Coordinator Wirtschaftsenglisch

Christopher Jeffries
Room WE5/05.122
96047 Bamberg
Tel.: +49 951 863-1284
christopher.jeffries(at)uni-bamberg.de

The Wirtschaftsenglisch programme and contact people

Contact person for the overall Wirtschaftsenglisch department is the coordinator, Mr. Christopher Jeffries. Mr Jeffries is also the course advisor for the bachelor programme. For questions concerning the master programme, the course advisor is Ms. Malone-Carty.

Wirtschaftsenglisch (Bachelor and Master)


Important information

Which Business English courses in WS20/21?

Bachelor level

Module: Wirtschaftsenglisch 1

  • Course: Business English I: Economics     
  • Course: Business English III: Management

Master level

Module: Wirtschaftsenglisch 3

  • Course: Business English V: Cross-cultural Issues
  • Course: Business English VII: Legal Issues

Check the Modulhandbuch des Sprachenzentrums for more details.

Erstis: Do you really need to take a Business English course in your first semester?

  • Consider your priorities carefully before making any selections.
  • Remember, your degree programme may mean that you will spend one or more semesters abroad.

When do Business English courses start and how will they be taught?

In WS20/21, all Business English courses start teaching in the second week of the semester—the week beginning 9th November 2020 (calendar week 46):

  • This may mean that you need to make course selections before you arrive at the university.
  • Lecturers cannot register you for courses via email and such requests will not be processed.

In WS20/21 Business English courses will be taught online using MS Teams and a course VC:

  • Students use FlexNow to be allocated to Business English courses.
  • Once allocated, students will be enrolled to the course VC by the Wirtschaftsenglisch department.
  • Instructions regarding MS Teams will be issued by individual lecturers via their VC forum.

Overview of FlexNow registration and course allocation

The registration process for Business English courses begins by students making selections in FlexNow (step 1)—this opened on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 10:00, and will close on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 23:59. FlexNow is scheduled to allocate students to courses (step 2) on Thursday, 29 October 2020 during the early afternoon.

  • Any students that FlexNow allocates to the waiting list should make use of the VC called "Business English FlexNow Waiting List WS 20-21".
  • This waiting list VC will open on Thursday 29 October at 13:00.

Be aware:

  • You are encouraged to make your FlexNow selections promptly and as early as possible.
  • You are able to alter your FlexNow selections before registration closes.
  • Changes sometimes have to be made at short notice to the schedule of Business English courses. Individual courses might be added or cancelled.
  • Students are advised to refer to the latest online version of the UnivIS timetable for Business English courses. Do not rely on a downloaded or printed copy.

Carefully read the more detailed description of the whole FlexNow registration and allocation procedure.

Step 1 - FlexNow Registration Selections

You make registration selections through FlexNow—this applies to Erasmus students too:

  • Opens: Monday, 30 September 2020 at 10:00
  • Closes: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 23:59

For Business English courses, the FlexNow system requires you to make 3 selections from the parallel courses on offer.

  • FlexNow will reject your request if you make one or two selections only.

Within a few minutes, you receive an email from FlexNow acknowledging your request to be registered in one of these selections.

Please note: This email simply confirms your registration selections—actual allocation to one of your selections occurs in step 2.

  • If you do not receive an email from FlexNow, then your attempt to make selections has been unsuccessful—try again.
  • If the problem persists, reach out for assistance
  • Try reading the FlexNow guidelines

Make unique day/time selections

If you are taking more than one Business English course then avoid double-booking yourself when making your selection—FlexNow does not make any allowance for this issue. So, for example, when making selections for Business English I: Economics and Business English III: Management, you should make a total of six unique day/time selections (three for BEI: Economics and three for BEIII: Management).

  • Avoid wasting your precious time – only select unique day/time combinations.

Select day/times that you know you could attend

When making your three selections per course, only choose those day/times that you know you have space in your timetable for.

  • The overall efficiency of FlexNow depends on students choosing day/times that they can actually attend.
  • Remember, if your timetable changes, you are able to alter your FlexNow selections for Business English courses.

If you need to change the selections you have made, you can do so up to the closing date.

Open up the relevant course in FlexNow:

  • Delete all three selections you made. Save this change.
  • Then, enter in the three selections you need.
  • If you encounter difficulties, do reach out for assistance

Help! FlexNow isn't offering me any Business English course selections

If you want to take a Business English course, and your module handbook allows you to do so, but FlexNow is not offering you any course selections:

  • get in touch with the Wirtschaftsenglisch department
  • use wirtschaftsenglisch.sz AT uni-bamberg.de
  • do so before FlexNow registration closes
  • supply all relevant details as outlined under “Contact details”
  • be precise, the more information you give us, the easier we can help you

Step 2 - FlexNow Course allocation

FlexNow allocates students to specifc courses based on the selections that they made. This allocation has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon, 29th October 2020. Students will receive an allocation email from FlexNow which reads either:

a)      You received a Business English place. This email contains your details...

OR

b)Your Business English selections were unsuccessful. Enrol to the VC Business English FlexNow Waiting List WS 20-21...

Just after FlexNow sends out the allocation emails, it removes the selections that students made in FlexNow and replaces them with the allocation details.

  • The phrase "fest angemeldet" next to a specific course indicates successful allocation to that course.

Messages alerting students to the progress of FlexNow allocations are posted in the newsticker on this webpage.

FlexNow allocated me to the waiting list. Now what?

OK, it happens. We help all students who end up on the waiting list to find a place in a suitable course. Do this:

Enrol to the VC called Business English FlexNow Waiting List WS 20-21

  • use the password supplied in the “unsuccessful” allocation email from FlexNow
  • this VC becomes visible on Thursday 29 October at 13:00

Once in the VC, you will see instructions, telling you to:

Click on the Check-in forum

Start a new discussion, giving the titles of any Business English courses that you are on the FlexNow waiting list for.

  • No messages, no explanations, no requests, just the titles.

Use the following abbreviations:

  • BEI = BEI: Economics
  • BEIII = BEIII: Management
  • BEV = BEV: Cross-cultural Issues
  • BEVII = BEVII: Legal Issues

The check-in forum opens on Thursday 29 October at 13:00. It closes on Monday 2 November at 10:30 in the morning.

On seeing your post in the check-in forum, the Wirtschaftsenglisch department will check you in to the relevant waiting list forums.

  • Please be patient, there may be some delay in checking you in;
  • Only students on the FlexNow waiting list will be checked in.

Once checked in, you can make a waiting list request

Start a new message in the relevant waiting list forum

  • Give at least three different day/time slots that you could attend.
  • Refer only to the current Business English course schedule on UnivIS. Do not refer to a previously downloaded or printed copy.
  • Do not include any information other than the day/time slots you are requesting to be put into.
  • You must make your own request—third party requests can not be processed.

FlexNow waiting list requests will be processed on Friday, 30 October between 09:30am and 10:30am and again on Monday 2 November from 09:30am until 10:30am.

Monitor your university email account during these times

  • Make sure that you have your timetable available
  • Be ready to respond to any communication regarding your request
  • Once you are in direct communication with a member of the department, you can supply any further information relevant to your request

I need to switch my allocated course

The Wirtschaftsenglisch department understands and is responsive to this issue. We continue to offer a service to support students with sufficient grounds for switching the course FlexNow has allocated them to. Please do note though, that it is not always possible to meet such student requests.

    A special VC has been set up to support any such students with legitimate reasons for needing to switch courses this semester:

    Once in the VC, follow the instructions:

    • Use social media to find another student willing to switch courses
    • Then, post a request in the Switching request forum
    • Clearly state all details as requested.

    Once the request has been submitted, you will be contacted via MS Teams in order to verify the details of the request

    • Suitable evidence in support of your switching request should be made available during this contact
    • There may be some delay in your request being replied to

    Previously successful requests to switch Business English courses have included:

    • students who received the time and day of an obligatory degree programme course only after closure of FlexNow registration for Business English courses;
    • students assigned to a student-workplace within the university of Bamberg occurring after FlexNow allocation of Business English courses.

    To allow us to make best use of the department's resources, the following conditions apply to switching requests:

    • Inappropriate or unclear requests will not be processed.
    • Email or telephone requests will not be processed.
    • Third party requests will not be processed.

    I'm an Erasmus/Overseas student … and registration isn't working / has closed

    Erasmus or overseas students who have difficulties with FlexNow should send an email to wirtschaftsenglisch.sz AT uni-bamberg.de:

    • Clearly state that you are an Erasmus or overseas student
    • Give the full titles of the courses you want to register for
    • You will be enrolled into the VC called Business English FlexNow Waiting List WS 20-21
    • You should then follow the instructions as outlined above.

    Late registration

    The department will only be able to assign late registration requests to one of the few Business English spaces remaining after the FlexNow waiting list has been cleared:

    • Typically, there is little flexibility regarding student timetables.
    • For some courses, it might not be possible to offer a place at all.

    A special VC has been set up to support students whose FlexNow registration efforts somehow went astray:

    Once in the VC, follow the instructions:

    • Post a request in the Late Registration forum, clearly stating all details as requested there.
    • Monitor the forum to see if the request is granted or declined.

    Contact details

    Questions regarding registration to Business English courses should be sent to wirtschaftsenglisch.sz AT uni-bamberg.de (emails concerning registration issues sent to individual lecturers will not be responded to). In your email, remember to:

    • state the full title of the course you are referring to (e.g. Business English I: Economics)
    • give your full name (e.g. Maximilian Mustermann)
    • give your seven digit matriculation number (not your ba number)
    • state your degree programme (e.g. BWL, EES, IBWL, Erasmus, etc.) and level (bachelor or master)
    • clearly state the nature of your inquiry - give full details of what you were trying to do and what happened or didn't happen
    • supply a screengrab if helpful - this will often speed up the process of resolving your issue
    • write in English—direct communication with the Wirtschaftsenglisch team, whether emailing or phoning, is expected to be in English

    Vor- und Nachkorrekturen

    Hier finden Sie einen Leitfaden zu Anträgen auf Vor- bzw. Nachkorrektur(332.7 KB) von zentral organisierten Prüfungen (Wirtschaftsfremdsprachen.