E-business is a relatively new programme at CBS, and it is thus difficult to say a lot about students and student environment. However, YOU, as a new student, will have plenty of influence on this.
E-business is primarily about the meeting between people and technology. It does not necessarily mean that you have to be an IT wizard, but as a student it is important that you are curious about new technologies and not least how they can be applied. How do people apply this technology in daily life? Where and how can it be improved? Are there any areas in which the technology is not applied today, but where it may lead to improvements in future?
The great freedom of choice in E-business means that it is important that you know from the start how you are going to use your degree. You choose courses and project themes from the first semester. They all help create your individual profile, so it is important that you consider which courses lead you in the desired direction.
As this programme covers quite a few disciplines, it is going to be a challenge for most students that they cannot be equally good at everything. The technical courses may be quite demanding on those with non-technical backgrounds, especially during the first semesters. To others, the law elements (with a lot of cramming) may be particularly difficult to become acquainted with. And those who have not immersed themselves in business economics before, a whole new logic must be learned, when everything you work with must be seen through the eyes of an organisation or company.
You should also be prepared that several of the courses are taught in English, as is most of the literature. It does not mean that your English skills have to be impeccable, but it is a major business language. So some of you might experience that studying may take a little longer to begin with, as it takes time to get used to English texts.
Collaboration and systematism
The students do not only collaborate on projects, but also in class. So you will make it easier for yourself if you are open and like to work together with other students. It is definitely an advantage if you are open to collaborating with and learn from your fellow students whose backgrounds differ from your own.
And you will also benefit from being able to plan ahead and work structured. Successful IT projects require systematism and detail control, and this way of working is not only relevant during your studies, but also in your future career.
You will probably experience that E-business changes between theory and practice on an ongoing basis. The literature is very theoretic, and the lectures put the theory into further perspective. The group projects, where you and your fellow students together find practical solutions to real problems are also a major element of the programme, as is the exercise lessons, where you will work with practical cases. The case work covers real-life E-business problems in new start-ups to already established organisations. The case work also covers the different digital platforms and the different types of objectives technology may help to achieve.
The theoretical part of the programme provides you with the tools to analyse the needs of companies and consumers - and an understanding of the possibilities provided by technology. The practical perspective gives you the tools to rely on the theory and develop, plan, and implement the solutions.
The programme has a large focus on innovation. Not as an abstract concept, but how to work practically and interdisciplinarily with innovation and development when solving problems.
There are many different types of exams and work methods in E-business. Each semester, however, is completed by a group project, in which students apply the theoretical basis of the programme to find practical solutions to cases.
The structure of E-business does not impose any particular challenge to having a student job. A lot of students work part-time and the student position is often relevant for their studies.
However, it must be emphasised that E-business is a demanding education. You constantly work with different core elements of a subject, and working on projects with your fellow students is time-consuming and intense. More than 15 hours of work in parallel with your studies is thus not recommendable to complete a programme successfully.
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 between reading 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.
E-business is a relatively new programme, which makes it difficult to say anything about student networks. However, YOU, as a new student, will have plenty of influence on this.