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Learning outcomes of course unit

Exemplary illustration of a possible course combination for TURKU University of Applied Sciences, Finland:

1) Responsible Business Management, 5 ECTS
The goal of this course is to provide participants with the current tools and instruments for managing world-class companies. For far too long business has concentrated on the profit mandate while disregarding issues such as the environment and the sustainable future of consumers. In this course, we are going to demonstrate that good business ethics make good business sense. The world has witnessed thousands of liquidations, bankruptcies, mergers, alliances, and partnerships.
Corporate scandals highlight the need for improved business ethics and corporate disclosure of financial transactions. The challenges and opportunities facing organizations of all sizes today are greater than ever.

2) Business Game, 3 ECTS
Students improve their teamwork skills and understanding of business activities. The goal of the Business Game is to improve the students’ managerial, decision-making and teamwork skills. The Business Game provides a case example, simulation and in-depth knowledge of different company operations – knowledge that can be transferred to real-life situations as well as to different types of business sectors and clusters. Typically, the Business Game provides students with a wonderful and different learning opportunity as it simulates the “big picture” within the company environment where many different skills and all previously learned information must be put into practice. It teaches entrepreneurial skills, project-working skills and provides practical tools for today’s business world.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Foreign Language I, II, III

course contents

A generally valid description of course content for the semester abroad cannot and should not be defined due to the multitude of partner universities and elective options in order to preserve the students’ freedom of choice. Exemplary course content is described in the following. ECTS or national credits are indicated. Students are subject to the respective examination modalities at the partner university.

recommended or required reading

Rosenberg M.; Holler I.: Gewaltfreie Kommunikation: Eine Sprache des Lebens, 12. Auflage, Junfermann Verlag, 2016
Schulz von Thun F.: Miteinander reden 1: Störungen und Klärungen: Allgemeine Psychologie der Kommunikation, 48. Auflage, Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, 2010
Knapp P.: Konflifkte lösen in Teams und großen Gruppen: Klärende und deeskalierende Methoden für die Mediations- und Konfliktmanagement-Praxis im Business, 2. Auflage, managerSeminare Verlag, 2014

assessment methods and criteria

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language of instruction

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

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recommended optional program components

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type of course unit

Compulsory lecture

mode of delivery

Integrative course

work placement(s)

Not applicable