Production and business management (2024)

Course manager

Anne Louise Strange Vaarby

Semester schedule

Autumn (13-week period)



Language of instruction


Course type



Competences corresponding to semesters 1-4 of the programme Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology.


The course is focused on the organization and management of engineering companies. The course will provide the student with a basic understanding of operation, management and communication in a production-based business.


The course comprises aspects related to production and business management on an operational and practical level:  

  • Management and communication
  • Change management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Performance management
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Financial management in overall terms

Learning targets

On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to:


  • Provide an explanation of the business organisation, governance, and strategy
  • Insight into Operation Management and People Management 
  • Insight into practical management and motivation


  • Prepare action plans for the implementation of changes
  • Planning of a seminar and included in this management of a classroom exercise
  • Taking part in practical exercises on finance, lean, change management, and operation management


  • Be able to communicate with people from various professions
  • Receive and give fellow students feedback on classroom management and presentations
  • Apply performance management in the context of a production plant
  • Translate management theory into practice 

Teaching method

Class-based teaching, group work, and seminars.

Qualifications for examination participation

  • Fulfilment of the requirements for compulsory participation as given in the study programme part 2.4.
  • Participation in all planned teaching activities

All shall be executed pursuant to guidelines set out by the course manager.

Examination and aids

  • Submission of individually prepared synopsis
  • Individual oral examination based the synopsis. Duration of examination: 30 min. 

Permitted aids: Synopsis. No access to the internet. 

The final marking will be an overall assessment of the written synopsis and the performance at the oral examination.




The 7-point grading scale