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Study plan - Bachelor of Business and Administration, Haugesund

Autumn 2024

The study program follows the recommended plan from The National Council for Business Administrative Education (UHR-Business and administration), which coordinates the bachelor's level business administration study programs in Norway. The purpose of a joint plan is to ensure a high academic level and a common base of knowledge for the bachelor's students. The study plan is built up of required courses in business economics and accounting, methodology, economics, and administration for the first two years of the program. The last year of the program allows students to specialize. In addition, students may complete part of their studies abroad. The study program is cross-disciplinary and job-oriented, and qualifies students for admission to domestic and foreign master's level programs in business administration.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The courses included in the bachelor program should in combination help students achieve the following learning outcomes at program level, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate:

has accumulated knowledge on key topics, theories, issues, processes, tools and methods in economics and administration, including:

how the capital markets and securities work, how companies are financed, how investments are assessed

how financial management tools are used and how accounts are prepared, reported and analyzed

how businesses develop and implement strategies, how they are organized and managed, and how products and services are marketed and positioned.

how the market works, how consumers and manufacturers meet their choices and how these are influenced by economic policy, technology and international framework conditions

how businesses start, develop and change in line with needs, legal frameworks and expectations in society, such as sustainability, globalization, innovation and technology development, as well as the importance of the Nordic working life model for work and business

how businesses carry out their activities in an ethically sound manner so that they safeguard their stakeholders and at the same time promote the UN's sustainability goals

has basic knowledge in mathematics, statistics and social science method, and understands how methodological tools are used in connection with obtaining, organizing and analyzing data.

is familiar with the subject areas' history, traditions, distinctive character, place in society, as well as research and development work

is familiar with research and development work in the field and is capable of updating their knowledge within the field.


The candidate:

Use professional knowledge and relevant results from research and development work onpractical and theoretical issues and make justified choices, including:

Obtain, sort and evaluate relevant information

Analyze financial-administrative issues using suitable theory and empirical methods

make a critical assessment of uncertainty in their own analyzers

Abilities to communicate content in analyzer, method selection, results and assumptions both verbally and in writing

can use work-relevant digital tools, techniques and forms of expression

can assess different types of risks and consequences of decisions

Use different professional perspectives and theoretical approaches to understand how businesses work

can integrate accountability and sustainability considerations into the companies' business models and practices

General Competence

The candidate:

is conscious about own values ​​and how this affects one's own behavior and decisions

Demonstrates ability for accountability, critical thinking and ethical reflection

Understands how issues, processes and decisions affect and are influenced by resources, context and values

has a basis for contributing to long-term value creation for business and society

has a basis for operating in an international labor market

can collaborate in different contexts and across disciplines

has a basic understanding of IT systems and processes, and how these can contribute

business development and value creation

shall be able to contribute to promoting enterprises' innovation and adaptability in a changing labor market.


The program includes the following subject areas;

  • Business economics (financial accounting, financial management, investment analysis and financing)
  • Administrative courses (marketing, corporate strategy, organizational theory and management)
  • Social economics (microeconomics and macroeconomics)
  • Methodology (mathematics, statistics, social science method)
  • Ethics, social responsibility and accountability

In the third year of study, you have to choose between different elective courses.


It is possible to have an internship as an elective either in the 3rd or 5th semester.


We offer lectures, discussions, seminars and accounting at the Haugesund campus. You work with assignments both individually and in groups. The program assumes that you are present in Haugesund, and both lectures, seminars and accountants can include compulsory activities.


The forms of assessment that are used are ie. written school examination, home exam, folder assessment or oral exam. There may also be a combination of several forms of assessment, such as home exam and school examination. In many of the courses there are mandatory work requirements which must be approved in order for the student to be able to take the exam in the course. The grading scale consists of the letter grades A-F or passed / not passed. See the course information for each course to get accurate information of the type of assessment chosen.

Required progression

At least 60 credits must be passed in mandatory subjects before starting the internship period when choosing an internship as an elective.

Students must have at least 100 credits within the economic-administrative field before the start of the fifth semester to be eligible to write the bachelor's thesis.


There are possibilities for studying abroad during the program. The program is designed to allow those students who so desire to study abroad in the fall of their 3rd year. Established programs and exchange deals make it possible to study abroad for three to six months, and have this approved as part of the studies at HVL, so no time is lost.