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General information

 

Course unit name: Final Project

Course unit code: 573240

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Fariza Achcaoucaou Iallouchen

Department: Faculty of Economics and Business

Credits: 10

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 250

 

Supervised project

20

Independent learning

230

 

 

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

The objectives of the Master’s degree Final Project (FP) refer to both content and format:

— Assessment of format: presentation (capacity to present a structured text: background, references, clear and brief oral presentation).

— Assessment of content: the FP has to demonstrate the acquisition of the objectives for the Master’s degree. This FP is a summary of the competences for the Master’s degree. Students can choose between different types of projects: research projects, reports, business plans and projects on intervention or innovation in the professional field. Students are expected to reach their own conclusions and show a capacity for critical and personal thinking.

— Students have to integrate and apply the competences acquired during the Master’s degree in a professional, creative and innovative way, together with those specific to the subject, such as autonomy, initiative, practical application, etc.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Master’s degree Final Project

*  As stated in the University of Barcelona and the Faculty of Economics and Business regulations on the Master’s degree Final Project (hereinafter, ‘FP’):

a) The FP is an individual project carried out independently that enables the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Master’s degree. Specifically, the FP is a project, research project or report through which students must integrate each aspect of the training received during the Master’s degree. This exercise requires students to apply the knowledge, capacities, attitudes and competences they have acquired in such a way that it links to the specific learning objectives and professional outcomes of each master’s degree.

b) The FP must be the product of individual work. Exceptionally, projects of particular complexity may be worked on in groups. In these cases, students must receive the authorisation of the Master’s degree Coordinator and provide a brief report from the tutor outlining the justification for the FP and the contribution of each student.

The process for preparing the FP is explained in the compulsory subject Research Methods for International Business, taught during the first semester.

The characteristics of the FP are detailed in the Final Project Guidelines available in the Virtual Campus of the subject. It must be an original project and hence any form of plagiarism (that is, the copy of another author’s text without reference to the source) will be penalised.

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

The development of the project is not associated with face-to-face activities in the classroom. The FP consists of an original work in international business studies.

The FP is completed autonomously, although a tutor must accept supervising and monitoring the project. Students meet their tutor frequently. Students hand in follow-up work to the tutor.

At the beginning of the course, the Academic Council establishes the main characteristics and deadlines of the FP in the Final Project Guidelines.

Students must submit different forms and partial sections of the FP during the process. Failure to submit any of these forms or sections by the established date implies a grade of Fail for the FP.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

There is no continuous assessment option.

 

Examination-based assessment

The Master’s degree Final Project is an atypicalásubject with only one call for assessment (and no repeat assessment), although each student, in agreement with their tutor, can choose to be assessed either in June or September.

At the beginning of the course, the Academic Council establishes the main characteristics, deadlines and assessment criteria of the FP in the Final Project Guidelines. These guidelines are also published in the Virtual Campus of the subject.

On the specific dates of July (or September) approved by the Academic Council, each student must face a public defence of their project in front of the Assessment Committee, which is made up of three lecturers of the Master’s degree. On a date announced in advance (students should check the timetable and exams document on the website of the Master’s degree), each student sends an electronic version of their FP. The final submission must have the signed agreement of the tutor. These FPs are distributed among the members of the Assessment Committee.