4 \\ Exams & Teaching Methods

The MBA in CSR & NGO Management strikes a balance between theory and practice. It favours real-world cases to provide students hands-on experiences and allow them to develop effective decision-making and analytical skills.


The lecturers of the MBA in CSR & NGO Management provide a wide range state-of-the-art teaching methods and didactics to our students:

  • Presentations and guest lectures by professionals
  • Individual exercises and group work
  • (Dynamic and practical) case studies
  • Team and group discussions
  • Field trips and excursions
  • Interactive teaching discussions
  • Business simulations
  • Oral team/class presentations
  • Practical exercises

Lecturers also share their own practical experience to build a constructive environment and give students an in-depth, hands-on learning experience.

Teamwork is highly encouraged in most of the courses. Frequent teamwork helps to build a sense of responsibility.

Take-home tasks & course preparation
The idea is that students are expected to read the material before class and critically analyse it. Questions are provided to help a student reflect and then bring their thoughts to class. Circulating hand-outs on the e-learning platform LEA prior to a lecture are offered prior in advance, especially if the hand-out is being used or discussed in class.

Seminar papers
The MBA students are expected to prepare some assignments collaboratively, such as papers, oral presentations, business plans, and case studies. Considering that students come from different educational and professional backgrounds and most have substantial work experience, team assignments help them learn from each other and from sources like the faculty, texts, books, articles, and practical cases. Graduates can exchange the skills with specialists and outsiders alike. 

Case Studies
The MBA programme uses many case studies with a focus on CSR and NGOs. Students are introduced to a real situations and receive some background info on the organisation and its operating environment. They are then expected to identify the key issues, evaluate options, make a reasonable decision, recommend a clear plan of action, and defend their position.

Peer-to-peer collaborative learning
Many of our lecture formats allow room for discussion and exchange. This, in turn, allows students to develop formal and informal professional communication skills. They learn interdisciplinary thinking through focused work in intercultural groups. Presentations, group discussions, teamwork, and individual projects test and improve the student’s communication skills. The interaction among the group members gives them a chance to understand other’s point of view, the different way of thinking and the consideration of diverse experiences. Each member should make it a point to actively be involved in the discussions and while presenting the final outcome.

Further teaching methods
In addition to the case study method, instructors use and combine other teaching methods, such as role-playing, field trips, guest speakers, interactive discussions, lectures, oral presentations, simulations, research projects, pitch sessions, online class surveys, quizzes and live-polls (by help of web tools and mobile apps) and business plan workshops.


Exam types for the MBA

Written (essay) exams
Exam essay questions allow you to demonstrate the depth of your understanding of a topic area. Your response should be in essay fomat with well-structured paragraphs. Students will not need to reference, but to acknowledge theory and research using relevant names and sources.

The main types of exams that you will have to complete are:

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  • Written exams (mostly essays)
  • Academic papers (use the HBRS academic writing guidelines)
  • ​Business plans (as group projects)
  • Oral presentations (e.g. in elective classes)
  • Internship reports (for students who entered the MBA programme with
    less than 210 ECTS credits)
  • ​Master’s thesis
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General Principles
Students must submit a medical certificate to the Examinations Office by mail or in person as soon as they decide not to participate. The certificate must be handed in before the exam date. Otherwise the missed exam is counted as a fail.

Procedure for HBRS students
The non-participation of an exam requires the form "Withdrawal from Examination due to Illness" and a doctor's note. The moment of the first entry of the attestation is crucial.

The form and the original certificate must be submitted in advance. Incomplete forms will not be considered. If the Examinations Office has any reason to believe that the medical certificate is inaccurate, it can require you to see a public health officer.

Sick students must supply proof by submitting a medical certificate to the Examinations Office. A precise diagnosis is helpful, but not necessary. The exact reason for the absence is irrelevant. However, the certificate must contain a formulation such as "Due to sickness, Mr.... / Ms... [student’s name] is not able to attend today’s exam" and be signed by the doctor with a stamp of the medical facility. The medical certificate must be submitted no later than the day of the exam. The period of sickness must include the exam date, and the original medical certificate must be submitted to the Examinations Office within three days of issue.

What to do if you’re sick? A step-by-step guide:

  1. In case of sickness, visit the doctor no later than the date of your examination to get an official doctor’s note. NOTE: Your attested sick period must cover the examination day!
  2. ​Scan your medical certificate and the form "Withdrawal from Examinations".
  3. Send both scanned papers by e-mail to the Examinations Office via pruefungenmasterCR@h-brs.de AND add the MBA Support Office (info@mba-ngo.com) as CC recipient.  
  4. Immediately after the e-mail, please send the original doctor’s note by mail to the Examinations Office under the following address:

    Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
    ​Campus Rheinbach
    Prüfungsservice / Examinations Office
    Ms Angelika Dierich
    Von-Liebig Str. 20
    53359 Rheinbach

Your withdrawal from the exam is only valid, if the Examinations Office has received the original medical certificate by mail within three days of the exam date! If you fail to comply, you won’t be allowed to retake the exam.