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Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management

Degree:
Master of Business Administration

Degree title:
Master of Business Administration

Credits:
90 ects

Name of the Degree Programme

Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management

Field of study

Business, administration and law

The classification of the educational field is based on the international ISCED classification used by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Specialisations

There are no lines of specialization in this Degree Programme.

Qualification awarded

Degree: a second-cycle (master's) degree
Degree title: Master of Business Administration

Level of qualification

The degree programme leads to a second cycle Master-level qualification in the European Higher Education system. In the eight-level European and Finnish National Qualifications Frameworks the qualification belongs to level 7.
The description of the level of the Degree is included in the Statute, at
http://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/alkup/2017/20170120

Specific admission requirements

Eligibility for studies at a university of applied sciences is stipulated in the Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014.

The selection criteria are specified in the data of the Degree Programme at www.opintopolku.fi and www.seamk.fi/haku

Please see the website http://www.seamk.fi/en/Studies/Admissions/Master-Programmes

Qualification requirements and regulations (incl. graduation requirements)

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.
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Structure of the studies

In accordance with the Universities of Applied Sciences Act, the studies of a Degree Programme consist of advanced professional studies, free elective studies, and a final project/thesis. The extent of the studies is 90 credits.

Common Advanced Professional Studies, 30 ECTS
Studies for Advancing the Student’s Personal Career Development, 15 ECTS
Elective Studies, 15 ECTS
Master Thesis, 30 ECTS

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to increase professional knowledge of international business. Having completed the programme, the student has grown into a business management professional capable of independent decision-making, working with management or demanding expert tasks in businesses that operate in the international market or are planning to go international.

Profile of the programme

The first-year studies focus on the management of international business, which are common to all.
The second-year studies consist of the studies advancing the student’s personal career development. Students can specialize either in the development of international business or project management.
The thesis process will start during the first semester. The studies of research and development support the progress of thesis process throughout the study program.
Furthermore, the study program includes elective studies which contribute to the student´s professional development.

Generic and subject specifc competences

Competencies are extensive knowledge entities, or combinations of the individual’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes. They describe qualifications, performance potential, and the ability to cope with professional duties.

Common/general competencies are fields of know-how common to different Degree Programmes, but their special characteristics and importance may vary between professions and work assignments. General competencies form the basis for professional activities, cooperation, and the development of expertise. According to Arene’s (Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences) recommendations, general competencies include learning skills, ethical competence, cooperation skills, innovation skills, and internationalization skills. In addition to the above-mentioned competencies, entrepreneurial skills and quality management skills are emphasized in the degree studies of SeAMK as competencies common to all.

Degree programme-specific competencies form the basis for the development of the student’s professional expertise.

Pedagogical approach and learning environment

Multi-modal learning methods are used. Each course includes two two-day contact sessions on an average. The emphasis of learning is on independent work as well as solving distant learning assignments and studying online. The development project is an essential part of the studies.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The RPL procedure means the identification and recognition of the student’s previously acquired learning. The student has the opportunity to apply for the recognition of their competencies if the competencies correspond to the learning goals of the Degree Programme. The identification process is closely connected with the preparation of the student’s personal curriculum and is updated during personal counselling discussions.

The identification and recognition practices are presented in the RPL Instruction of SeAMK. It specifies how recognition of competencies is applied for, how the application is processed, and how the student is informed of it. The instruction lists the RPL contact persons of each Degree Programme, who counsel students on matters related to the process.

In the assessment of prior learning, for example the following evidence is used:

– certificates on training programmes with similar content and other training programmes
– testimonials and further clarifications by an employer
– interviews of the student
– written and oral exams or reports
– functional or written assignments or other evidence
– presentations, portfolios

The final project/thesis and the Maturity Test cannot be submitted to the RPL procedure.

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The arrangements are based on the general RPL guidelines established at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Work-based learning and work placements

The Degree Programme doesn’t include practical training.

The student’s salaried work during their studies and the competencies achieved through it can be used in order to complete a course. This is referred to as employment-integrated learning, and it can also be related to voluntary work or hobbies. It is essential that the things learnt through working contribute to the attainment of the learning goals of the course. Learning achieved through employment-integrated learning can be verified, for instance, through skills demonstrations and assignments.

Occupational profiles

Most of the graduates of the programme work in different specialist or management positions in business and industry. Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken a Master's degree at a university of applied sciences is qualified for posts or positions in the public sector for which the qualification requirement is a first cycle/second cycle degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specific fields of study.

Internationalization

The programme is conducted in English in an intercultural study group. It has strong co-operation with its international key partners including common Global Master School, other course options and welcoming visiting lecturers, In addition double degree programme is organized in co-operation with Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences.

Access to further studies

Eligible for third-cycle higher education studies.
The admissions decisions are made in the receiving higher education institution.

Graduation requirements

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and instructions for graduates at Intra.

Mode of study

The courses of the programme are taught on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, which allows the students to work during their studies.

Head of degree programme

Anne-Maria Aho
e-mail: anne-maria.aho(a)seamk.fi
Phone: +358 (0)40 830 4173

Student counsellor

Essi Hauta
e-mail: essi.hauta(a)seamk.fi
Phone: +358 (0)40 830 1262

Coordination of Practical Training

The Degree Programme doesn’t include practical training.

Coordination of international mobility

Tiina Välimäki, 040-830 4127, tiina.valimaki(at)seamk.fi, Coordinator, Outgoing student exchanges to Europe
Maria Loukola, 040-830 2240, maria.loukola(at)seamk.fi, Coordinator, Incoming and outgoing student exchanges outside Europe

Student services

Tel. +358 20 124 5055, studentservices@seamk.fi

Masters Degree Programme in International Business Management

Masters Degree Programme in International Business Management

Masters Degree Programme in International Business Management

Enrollment

14.11.2022 - 15.01.2023

Timing

09.01.2023 - 11.02.2023

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Dario Liberona
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students recognize how to reduce the consumption of natural resources in business by supporting the economic growth and well-being of society. Students recognize different business models of circular economy. The student is able to analyze and evaluate the possibilities of implementing different business models and their suitability for the company. The student is able to analyze and evaluate the possibilities and significance of different alternative business models for the success of the company in the future. The student recognizes and utilizes various tools in designing circular economy business models. After completing the course, the student is able to develop a business model based on the circular economy for the company.

Content

Introduction to the circular economy
Resource efficiency and recycling
Lifetime extension
Product as a service
Platform economy
Renewability

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

Student has shown ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts of the course in practical business cases.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases. Student has been able to develop solutions for the case company in the assignment of the course.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases. Student has been able to develop creative solutions in the assignment of the course.

Enrollment

16.04.2022 - 07.09.2022

Timing

11.11.2022 - 19.11.2022

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Yli Nimeämätön
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students are able to utilize digital and social media marketing as a strategic approach. The course also focuses on how to effectively reach and communicate with your customers using digital and social media platforms, tools and metrics.

Content

Terminology and tools used in social media marketing as part of marketing strategy
Engagement of customers through digital and social media marketing
Strategic planning and measurement of social media activities

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student has participated actively in the course. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts in the assignment.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student has carried out work very well and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown the ability to comprehend and apply the concepts and tools of social media marketing. Student has been able to develop justified digital marketing solutions in the assignment.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard and participated very actively and constructively. Student has shown the ability to fully comprehend social media marketing concepts and tools and apply them in practice. Student has been able to develop strategic digital marketing solutions in the assignment.

Enrollment

14.11.2022 - 15.01.2023

Timing

20.01.2023 - 04.02.2023

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Tuulia Potka-Soininen
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students are able to list the stages of the financial management process. Students can work out calculations for financial management and assess the importance of them in planning the profitability of investments and financial structure also in an international corporation. Students know how to realize an investment and financial plan and interpret the results from the point of management view. They know how to use financial ratios and how to interpret them in analyzing the success and value of a firm also in an international corporation. Students know how to plan and draw up a report of financial statement analysis and interpret the results of analysis from the point of a firm and its interest groups. They can evaluate the significance of comprehensive financial management for firms and other organizations in the domestic and foreign markets.

Content

- Comprehensive financial management
- Investment and financial planning as part of financial management
- Utilization of the financial statement analysis an of the value definition in financial management
- Methods for investment and financial planning
- Methods for designing and realizing financial statement analysis

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student has participated actively in the course. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts of the course.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student has carried out work very well and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course good ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases. Student has been able to present developmental solutions for financial management.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course very good ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases. Student has applied innovative approach when presenting and developing creative solutions for financial management.

Enrollment

16.04.2022 - 07.09.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 01.10.2022

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Yli Nimeämätön
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students gain a deepened insight into human resource management in international context, against the background of changing working conditions in a globalized and digitized world.

Content

This course goes along the most important sub-functions of human resource management (HRM), such as workforce planning, employee selection, development, compensation or leadership. A special focus is set on HRM in the international context, for instance what are the impacts of recent trends in business life like globalization or digitization. Furthermore, changes in the mindset of modern workforce (e.g. generation Z) are taken into consideration. A multitude of interactive elements such as exercises and case studies will help students to get deeper insights and to transfer the gained knowledge into their own practice.

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student has participated actively in the course. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts of the course in the case company´s assignment

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student has carried out work very well and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop solutions for the case company in the assignment of the course.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop creative solutions in the assignment of the course

Enrollment

14.11.2022 - 15.01.2023

Timing

17.03.2023 - 01.04.2023

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Yli Nimeämätön
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students are able to analyze the domestic and foreign operations environments of international trading. Students utilize that information in adaptation of international marketing strategies and marketing-mix in a given situation. We take a common view to the topic discussed above but more in detail we go through the challenges by discussing the issues in international environment.

Content

- cultural environment of international business
- marketing mix in international business environment
- international business operations and strategies in international business environment

Materials

To be announced later

Teaching methods

Lessons and assignments

Student workload

135 hours of which
-contact lessons 15 hours
-independent work 120 hours

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student has participated actively in the course. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts of the course in the case company assignment.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student has carried out work very well and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop solutions for the case company in the assignment of the course.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop creative solutions in the assignment of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Course assignments

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student has participated actively in the course. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts of the course in the case company assignment.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work very well and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop solutions for the case company in the assignment of the course.

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop creative solutions in the assignment of the course.

Qualifications

No prerequisites

Enrollment

16.04.2022 - 07.09.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 18.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Yli Nimeämätön
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

1. The student understands theories and practices of diversity management at individual, group, and organizational levels. .
2. The student understands and interprets culturally-conditioned managerial behaviors, attitudes and values.
3. The student is able to identify opportunities and challenges of intercultural influences on human resource practices and management practices.
4. The student demonstrates intercultural cultural competence and sensitivity and is able to assess appropriate strategies and structures for overcoming discrimination and inequalities in employment and in organizations.

Content

Diversity and intercultural communication concepts and theories - their relevance in the workplace
Intercultural self-reflection, building a cultural profile
Challenges and opportunities of diversity
Communication, motivation, leadership and negotiation in the global environment
Building intercultural competency and sensitivity

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student has participated actively in the course. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the basic concepts of the course: Student has been able to use the basic concepts of the course in the case company´s assignment

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student has carried out work very well and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop solutions for the case company in the assignment of the course.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has carried out work to an excellent standard and participated actively and constructively. Student has shown in the course ability to comprehend the concepts of the course and apply the concepts in practical business cases: Student has been able to develop creative solutions in the assignment of the course.

Enrollment

14.11.2022 - 15.01.2023

Timing

29.04.2023 - 31.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Beata Taijala
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

The student qualifies for professional project expert either 1) the certification (IPMA) or 2) through a multidisciplinary project implementation

Content

Option 1: Participation in the paid certification test and the preceding training days.
Option 2: Carried out by the project team, multidisciplinary project and its documentation.

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student is able, with guidance, to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student is able to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit independently.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student is able to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit independently and is able apply the learnt knowledge in new contexts.

Qualifications

None

Enrollment

16.04.2022 - 07.09.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 01.10.2022

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Beata Taijala
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

The student has the basic knowledge and ability to participate in project work and project planning. The student understands the concepts related to the project, controlling project plan content, project planning and time to the project. He knows how to make a project plan and accompanying timetable. He is able to calculate and evaluate the duration of the project workloads and resources. He is able to develop the project and to evaluate the project technically and economically.

Content

The concepts of the project and its utilization, project plan, WBS, time planning, resource planning

Materials

IPMA Competence Baseline 3.0
Artto K., Martinsuo M., Kujala J., 2011. Project business. Helsinki, Finland, http://pbgroup.aalto.fi/en/, (ISBN 978-952-92-8535-8)
Other material given by lecturer

Teaching methods

Lectures, group work/project work and exam

Student workload

Total work load of the student 135 h, of which
- scheduled studies 25 h
- autonomous studies 110 h

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student is able, with guidance, to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student is able to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit independently.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student is able to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit independently and is able apply the learnt knowledge in new contexts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Numerical assessment: examination 30%, project work 70%

Qualifications

none

Enrollment

16.04.2022 - 07.09.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 09.12.2022

Credits

3 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Cory Isaacs
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students are able to read and analyze scientific text. Student are capable of reporting R&D works by writing.

Content

Students go through basic structure of scientific reporting and evaluate scientific texts. They are able to find research question, research method and relevant results and conclusions from texts. They also produce scientific text during the course.

Materials

Material provided by teacher.

Teaching methods

Lecture
Independent work
APA Quiz
Research Paper

Student workload

8 hours of contact teaching
72 hours of independent work
Students are free to decide how to use the 80 hours in regards to completing course tasks.

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Pass: Students can produce complex, academic texts. Plagiarism is not found in the texts. Students can write citations and create a bibliography. Few mistakes in style, grammar and tone. Vocabulary is at high level.
The APA quiz is passed according to the instructions
All Moodle tasks are completed

Fail: Students are not capable of producing academic texts. Plagiarism is found in the texts. Students are not able to write in the academic style. Citations and bibliography formats are not followed. Students produce simple texts. Many mistakes in style, grammar and tone. Limited vocabulary.
The APA quiz is failed
Moodle tasks are not completed

Further information

Students must progress through the course according to the schedule.
Students must hand in all tasks at the deadlines and the tasks must be at an acceptable level.
Inactive students will get an immediate fail for the course and be removed.
Please bring a laptop to the lesson.

Evaluation scale

Passed/failed

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

Pass:
The student attends the course meetings (unless the course is online) and, during them, demonstrates the competencies defined as the learning goals of the course and/or acceptably carries out the possible assignments related to the course.
Fail:
The student does not achieve the learning goals of the course and is not able to demonstrate their competencies.

Assessment methods and criteria

Scientific Writing: Assessment is based on the following: written assignment, APA quiz and completion of course tasks

Enrollment

16.04.2022 - 12.10.2022

Timing

26.11.2022 - 14.01.2023

Credits

5 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Ari Sivula
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

The student understands the project connect to the corporate strategy. He manages the processes related to the creation of the project. The student is aware of the benefits and opportunities of the PMO. He knows the maturity models of project work and is able to take advantage of them.

Content

Project management success, interested parties, project requirements & objectives, setting up the project, PMO, maturity models (e.g. IPMA Delta, CMMI, P2MM, P3M3)

Materials

SFS-ISO 21500, Guidance on Project Management
Other material given by lecturer

Teaching methods

Lectures, group work/project work and exam

Student workload

Total work load of the student 135 h, of which
- scheduled studies 25 h
- autonomous studies 110 h

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student is able, with guidance, to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student is able to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit independently.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student is able to utilize the methods learnt during the study unit independently and is able apply the learnt knowledge in new contexts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Numerical assessment: examination 30%, project work 70%

Qualifications

None

Enrollment

14.11.2022 - 15.01.2023

Timing

09.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Credits

2 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management
Teachers
  • Anne-Maria Aho
Student groups
  • IBM22

Objective

Students will present their research topic and research results and assess the research process of other students.

Content

Seminar work: discussion of research topic and plan and presentation and processing of the research results in a group

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

Pass/fail. Active participation in lectures and seminar work.