduate (Bachelor level)

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in human resource management and business organization is recommended.

Advanced knowledge in human resource management is also recommended.

Course Description

Learning outcomes

By completing, the module students dispose of the following skills: They…

  • are able to explain the characteristics of the international human resource management (IHRM) in contrast to the national oriented human resource management (HRM).
  • are able to describe the central issues of the HRM in an international context.
  • have the ability to understand and describe the effects of the internationality of companies on the various areas of activity of the HRM.
  • are capable of analyzing fundamental problems of the HRM and deriving strategic and operational measures.
  • are able to apply what they have learned in practical case studies.

 

Contents

  • introduction and basics of IHRM: group work related to the delineation between HRM and IHRM on the basis of scientific articles
  • cultural context of IHRM: cultural comparison on the methodical basis of the Hofstede- & GLOBE model
  • organizational context: standardization vs. localization of HRM practices
  • IHRM in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, alliances, SMEs
  • sourcing for global markets: approaches to staffing, the roles of expats, selection criteria of expats, dual career couples
  • international performance management: control and performance appraisals
  • international training: development, careers and talents; pre-departure, on assignment, re-entry programs and issue (resolution)
  • international compensation: comparison of different assignment packages including simplified calculation
  • international industrial relations (unions, European Union, codes of conduct) and trends/future challenges (e.g., security and safety, role of non-governmental organizations)

 

Interactive involvement and group work is a key feature of the course. Yet, due to the online course design certain interactive features will be constrained; potentially feasible in online format are guest lectures of business professionals (tbd)

Timetable

Weekly live sessions via Zoom on Mondays AND Tuesdays, 15:45-17:15 (UTC+2), from March 28th until July 12th

Credit Points

6 ECTS

Assessment type

Written examination (1.5 hours)

Places available

10

Enquiries about course content

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Bernhard Wach: bernhard.wach@fh-bielefeld.de

Product Development and Requirement Engineering

Course form

Synchronous lecture

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics

Study Type

Undergraduate (Bachelor level)

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of product development, know the product development process, creativity techniques, design methods, and derive development phases. Students describe, analyze and assess requirements for product development independently.

 

Content

  1. Product Development
    1.1 Product development process
    1.2 Agile vs. traditional project management
    1.3 Optimization of product and process
    1.4 Creativity techniques
  2. Requirement Engineering
    2.1 Introduction and overview RE
    2.2 Market research and requirement survey
    2.3 Quality management

Timetable

Weekly live sessions via Zoom (presumably) on Wednesdays,  12:30-15:45 (UTC+2), from April 20th until June 22nd

Credit Points

5 ECTS

Assessment type

(Project development, multiple choice tests, essays, discussions, oral exam)

Places available

5

Enquiries about course content

Prof. Dr. Alixandre Santana: alixandre.santana@fh-bielefeld.de

Prof. Dr. Mariam Dopslaf: mariam.dopslaf@fh-bielefeld.de

Intercultural Communication

Course form

Lecture

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics

Study Type

Undergraduate (Bachelor level)

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of terms, theories and models within the context of intercultural management, development of an understanding of own and foreign cultural aspects, and understand the individual and collective influences on cultural perception. Students are able to apply intercultural aspects into communicative processes of business and work life adequately.

 

Content

  1. Culture
    1.1 Culture and cultural dimensions
    1.2 Globalization = Multiculturality?
    1.3 Company culture
  2. Gender and diversity aspects
    2.1 Gender studies
    2.2 Diversity management
    2.3 Corporate social responsibility
  3. Intercultural management

Timetable

Weekly live sessions via Zoom (presumably) on Tuesdays, 12:30-15:45 (UTC+2), from April 19th until June 21st.

Credit Points

5 ECTS

Assessment type

(Project development, multiple choice tests, essays, discussions, oral exam)

Places available

5

Enquiries about course content

Prof. Dr. Alixandre Santana: alixandre.santana@fh-bielefeld.de

Prof. Dr. Mariam Dopslaf: mariam.dopslaf@fh-bielefeld.de


How to participate

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