So.. after the christmas break in Finland, I've come back and been busy with school projects. Last one of those were finished last friday, and now I have about a week's time to read to my two upcoming exams. The school has dedicated two weeks without lectures for all the possible exams, and mine happen to be on the latter week, which is nice. The not so nice part is, that my two exams have 5 different subjects - or modules - included in total and these two exams are one day apart from each other.

Well, this just means that I have to be well prepared. The ideology behind the exams is that you have as many points to score as you have minutes. A 60 minute exam would have 60 points as maximum score.

Corporate Communications II & Internal Corporate Communications

This is a combination of two modules, and the examination time is two hours. In these modules it will be important to understand the broad view and different concepts of communications when it comes to businesses.

The Internal Communications focuses on how businesses deal with different situations internally, how to make sure employees gain correct information, etc. Corporate Communications on the other hand deal with the external part of communications, e.g. how to act to look good in the eyes of a customer or a partner.

Both of these subjects do need a bunch of business background to support what we learnt in this course, which in my case means that I have extra studies to do! My degree programme in Finland doesn't really have so much business studies like marketing or economics included, but I think it won't be a huge problem in the end. Most of these things can be figured out with logic and positive attitude, so I'm not overly stressed about it.

Business Process Management & Business Information Systems & ERP-System

BPM and BIS were taught by a visiting Australian professor, whose teaching style I liked quite a bit. She kept pointing out which things are really really useful to know and understand in the working life and why. It's a good motivator when you know that this stuff might actually come in handy. This 3-module course has examination time of one and a half hours, which gives 30 minutes per module.

BPM is all about what a business process is, and how to evaluate and improve one. This subject is mostly theoretical, but it also has important exercises on process modelling. Modelling in this case means creating pictures of processes with symbols and arrows showing how a process goes through. Apparently businesses spend a lot of money to make sure their processes are well thought through and observed at all times.

BIS concentrates on the CEO's point of view when it comes to IT in a business. Knowing about technologies and how problematic their usage can be in a business on the long run is important, and that's what we were learning about. The subject gives a broad view about the issues in IT from manager's view and tries to give the correct mindset for those situations when you'll have to decide what kind of IT system you'll have in a business. Quite interesting, but also a very broad subject to read for.

Being fully practical, the ERP module introduces the basics of an ERP-system. An ERP-system is used in all kinds of medium to big businesses for their management through IT.  For example, sales people have their own version of the system with certain level of access to the system, while managers would most likely have full access to everything in it. In the module, we've looked at some basic scenarios of how to create different kinds of purchase orders and such in the system.

School Magazine

One of the finished projects was the school magazine, which is now printed and being distributed in the school. I worked as a Chief Editor for the international texts, which means that I went through all the articles in English and spell checked them through in cooperation with the editors. This was a bit tedious job, but also a good experience to have. The whole magazine will be available on the website soon, but my own article is already there at: http://breitseite.net/deep-focus/