Courses offered Summer 2021:
- German Economy and Society
- How to Apply in English
- Intercultural Training - Social Rules and Customs
- Research Methodology
Here are some information from the module handbook (Modulhandbuch) and course descriptions.
Umfang: 2 SWS
WebUntis Bezeichnung: AW_INT_DBIG
Germany is well-known for its successful mid-sized companies and rule-based work ethics. How have mid-sized companies, including those in and around Regensburg, been able to thrive in the global market? This course looks at several of these Mittelstand companies in order to identify the criteria for success, and relates them to the general business culture, and indeed culture as a whole, in Germany. The workshop style of the course will enable students to pinpoint different business approaches, investigate case studies and distinguish German leadership styles, as well as come to terms with their own experience of the German culture.
- Introduction to - and analysis of - the five main intercultural competencies.
- Intercultural Competence in the German business culture.
- Case studies: mid-sized German companies and their success stories.
- Business structuring and leadership styles in German companies.
- Ordnung muss sein! and other German cultural values that influence business life.
- Intercultural Communication in both professional and private settings.
This course is allocated 3 credits, as is German Economy and Society. Both courses together equal 5 credits. It is strongly recommended that students participate in both courses in order to have a more complete instruction in the subject matter.
Umfang: 2 SWS
WebUntis Bezeichnung: AW_INT_GES
The five main topics to be covered (in combination with the five main IC principles) are:
- Maps of Germany in combination with the definition of culture.
- German history from the reformation to the reunification (1980s-90s), discussed from a cultural perspective.
- Education and social systems as a reflection of a number of German cultural values.
- An outline of the economic and industrial structure of Germany with a focus on Germany's most important sectors. EIL in business communication in Germany will also be looked at here.
- Immigration and integration including the intercultural aspects of cultural adjustment.
- Students should be able to understand German history and its implications for the current situation
- Students should be enabled to use their knowledge to adjust to German cultural standards
- Students should be able to get a deeper cultural understanding of their German experience
- Students should get an insight into Germany's economy, statistical information, education system, and immigration policies
Umfang: 2 SWS
WebUntis Bezeichnung: AW_INT_HAE
This course aims at improving students' applications in English for internships, part-time and fulltime positions in Germany, the UK and the USA, including:
- Writing English cover letters for applying in Germany
- Writing English cover letters for applying in the UK and the USA
- Assessment Center training
- Writing convincing CVs
- Training for job interviews
- Students should be enabled to write CVs and cover letters in a convincing way
- Students should be confident in job interviews and assessment centers
- Students should be able to adapt their CV and cover letter to the respective job description
- Students should be able to apply in different countries (UK, USA, Germany)
Umfang: 2 SWS
WebUntis Bezeichnung: AW_INT_ICT
Based on analysis, discussions and interactive exercises, this seminar raises students’ awareness of how culture is constructed and experienced and gives insight into other cultural values and perspectives.
- Culture, identity and perspective
- The role of media in reinforcing stereotypes
- Models of intercultural classification (Hofstede, Hall)
- Model of psychoanalysis for profiling (Riemann)
- Aspects of intercultural communication
- Development of intercultural awareness
- Role plays and discussion
- Dieser Kurs wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten. Er zählt sowohl zum Sprachenprogramm wie auch zur Kategorie "Sozial- und Methodenkompetenz (Block III): Interkulturelle Kompetenz".
- Die Anmeldung erfolgt über den Datenbankeintrag in der Kategorie "Sprachen: Programm English for Industry and Commerce".
- Die Veranstaltung ist Teil der Zusatzausbildung Sozial- und Methodenkompetenz "Soft Skills"
Umfang: 2 SWS
- Script (to be found in elearning platform GRIPS)
- Project Management Institute (PMI): A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) (latest edition), PMI, Newton Square
- ISO 21500 (International Standards Organization); Guidance on project management; based on PMBOK
- ISO 10006 Quality management systems – Guidelines for quality management in projects
- AIAG: Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), latest Edition, AIAG
- ISO 9001:2015; Quality Management; International Standards Organization
- CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration); CMMI Institute (via homepage cmmiinstitute.com)
For German speaking readers:
- H.D. Litke, Projektmanagement - Methoden, Techniken, Verhaltensweisen neueste Auflage, Hanser Verlag
- Kerzner, Harold: Projektmanagement, neueste Auflage, mitp, Heidelberg
- Schwaber, Ken & Sutherland, Jeff: Scrum Guide, neueste Auflage
WebUntis Bezeichnung: AW_INT_PM
- Basics and basic terms (Project, process, process management, project phase, milestone, resource, budget, Project manager)
- Influence of organization types and product life cycle (Stakeholder, project team, project phases)
- Project management processes (Initation, planning, execution, controlling, finalizations)
- Fields of competence in project management (e.g.. integration management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communications management, risk management, procurement management, stakeholder management)
Students will learn about basic terms, methods, process models, standards and procedures of projects.
Upon completion of the course, they will know about chances and risks in managing projects.
Students will be able to apply project management methods, e.g. planning (including target setting), communication, coordination, team work, reporting, risk and quality management and project controlling.
Umfang: 2 SWS
- Kumar, Ranjit. Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2011.
- Bryman, Alan. Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press. Edition 4. 2012.
WebUntis Bezeichnung: AW_INT_RM
This course is aiming to provide a systematic introduction to research methodology, including:
- what science and scientific research are aiming at,
- the general structure of the research process,
- how to search and review scientific literature,
- how to formulate a research problem,
- how to identify variables and hypotheses,
- what a research design is,
- how to select a study design,
- what kinds of data collection methods exist,
- which kinds of scales for data exist,
- how a sample is selected.
- Students are able to understand different research methodologies, research designs and research processes
- Students are able to understand quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Students are able to understand how to develop research questions/hypotheses
- Students are able to understand how to write a literature review
- Students are able to conduct their own research