Project-oriented study (Traineeship 20 ECTS) / Project-oriented study (Traineeship 20 ECTS)

Studyboard of Market and Management Anthropology, Economics, Mathematics-Economics, and Environmenta, Odense
Teaching activity id: 9119391.
Teaching language: English, Danish.ECTS / weighting: 20 ECTS / 0.333 full-time equivalent.
Examination language: 0.
Exam activity id: 9119352.Approved: 03-10-17.
Period: Spring 2018 to Autumn 2018.
Grading: Internal grading.
Assessment: Pass/not pass.
Offered in: Odense.

Subject director:
Associate Professor Christian Kronborg, Department of Business and Economics.

Prerequisites:
It is recommended that the project-oriented study takes place during the third semester of the studies.

Purpose:
The purpose of a project-oriented study (traineeship) is to integrate practical, economical, political and administrative subject areas of the Master's programme.  Furthermore, the purpose is to strengthen the students’ career management skills and their employability after graduation.

Content - Key areas:
The traineeship comprises four months of relevant work in a private business, professional organisation or a public authority. A large part of the work has to deal with previously defined tasks.
Goals description (SOLO taxonomy):
Here the student has a task where he or she shall, in cooperation with the with the provider, work on one or more actual problems, which are related to the student's academic field under the M.Sc. in Economics profile. The final report is individually drawn up and its contents should emphasise the solution of a problem and/or reflection on this.
In the problem-solving orientated project report, the student will as a rule take an individual, actual problem at the project location as his or her point of departure, and will solve this with the clear use of theories and methods from the chosen M.Sc. in Economics profile. The problem-solving assignment contains the following items: 
  1. Concise presentation of the project location and the problem selected. 
  2. Delimitation of the problem and possible alternative courses of action. 
  3. Selection of relevant theory for solving the problem. 
  4. Gathering of secondary data and/or empirical information as the basis for the choice of an alternative course of action. 
  5. Recommendation of an alternative course of action. 
  6. The taking of a critical stance towards own analyses and recommendations. 
In the reflective project report, the student selects one or more of the tasks, which the student has been involved in during the project- and trainee period and, taking this as the point of departure, conducts a reflective analysis of the practice taking place in the light of the academic field's theories and methods. A reflective report involves the following items: 
  1. Brief description of the provider and the student's work tasks. 
  2. Both theoretical and practical deliberations regarding the choice of working tasks, which are dealt with in the project report. 
  3. An account of the course of the project with regard to the solution of the working tasks, including a reflective analysis of the practice taking place in the light of the academic field's theories and methods. 
  4. Reflection on the actual assignment, in particular focus on the relation between theory and practice. 
  5. The assessment and putting into perspective the reflection carried out. 
Proposals for actual working tasks/problems are prepared by the student in collaboration with the provider. Prior to the entering into of a final agreement for the project- and trainee period, the working tasks/problems that have been selected should be approved by the student's supervisor and subsequently signed by the profile manager of the study programme in question. 

Literature:
The student is required to present a project report, which clearly reflects the student's utilisation of the particular study programme's theoretical and methodical disciplines in his or her solution of the problem and/or reflective analyses. The scope of the literature list and the need for supplementing the study's syllabus with further literature will of course be dependent on the actual assignment.
Time of classes:
It is recommended that the project- and trainee period takes place during the third semester of the studies, though it is not possible to place the project- and trainee period during the first semester. It is possible to apply to the Academic Study Board for an alternative placing during the study period if special circumstances support this placing.

Form of instruction:
Part 1
During the project-oriented study, the student shall participate in four workshops on Career Management Skills (in total approx. 12 hours). The Career Management Skills workshops are designed to help the student get maximum benefit from the project period and stimulate reflections on how the student’s competences are used most appropriately in order to increase the student’s employability after graduation.

The four workshops are designed to teach the student how to activate their subject-related, specialized and generic academic competences within private and public businesses and organizations. Throughout the workshops the students will receive training in order to be able to
exploit their own career resources, communicate their competences,
communicate themselves in writing in résumés and cover letters, understand and use their network actively within job searching,
be able to actively build a professional network,
conduct thorough research before creating a cover letter or attending a job interview and develop career strategies.

Students who are abroad during their Project period (due to the location of the host organization/internship) are allowed to participate in the special e-learn Career Management Workshop.

Part 2


The traineeship has to be pre-approved by a lecturer, who will also assess the report, and by the profile director (the form is available on the Internet). The application must be accompanied by a written agreement between the student and the place of employment and must contain a problem statement for the work, a time limit and a contact person at the place of employment.

The preparation and holding of the project- and trainee period will typically require 4 months with supervision during this period of time.
It is recommended that the student use a minimum of 540 hours during the 4 months at the work place - corresponding to at least 34 hours per week for 4 months.

Supervision by appointment over the respective semester in which the student has registered (teaching registration via the Student Self Service)
Agreement form is available via the website (online form). Instructions are available via the website for Project-oriented study.
 

Time of examination:
The report is submitted within 1 month after completing the project- and trainee period – thus for the autumn semester the report should be handed in no later than 1 February and for the spring semester no later than 1 July. Reexamination is one month after the ordinary hand-in date, for the autumn semester the dealine is 1 March and for the spring semester it is the 1 August.

In special cases the student may submit the report at other times in agreement with the supervisor.

Registration for the course is automatically a registration for the examination in the course. Cancellation is not possible.

Examination conditions:
It is a condition that the student has, prior to the project- and trainee period, held a meeting with the supervisor, in which the student has detailed the working tasks to be carried out during the project- and trainee period.

Based on this meeting a supervisor and project- and trainee-agreement must be approved by the supervisor and the profile responsible (course id. 9119352).

The supervisor and project- and trainee-agreement is entered via a digital form which is available at the programme’s page on www.sdu.dk. The agreement must as a minimum contain the following information:
  • Name of organization/company at which the internship takes place
  • Name and title of contact person at the study site
  • Time period for internship
  • Working hours per week
  • Description of the work content of the internship
  • A preliminary project description including concrete and specific ideas about the focus of the project report, suggested methods to be used and relevant literature. In addition, the preliminary project description must explicitly outline the precise subset of compulsory courses and the topics (the competencies) that are expected to be used during the internship.


Form of examination for the certificate:
1. Participation in the Career Management Workshops
2. Report, individual.

Supplemental information for the form of examination:
1. The Career Management Workshops need to be completed during the project period and before handing in the written report. Only students who are abroad during their Project period (due to the location of the host organization/internship) are allowed to participate in the special e-learn Career Management Workshop.

Passed/not passed. (course id. 8825422).


2. The written report

Hand In: Via SDUassignment in the course page in Blackboard.
Extent: 5+25-35 pages.

The project consists of a descriptive part (5 pages), where the student describes the main tasks that the student has performed in the project period and of an analytical part, where the student documents use of the academic field's theories and methods. The analytical part will normally focus on in depth analysis of a single task. The analytical part should be at a high quality level and with a size corresponding to a bachelor's project (25-35 pages).

Please refer to the Formalities for written assignments applying to programmes in economics and business administration available via the Exam webpage.

Comments:
Companies and organizations can give students in unpaid project-oriented studies and in unpaid study stays a gratuity of up to DKK 3,000 a month.
Students who participate in project-oriented studies abroad may receive a salary, if there are legal requirements for a minimum wage in the country concerned.

Programmes:
cand.oecon.
All Semesters, elective subject. Offered in: Odense
cand.scient.oecon. (Matematik-Økonomi)
All Semesters, elective subject. Offered in: Odense