Business Psychology (B.Sc.)

Vorlesungssprache Englisch Studienstart Sommer + Winter Dauer 6 Semester
ECTS 180 Studienform Vollzeit Abschluss Bachelor of Science
Auslandssemester integriert Praktikum integriert Campus Köln | Mainz
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Studienverlaufsplan

Business Operations
3 ECTS

  • Introduction: Basic business, economic, and market principles and key terms
  • External Business Environment
  • Global Markets
  • Competitive Environment
  • Internal Environment
  • Management, Leadership & Motivation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics and CSR
  • Emerging Business Trends

Business Law
3 ECTS

  • Survey on different legal systems and the harmonizing effect of EU Law
  • Concluding a contract
  • Different types of contracts and their typical features
  • Performance and obligations
  • Safeguarding creditors’ rights
  • Forms of business organizations

Mathematics
3 ECTS

  • Introduction to functions, graphs and interpretations
  • Understanding Derivatives
  • Applications of Derivatives
  • Understanding Differential Equations
  • Applications of Differential Equations
  • Understanding Logarithms
  • Applications of Logarithms

Statistics
3 ECTS

  • Introducing data and statistics
  • Descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis
  • Introduction to probability theory
  • Discrete and continuous probability distributions
  • Sampling and sampling distributions
  • Interval estimations
  • Hypothesis development and testing
  • Simple linear regressions

Financial Accounting
3 ECTS

  • The purpose of accounting
  • The system of financial statements and accounts
  • Accounting for services and merchandising
  • Inventory valuation
  • Receivables
  • Plant, natural and intangible assets
  • Owner’s equity of corporations
  • Value-added tax
  • Accrual accounting
  • Basic ratio analysis

Applied Financial Accounting
3 ECTS

  • The purpose of accounting
  • Formal rules and assumptions, national law, IFRS, US-GAAP
  • The system of financial statements and accounts
  • Accounting for services and merchandising
  • Inventory valuation
  • Receivables
  • Plant, natural and intangible assets
  • Liabilities
  • Owner’s equity of corporations
  • Value-added tax
  • Accrual accounting
  • Basic ratio analysis

Intro­duction To Business Psychology
3 ECTS

  • Historical perspectives
  • Development of different approaches
  • Biology & sensation
  • Cognition and states of consciousness
  • Conditioning and learning
  • Language and intelligence
  • Constructed realities

General Psychology & Research Methods
3 ECTS

  • Motivated behaviours
  • Disorders
  • Therapy
  • Research methodology and psychology
  • Characteristics of the scientific method
  • Framework and ethical issues

Academic Business English
2 ECTS

The aim of this course is to solidify the students’ existing language competencies, as independent users of English, and to enable them to apply this to their studies, focusing on educational and business domains. Since English is the medium of instruction in their respective study programmes, students are expected to reach a proficient user level in English within the first year.

Elective Language
2 ECTS

The focus of the module is on introducing language for both business and academic study purposes. The aim of the courses are to build competencies in a second foreign language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese) either in continuation of their prior knowledge or at a beginners’ level. Next to the second foreign language the moduls 19 and 20 (first and second semester) contain a Business English course.

Scientific Working & Study Skills
2 ECTS

Microeconomics
3 ECTS

  • Introduction into microeconomic models
  • Consumer theory
  • The theory of the firm
  • Competitive markets
  • Oligopoly and monopolistic competition
  • Externalities
  • Asymmetric information
  • Introduction to game theory

Applied Microeconomics
3 ECTS

  • Introduction into microeconomic models
  • Consumer theory
  • The theory of the firm
  • Competitive markets
  • Market failure:
  • Market power and monopoly
  • Oligopoly and monopolistic competition
  • Externalities
  • Asymmetric information
  • Introduction to game theory

Marketing
3 ECTS

  • Marketing Definition and Process
  • Marketing in Context of Corporate Strategies
  • Internal Analysis and Marketing Environment
  • Marketing Environment
  • Consumer Buying Behaviour
  • Market Segmentation
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Marketing Instruments
  • Marketing and Sustainability

Human Resource Management
3 ECTS

  • Recruitment and Attraction
  • HR Planning, Controlling & Instruments
  • Training and Employee Development
  • Motivation and Leadership
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Performance Appraisal and Management
  • Certificate of employment

Market Research
3 ECTS

  • Defining the marketing research problem and developing an approach
  • Research design
  • Secondary Data
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Scaling and sampling
  • Fieldwork and Data preparation
  • Report preparation and presentation

Cost Accounting
3 ECTS

  • Rationales of cost accounting
  • Simplistic methods of overhead allocation
  • Job costing
  • Process costing
  • Activity-based costing
  • Overcapacity costing
  • Joint product costing
  • Overhead analysis sheet
  • Concepts of relevant cost and revenue

Personality Psychology
3 ECTS

  • Historical overview of personal psychology
  • Theories of personality (modern vs. classic)
  • Humanistic Theories
  • Psychodynamic Theories
  • Social-Cognitive Theories
  • Measurement of Personality

Neurop­sychology & Biological Psychology
3 ECTS

The aim of this course is to solidify the students’ existing language competencies, as independent users of English, and to enable them to apply this to their studies, focusing on educational and business domains. Since English is the medium of instruction in their respective study programmes, students are expected to reach a proficient user level in English within the first year.

Academic Business English
2 ECTS

The aim of this course is to solidify the students’ existing language competencies, as independent users of English, and to enable them to apply this to their studies, focusing on educational and business domains. Since English is the medium of instruction in their respective study programmes, students are expected to reach a proficient user level in English within the first year.

Elective Language
2 ECTS

The focus of the module is on introducing language for both business and academic study purposes. The aim of the courses are to build competencies in a second foreign language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese) either in continuation of their prior knowledge or at a beginners’ level. Next to the second foreign language the moduls 19 and 20 (first and second semester) contain a Business English course.

Rhetoric & Presentation
2 ECTS

Macroeconomics
3 ECTS

  • Indicators: Gross Domestic Product and its major components, Inflation
  • Labour Markets and unemployment
  • The classical AS-AD model
  • Keynes’ IS-LM Model
  • The basic RBC model
  • Monetary Policy
  • Fiscal Policy

Applied Macroeconomics
3 ECTS

  • Indicators: Gross Domestic Product and its major components, Inflation
  • Labour Markets and unemployment
  • The classical AS-AD model
  • Keynes’ IS-LM Model
  • The basic RBC model
  • Monetary Policy
  • Fiscal Policy

Strategic Management
3 ECTS

  • External Analysis: understanding opportunities and threats the environment offers
  • Internal Analysis: uncovering strengths and weaknesses of the organization
  • Basic corporate-level strategic choices for long-term profitability
  • Diversification strategy
  • International market entry modes
  • Mergers, acquisitions and alliances
  • Strategic entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Organizational structure and controls
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics of Strategic Management

Inter­national Management
3 ECTS

  • Institutions governing competition
  • Formal and informal institutions
  • Organizational designs for multinational companies
  • Location-based aspects: Competitive advantages of countries
  • Organization, local adaptation and the need for standardization
  • New approaches in International Management (Born Global, QRC, …)
  • Networks and innovation
  • Managing people in multinational enterprises
  • Leadership and management behaviour in multinational companies

Introduction To Social Science
3 ECTS

  • Social sciences and its methods
  • Individual and society
  • Human behaviour and organisation
  • Development of civilisations
  • Culture and the individual
  • Decision making and power
  • Politics and society
  • Social and political institutions
  • Economics and society
  • Global issues

Empirical Social Research
3 ECTS

  • Theory and hypotheses
  • Qualitative method
  • Quantitative method
  • Research designs
  • Data collection methods
  • Correlation and Causality
  • Sampling
  • Data collection
  • Coding
  • Ethics

Social Psychology & The Workplace
3 ECTS

  • Social identity
  • Social influence
  • Social perception and resulting causal attribution
  • Groups
  • Group norms and behaviour
  • Conformity and “Groupthink”
  • Interaction and conflict
  • Symbols and categorization

Organisational Psychology
3 ECTS

  • History of organisational psychology
  • Individual decision making
  • Conflict management
  • Attitudes, values, job satisfaction and commitment
  • Motivation theories and organisational applications
  • Effective teams
  • Leadership and management style
  • Power and politics
  • Organisational change and development

Elective Language
4 ECTS

The focus of the module is on introducing language for both business and academic study purposes. The aim of the courses are to build competencies in a second foreign language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese) either in continuation of their prior knowledge or at a beginners’ level. Next to the second foreign language the moduls 19 and 20 (first and second semester) contain a Business English course.

Skill Electives
2 ECTS

Business Project
6 ECTS

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with possibility of applying their business knowledge on concrete business situation (real or scenario-based), related to the field of their specialization.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Define project goals for the “client”.
  • Work under the set timeframe and agreed project scope.
  • Cooperate in the international project teams.
  • Plan and conduct secondary and primary research to gather necessary information: understand which information is needed and where to look for it.
  • Conduct analysis of the “client business”: be able to understand the researched information in a wider context.
  • Evaluate markets/ industries/ competitive landscapes.
  • Develop possible strategic directions for the “client” business.
  • Formulate recommendations.

Business Elective 1
3 ECTS

These courses aim to enable the student