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Student life

 

Study environment

The concentration has an annual intake of 80 students and roughly 30% of these are Danish. Students from the Nordic countries account for about 30%, and the last 40% are students from Europe and other parts of the world. Belonging to a fairly small group of  students means that you will have a good chance of getting to know your fellow  students.

The students are usually very ambitious which can create a stimulating and cooperative atmosphere, , as the students often use each other for discussing and understanding different aspects of the concentration. A lot of the students also combine their studies with a student jobs , which may take up a lot of their spare time.

What  to consider?

The concentration often uses oral exams. It is not uncommon for students to underestimate the time it actually takes to really understand how to use the theories and tools to the extent where you can explain and discuss them at an oral exam. Finding the right study technique can be challenging and requires good time management skills. Especially if you also have a student job .

Working with numbers is a big part of the concentration, but it is more calculus than math, and there is also a strong focus on understanding these numbers in context. This could mean bringing in both psychological and sociological perspectives. To be able to work with numbers, and at the same time understand how people are motivated, and why they behave in certain ways, can be a challenge to some because of the big differences in the approaches to creating knowledge in these areas. But it will also be rewarding as the ability to combine these hard and soft areas is one of the important skills you acquire.

To be a good match for this concentration, you should have an interest in working with numbers, but also in understanding the principles and logic behind the numbers. Furthermore, another important ambition is to better understand the meeting between the number and the organisation – how numbers can be used for management. So having a good basic understanding of accounting and managerial economics before you start will be an advantage, combined with an interest in and understanding of organisational aspects affecting human behavior and motivation.

The curriculum is fairly comprehensive  and academic. The mix of theory and application requires that you are able to perform the necessary calculations, to put them into  context, and to explain and discuss why and how this should be done. As such, the concentration can be seen as 65% theory comprehension and discussion, and 35% calculations and applications.

Teaching

Classes in ASC are conducted as lectures and in some cases combined with exercises. As in  all lectures, student interaction is important, and the quality often depends on the attitude of the students and their willingness to participate. For this reason it is also customary to use cases, hand-in essays or have presentations by  smaller groups of students.

Exams

At CBS each course is concluded with  an examination. This means that you will have examinations after each semester in December/January and May/June respectively.

The ASC-concentration primarily has written and oral exams. But in  the second semester there is an extended group project, where you go  in more depth with a relevant topic and problem. The frequent use of oral exams underlines the approach to the topics in the concentration, where great emphasis is put on being able to discuss the relevance, strength and weaknesses of the theories behind various tools or models.

Akademisk tilgang/argumentation – kun på engelsksprogede – mangler

Work,life,study balance

As the number of  lectures and exercises is not that high, students find the concentration to be quite flexible for combining  studies with a student job . However, the workload is still full time, so prioritising and managing your time will be essential to be able to cover the curriculum in time for exams. Studying for oral exams can be especially time consuming, because you have to be able to explain and discuss the covered concepts and theories and to learn things by heart.

Studying in English

Before studying a programme taught in English you might want to consider the following:

  • All literature, lectures, exams, projects and group work are in English
  • Academic English differs from the English used in everyday language – so it might be a challenge even if you are used to speaking English in other situations.
  • You may have to spend more time on reading and understanding the material in English
  • You may find it challenging to express yourself with the same ease as you would in your mother tongue.
  • Some will feel uncomfortable and shy when speaking English – especially when in a crowd or among native speakers.

Practice makes perfect
There is a big difference betweenreading and understanding texts and expressing yourself in English both orally and in writing. This is a challenge for some students. Even if you are used to reading English texts on your bachelor programme, it is still a good idea to practice your English. Try to speak it on a regular basis, watch the news, movies and TV series in English. You should also read books and newspapers in English, as this will help you read faster and increase your vocabulary. A good command of English is essential for getting the maximum learning outcome of  your programme.

Community/network

Each year  of students has their own page on Facebook for academic and social events and information sharing. They are also  active on LinkedIn.

There are also a number of associations and organisations for students at CBS. Click here for more information

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Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 16/10/2012