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Bachelor’sDegreePrograminBusinessAdministrationSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsContentsI. WelcomeII. Whyabachelor’sdegree?III. Generalinformation 1. Admissions 2. Startofstudies 3. Changingstudylocations 4. TheacademicdegreeIV. Abachelor’sdegree–andthenwhat?Prospectsforgraduates 1. Master’sdegreeprograms 2. Whataboutanacademiccareer?V. Conceptbehindthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministration 1. Generalprogramobjectives 2. TheDivisionofBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlin 3. Whatsetsusapart–tenargumentsinfavorofabachelor’sdegreeprogram  inBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlinVI. Structureandorganizationofthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusiness Administration 1. BusinessAdministration:thecoresubject(Kernfach) 2. GeneralProfessionalPreparationcourses(GPP)VII. ThemoduleconceptVIII. Credits,tests,andassignments 1. Credits–the“currency”ofyourstudies 2. Yourbonuspointaccount–nooverdraftsallowed! 3. Bachelor’sdegreeexamination 4. Bachelor’sthesis 5. Registeringforandwithdrawingfrommodules,tests,andcourses(timelimits  anddetails) 6. Creditforpriorstudies,courses,andexamsIX. GettingstartedattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsX. ImportantaddressesforinformationXI. Publisher’slegalstatement24666677889991115151618202021222223232528302 3I.WelcomeDearProspectiveStudent:AreyouinterestedinstudyingBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlin–orperhapsyouhavealreadydecidedtobeginaprogramwithinourschool?Congratula-tionsonmakinganexcellentchoice!Whenyouchoosetostudyhere,youchoosetostudyBusinessAdministrationataperformance-oriented,highlydynamicbusinessschool.Plus,youwillbecompletingyourprogramatFreieUniversität,oneofGermany’stop-performinguniversities.TheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsisdistinguishedbyitsbroadspectrumofteachingandresearchactivities,itsinternationalcharacter,anditsinterdisciplinaryfocus.Coo-perationwithotherdepartmentsatFreieUniversitätandinstitutionsfromwithinaca-demia,thebusinesssector,andthewidersocietywillgiveyoutheopportunitytojoinabroadnetworkevenbeforeyouhavenishedyourstudies.WealsooerarangeofcoursesinEnglish,tofurtheraddtoourprole.ThefactthatBusinessAdministrationconsistentlyranksatornearthetopinnationwidehighereducationrankingsmeanstwothingstous:rst,itarmstheexcellenceofoureducationalconcept,andsecond,itmotivatesustocontinueinthesamevein.Dr.RonnieSchöb,Prof. Dr.ThomasMellewigt,Prof.Studyplacementsinthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlinarehighlydesirable:Inthe2010/2011academicyear,forexam-ple,morethan3,600secondaryschoolgraduatesappliedfortheapproximately195placementsavailable.Therearecurrently2,061studentswithintheSchoolofBusinessandEconomics,allofwhomhavedecidedtoenrollinstudiesatourbusinessschoolandhavechosenFreieUniversitätastherightplaceforthemtostudy.Theyinclude1,136studentsinthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministration,618inthebachelor’sdegreeprograminEconomics,and307intheconsecutivemaster’sdegreeprogramsoeredintheeldsofEconomicsandBusinessAdministration.Thisbrochureisdesignedtoprovideyouwithinformationonourbachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministration–andtoassistyouinorganizingyourstudies.Ourgoalistoensureexcellenceinourteachingandresearchactivitiesandtherebyprovideyouwiththeskillsyouneedforthegloballabormarket.Onceyouhavesuc-cessfullycompletedyourstudiesofbusinesswithinourdepartment,youwillhaveabroadrangeofcareerprospectswithinyourreachthankstotheprofessionalandsocialskillsyouhavegainedintheprogram.Ifyouhavequestionsafterreadingthisbrochure,pleasefeelfreetocontactus!Welookforwardtoassistingyouduringyourstudies.AwarmwelcometoyoufromtheentireSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsatFreieUniversitätBerlin.Dr.RonnieSchöb,Professor   Dr.ThomasMellewigt,ProfessorDean      Program Coordinator4 5II.Whyabachelor’sdegree?TheMinistersofCultureoftheEuropeanUnionmetinBologna,Italy,in1999andagreedtoharmonizehighereducationprogramsinEuropebytheyear2010.Thisprocess,dubbedthe“Bolognaprocess,”hasfourmaingoals: • tointroduceanacademicsystemoftransparentdegreesanddiplomasthatare  comparablealloverEurope.Thisisintendedtoensurethatstudentshavethe  rightqualicationsforthelabormarket. • toestablishatwo-stagesystemofdegreesanddiplomas(bachelor’sdegree  programslastingthreetofouryearsfollowedbymaster’sdegreeprograms  lastingonetotwoyears),withtherstdegreeearned(thebachelor’sdegree)  alreadyqualifyinggraduatestoenteraprofession. • tobundleacademiccontenttogetherintothematicallyrelatedunits  (modules),teststudentsonthesemoduleswhiletheyarecompleting  theirprograms,andgivecreditsvalidthroughoutEuropeforthese  studies.Thisisintendedtosupportstudentsintravelingtoother  countriesinEuropetostudyandfacilitateexchangebetweenuniversities  withinEurope.Theoverallobjectiveistosupportmobilityandexibility  amongstudents. • toassurethequalityofhighereducationandpromotecooperationatthe  Europeanlevelintermsofqualityassurance.Thebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsInthecourseoftheBolognaprocess,we,likemanyotherinstitutions,havereformedthestructureofouracademicprograms.TheearlierDiplomprogramsinBusinessAd-ministrationandEconomics,eachofwhichtypicallytookeightsemesterstocomplete,havenowbeenreplacedbyprogramsleadingtothebachelor’sdegree,whichatFreieUniversitättypicallytakesixsemesterstocomplete,andthoseculminatinginthemaster’sdegree,whichgenerallylastsfoursemesters.StudentscompletingtheundergraduateprograminBusinessAdministrationattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsofFreieUniversitätBerlinearnthedegreeofBa-chelorofScience(B.Sc.).Thisdegreeistherstlevelthatqualiesagraduatetoenteraprofession.Whatthatmeansisthataftercompletingthebachelor’sdegreeprograminourschool,youcanapplyforprofessionalpositions(formoreinformation,pleaseseesectionV,“Abachelor’sdegree–andthenwhat?Prospectsforgraduates”).Youcanalsocontinueyourstudiesbyapplyingforadmissiontoamaster’sdegreeprogramatFreieUniversitätBerlinoranotherhighereducationinstitution.Ourschooloerstwodierentmaster’sdegreeprogramsinBusinessAdministration,bothofwhichqua-lifygraduatesforleadershippositionsinthebusinesssector,administration,orpublicservice.Amaster’sdegreeisalsorequiredifyouplantopursueanacademiccareer.Inthatcase,themaster’sdegreeisfollowedbyadoctorate(formoreinformation,pleaseseesectionV,“Abachelor’sdegree–andthenwhat?Prospectsforgraduates”).6 7III.Generalinformation1.AdmissionsThebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationis“impacted,”orsubjecttorestrictionsonadmissions.Thenumberofstudyplacementsthatcanbeawardedisrecalculatedeachyear.PlacementsinprogramsinbusinessandeconomicsatFreieUniversitätarehighlydesirable:ForeveryplacementintherstsemesteroftheBusi-nessAdministrationprogramstartinginthewintersemesterof2010/2011,forexamp-le,wehad19candidatesapply,puttingourschoolonceagainattheverytopintermsofthenumberofapplications.Allocationofstudyplacementsissubjecttoalocalli-mit(theOrts-Numerus Clausus);placementsarenotawardedcentrally,byabodyre-sponsiblefortheentirecountry(suchastheZVS),butratherlocally,byFreieUni-versitätitself.Theselectionprocessfocusesprimarilyonthegradesonastudent’stranscript.Waittimesarealsoconsidered.Therearealsospecialrulesthatapplytocer-taingroups(internationalprospectivestudents,thoseapplyingforasecondacade-micprogram,specialhardshipcases).Formoreinformationonapplying,pleasevisithttp://www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/studienorganisation/bewerbung/index.html.2.StartofstudiesAbachelor’sdegreeprogramcanonlybestartedinthewintersemester,whichbeginsasofOctober1ofeachyear.Theschoolworkswithcurrentstudentstoorganizeanorienta-tionweek(Orientationswoche)forallnewstudentsatthestartofeachwintersemester(formoreinformation,pleaseseesectionIX,“GettingstartedattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomics”).3.ChangingstudylocationsManystudentswhoarealreadyenrolledinanundergraduateprograminbusinessadministrationatadierentbusinessschoolwishtotransfertothebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversität.Thiskindoftransferisper-mittedundercertainconditions: • Asabasicprinciple,theremustbestudyplacementsavailableinhigher  subject-specicsemesters(Fachsemester).Thisisthecase,forinstance,when  studentsfromourschoolhavetransferredprogramsandarenowIV.Abachelor’sdegree–andthenwhat?ProspectsforgraduatesOnceyouhavecompletedthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationatourdepartment,youarequaliedtotakeonmanagement,planning,analytical,andconsultingpositionsinenterprisesofallsizes.Othercareeroptionsopentograduatesincludeworkingwithinnon-protorganizations,inpublicserviceandinternationalor-ganizations,professionalassociationsandfederations,tradeunions,andresearchandeducationalinstitutions.Itisuptoyoutodeterminewhichdirectionyoutake,bychoosingyourpersonalare-asofconcentrationandemphasis.Oneadvantageofthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsofFreieUniversi-tätBerlinisthatyouarenotrequiredtomakethisdecisionaboutspecialization–whichmayhavefar-reachingconsequences–rightatthestartoftheprogram.Theprogramis  enrolledinotherdepartments.Inthepast,however,demandforstudy  placementsinhighersubject-specicsemestershastypicallyexceededthe  numberofavailableplacements. • Besidesavailabilityofstudyplacements,thestudiesthatthestudenthas  completedthusfarmustbeequivalenttothestudiesrequiredinthe  bachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationattheSchoolof  BusinessandEconomicsofFreieUniversitätBerlin.Theexaminations  oce(Prüfungsbüro)ofourschoolisresponsiblefordetermining  whetherthestudent’sstudiesareequivalent.Thistakesplaceafteryouare  grantedconditionaladmissiontotheappropriatesubject-specic  semesterbytheAdmissionsOceofFreieUniversitätBerlin.Youneedat  least24equivalentECTScreditsforeachsubject-specicsemesterforwhich  youwishtohavecreditappliedtowardtheprogram(formoreinformation,  pleaseseesectionX,“Importantaddressesforinformation”).4.TheacademicdegreeThisprogramculminatesintheacademicdegreeofBachelorofScience(B.Sc.),which–morethanotherdegrees–reectstheoutstandingacademicfoundationuponwhichtheprogramsinBusinessAdministrationoeredatFreieUniversitätBerlinarebased.8 9designedtoletyouconcentrateonafewareasofemphasis(suchasmanagement,mar-keting,businessinformationtechnology,oraccountingandtaxation)lateron,ortopur-suea“generalist”program.Sinceourschoolisrelativelylarge,itoersyouthechancetoselectfromaverybroadrangeofcoursesandareasoffocus.1.Master’sdegreeprogramsOnceyouhaveearnedabachelor’sdegreeinBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlin,youareeligibleforadmissiontovarioussubsequentacademicprogramsallovertheworld.Withinourownschool,weoerthefollowingacademicmaster’sdegreepro-gramsintheeldofBusinessAdministration,opentocandidateswhoholdaBachelorofSciencedegreeinBusinessAdministration:1.MasterofScienceinManagement&Marketing2.MasterofScienceinFinance,Accounting,Taxation&Supplements(FACTS)Amaster’sdegreeprogramtypicallylastsfoursemesters.Theseprogramsareprimarilyresearch-orientedandleadtothedegreeofMasterofScience(M.Sc.).Thesubject-spe-cicconcentrationsoftheprogramsoeredatFreieUniversitätareaspecialfeaturewithintheGermanhighereducationlandscape.Thebusinessspecialistswithintheschoolarealsoinvolvedinanothergraduatepro-gram:themaster’sdegreeprograminGender&Diversity,whichisoeredincoopera-tionwiththeDepartmentsofPoliticalScienceandLaw.Inadditiontotheabovementionedconsecutivemaster’sdegreeprograms,theSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsalsooersacontinuingeducationprogramforworkingprofessionals:theExecutiveMasterofBusinessMarketingprogram.Thisprogramistuition-basedandrequiresatleastthreeyearsofprofessionalexperience.TheExecu-tiveMasterprogramincludesbothmodernmarketingandsalesskillsandfundamen-talsofcontrolling,strategy,andmanagement.Forfurtherinformation,pleasevisitthewebsitehttp://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/mbm/.2.Whataboutanacademiccareer?GraduatesofMasterofScienceprogramsatFreieUniversitätBerlinnotonlypos-sessexcellentprofessionalqualications,theyarealsoeligibletoapplytodoctoralpro-gramsatuniversitiesinGermanyandabroad.Ingeneral,adoctoralprogramishostedbyagraduateschool.StudentswishingtoV.Conceptbehindthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministration(B.Sc.program)1.GeneralprogramobjectivesThebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationwithinourschooloersasolideducationinBusinessAdministrationandaninitialdegreethatqualiesgradu-atestoenteraprofession,allgenerallywithinjustsixsemesters.Itincludes: • theknowledgeandskillsneededtoworkandthinkacademically • extensivemethodologicalskills • familiaritywithessentialconceptsinbusinessadministrationandtheability  toassessthestrengthsandweaknessesofeachandapplytheminpractice • theabilitytoidentify,formulate,andcommunicateproblemsrelatedto  businessadministrationandbringaboutresolutions • basicknowledgeofaspectsoflawandregulationsthatareimportantfroma  businessstandpoint • keyqualications,suchasforeignlanguageskills,presentationskills,and  moderationabilitiesorteamworkexperience • advancedknowledgethatqualiesthestudenttoenteraprofessioninthe  chosenareaofspecialization2.TheDivisionofBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlinDevisionwithintheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsencompassesthefollowing: • DepartmentofFinance,Accounting&Taxationearnadoctoratecanalsodosowhileworkingasresearchersorexternaldoctoralcan-didatesataspecicchairaliatedwithauniversity.WithintheSchoolofBusinessandEconomics,studentswhoholdaMasterofSciencecanapplyforafellowshipandadmissiontotheDFGresearchtrai-ninggroup“ResearchonOrganizationalPaths”(thePfadkolleg).Participati-oninthePfadkollegisaccompaniedbyastudyprogram,andparticipantsgene-rallyearnthedoctoratewithinthreeyears.Forfurtherinformation,pleasevisithttp://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/en/forschung/pfadkolleg/index.html.10 11 • DepartmentofManagement • MarketingDepartment • DepartmentofInformationSystemsAreasofemphasisinresearchandteachingactivitiesinBusinessAdministrationattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsofFreieUniversitätBerlina) Management & MarketingManagementandMarketingisoneofthetraditionalareasofemphasisintheresearchandteachingactivitiesattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsofFreieUniversitätBerlin.Thisareacurrentlyencompassesfteenprofessorships–morethanatanyotherGermanuniversity.Keymanagementtextbookshavebeenwrittenhere,andleadingmanagementandmarketingresearchjournalsarepublishedbyprofessorswithinthedepartment.TheDFGresearchtraininggroup“ResearchonOrganizationalPaths”(thePfadkolleg)receivesparticularsupportfromscholarsinthiseld.OnespecialfeatureoftheconcentrationinManagement&Marketingisthein-depthtreatmentgiven,inbothresearchandteaching,toissuesthattranscendindividualenterprisesintermsofma-nagement(suchasallianceandnetworkmanagement)andmarketing(suchasbusi-ness-to-businessmarketing).b) Finance, Accounting, Taxation & Supplements (FACTS)TheFACTSconcentrationencompassesvariousareasoffocus:nance,managerialaccounting,businesstaxation,businesslaw,andtaxadvising.Manycareeroppor-tunitiesareopentostudentswhohavechosentoconcentrateintheeldofFACTS,rangingfrompositionsininvestmentbankingtoauditingandtaxadvising,orwor-kingforthetaxdepartmentoflargecorporations.Thehallmarksofthiseldareitsorientationtowardnancialcalculations(balancesheet,cashowstatement,etc.)andexplorationofcommercial,corporate,accounting,andtaxlaw.c) Production & Information Systems Theresearchperformedinthiseldfocusesonmodelingandimprovingbusinessprocessesandondesigningandimplementingsystemstosupportdecisionma-kingwiththesamegoalsinmind.Specicareasoffocus: • Systemstosupportdecision-making:enterpriseshavetocopewithcomplex  decisionsinvolvingalargenumberofmarginalfactors,intermsofboth  strategyandtacticalplanning.DecisionmakersaresupportedbyIT  applicationsthatareoftenbasedonmathematicalmodelsandinclude  optimization,simulation,anddataminingaspossiblemethods. • Web-basedsystems:anotherareaoffocusisWeb-based,cloud-based  applicationsystemsandtheeconomicimpactofusingthesesystems.Work  inthisareafocusesonSemanticWebtechnologiesandanalyzingthe  potentialapplicationsofWeb2.0andbeyond.Asastudentinthisconcentration,youwillgainanoverviewoftheuseofstate-of-the-artinformationtechnologiesinbusinessapplications.YouwilllearnhowtoanalyzeuserrequirementsforanITusersystemandtranslatethemintoasetofrequirementsspecications.Thesespecicationsarethenusedbyateamtodevelopadraftsystemthatcanbetransformedwithinadevelopmentenvironmenttoyieldasoftwaresystem.3.Whatsetsusapart–tenargumentsinfavorofabachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätBerlin1. High Academic Standards.Whenyouenrollinthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationwithin12 13ourschool,weguaranteeyouauniversityeducationknownforitsrigorousacademicstandards–standardsweembraceineverythingwedo.Weexpectourstudentstode-monstratecommitmentandenthusiasm,academiccuriosity,andadesiretoperformastheystudywithintheprogram,anditisourgoaltoensurethatyoubenetfromthebroadspectrumofacademicopportunitiesoeredwithinourschool.2. Strong Research Activities.Unlikeauniversityofappliedsciences(Fachhochschule),atraditionaluniversityisdis-tinguishedbytheinterconnectednessofitsresearchandteachingactivities.Atatradi-tionaluniversity,itiseasierandfastertocommunicaterecentresearchndingswithinteachingactivities,sincetheresearchersthemselvesarealsotheonesdoingthetea-ching.Asaresult,universitiesareprimarilymeasuredbytheirresearchperformance.FreieUniversitäthasalongtraditionofinternationalresearch.Intermsofexternalfundingforresearch,theSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsincludesahighpercen-tageofprojectsthatreceivenancialsupportfromtheGermanResearchFoundation(DFG),Germany’sbest-knownresearchsponsor.3. Strong Partners: Cooperative Arrangements Between The School Of Busi-ness And Economics And Other Institutions And Department At Ffreie Univer-sität Berlin As Well As Research Institutions Not Afliated With The Univer-sity.CooperativearrangementswiththeEconomicsdepartmentsoftheJohnF.KennedyInstituteforNorthAmericanStudies,theInstituteforLatinAmericanStudiesandtheInstituteforEastEuropeanStudies,alongwiththeDepartmentsofLawandEarthSci-ences,whichholdregulareventswithinourschool,ensurethatabroad,interdiscipli-naryrangeoftopicsisoered.Cooperativerelationsaremaintainedwithresearchin-stitutionsnotaliatedwiththeuniversity,suchastheSocialScienceResearchCenterBerlin(WZB),andvariousMaxPlanckandLeibnizInstitutes.4. Freie Universität Berlin Is One Of Germany‘s Largest Universities.Whenyoustudyatourschool,thebroadrangeofdisciplinesrepresentedatFreieUni-versitätBerlinoersyououtstandingopportunitiesforinsightintootherdisciplinesrelatedtobusinessandeconomics:politicalscienceandlaw,sociologyandphilosophy,historyandcomputerscience,educationandpsychologyarejustsomeoftheareasyoumayencounterasyoupursueyourstudiesofbusinessadministrationhere.TheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsatFreieUniversitätBerlincomprisesacomparativelylargenumberofacademicchairsandinstitutes.Asastudent,thisgivesyoutheopportunitytoselectfromawiderangeofacademicoptionswithintheeldsofbusinessadmini-strationandeconomicsandcombinevarioussubjects.5. International. Right From The Start.Overthepastseveraldecades,theSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsatFreieUniversi-täthasestablishedaclose-knitnetworkthatincludesinternationalenterprisesandorga-nizationsinthebusinesssector,politics,academia,andthewidersociety.ScholarsandresearchersfromprestigiousuniversitiesinGermanyandabroadvisitourschooltogivetalks,teachseminars,orworkasvisitinglecturersorprofessors.Researchcenterssuchastheresearchtraininggroup“ResearchonOrganizationalPaths”(thePfadkolleg),whichisfundedbytheGermanResearchFoundation(DFG)andhostedbytheDivisionofBusi-nessAdministration,havedevelopedintodiscussionforumswithintheinternationalre-searchscenethankstotheirinterdisciplinary,internationalapproach.6. Rankings.TheDivisionofBusinessAdministrationatFreieUniversitätisoneofthetop-perfor-mingschoolsofeconomicsandbusinessatanyGermanuniversity.Itregularlyappearsatornearthetopinvariousrankings.7. The Libraries At Freie Universität Berlin.Withamediacollectionencompassingabout8.5millionvolumes(2.2millionofthemattheuniversitylibrary)and20,000currentperiodicals,thelibrarysystemofFreieUni-versitätBerlinisthelargestofanyuniversityinGermany.ThelibraryattheSchoolofBusinessandEconomics,whichispartofthesystem,housesabout600,000volumes,makingitthelargestbusinessandeconomicslibraryinBerlin.Alongsideacollectionoftextbooks,thelibraryoersonlineaccesstothemostimportantbusinessandeco-nomicsdatabasesandperiodicals.Ourstudentsmakeheavyuseofvariousfeatures,includingmaterialssetasidebyinstructorsforspeciccourses,workstationsforstu-dentsworkingonthesesanddissertations,variousclasses,andthelibraryinformationservice.8. WiWiss Alumni. The Network Of Alumni Of The School Of Business And Eco-nomics At Freie Universität Berlin.WiWissAlumniisthesectionoftheErnstReuterAssociation(ERG)wheregraduatesofourschoolgather–anoutstandinglistofcontactsforourstudents.9. The Parklike Dahlem Campus. A Relaxed Environment For Successful Studies.TheSchoolofBusinessandEconomicsofFreieUniversitätislocatedontheuniversity’sspaciouscampusintheDahlemdistrict,atree-linedneighborhoodofvillasandopenspaceinthesouthwestofBerlin.Thebusinessandeconomicsbuildingsareclusteredaroundanexpansivelawnarea,rightnextdoortotheDepartmentofLaw,theuniversitylibrary,andtheHenryFordBuilding,wheretheAuditoriumMaximum14 15islocated.TheThielplatzU-Bahnstation(line3)islocatedwithinwalkingdistanceandconnectsDahlemtoKurfürstendammin19minutes.10. The Capital City Factor. AsGermany’scapitalcityandamajorcenterofinternationalacademia,Berlinoersstudentsawealthofpotentialemployersandinternshipopportunities.Representativesfrompolitics,thebusinesssector,academia,associations,andfoundationsfromGer-manyandabroadcometogetherinBerlintoshareinformationandideas,whichma-kesBerlinanoutstandingenvironmentforstudentstonetworkandmakeconnections.VI.Structureandorganizationofthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationThebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministrationistaughtinGerman!Theprogramcanbedividedintotwosegments:1.thecoresubject(Kernfach)ofBusinessAdministration(150ECTS)2.generalprofessionalpreparation(GPP)(Allgemeine Berufsvorbereitung,ABV)courses(30ECTS)1.BusinessAdministration:thecoresubject(Kernfach)Requiredmodulesinthebasicportionoftheprograma) Focus Area In General Business Administration:Thisfocusareaconsistsofeightrequiredmodules.Intheseeightmodules,youwilllearnthefundamentalsofbusinessadministrationintheareaswebelieveareimpor-tantforeverygraduateofabusinessadministrationprogramtomaster.Theseincludethefundamentalsofbusinessadministration,alongwithexternalandinternalenter-priseaccounting,annualnancialstatementsandtaxation,investmentandnancing,management,marketing,andsupply&operationsmanagement.b) Focus Area In Quantitative Fundamentals Of Business Administration:Thisfocusareaencompassesthreerequiredmodules,whichprovidestudentswiththenecessaryknowledgeofmathematicsandstatisticsforbusinessprofessionalsandcriticallyimportantfundamentalsofbusinessinformationtechnology.c) Focus Area In Fundamentals Of Economics:Inadditiontointroducingstudentstogeneraleconomics,thisareaalsoincludesanin-troductiontothefundamentalsofmicroeconomicsandmacroeconomicsasarequiredmodule.16 17tal of 30 ECTS in this area, in courses focusing in particular on key skills such as scien-tic methodology, skills at using state-of-the-art information technologies, abilities in the area of modern accounting and taxation software such as DATEV, presentation and moderation skills, foreign languages, and gender and diversity awareness skills. The general professional preparation courses also require an internship. Students who have completed a formal vocational training course in a commercial profession can apply to be exempted from the internship requirement.This chart shows the individual subject involved: For further information on the structure of the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration, please also read the following:1. Study Regulations (Studienordnung)2. Examination Regulations (Prüfungsordnung)You can nd both sets of regulations (in German only) at: http://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/studium-lehre/bachelor/studien-pruefungsordnungen/index.htmld) Focus Area In Law For Business Students:This focus area includes the modules in public and private law.Specialization through choices of advanced focus areasAside from the required modules, students in the third semester and above focus on acquiring advanced knowledge in specic areas of business administration and econo-mics. You choose your individual areas of focus for your study program according to your own interests, inclinations, and skills – and thereby set the direction for your later career opportunities. You can choose from among the following advanced focus areas: • Strategy and cooperation • Organization and personnel • Marketing • Financing • Information systems • Enterprise accounting • Tax studies for business students • Economic theory • Economic policy and nancial studies • Statistics • Econometrics • Business law and tax advisingStudents are also oered a range of research seminars in the elds of management, marketing, FACTS, and information systems.2. General Professional Preparation (GPP) coursesTo enhance the career opportunities available to university graduates, Freie Universi-tät Berlin introduced its general professional preparation (Allgemeine Berufsvorbe-reitung, ABV) courses, which are required in all bachelor’s degree programs. These courses help to ensure that students’ studies have a practical focus and give students both interdisciplinary and subject-related additional skills and abilities, which are be-coming increasingly important to their future professional success, particularly in the light of the increasingly international nature of the labor markets. Students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration are required to earn a to-FS = Fall semester (classes in session October–February) SS = Spring semester (classes in session April–July)Sem. Bachelor of Science Program in Business Administration6 (SS)Advanced focus area 3Bachelor’s thesis General career preparation (languages, user software, presentation techniques, etc.)5 (FS)Advanced focus area 2Ad-vanced focus area 4Economics: Intro to Macroeconomics4 (SS)Advanced focus area 1Economics: Intro to Microeconomics3 (FS)Management Operations and Supply ManagementBusiness Informa-tion TechnologyIntro to Economics2 (SS)Fundamentals of Internal Enterprise AccountingInvestment and FinancingAnnual Financial Statements and Ta-xationStatistics for Busi-ness and Econo-mics StudentsPrivate Law1 (FS)Fundamentals of External Enterprise AccountingFundamentals of Business Admini-strationFundamentals of MarketingMathematics for Business and Eco-nomics StudentsPublic Law18 19VII.ThemoduleconceptOneofthemaingoalsoftheBolognaprocessistocomparethecontentofdierentacademicprogramsandtheacademicachievementsrequiredofstudentsthroughoutEurope,therebyestablishinganappropriatemethodforassessingthesefactors.Withthisinmind,theuniversityhasdevelopedamoduleconceptthatlendsallofouraca-demicprograms,includingtheprograminBusinessAdministration,aclearandeasi-lyunderstoodstructure.Modulesarethematicallyandmethodologicallyself-containedinstructionalandlearningunits,whichtypicallyconsistofseveralcourseswithrela-tedcontent.Thismeansthatyoumightattendalecturerst,forinstance,inwhichacertainthematicareaisdiscussedindetail.Thelectureissupplementedbyaccompa-nyingcoursessuchastutorials(Übungen)inwhichthesubjectmatterofthelectureisappliedorpracticedusingcasestudies.Youreceivecredits(Leistungspunkte,orLP,else-wherealsocalled“creditpoints,”orCP),foreachmoduleyoupass.HowmanycreditsareawardedforaspecicmoduleisdeterminedbytheEuropeanCreditTransferSy-stem(ECTS).Thisisanotheressentialstepaimedatharmonizingtheacademicpro-gramsavailablealloverEurope(pleaseseesectionVII(1),“Credits–the‘currency’ofyourstudies”).Asabasicprinciple,amoduleisconcludedwithanexam.Amoduleexam(Modulprüfung)mayalsobecomposedofmultiplesections(suchasawrittenpaper,presentation,orwrittenexam).TypesofinstructionandcoursesModulestypicallyconsistofacombinationofmultiplecourseswithrelatedcontentinvariousformats: • Lecture(Vorlesung)–Thistypeofcourseprovidesanoverviewandimparts  subject-specicknowledgeandmethodologicalskills,typicallywithan  instructorlecturinginfrontofahallfullofstudents. • Tutorial(Übung)–Thesecoursesexplainandfurtherexplorethesubject  ofthelecturethroughdiscussionsandgroupwork. • Project group(Projektgruppe)–Intheseclasses,studentsexaminepracticalor  academicproblemsinbusinessadministrationbyapplyingacademic  ndingsandmethods. • Seminar–Thiskindofclassgivesstudentsanopportunitytodeepenand  applytheknowledgegainedinalecturethroughindependentacademic  workinsmallgroups,withahighlevelofinteractionbetweentheinstructor  andparticipants. • e-learning unit–Electronictoolscanhelpyouacquireknowledgeofvarious  topicalareaswithintheeldofbusinessadministration.Themodulemanual(Modulhandbuch)Foranoverviewoftherequiredandelectivemodulesoeredwithinthebachelor’sdegreeprograminBusinessAdministration,pleaseseetheStudyRegulations(Studienordnung,pp.7–48)atwww.fu-berlin.de/service/zuvdocs/amtsblatt/2006/ab792006.pdforvisitwww.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/studium-lehre/bachelor/studien-pruefungsordnungen/index.html(bothsitesavailableonlyinGerman).Asyoureadthroughthesematerials,pleasenotethechangesinthemoduledescriptionsthathaveoccurredasaresultofsubsequentre-gulations;werecommendthatyoureadthe“readingversions”(Lesefassungen)ofthestudyandexaminationregulations,whichareregularlyupdatedbytheuniversitytore-ectanychangesthathavebeenmade.[...]... necessary to write a bachelor’s degree thesis in the program in Business Administration at Freie Universität Berlin is equivalent to 12 credits This means that you should plan on working full time on the bachelor’s degree thesis for nine weeks 22 If you would like to transfer from another university to the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration at Freie Universität Berlin and have been granted... 2 150 credits in the core subject, Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre, BWL) a) a) Focus area in General Business Administration b) Focus area in Quantitative Fundamentals of Business Administration c) Focus area in Fundamentals of Economics d) Focus area in Law for Business Students e) Advanced focus area in Business and Economics f ) Bachelor’s thesis 48 LP 18 LP 18... weighted according to the number of credits and counted toward the bachelor’s degree exam grade The bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration is an academically challenging full-time program and requires that students spend at least 40 hours in class, studying, and working on assignments every week 20 2 Your bonus point account – no overdrafts allowed! Successful completion of the program requires... enroll in a program in Business Administration at another German higher education institution 21 5 Registering for and withdrawing from modules, tests, and courses (time limits and details) 3 Bachelor’s degree examination To complete the bachelor’s degree program, you are required to take courses adding up to a total of 180 credits (Leistungspunkte, LP), broken down as follows: 1 2 150 credits in. .. students: http://www.fu-berlin.de/studienberatung/studienberatung/infutage/ 5 Study and examination regulations for the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration (in German): www.fu-berlin.de/service/zuvdocs/amtsblatt/2006/ab792006 .pdf 6 Information flyer on subject-specific semester (Fachsemester) placement and credit for exams (in German): http://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/institute/management/mellewigt/Bachelorberatung/... their bearings, and obtain all of the important information you will need during the first few weeks of your program Orientation week details: academic higher education institutions within the area of application of the Framework Act on Higher Education (Hochschulrahmengesetz) are also eligible for credit toward the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration at Freie Universität Berlin upon... provides important information on the structure of the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration in terms of evaluations and examinations The parts of this section that address the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) are meant to provide a rough overview only; for the full examination regulations, please see www.fu-berlin.de/service/zuvdocs/amtsblatt/2006/ab792006 .pdf (in German only)... you pass tests and exams As an incentive for students who earn good grades and make rapid progress in their programs, we use a flexible, modern bonus point account, which comes with a “cushion” for unsuccessful attempts at the start of your program What does that mean? When you are granted a study placement in the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration within the school, you start your... offered later in the semester After the library tour, students attend an event to introduce them to the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration At this event, you will see your program coordinator, who is already a familiar face from the event on the first day Then you will meet up with your mentor group again – since we are sure you will have new questions to ask by that point Your mentor... away after enrolling 26 27 X Important addresses for information 1 Website of the School of Business and Economics at Freie Universität Berlin: http://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html 2 Website of Freie Universität Berlin: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html 3 Current information on scheduled events: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/studienorganisation/termine/index.html 4 Information days . AsGermany’scapitalcityandamajorcenterofinternationalacademia,Berlinoersstudentsawealthofpotentialemployersandinternshipopportunities.Representativesfrompolitics,the business sector,academia,associations,andfoundationsfromGer-manyandabroadcometogether in Berlintoshareinformationandideas,whichma-kesBerlinanoutstandingenvironmentforstudentstonetworkandmakeconnections.VI.Structureandorganizationofthe bachelor’s degree  program in Business Administration The bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration istaught in German!The program canbedividedintotwosegments:1.thecoresubject(Kernfach)of Business Administration (150ECTS)2.generalprofessionalpreparation(GPP)(Allgemeine. Clausus);placementsarenotawardedcentrally,byabodyre-sponsiblefortheentirecountry(suchastheZVS),butratherlocally,byFreieUni-versitätitself.Theselectionprocessfocusesprimarilyonthegradesonastudent’stranscript.Waittimesarealsoconsidered.Therearealsospecialrulesthatapplytocer-taingroups(internationalprospectivestudents,thoseapplyingforasecondacade-mic program, specialhardshipcases).Formoreinformationonapplying,pleasevisithttp://www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/studienorganisation/bewerbung/index.html.2.StartofstudiesA bachelor’s degree program canonlybestarted in thewintersemester,whichbeginsasofOctober1ofeachyear.Theschoolworkswithcurrentstudentstoorganizeanorienta-tionweek(Orientationswoche)forallnewstudentsatthestartofeachwintersemester(formoreinformation,pleaseseesectionIX,“GettingstartedattheSchoolof Business andEconomics”).3.ChangingstudylocationsManystudentswhoarealreadyenrolled in anundergraduate program in business administration atadierent business schoolwishtotransfertothe bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration atFreieUniversität.Thiskindoftransferisper-mittedundercertainconditions:
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