E-preneurship, E-commerce & E-fulfilment

Start moment(s)
September, February
Location
Venlo
ECTs
30
Language
English
Duration
20 weeks (1 semester)
  • Programme in brief
  • Content of the programme
  • Admission requirements
  • Fontys way of studying

Programme in brief

With the heavy growth in e-commerce and the ICT maturity required, most new supply chain developments originate in the e-commerce sector. Robotics, 3D printing, same-day delivery, drones and pick-up points are just a few. Today’s students need to be aware of these developments and of the detailed processes in e-commerce and e-fulfilment to be able to prepare themselves for the labour market of the future. This programme provides the knowledge needed to develop distinctive strategies for online sales, and stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit needed for successful business.

What to expect from us

The programme is split into two phases: An introduction phase and an advanced phase. The first phase ensures a common knowledge basis for all students regardless of their background, and serves as point of departure for the advanced phase, which will elaborate on more detailed topics requiring a deeper understanding and self-dependent learning. In this phase you will exchange knowledge with other students and form a comprehensive and professional view on developments in the sector. In both of these phases the minor team will also provide you with entrepreneurial topics needed in ecommerce surroundings. Guidance throughout a real-life company project carried out during the advanced phase ensures practice oriented learning. These cases provide international and genuine problem settings ensuring practical experience.

What do we expect from you

While the team of professionals behind this programme will provide you with the knowledge needed, we expect you to use this knowledge and apply it to both fictional and real life cases. Creativity and alternative thinking has always defined the thriving nature of e-commerce environments. That is why you will be applying your knowledge on a theoretical basis during the first phase, and even develop a project with real online players in the second part of the minor. Hence, creativity, proactivity and a practically oriented attitude will be the core competences you have to exhibit in this programme.

Programme format

Students participating in this programme will follow three basic modules, two of them content-based: An initial introduction phase including a variety in e-commerce related sub-topics for instance last-mile delivery and returns management and an in-depth follow-up called advanced phase. These two basic modules are supplemented with entrepreneurial skills facilitating creativity, proactivity and self-employment.

The total workload for this programme is 30 European Credits, duration is 1 semester. All courses have to be taken in order to achieve the full credits. The following programme parts (courses) have been defined:

E-fulfilment: Introduction phaseE-fulfilment: Advanced phase Entrepreneurship
Introduction to e-commerceCross-border e-fulfilmentBusiness plan writing
ICT and e-commerceDevelopments in delivery options and consumer demandE-marketing and sales
Traffic channels and internet marketingUtilizing big data to optimize the e-commerce Supply ChainResearch methods and business planning
Assortment, buying & merchandisingOptimizing and managing the last-mileE-business finance
E-warehousingLegal, customs and complianceEntrepreneurial behaviour
Transportation & delivery & last-mileManaging hyper growth in a physical e-commerce environmentSkills
Returns managementMechanization versus HR planning – How to Manage peak periods?Workshop techniques
Praticipate in research projects

The students are also offered the possibility of participating in research projects on various e-commerce topics. These research projects are often joint ventures between educational institutes, government and businesses. They provide a first-hand opportunity to employ acquired skills and to start building a broader personal network. Numerous innovative tools and techniques are introduced and used to generate interesting results. A good example is the introduction of Simio simulation software, which started as a tool in a small sub-project, but has the potential to grow and even make its way into the day-to-day curriculum.

Fontys University of Applied Sciences uses Simio simulation software under a grant from Simio LLC (www.simio.com).

Admission requirements

For this exchange programme we have the following admission requirement:

  • English level: equivalent to IELTS 6.0;

Fontys way of studying

At Fontys you will study in various ways. There are tutorials and lectures in classrooms with about 25 other students. In these sessions you will work in small groups or independently and depending on course choices, within a project team on your assignments. The campus offers a wide array of facilities to study alone or with a group. Here at Fontys, we believe that collaborative learning stimulates a hands on, independent way of working. At Fontys we believe in interaction. We like it when you ask questions during lectures and also outside lectures we are there for you.

Recognition

How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

Scholarschips

Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students

Studycoach

If you encounter problems regarding a certain subject, you can either speak to your lecturer or contact your exchange coordinator.