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Project Seminar: "Offshore Internships in India as a Business" *

Name of module: Project Seminar: "Offshore Internships in India as a Business" *

Exam number: 6516

Semester/Trimester: Semester

Duration of the module: Ein Semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective course): Wahlpflicht

Frequency of module offer: Summer semester 2009

Prerequisites: Zulassung zum Masterstudium.

Applicability of module for other modules and study programmes:
als T-Modul im Track "IOM"

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Karl Kurbel

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Karl Kurbel

Language of teaching: Englisch

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 14 (Masterseminar)

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Masterseminar: Kontaktzeit (Vorlesung, Übung, Seminar etc.) 240 Std.; Selbststudium: 180 Std.

Contact hours (per week in semester): 8

Methods and duration of examination:
Grades will be based on a number of individual deliverables (e.g. project plan, business model) to be specified at the beginning of the project.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: 2*2/29 (Masterseminar)

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Result-oriented project work.

Contents of the module:
This project seminar will be conducted as a real project. Project participants will develop a business that will provide German students with internships in Indian high-tech companies.
The rationale behind this project is that an increasing share of today's business is done on a global scale. This involves not only multinational companies (MNCs) but also offshore companies specializing in certain industries and providing services to the rest of the world. In the IT sector, India is the world market leader in services based on information technology, such as business process management, application development & maintenance and infrastructure management. Not only do European and American enterprises outsource parts of their business to Indian companies, some of the largest MNCs in IT are based in India. These MNCs are operating worldwide, basing their business on global knowledge networks and delivery models.
Leading US business schools are sending their students to India in order to make them familiar with the way Indian high-tech companies are doing business. We believe that this topic is equally important for European students, since outsourcing to India plays an increasing role in European companies. Students with experience of working in the Indian high-tech industry will definitely have a competitive advantage on the labor market!
In this project seminar, you will
- develop a business model for a business unit organizing offshore internships,
- develop a business plan for this business unit,
- establish the organization of the business unit (as a profit center, a production line, a subsidiary or another form t.b.d.),
- implement the business model and the business plan,
- communicate with "real" MNCs onshore and offshore (India),
- learn how to use methods and tools of modern project manage¬ment,
- receive a certificate of participation describing your role and results in the project.

Since this is a real project, which will encompass more than the main areas pointed out above, interested participants are expected to show a robust and sustainable commitment throughout the semester. To be admitted to the project, you have to submit:
- a letter of motivation (why do you want to participate, apart from getting ECTS-credits)
- curriculum vitae
- copies of bachelor's degree and grades report; master's grades obtained so far
by March 1, 2009.

Please note that we will start with a compulsory 3-4 day project management workshop on Tuesday, April 14, continuing on April 17, 20 and 24.
For more information, please contact Ivo Stankov ( or Prof. Dr. Karl Kurbel (

Teaching and learning methods:
Project work

Additional feature:
Communicating/working with real-world enterprises

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Kurbel, Karl E.: The Making of Information Systems – Software Engineering and Management in a Globalized World, Berlin: Springer 2008 (chapter 8).