CARNETS DESCARTES

ITB Semester 2

Now that the 2nd semester has started since several weeks, I can explain you different things to provide you an overview of the second semester in ITB. 

First, let’s talk about the results of our final exams (semester 1). I passed all the subjects. In ITB, you only need 40% to pass and I got twice an A, twice a B+ and again, twice a B, so I was really happy and eased. As you can see, the Irish grading system is different than the one in France. Here, when you have above 80%, you get an A. Between 70% and 79%, you get a B+. Then, between 61% and 79%, you get a B and then if you have less than 61, you have B-, C+, C etc… On the whole, all the Erasmus students passed. However, if you do not (as it happened to one Erasmus student), you have to come back in August to retake exam and get your credits.

Now, I will talk about the new subjects we have.

Business Law: Since it is about general concepts and principles of Irish law and only Irish law, we can “forget” all the knowledge we acquired at the IUT for this module because it has nothing to do with French law. More precisely, this module give us a clear understanding of the logical processes involved in legal reasoning.  The C.A. (continuous assessment) will consist in a “Moot Court”. It is a group presentation where we will be asked to analyse, brief and argue a single case. This legal brief will be followed by practice oral arguments and will culminate in a final argument. I did not do it yet but I am really nervous since I believe that Business Law is really difficult to understand. In fact, sometimes it is too fast and too technical. All the words are unknown to me.

Databases for Business: This module is the continuity of the past subject “Business System Analysis”. It help us to acquire an understanding of database models, to know how to design and implement relational databases and to create databases. To be honest, I did not like this “Business System Analysis” the 1st semester and I still do not like it this semester.

English for academic purpose: I chose again English as an elective subject this semester. In fact, I am getting close to the TOEIC exam (beginning of March) and I really need an excellent mark for the business schools I would like to join. Since we do a lot of grammar, we learn many phrasal verbs and we always use a Business English Vocabulary it helps me to improve my score.

Human Resources Management: This semester, Fionnuala Darby, who was teaching us Organizational Behaviour last semester is teaching us Human Resources Management (HRM) this semester. This module explains the nature and scope of HRM in an organisational setting and also identify (and illustrate) in context all the functions of HRM. It is definitely one of my favourite subject since everything is new to me. In fact, in Paris Descartes, I did not have the opportunity to taking on classes about HRM.

Spanish for Business: This semester, we moved on “negotiation topic”. We came to the end of the topic about the “trade fair” and it is much more interesting. We “do drama” so we practice more our oral skills. What is more, we learn new tenses.

Intercultural Studies for the Export Market: As you can guess, thanks to the title, it deals with culture in an international business environment. In fact, the purpose of this module is to help us to communicate more effectively with people from all around the world, from different cultures within a company. It is the first time, since I am in ITB, that I attend such an “interactive class”. In fact, our lecturer always try to teach using role-playing or making us confer and debate. She emphasizes strongly about how taking the floor is important in her module and I really agree with her.

Finally, I will talk to you a little bit about the new atmosphere of this second semester. All the ERASMUS students left except the French ones. We used to be a group of 40 and now we are only 10 so I was really sad and nostalgic since everything looked suddenly “empty”. However, I try to look on the bright side and I think having less Erasmus students means less trips and helps me to stay focused on the competitive exam I will have in April for my master.

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