Beide Global Business Management (GBM) semesters (in de herfst en de lente) zijn modulaire semesters. Alle modules gaan over Business Management onderwerpen, waarbij verschillende soorten expertise in een wereldwijde context aan bod komen. Als een student beide semesters volgt en een volledig jaar blijft, zullen de modules die in het voorjaar kunnen worden gekozen uiteraard verschillen. In het herfstsemester ligt de nadruk op colleges en op leren-door-doen. Het lentesemester is meer projectgericht. Studenten werken aan verschillende projecten, meestal in internationale teams.
Het Postgraduaat Global Business Management wordt enkel in het Engels aangeboden.
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Course overview spring
COMPULSORY MODULES = 27 ECTS (24 ECTS when staying a full year)
Note: Courses listed in the same cell cannot be taken separately.
Note: Courses marked with an asterisk are taught by means of self study.
- CULTURAL & SOCIO-ECONOMIC INTRODUCTION TO BELGIUM - 3 ECTS (this module cannot be chosen by students staying a full year)
In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socio-economic data of your home country. This module includes a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.
- SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - 3 ECTS
The student gains insight in what sustainability is today, which theories and frameworks exist and which solutions are already implemented in the current business environment. We explore the domain of sustainable business management and look at the frameworks and challenges in the three main areas that can be defined: economic, social and environmental. We discuss practical solutions that could help face the challenges we talked about in the first part. We look into Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, Digitalization, Sustainable Energy and Circular Economy.
- ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BUSINESS GAME - 3 ECTS
Students will play an international business game in teams. The game consists of different rounds with increasing degree of difficulty in the team decisions.
- INCLUSIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION - 3 ECTS
Learning to communicate interculturally,
Learning to communicate inclusively
Learning strategies to apply this generally within companies
About intercultural communication, intercultural awareness and intercultural competence. Cultural models and dimensions will be dealt with in order to provide you with a framework for international negotiations and intercultural leadership and to improve your employability skills.
About inclusive communication (meaning, sharing information in a way that everybody can understand). About creating strategies for companies that are committed to stay relevant in a diverse and ever-changing society.
- INTERNATIONAL MARKETING - 3 ECTS
International marketing is the application of marketing principles in more than one country, by companies overseas or across national borders. International marketing is based on an extension of a company’s local marketing strategy, with special attention paid to marketing identification, targeting, and decisions internationally.
- PROJECT CONSUMER AWARENESS - 3 ECTS
A course based on the outcome of the Erasmus+ Project Consume Aware. The objective of this project is to study consumer awareness in the European Union. Individually and in team, students will focus on at least one of the following themes: the importance of consumer awareness; consumer protection in Europe; consumer rights, both national and European examples and practices (for the tangible goods sector and services sector); institutions of consumer rights protection; building consumer awareness.
- AI FUNDAMENTALS - 6 ECTS
GOOD ICT background is recommended. Make sure your laptop runs on Windows Operating System otherwise you can’t install the required software.
Turning data into knowledge.
Presence in the lessons is required. When missing classes 4 times students need to send an email to the lecturer explaining the reason for their absence in order to be admitted for the examination.
Data Visualisation and machine learning
Before you can start learning how to use data science techniques and build machine learning solutions, it might be useful to start by defining what we mean by "data science".
- Working with Data
Now that you have learned about the principles that underpin data science and you've been introduced to Azure Machine Learning, it's time to explore the ways you can prepare data for modeling.
- Visualizing Data
After cleaning your data, it can be useful to explore it visually before selecting the features that will help you create a useful model.
- Building Machine Learning Models
Now that you understand the iterative process of exploring data and building and evaluating models, it's time to examine some specific model types.
- WEBSITE MANAGEMENT - 3 ECTS
The objective of this course is to obtain insight in analogue and/or digital tools (e.g. UX Design and Customer/Buyer Journey) to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative marketing data. You will come across the typical jargon in the field and the legal framework concerning privacy, intellectual property and e-commerce. You will be able to build a commercial website taking into account a specific target audience.
ELECTIVE MODULES: 3 or 6 ECTS FROM THE FOLLOWING
- CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - 6 ECTS
Nowadays, there is an increasing need and interest in Chinese culture and language. It is useful to know about the language when coming to China for travel or business. The Howest Confucius Institute offers (elementary – intermediary – advanced) Chinese language courses for students. The course also involves a small tailor-made and practical project.
- EVENT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT - 3 ECTS
You learn how to organize an event in a professional way. A project needs to be SMART. It has a start, an end, goals, stakeholders, a target audience. Projects can be simple, like organizing an event e.g. a business conference, but also very complex, like building a space rocket. In this module you learn the basics of managing a project: P6 method, risk analysis, budget, roadmap, work breakdown structure, ...
Focus on SMART, teamwork, phases of project management, after-action review.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW - 3 ECTS
International Business Law aims to give students an understanding as well as practical knowledge of legal problems arising in the area of international business, and to equip them with the skills needed to prevent and tackle these problems.
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH - 3 ECTS
The research module is aimed at preparing students to write a final thesis. You will learn to select a relevant research topic in your field of study and you will get tips about writing a thesis partly on desk research, partly on field research. This module also focuses on the proper use of the English language, speaking and writing.
FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT - 3 ECTS
Students acquire knowledge and insight concerning the functioning of financial institutions and their environment, in general, and in the area of the main variables of the management of financial institutions, in particular, within an international legislative context. The student is able to judge in an uncertain context: able to cope with uncertainties that are specific to the banking environment or able to elaborate accurate forecasts of the main bank variables.
The student can deal with complex problems: they are able to analyze a (risk) situation and contribute to a strategic solution for the organization. The student has knowledge of risks, can map these various risks that financial institutions and companies face, and has insight into some basic risk management techniques. The student acts ethically and morally responsible with respect for the applicable legislation and guidelines.
ENGLISH FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS - 3 ECTS (evening course)
This English course provides students with training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level.
Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes (if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)
Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
Next to ‘Opleiding’ select ‘Global Business Management 1 – ETS GBM1’ for Autumn semester or ‘Global Business Management 2 – ETS GBM2’ for Spring.
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