BA Business Administration

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The First-Stage programme [Grundstudium] prepares you for the challenges of the later stages of the course. First, you will attend lectures on a broad spectrum of Business topics; you will then be able to choose electives and project-based seminars, which will train you to be highly proactive and self-motivated, and provide you with both subject-specific knowledge and essential key skills. The mixture of seminars, group work, discussions and presentations is designed to help you achieve your educational goals.


During the course, students will acquire not only subject-specific and methodological expertise, but also transferable skills; for example, many seminars and exercises are conducted in small groups of two to four participants, and encourage skills such as team work, effective communication, giving and taking criticism, social responsibility and conflict management.

Independent work, contact with specialist practitioners from industry, visits to trade fairs and exhibitions, extra-curricular activities and especially the work placement semester all contribute to your personal development during the course. Our wide range of lectures, seminars, teaching strategies and examinations ensure that our students master the skills needed in professional practice, including problem-solving, knowledge and method transfer and the ability to develop new techniques.

Students acquire the professional skills they need through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects and study visits. Large-scale lectures form a relatively minor part of the course, and are used to teach the essential fundamentals of the subject: the major part of the teaching takes place in smaller seminar groups.

Modern methods and technology are used to enhance your learning: all the lecture and seminar rooms are equipped with data projectors, and the ILIAS internet-based learning platform encourages interactive learning. Module information such as lecture notes, exercises, reading lists, notices etc. are accessible through the University's eLearning platform or on the staff homepages.

The projects examine current real-life Business issues in both a national and international context, while visits to local companies illustrate the vocational relevance of the course and help to motivate students.Throughout the course students have to prepare and deliver a number of presentations, and the discussions and feedback from fellow students and lecturers following the presentations give the opportunity for social interaction within and outside the peer-group.

Teaching staff have designed the course to ensure that the various modules are closely linked, and that their content and topics complement each other. Thanks to the fast pace of the course, the placement semester and the visits to companies, students are enabled to acquire the essential qualities of perseverance, flexibility and mobility, while group work on case studies in the laboratories, seminars and tutorials fosters teamwork, leadership skills and assertiveness.

The final element of the programme is the dissertation, an in-depth independent academic study.

We believe the course offers an "all-around, problem-free educational package", with all the elements of a sustainable degree course that meets the demands of the workplace of the future. Why not find out for yourself …!