Autumn semester - Courselist Business 4 Exchange

Before selecting your courses, please pay attention to the following remarks:

  • Please select courses within 1 track (=area of specialization) per semester. You may not combine courses of different tracks.
  • We accept min. 20 credits and max. 32 credits/semester.
  • Important for full academic year students:
    • The following courses have basically the same content, you can only choose one of them: Intercultural Communication (organised in autumn) and Managing Intercultural Relations (organised in spring).
    • International Trade, Managerial Psychology, Import & Export Management and Dutch Foreign Language will be offered in both semesters, but they are exactly the same. You can only attend these courses in one semester, so in autumn or in spring.
    • Managerial Psychology: we recommend to take this course in autumn semester.

Also check the spring semester.

International Entrepreneurschip

44 credits

Digital Transformation

(3 credits)

Yet to be added. 

International Entrepreneurship

(3 credits)

Yet to be added. 

Company Project

(5 credits)

Yet to be added. 

Change Management

(3 credits)

Yet to be added. 

International Business Law

(3 credits)
  • Principles of the law of conflict (set of rules that determine which legal system shall apply on an international case)
  • Law of contract (sources of the law, formation of contract, the role of third parties, ending a contract and breach of contract)
  • Company law (international company law, principles of national company law, European company types)
  • EU law (historical development, sources of European law, the institutions, the basic freedoms)

Commercial Management

(3 credits)

Yet to be added. 

Corporate Financial Management

(5 credits)

Financing international trade, international financial markets, exchange rate risk management, currency derivatives, hedging policy, taxation in cross-border operations, multinational long-term asset and liability management, multinational short-term asset and liability management, international financial reporting.

Current Economic Affairs

(3 credits)

Yet to be added. 

International Trade (autumn)

(3 credits)

This course aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the various operations, contracts and risks related to international trade and logistics operations.

We start by overlooking the UNCTAD trade statistics in order to overview trades, products and countries. We then deal with the various risk factors related to the nature of (a specific) product(s). We analyze the country risk using governmental and corporate information, topped with the geophysical risks and the cultural habits and customs interfering in trade relationships.

We look closely at the most important stipulations in the commonly and frequently used contracts and try to fill out some of the mentioned (standard) contracts. (int’l sale, delivery, transport, finance and insurance) and study the contractual liabilities and limitations of transporters).

Finally we look closely at some of insurance solutions (the ICC Clauses on the English market) and calculate premiums for hypothetical but realistic transactions.

How to lead Generation Y

(3 credits)

The lifelong learner is aware of his own strengths and weaknesses and improves his skills through lifelong learning starting from his personal and professional needs. This enables him to lead a team with clearly defined and genuine directives, supporting and stimulating everyone’s performance.

Managerial Psychology (autumn)

(3 credits)

The course will focus on the role of the modern manager as a leader and a coach, and the psychological aspects of working with people. Focus will be on how people function as an individual (me), interdividual (you and me), and as a group (we). First part of the course consists of a brief introduction to psychology. Special attention will be given to Positive Psychology, which focuses on improving the mental functioning of human beings above that of normal mental health. Students will learn what makes the positive psychological traits of human beings. They will learn how the mind works, and the role of automatic thoughts. How the way people think influences the way they feel. Which specific thoughts lead to which specific feelings. How by changing the way you think, you can change the way you feel. The ten most common thinking errors. Second part of the course will focus on the differences between different personality types. Students will receive an introduction to the most common personality type indicators, with the possibility to take one (MBTI), so students can get an insight in how their own personality works. How their personality typically develops during lifetime. What is their dominant mental function. What is their inferior function. What typical situations bring them stress, and how can they reduce it. What are the typical careers for the different types. Based on the different personality types, different subjects will be discussed. Speed reading personality types. Misunderstandings between types. What each type can learn from the others. How do the different types view leadership, teamwork, time management, meetings, problem solving,… Students will learn about the different roles people play in a team. Special attention will be given to Situational Leadership, and group dynamics.

Business English KMO3

(4 credits)

Yet to be added. 

Dutch Foreign Language level A1 – group A

(3 credits)

Yet to be added. 

Business and Management

60 credits

Operations Management

(3 credits)

The topics to cover during the course are:

  • Introduction to Operations Management and Supply Chain
  • Impact of Product Design on Manufacturing
  • Forecasting

Case 1: Zara

  • Manufacturing Planning
  • Inventory and Inventory Management
  • Material Management (Logistics)

Case 2: Spaghetti

  • Shopfloor Management
  • Continuous Improvement – LEAN
  • Total Quality Management – TQM

Case 3: LEAN in office environment

Import and Export Management (autumn)

(3 credits)

Practical approach including web research, case studies and exercises (presentations and personal paper(s)).

Course content :

  • Bilateral international trade
  • The intermediaries in international trade and transport
  • Risks of international trade and how to avoid them
  • The international sales agreement : importance, value
  • Terms of delivery : Incoterms 2010
  • Introduction to relationship customs and international trade
  • International finance techniques

Responsible Product Management

(3 credits)

This course deals with the product management process and activities, primarily from the perspective of a technically-oriented B2B company. Students will be exposed to various strategies, processes and tools that are useful to product managers, and understand their implication for relaunching products (or new product development) within the context of company strategic orientation.

Using examples from my experiences and other examples combined with student activities, this course will show how the theory should be applied to make responsible decisions.

Social Media Communication

(3 credits)

General goal of the course:
Students will develop social media communication plans and practice digital communication using online tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Kickstarter, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, and Tumblr.

Introduction to International Finance

(3 credits)

The structure of financial markets (exchange rates, capital mobility…) is discussed in the first part of the course, leading to an assignment on the strengths and weaknesses of the Eurozone economy. In the second part of the course, we discuss how companies should approach the opportunities and threats that result from trading in these international financial markets.

Banking Game

(3 credits)

The banking game simulates a competitive market situation in which each bank (team of students) has the task to understand the structure of the markets (products, customers, regulatory constraints) and to assume all the decisions of price (interest rates and commissions) and non-price competition (employees, branches, advertisement) in order to gain higher market share and to make profits. The number of banks can be up to ten and the results of each bank will be affected by the decisions of the Game Director (Central bank and Supervisory Authority) and by the decisions of the competitors. Usually the game has a duration of 8 rounds. The bank with the highest average market share and the highest Roe will win the competition.

Global Financial Management

(3 credits)

Financing international trade, international financial markets, exchange rate risk management, currency derivatives, hedging policy, taxation in cross-border operations, multinational long-term asset and liability management, multinational short-term asset and liability management, international financial reporting.

Managerial Psychology

(3 credits)

The course will focus on the role of the modern manager as a leader and a coach, and the psychological aspects of working with people. Focus will be on how people function as an individual (me), interdividual (you and me), and as a group (we). First part of the course consists of a brief introduction to psychology. Special attention will be given to Positive Psychology, which focuses on improving the mental functioning of human beings above that of normal mental health. Students will learn what makes the positive psychological traits of human beings. They will learn how the mind works, and the role of automatic thoughts. How the way people think influences the way they feel. Which specific thoughts lead to which specific feelings. How by changing the way you think, you can change the way you feel. The ten most common thinking errors. Second part of the course will focus on the differences between different personality types. Students will receive an introduction to the most common personality type indicators, with the possibility to take one (MBTI), so students can get an insight in how their own personality works. How their personality typically develops during lifetime. What is their dominant mental function. What is their inferior function. What typical situations bring them stress, and how can they reduce it. What are the typical careers for the different types. Based on the different personality types, different subjects will be discussed. Speed reading personality types. Misunderstandings between types. What each type can learn from the others. How do the different types view leadership, teamwork, time management, meetings, problem solving,… Students will learn about the different roles people play in a team. Special attention will be given to Situational Leadership, and group dynamics.

Belgium and Europe, today and tomorrow

(3 credits)

The starting point of this course will be several key elements that have been instrumental in the development of a European identity as we know it today:

  • Geography
  • Democracy
  • Religion
  • Freedom
  • Industrialization
  • The concept of a nation state

We will study each of those topics more thoroughly, from a historical and contemporary perspective, find similarities over different countries and look for equivalents worldwide, consult media channels, look at what challenges them nowadays, consider future projections ...

Intercultural Communication

(3 credits)

The course focuses on:

  • How to develop high performance teams and maximise the creative potential of their diversity
  • Intercultural communication awareness, concepts of time, body language, etc.
  • Cross cultural leadership styles
  • The cultural issues raised by increasing globalisation
  • Intercultural team building
  • The effect of different national cultures on management styles
  • How to get the best out of staff in multinational teams
  • Communication patterns from around the world
  • Cross cultural language of management
  • Styles of inter-cultural meetings

The aims of the course are the following:

  • To give insights into different perspectives and approaches to life, and work, and how they influence communication of individuals and organisations.
  • Maximize morale, cross-border communication, minimise cross-cultural conflicts misunderstandings frustrations, anxiety, and even delays.

Dutch Foreign Language level A1 – group B

(3 credits)

The approach is communicative, interactive and task-based, it concentrates largely on listening-, speaking- and reading skills. These three skills will also be important items in your language portfolio, combined with the fourth skill, the writing skill.
You can only be successful if you’re engaged in communicative practice. You will have a greater sense of involvement and satisfaction when you take an active part in the lessons. 
Learning Dutch must be seen as a gradual process. You progress at your own pace. At first it is to be expected that you will speak Dutch that isn’t perfect at all. Always keep in mind that you learn from your mistakes. Through continued practice you will reach A1-A level. 
Techniques used are oral imitation, drills in connection with basic structural patterns and vocabulary. By doing all the exercises, you will notice immediately whether you master the part that you have completed.

Creative Problem Solving

(3 credits)

In this 6-week course students will experience the difference between productive and reproductive thinking. During the workshops they will first of all develop an understanding of the human brain as a pattern-making machine. They will recognize collective and individual patterns and learn how to go beyond them by using breakthrough-thinking methods. One of the tools we’ll be using is the FourSight Breakthrough Thinking Profile© to offer students a chance to monitor their own and other’s preferences regarding problem solving. In a highly interactive way we will initiate 5 basic skills for creative/productive thinking. 
We will lay down the ground rules for productive brainstorming and we’ll be discovering the creative process through different models. Teams of 5 or 6 will work on business cases using a simple 4-phased brainstorm model: clarification, idea generation, idea selection/developing concepts and presentation. For each phase specific tools and techniques will be explored and evaluated. At the end of this course students will also be able to apply Everyday Creativity or as Prof. Gerard Puccio puts it: Creativity as a Life Skill.

Google Analytics, Reporting and Monitoring

(3 credits)

Develop your digital knowledge through on-site interactive sessions by Googlers and parts of self-study. Covered topics include Digital Landscape, Digital Atelier, AdWords Fundamentals and Google Analytics. During this program, you will learn everything there is to know about Google Adwords, Google Analytics and general online marketing

Business Modelling

(3 credits)
  • The WhatAVenture process guarantees customer value;
  • Creativity techniques help you to create a prototype;
  • the Lean StartUp methodology leads you directly to the markets;
  • the Business Model canvas helps you to organize the business.

    After one week, you now if the original business idea can lead to success.

Corporate Social Responsibility

(3 credits)

Businesses and organizations make strategic choices in order to prosper in the international environment. These choices should be in line  with the principles of business ethics and sustainability.

After a solid introduction of  the theoretical frameworks of sustainable business and their creation by international organizations over  the last decades, you will learn  how to scan the dilemmas businesses and  organizations have to face.

Master Class Young Entrepreneurs

(3 credits)
  • Why would you become and entrepreneur?
  • What is being an entrepreneur about?
  • Legal obligations of an entrepreneur
  • From idea to something real
  • Customers wanted
  • Organisation of your business
  • The financial part of your business
  • Inspiration

Risk Management

(3 credits)

The nature of risk; risk in the business environment; risk management as a business discipline; risk perception and risk analysis; classification of risk and risk profile; risk management strategy;  handling risk; risk financing; insurance management; the organization of risk management; implementing a risk management programme; international risk management; human resources risk management; risk communication.

Marketing and Branding Strategies

(3 credits)

This course will explore current challenges and opportunities facing firms in the area of environmental sustainability. It will begin with an introduction to sustainability, with a particular focus on how environmental sustainability is relevant to business.

Sustainable Business

(3 credits)

This course will explore current challenges and opportunities facing firms in the area of environmental sustainability. It will begin with an introduction to sustainability, with a particular focus on how environmental sustainability is relevant to business.

Change Management and Strategic Thinking

(3 credits)

At a high-level, completing this course will enable students to gain an understanding of the different levels and perspectives of change inside and outside the organisation. It will allow them to develop a strong managerial appreciation of the inter-relationship between organisational work and change in terms of structure, culture and strategy. As well as exposure to the most proven approaches to change management, students will attain an appreciation of the roadmap of change and the modes of implementation and control available to change agents/managers.