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Deutsche Unternehmenskultur

Deutsche Unternehmenskultur

Code: IBU8LH003
Scope: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: 4 – 7th semester
Language: German and English
Level: Joint professional studies
Type: free elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The student should have completed his / her basic studies.
The student should have basic knowledge of business and business terminology. The student should have basic knowledge of German.
The official language of the programme in Hamburg is English, however, one of the important goals of the study trip is to improve existing knowledge of German.

Learning outcomes

The student

  • activates and develops his / her language skills in both the everyday and professional context
  • gets an insight into everyday and professional life in Germany
  • acts in a multi-cultural environment and thus improves cross-cultural communication skills

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • has deeper knowledge and understanding of the German economy and society for business purposes
  • enhances his/her professional skills to work for organizations of German origin
  • has improved his / her German skills

Course contents

A study trip to Hamburg (one week, beginning of May). Whilst in Hamburg, the students take part in company visits, project work, cultural programmes and lectures.   To prepare for the week in Hamburg there are meetings during which each student participates in the preparatory work, e.g. presenting the public transportation system of Hamburg, the history of the city etc.
The students also prepare a short presentation of HAAGA-HELIA to be shown. After the week in Hamburg, a written report is to be submitted. Students who are advanced and have completed Business German write the report in German. Students who have completed German for Beginners write the report in English. The report can be in the form of e.g. a diary of the week / a report about a special lecture / a glossary of special terms and terminology.

Application for the course

Students interested in participating should hand in a written application and a CV to the contact person. The deadline for the applications is announced in Mynet on time.


The participants usually get a scholarship / certain amount of daily allowance from the school. Details are announced after confirmation, e.g. after the school has accepted all participants for the course. Accommodation is free and takes place at German students’ homes. One free meal a day is included in the programme.

Teaching and learning methods

The course includes contact lessons and independent work, altogether 81 h of work for the student.
Contact lessons / meetings to prepare the visit 15 h (approx. 5 meetings)
Own work (project / report) 25 h
Study week in Hamburg 40 h
The assessment of one's own learning 1 h

International dimension

Focus on German economy, one of the strongest economies in the world; contributions of the international participants
Cooperation with the business community
Company visits

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

not applicable

Contact person

Claudia Jeltsch, claudia.jeltsch@haaga-helia.fi

Course materials

Individual material from the teacher and the host institution

Assessment criteria

Assessment is based on:

  • demonstration of confidence in basic spoken (informal and formal) business communication situations in German / English
  • demonstration of basic knowledge and understanding of intercultural communication
  • the quality of the written report / glossary

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on scale 1 to 5.

Grade 1 (min. 40 %
of the objective)

Grade 3 (min. 70%
of the objective)

Grade 5 (min. 90%
of the objective)

 Written and spoken assignments and study week performance are at a passable level.

 Written and spoken assignments, and study week performance are at a good level. The student demonstrates an emerging ability for autonomous development.

 Written and spoken assignments, and study week performance are at an excellent level. The student is clearly capable of autonomous development.

Assessment components and their respective weights

  • Preparatory assignments 30%  
  • Attendance / participation 20%
  • written report / glossary  50%

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.