Organisation and management skills are of key importance for successful managers and organisers. The purpose of the course is to shape the awareness that organisation, organising, and management are factors that intertwine both in terms of institutions and processes. The course will help you enrich (upgrade) your roles in designing a modern organisation, a modern organisational culture and climate, in modern management which is able to utilise appropriate methods of planning, organising, managing, and supervising, as well as help you shape organisational strategies and recognise and solve conflict situations in organisations.
Economics is a part of our lives. Even if it appears somewhat abstract, we are all continually integrated within it. We all have wishes and desires on the one hand, while the resources on the other hand, which allow us to meet our needs, are limited. This is why we are forced to choose and decide for goods that mean the most and that we need the most. Our lives are filled with economic decisions: what will we buy in a shop, in which shop will we buy, which car will we buy and how will we pay for it, etc. Economic decisions are also made when deciding on our profession, studies, career, etc. Economic laws especially come to the forefront when deciding to embark on an independent entrepreneurial path and our success depends on our ability to operate in the market.
The course will familiarise you with the main laws of economics, the meaning and the main characteristics of a company, the characteristics of production, demand, supply, and costs. You will also learn about the different pricing models and different indicators for assessing company success.
Finances are part of our everyday lives, both in business and personal matters, even though we are not even aware of it. How do we assess which loan is the most favourable, how do we calculate interest, what dangers do we face when taking on loans, what is the difference between financing and investing and between liquidity and solvency, how can we establish if a company is profitable, liquid, and efficient, which payment transaction instruments does it use, etc.?
The knowledge gained in the course will help you answer all these questions and enable you to actively participate in your company’s operations.
What is part of marketing? Undoubtedly, these are TV advertisements, billboards, pushing of unnecessary products, sale of products detrimental to the environment, people, plants, animals, etc. However, marketing is also the expansion of the idea of the protection of the environment, the introduction of a new drug, living conditions in flats and houses, etc.
Usually, we see only the external manifestation of marketing, i.e. advertisements, packaging, sales prices, shop windows, product design, brand logos, etc. We do not see the research work behind the studying of dissatisfied or poorly satisfied needs and desires of customers and users and the work done in laboratories and development departments where experts search for solutions to problems of numerous people. We do not see the thoughts of marketing experts who connect all these and other effects and activities of marketing into a harmonised unity so that the products are available at points of sale on time, in the right condition, and in appropriate quantities.
In the context of this course, you will learn about the development and definition of marketing in detail. You will learn about the main marketing concepts, the market environment, segmentation and positioning in the consumer market, the marketing mix and the characteristics of individual elements of the marketing mix, and basic brand concepts.
During the course, you will learn about content related to human resource management. The content of the course will help you enrich (upgrade) your knowledge from the field of management with an emphasis on human resource management, on shaping a modern organisation which requires management also and above all in the soft skills field, i.e. working with people (management, motivation, conflict solving). The content of the course will help you to effectively become even better leaders.
The activities of the course will use concrete examples to help you gain the knowledge and become qualified for using various human resource management skills for everyday activities in your work environment.
We can no longer escape computers. We use them at home, at work, during studies, and we use different computer tools. We are proficient in some of them, less so in others. The Basic Information Science course will provide insight into information and communication technologies, you will learn about the importance of information science in business processes and the importance of netiquette in communicating with the help of information and communication technologies.
The Basic Information Science course is divided into two major parts: the more theoretical part and practical work. The theoretical part of the course will deal with the concepts of computer and information science, with various terms from the field, with historical development, and current trends. The practical exercises will consolidate your knowledge of using office computer programs: text and table editors, presentation preparation tools, etc.
Social methodology derives from sociology, which is by nature a "disbelieving" science. Sociology takes nothing for granted, it does not believe that life is what it appears to be and continually wonders what is hidden in the background. It sees society and culture in a manner that results in the need for further explanations. How does a sociologist understand how society works? By researching it. By observing people, asking questions, living with them, studying official statistical data, analysing media texts, etc. How this should be done is the subject of social methodology.
The content of the course will introduce you to the basic concepts of methodology of social research, you will learn how to ask research questions and form research hypotheses, how to collect data, prepare questionnaires, etc.
Communication is a component part of our everyday lives and we often think that this in itself is enough to be successful when communicating with other people. This is of course not true. Especially in the business environment, we are not sufficiently aware of the importance of communication as a skill that needs to be learned and continually upgraded. Our skills of business communication can help us when concluding businesses deals or they can strongly impede such endeavours. Today, those who are able to transmit the correct quantity of the needed information to one’s dialogue partner, information which the latter is able to clearly understand, have a clear advantage. The Business Communication course will allow you to develop the skills of clear, targeted, and efficient business communication and provide you with a number of guidelines which will help you continue honing this skill also after the completion of the course.
A few years ago, the knowledge of English or another global language was a desired skill, while today it is a requirement to enter the labour market. Employers no longer look only at the professional qualifications, as it is becoming increasingly important for prospective employees to be fluent in foreign languages, especially in their field of work.
The knowledge of a foreign language enables business communication across the globe, while speaking foreign languages also allows you to break the ice with new business partners or ensure good foundations for successful negotiations. The knowledge of foreign languages represents your professional competencies, regardless of whether you are leading an international team or working as a representative in an office – it enables faster solving of problems, eventual conflicts and challenges, it represents your intercultural competencies as in addition to the language you also learn about culture, customs and history.
The course will introduce you to different business cultures, allow you to develop adaptability and resourcefulness in communication with international partners, and a sense for intercultural diversity.
State, society, and ethics are phenomena that we come across and participate in on a daily basis. Often, we cannot exactly imagine what a specific phenomenon means or we believe to know exactly what it is, however we are unable to distance ourselves from it, to speak of it in neutral terms and connect it with other phenomena. The purpose of this course is to help us go beyond piecemeal daily discussions in the sense of a political debate on current issues and to build a general concept or frame of the society in which to transparently hang our detailed and more permanent realisations. The course will offer insight into the differences between community and society, including human sociality, social processes, social groups, social stratification, and social mobility. You will learn about the term state and the meaning of the rule of law and the welfare state, the meanings behind the fundamentals of ethics, codes of professional conduct, and ethics of post-industrial society.
Thorough preparation for studies is of key importance in order for your studies to be successful. The activities implemented during this seminar allow students to develop their confidence and willingness to actively participate in their studies. Students gain the incentive and motivation for a positive approach to their studies. At the seminar, they learn about the school, organisation, work methods, and studies at the school. An important part of the seminar is the familiarisation with the virtual learning environment and technologies for successful studies and the development of competencies in learning to learn and online learning. Transition to studies is easier and success in later phases that much greater.
Labour and employment are of exceptional importance in the life of every individual. They ensure our existence, satisfaction, a feeling of belonging, and the awareness that we matter to society. We are all a part of a system which could not function without individuals. Our work matters. The same is true for the rights associated with our work. The course will deliberate on labour, employment relationships, our rights and obligations.
The purpose of the course is to learn about employment issues in Slovenia, the process of concluding an employment relationship, from the preparation of a vacancy, determining employment criteria, conducting an interview, and choosing the right employee to notifying the chosen candidate and concluding an employment contract. The course will also offer insight into the workings of the judicial system, the courts, and the specific procedures held before labour and social courts.
During this course, students learn about and conduct an analysis of the business environment and prepare guidelines for the strategy or presenting or positioning the company in a business environment. You will learn to recognise opportunities in the dynamic and competitive environment of today’s business world while also being able to employ various change management methods and techniques.
The course will allow you to understand and develop free enterprise, which is one of the fundamental values of the market economy and the free democratic society.
In our everyday lives, we are continually faced with projects – assignments and tasks – that have specifically defined objectives. Project management and project work organisation are not a magic wand that would turn a loose team without exactly defined objectives and external and internal modes of communication into a production line for projects. Project management basically represents a major change to individuals managing a project and on whom the highest expectations are placed. There is no major science behind this: in addition to careful planning and consideration of all conditions imposed by the environment, a lot of discipline is required when monitoring the course of a project and especially continuous adaptation to change.
What is a project? Who is a good project manager? What knowledge and skills do they possess? Is it enough if they are major experts in the substantive field of the project? Which are the components of a project plan and who is responsible for its preparation? The content of the course and an educational detective game will help you develop project management competencies.
Innovations and innovative thinking help us shape the key enablers to start understanding long-term development of business systems. Innovative thinking does not have a strict start and let us hope that it does not have an end. By having the right knowledge, every individual, who already steers or who wishes to successfully steer the tempests of the business world, learns and accepts one of the main resources for generating added value.
The Innovation and Innovative Management course allows students to learn how to successfully manage innovative processes, how to recognise and shape them. The vision of the course is that in the future, all students can be international innovative or innovation managers, whose knowledge is not associated only with their environment but who are able to use their knowledge to recognise opportunities regardless of the development level of their environment within an individual business organisation and its process.
We are faced with issues of communication in interpersonal competencies on a daily basis. We often wonder about the role of communication as an interpersonal process for meeting various interests, socialising, overcoming differences, shaping viewpoints and a positive attitude towards others; what is happening in interpersonal relationships, why appropriate communication is so important; how our emotions affect interpersonal relationships. The course will search for answers to these and similar questions.
It will also introduce you to the terms of personality and interpersonal relationships – cognitive processes, emotions, and motivational aspects of personality. The activities will encourage you to think about your personality, differences in personalities, and the ability to assess the fellow man’s psyche. You will also learn about the ideals and values which lead us throughout our lives towards achieving our objectives and about communication models.
The course will explore various best practice examples in intergenerational connections and provide you with the opportunity to explore them. We will delve into your experience with intergenerational connections in the narrower social environment, your eventual participation in projects in the role of a volunteer or employee in a non-governmental organisation. Attaining objectives such as organising a social network, implementing associated projects, applying knowledge and social skills to business, management, and social services requires a mastery of communication skills. High-quality communication is the basis for the development of good interpersonal relationships and intergenerational connections.
We are each tackling different challenges in our lives. However, despite our diversity, we are also alike. The development stages in our lives are just one example. We are all interconnected through our relations and relationships. Which are the development stages from birth to late adulthood? Can we change once we reach adulthood? How to understand the people around us?
The course will discover the basics of developmental and social psychology. You will upgrade them with the latest findings in positive psychology, which explores how to develop your potential and live a full and fulfilled life. You will also try to test some of the findings in your everyday life.
The available literature provides as many definitions of work methods as there are authors and the differences will be slight. It is not that important which method classification you take as your own, it is much more important that you recognise the activity that prevails in the chosen method (reading, writing. listening, practical work, a combination of several activities, etc.). Another important aspect is the focus of the activity. It can focus on the person who is doing the teaching (moderating, managing, etc.), e.g. in a lecture or presentation, or it can focus on the learner, e.g. discussion, role play, seminar. These methods are especially important and useful in adult learning, as adults already have a lot of knowledge and experience that we must not overlook. Even more importantly, the chosen method has to be used or implemented in accordance with learning objectives and with appropriately chosen content.
Non-profit organisations (NGOs) have different missions in different environments, which also affect them differently. Their operation depends on the culture in an individual state, the unmet needs of citizens, state initiatives and organisation, the number of organisations, etc. Non-profit organisations are highly integrated in their business environment. They have to be able to recognise current social issues, find solutions for their existence or the start of new projects, and continually cooperate with others.
During the course, students use case studies of profit and non-profit organisations to solve specific problems and propose solutions. They learn about the background of operations of non-profit organisations, the basic terms, and the latest trends. Familiarity with the basic terms associated with NGOs and individual theoretic starting points is of key importance for general erudition on organising and managing non-profit organisations and for successful communication in this field. Students also learn about the basic information on sources of funding for NGOs and gain insight into the complexity of acquiring funding for the activity of NGOs.
Knowledge is just as important as food and drinks. We need it every day throughout our life. Knowledge also quickly becomes obsolete, usually in three to five years, in some fields even faster. This is good news, as the knowledge and findings of this course can help you plan education and consequently also personal and professional development. Even though there are numerous models and systems in human resource management, education is still the most effective and recognised intervention for increasing productivity or effectiveness. What is more, as Arie de Gues wrote: "The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage." Only those who travel faster along the learning curve and organisations which are able to generate new knowledge in addition to gaining knowledge will be the ones to survive.
The course focuses on the main challenges of knowledge management. Students use applicative assignments to immediately transfer the gained theoretical knowledge to practice.
A healthy lifestyle is a value which we should all see as a priority in our lives. The course on organising quality of life aims at introducing students to health and a healthy life. You will learn about the basic theoretical concepts, analyse the current situation in Slovenia and beyond, focus on specific issues of public health, analyse best practice examples of preventive measures for healthy living, and develop own project ideas.
The vision of the course is to familiarise students with this content and to provide them with the fundamental knowledge for tackling challenges associated with health and measures for a healthy life.
We live in a time and a society where marginal social groups have become our reality, but also in a time when it is exceptionally important to understand the dynamics or their emergence and possible changes.
The content offered in this course helps students better understand the issues of marginal social groups and their position in Slovenia, the theory of poverty, social exclusion, and social policy in Slovenia with an emphasis on improving the conditions of individual marginal social groups in our state.
During the course, students learn about the key theories: the theory of poverty, social exclusion, and marginalisation. The identified significant areas of life and chosen indicators help students focus on and analyse the position of marginal social groups in Slovenia. They also learn about social policy in Slovenia and specifically about measures aimed at improving the situation of individual marginal groups in Slovenia.
Constant change has become one of the few unchanging facts of life in the modern society and lifelong learning and education the key methods of managing the development of human potential. The increasingly faster flow of information requires individuals and organisations to employ new ways of responding to the challenges of the environment. In order for today’s organisations to be successful, they have to be fast, skilful, and responsive. They are forced to search for and develop new opportunities and competitive advantages and to invest in their employees.
During the course, students learn about the different sides of training, models and types of professional development, and are qualified to develop a personal competency framework.
Corporate social responsibility is a company’s commitment to conducting business in a manner beneficial to the company and all its stakeholders. Companies or organisations build their reputation with socially responsible actions. The issue of reputation is also closely connected to the correct communication of socially responsible actions. Looking at developments in the last year, we can say that social responsibility is increasing its presence in the media and in corporations. What this means and how it is related to public relations is shown in the content of this course, where you learn about the best socially responsible projects in Slovenia and abroad.
Today, employers want employees who are ready to immediately start working effectively. Practical education in the company is an excellent opportunity for all who lack this kind of experience to learn how a work environment lives and breathes in real life. You will engage in the activities under the study programme in a concrete company or work organisation and work with internal and external company stakeholders, learn about the diversity of positions and tasks but also develop competencies that will enable you to advance at a professional and personal level.
Good preparation is half the work, they say. It is therefore important to prepare well for your practical training or education in the work environment so that you can successfully develop the needed competencies and gain appropriate experience from the direct work environment. This seminar will teach you about the responsibilities of all stakeholders, rules and regulations, and other organisational aspects. We will direct and guide you through the process or preparing for practical training so that you can avoid the pitfalls and successfully conclude practical training.
Based on the accreditation of the bachelor programme and its amendments, which were adopted by the Higher Education Council of the Republic of Slovenia and later its successor NAKVIS, students of undergraduate programmes that are implemented at DOBA Business School can, instead of the obligations associated with the final paper, which are worth 12 ECTS, take two elective courses each worth 6 ECTS of their choice, which they choose among the elective courses offered as part of bachelor programmes at DOBA Business School.
In addition to product development and marketing, social entrepreneurship has to meet two other conditions: it has to address the fundamental needs of the society and the local environment in a socially innovative manner and it has to act following the principles of economic democracy, which means a broader co-management of the enterprise by stakeholders and limitations on profit sharing.
The objective of the course is to use experiential learning for students to develop knowledge and competencies of active planners of operations of social enterprises from the idea to the realisation.
The Volunteering Act defines volunteering as "a socially beneficial unpaid activity of individuals, who, through their work, knowledge, and experience contribute to the quality of life of individuals and social groups, and to the development of a supportive, humane, and equal society. It further strengthens mutual solidarity, encourages the development of human potential and lifelong learning, ensures social connections and cooperation in the solving of problems of individuals and the society."
The course focuses on the specifics of organised volunteer work, management and monitoring of volunteers, factors of motivation of volunteers, and the effects of volunteer work on users, volunteers, organisations, and the community. Students learn about the basic methods of monitoring and evaluating volunteer work and test their knowledge in practical assignments.
Leisure time is an everyday but also a complex matter. “Today’s youth is too passive. They don’t even know how to actively spend their leisure time,” is something we often hear. On the other hand: “Today’s youth have too many activities. As soon as kindergarten or school ends, they rush off to the dance school, basketball, scouts, German lessons. They don’t even have the time to play!” The stereotype of children spending their afternoons watching television and in front of the computer is very much alive. At the same time, we are flooded with reality shows searching for talent, which are full of young people who invest a lot of their time, effort, and hard work into pursuing their dreams of singing, dancing or sports. So what is our role in this world of leisure time of children and adolescents which is full of contradictions?
The course explores how to organise non-formal learning activities which address the needs of children and adolescents, conform to their desires and interests, support their development, and maybe even address a pressing social issue. You will learn how the terms of childhood, youth, and leisure time developed and changed through time and how they were affected by social circumstances. You will analyse the position of children and adolescents in Slovenia today and learn about the importance of leisure time in the process of growing up.
Due to the quality of various factors, our life expectancy is increasing and people live longer. We all get old and we all want to spend our third life period as active and fulfilled as possible.
During the course, you will learn about the role of the broader social context in various types of activities for the elderly, about formal and informal activities for the elderly, all so as to learn how to contribute to improving quality of life of the elderly and consequently yourself. We believe that the work done in this course is a part of your preparation for old age.
The objective of the course is to qualify students for working in the field focusing on the organisation of activities for the elderly, or for managing projects which enable activities of the elderly and connect them with the social environment or the community.
Perhaps the new knowledge on the possibilities of organising activities for the elderly will encourage you to try your hand at creating a new project or be included in similar projects which are already being implemented in your community. Some of you will start thinking about old age and growing old for the first time, while others will undoubtedly change their stereotypes about old age and accept the elderly population slightly differently once this course is completed.
The turbulent modern times and space emphasise the need for current knowledge as we are increasingly speaking of a knowledge society. Consequently, the role or educators and the position of the learner are changing. Learning and education intertwine into a social matrix and we cannot understand them outside of this context. The limits of educational opportunities are also pushed by the fast development of information and communication technologies. Today, the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in companies, and especially Internet access, represent the basis for the activity of any small, medium-sized or large enterprise. The development of the World Wide Web grants all users permanent access to various sources of knowledge. The process of acquiring knowledge has long not been limited only to physical classrooms. We have the opportunity to modernise our knowledge by using modern digital technologies and Internet technologies which increase the accessibility and possibility to adapt learning and education to the learner.
In today’s dynamic world, continuous change has become one of the few constants in life. As we live in a time of rapid change and complex social structures and activities, it is understandable that our learning and education have taken on a lifelong character. The increasingly faster flow of information requires new methods of responding to the challenges of the environment both from individuals and organisations alike, while the dynamic modern life requires flexibility and responsiveness to external circumstances. Even though the need for assistance by means of advice is as old as human kind, this need is undoubtedly increasing in the modern society. It has become an important factor for the development of the social, economic, and cultural capital of the modern society. Advising or consulting significantly contribute to the effectiveness of investments in learning, education and training, to the effectiveness of the labour market, lifelong learning, social inclusion, social equality, and economic development.
Planning and organisation of education combine a complex set of skills which require individuals to be familiar with the theoretic bases of learning (forms, types, and factors of learning), establishing the need for education and training (from establishing education requirements to planning its implementation), preparation and organisation of education (organisation of implementation, choice of providers, attracting participants, money issues, etc.) and finally also assessment of programmes. During the course, you will learn about the so-called andragogical cycle which all who are involved in adult education, including (lifelong) education managers, know and implement in their work.
Achieving equal quality and knowledge standards among different organisational forms and specifics of implementation is of key importance for every organisation which is involved in education management. Quality management in education is affected by the trends and directions in education which shape the guidelines, as well as by different approaches to quality in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. The course will also focus on various stakeholders (e.g. students), who also contribute their share to increasing the quality of education, i.e. in the broader context of lifelong education.
Minimum number of students for program implementation: 15 enrolled students.