Core Courses (Acceptance guaranteed)

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Business Simulation

Credits 5 ECTS                                                         


· Are well informed regarding the diverse activities involved in holistic company leadership.

· Perceive the company as a complex, networked system.

· Are familiar with the complex interrelationships and dependencies between different company departments.

· Have developed the ability to select and analyse information.

· Are able to constructively and critically apply theoretical principles and methodological approaches when tackling practical problems.

· Can handle risk in decision-making contexts.

· Are able to develop and successfully present concepts.

· Have gained experience in dealing with team members, business partners and investors.

Human Resource Management

Credits 5 ECTS                                                                                 

The Human Resource Management module deals with the strategic role of human resource management and its related activities in everyday business practice. As in practice human resource management is the responsibility of both company management and the human resources department, the module takes a practice-orientated approach and covers know-how and methodological skills required for the effective leadership and collaboration of people in organisations.

Having completed this course students...

· Understand the interrelationship between corporate and human resources strategy and are able to discuss the implications of associated trends such as demographic shifts, globalisation and changes in employee preferences.

· Are able to comprehend key theories as they relate to human resource management.

· Can accurately assess selected approaches and instruments when developing a human resources strategy.

· Understand key metrics for the monitoring and control of human resource activities.

· Are familiar with the steps involved in quantitative and qualitative human resource planning and can apply its core methods.

· Are able to analyse human resource marketing concepts and assess internal and external recruiting options.

· Understand the personnel selection process and are able to select suitable instruments to recruit personnel.

· Are familiar with the concept of human resource development and able to design basic human resource development schemes.

· Understand the role of performance management for an organisation's success.

· Have basic knowledge of international human resource management and are aware of key trends.

· Understand various forms of organisational structuring of the human resources function.

Have acquired methodological knowledge required to work through human resources case studies and present results and recommendations.

Innovation Management

Credits 5 ECTS                                                                  

Students possess a comprehensive understanding of innovation and innovation management alongside its application in global business.

They are able to analyse and evaluate innovation processes from the following fields: research and development, product design, production process implementation and market launch of new products. They are familiar with methods employed to support creativity and understand the parameters for the implementation and management of innovation projects and innovation's strategic aspects.

Having completed the course students are able to...

· Organise, plan and coordinate innovation processes in organisations.

· Describe the possibilities and difficulties experienced in the technological life cycle of a product.

·  Apply selected methods to promote creativity.

· Characterise current trends in innovation management (e.g. crowd innovation, reverse innovation).

· Plan product development projects.

· Describe the components of selected methods, employ them in complex product development projects and apply them to solving simple problems.

International Economics

Credits 5 ECTS                                                     

Students are able to explain the theory and politics of international economic relations. They can describe the core developments of international economic relations in the past and present. With this knowledge, students are able to comprehend the consequences of international economic relations for companies and assess current processes and debates.

International Management

Credits 5 ECTS                                                                       

Learning Outcomes and Competences:

Students develop competence in the field of economic internationalisation and globalisation. They understand the terminology, conceptual basis and strategies of international management and apply these to concrete case studies. They understand the complexity of interdependent influences of various parameters in international organisations and possess knowledge of intercultural management approaches. They are able to critically analyse the current practice of internationally active companies.

Managing Organisations

Credits 5 ECTS                                                                             

Having completed this course students are able to...

· Understand the core developments of organisation theory.

· Are familiar with various approaches to designing organisational structures (especially job and department design) with their strengths and drawbacks.

· Are able to assess different span-of-control and hierarchy structuring options.

· Can understand and evaluate coordination mechanisms such as hierarchies and internal markets.

· Can design general organigrams, job descriptions and process diagrams.

· Understand the significance of process-orientated organisational design for an organisation's success and can explain the processes this involves.

· Have knowledge of current approaches to the mobilisation of staff and coordination of change processes.

· Understand the role of leadership and power in organisations and are able to describe effective leadership behaviour.

· Are able to critically reflect management behaviour and discuss its economic and ethical implications.

· Have acquired methodological knowledge required to work through case studies and present their results and recommendations.

Project Management

Credits 5 ECTS                                                                                          

The module equips students to independently define small projects, to understand typical challenges in terms of goals, deadlines, budgeting and capacity planning and in doing so to support a project's implementation.

They are familiar with selected project management methods and can select these to suit specific situations. Working in (intercultural) teams is an aspect of project management with which they are particularly well acquainted. Students can recognise conflict situations and develop approaches to defusing these conflicts. They are also familiar with the basic terminology of project management, which enables them to learn how to use software-based project management systems independently. The communication of basic knowledge in the use of project management software is aspired to.

Service Learning – Intercultural Learning and Experience

Credits 2 ECTS                                                                                 

The class provides an introduction to intercultural theories and practical exercises, and serves to intermix domestic and foreign students at the HTW. The class will take place all 14 days with theory-units, single working-group-coaching and two excursions to selected places of interest in Berlin or Potsdam. The achievement test will consist of a presentation of a free-elective subject connected to culture in a small working group. The class will be held in English and German language.

German as a Foreign Language

Credits: 4 ECTS

Course Details:

At the beginning of the Welcome Weeks, two weeks prior to the start of the lecture period, we will offer a language test that determines the level for the ensuing two-week German intensive course.

Based on their level in the intensive course, students will then be able to enroll for one or more German language classes during the semester, lasting between 16 and 18 weeks.

Our language department offers a wide range of courses - from General German classes, focusing on the basics of grammar and conversation, to more advanced German courses with specializations in the fields of Design, Business and Technology.

More information on the German language course offering can be found here.

General Courses (AWEs)

Credits 2 ECTS                                          

Every Semester students are able to choose from a list of general courses in order to complement their regular curriculum courses. As the specific topics of these courses are not determined before the Welcome Weeks (March for Summer Term and September for Winter Term) it is not possible to publish a reliable list here.

Some examples of General Courses taught in English from previous semesters are:

  • Making Music with the Synthesizer
  • International Standardization
  • Design Thinking and Human Values
  • Becoming a Global Graduate
  • Introduction to Japanese Culture

Additionally around 70-80 varying General Courses are offered in German (B2 German recommended) every semester, such as:

  • Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Präsentationstechniken
  • Rhetorik
  • Blockchain-Workshop
  • Energiespeichersysteme
  • Soft Skills im Dienstleistungsmanagement
  • Rendering-Seminar (Automobildesign)

As the specific topics are not published yet at the time of the application, students can simply select "AWE - General Course" on their learning agreement and then apply for their specific General Course(s)  after their arrival.

Please note that some General Courses might have a limited places and therefore the acceptance is subject to the respective capacity and cannot be guaranteed.

If students cannot find a suitable course from the list after their arrival, it is of course possible to amend their learning agreement and to remove/replace one or more courses.