Thursday, February 3, 2011

Description of Classes

Even though I sometimes forgot, I am over here to go to school.  I am just finishing my first week of classes.  I got all the classes that I signed up for and have a decent class schedule. The class descriptions below are from the program handbook.

Business Performance Tools:
      Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00-1:30
      Professor Marco van der Woude

      The programme teaches students how organizations and its people can achieve a better performance.  This course is based upon the concept that organizations continuously have to change in order to stay competitive and bring added value to their clients.  This course is an integration of both financial and non-financial factors that can be delivered for the success of both companies for and not-for-profit.  This course is built on the basis of the performance improvement cycle, and introduces the Balance Score Card, on of the tried and trusted methods to translate strategy into practical, measureable objectives.  It gives insight into trends and tools used by organizations in their response to both external and internal changes. It highlights the organizationl and personal learning process.  This course provides students insight into the trends, tools and instruments companies can use in their permanent learning process to stay competitive.  In parallel, students gain insight in their own personal performance, their role in a team and behaviorial opportunities for improvement.

     Tuesday 11:15-12:45
      Wednesday 2:15-4:00
      Professor Witek ten Hove

      This program teaches students to manage and evaluate companies and organizations from a financial perspective.  The module is built along the principle that a company can be considered as an investment.  The course gives insight into the public and private capital and money markets as well as how companies organize their relationship with potential investors.  The course will give insight into the relevant forms of financing.  It will address why different financial sources have different concepts and prices and how companies can organize their optimal financial structure in order to create value for all its stakeholders.  Students will learn how financial managers combine the need for a satisfying return to their financiers and an internal controlled system to support the neccessary risk management.  Students will learn how investment decisions are made and what different forms of capital budgeting companies can use.  The course will show the benefits and risks of the principle that companies and managers are evaluated whether they have been able to create value for their financers.  The program will explain why cash and cash flow are so relevant for both business decisions as well as for current and future financial sources.

Business Ethics
      Wednesday 8:45-12:00
      Professors Stephan Plat and Robert Penning

      In this course students will get insight into the complex world of Business Ethics.  During this couse ethical issues and approaches will be dealt with on several levels, including the individual, the organisational and the social and culture environment.  Students will be challenged to elaborate on their future role as a(n) (international) (HR) manager.  The aim of this course is to stimulate critical thinking and enable students to actively participate in discussion and reflections. 

Event Management
     Wednesday (tutoring hours) 4:00-5:30
     Thursday (lecture) 8:45-10:30
     Tutors Saskia Kreutzer and Jacqueline van Schalm
      5 different guest lectures

      This 12 week module will increase students' professionalism in planning and organising events in groups.

European Integration
    Thursday 12:45-4:00

     The course will help you understand European Institutions.  It focuses on mergers, cooperation and expansion of companies across Europe and deals with economic and legal aspects related to such developments.  Moreover, you will study the differences in culture and society to help you find your way in Europe. Topics covered will include European Insitutions, European and Instituational law, competition law, economics, export, marketing and cross cultural aspects as well as recent developments in the field of business, politics, employment, export, environment, expansion, mergers, and take-overs and their consequences.

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