Teaching plan for the course unit



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On 3 April 2020 and in agreement with the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge and the rectors of the other Catalan universities, the Rector of the Universitat de Barcelona decided to suspend all second-semester face-to-face teaching activities until the end of the academic year. For this reason, our university's teaching staff may need to make certain changes to the course plans of the subjects they teach, so that they can teach subjects online. When and where such changes are made, they will be explained in a new appendix attached to the end of the original course plan.

General information


Course unit name: Business Practices

Course unit code: 573239

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Paloma Miravitlles Matamoros

Department: Faculty of Economics and Business

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


General competences

CG1. Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).

CG2. Capacity to propose a business project based on an original idea and to assess its feasibility.

Basic competences

CB6. Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

CB7. Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

CB8. Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments.

CB9. Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgments and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

CB10. Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.

Specific competences

CE1. Capacity to apply the main concepts and management tools to resolve advanced problems and business situations related to the strategic, financial, commercial, operational and logistics management of international companies.

CE2. Capacity to adopt a strategic, integrated approach to business problems and ability to address them effectively at an international level.

CE3. Capacity to analyse and interpret the economic and financial information generated by an international company in order to make well-considered decisions.

CE4. Capacity to plan and direct the financial and accounting organization of an international company or global group of companies, to ensure solvency and profitability.

CE5. Understanding of and capacity to apply marketing tools to solve problems and generate opportunities and to use theoretical expertise and the appropriate research tools to solve problems encountered in the fields of market research and international marketing.

CE6. Understanding of the heuristics, methodologies and techniques required for decision-making in the field of international business operations.

CE7. Capacity to direct the international logistics of a company or group of companies with a view to achieving optimal supply chain management.

CE8. Capacity to manage people and teams in international organizations, in order to increase motivation and establish a multicultural working environment.

CE9. Capacity to examine the options, potential and opportunities presented by different regions in the global economy and to identify the specific features of the various markets and societies involved, with a view to improving effectiveness and complying with demands on professional responsibility.

CE10. Capacity to acquire an advanced level of competence in the writing of scientific documents, specialized reports and research papers in which value judgements are formulated, complying with standard criteria for publication or for presentation to potential stakeholders or other interested parties at the global level.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

At the end of the placement students will be able to:

— Acquire specialist knowledge of labour practice.
— Learn how to integrate new workers in existing working teams in companies of any sector or create one’s own business.
— Apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in the Master’s degree to the business environment.
— Make decisions in real contexts and uncertain environments individually.
— Learn to work in teams, as well as to communicate, discuss, negotiate and interact with other people. Make decisions in situations with different levels of information, promoting behaviours focused on developing the professional activity, critical abilities, and creative and proactive abilities.
— Be aware of a more holistic vision of business, integrating and relating other subjects of the Master’s degree with professional activities.



Teaching blocks




Teaching methods and general organization


Content is based on external placements in a company. They provide students with the framework to develop and apply the specialisation, knowledge and abilities acquired in the Master’s degree in the real context of a business.

During placements, students apply methodologies such as problem-solving, projects and practical work.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


The assessment of the subject follows the instructions established by the Academic Committee. The instructions and characteristics are detailed at the beginning of the course.


Examination-based assessment

The assessment of the subject follows the instructions established by the Academic Committee. The instructions and characteristics are detailed at the beginning of the course.







Methodology and alternative learning activities:
The academic tutor will monitor the placement in coordination with the tutor at the host firm, offering supervision and the necessary support, via email, telephone or platforms such as business Skype. It will be necessary to verify that the placement is carried out via telework, as this is the only permitted mode of delivery at present

Asessment of learning outcomes:


  • In order to be eligible for assessment, students must complete at least 50% of the hours established in the course plan (125 hours).
  • The remaining hours, if any, must be supplemented as indicated by the Coordinator (business plan, competition study, marketing plan, communication plan, etc.), with an additional report of 10-15 pages.
  • Changes to the dates of the training project will be recorded in the GIPE (Gestor Integrat de Pràctiques Externes) and GAEF (Gestor d’avaluacions de pràctiques). These changes will be reflected in the Company Assessment Report and in the Academic Tutor’s Report (assessment questionnaires).
  • Changes from face-to-face to distance work should be approved by all parties (host company/institution manager, academic tutor, student) and reflected in the Company Assessment Report and the Academic Tutor’s Report, together with any changes to the training project.
  • Optional placements and extracurricular placements cannot be extended beyond the 2019-2020 academic year (7 September 2020).


The same considerations apply as for continuous assessment.


The same considerations apply as for continuous assessment.