Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

2014 - Courses for SAOT members


Business Administration (Simulation)


  • Balance Sheet and P&L (Profit and Loss)
  • Cash Flow
  • KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Working Capital Management
  • Profitability
  • Direct and Indirect Costs
  • EBIT


You will be part of a group of directors. Each group has its own company as Board Simulation. In this group you will experience several different periods in the simulation. With coins and boxes you will understand how values move inside the company. It will be an interactive sesion where you have to do all movements on the board. At the end of a period you will calculate your annual result and the related KPIs.


With the help of the simulation it will be a highly interactive session. You will have the chance to "grab" entrepreneurial competence.

Date: 29th November

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer: Dirk Fröhlich, Simdustry



Scientific Writing Workshops

SAOT students have the opportunity to have their own paper (ca. 10 pages) edited by a native speaker of English and peer reviewed in a small group of students. Two dates have been set for the coming months, however, additional workshops can be arranged whenever ca. 4 students have a paper, poster or presentation ready for submission. Just send an email to Sheila Regan ( to organize possible dates. 

  • Friday, 14.11, 14.00 - 18.00
  • Friday, 05.12, 14.00 - 18.00


Lecturer and registration: Sheila Regan,, Uniworks

Location: SAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 10, first floor

Credit points: 0.5 / course


Communication Skills for Researchers

These two workshops on oral (rather than written) communication will boost your confidence in speaking English, support you in making useful professional contacts, and help you to present your research more effectively. The workshops each have a different focus and can be taken individually, but it is helpful to do both. 

  • Friday, 21.11, 14.00 - 18.00: Communication part 1

Practicing professional communication and polishing your pronunciation (interviews, short talks, networking)

  • Tuesday, 25.11, 16.00 - 20.00: Communication part 2

Most effective ways to start and end (scientific presentations, networking conversations).

Lecturer and registration: Sheila Regan, sheila@uni-works.deUniworks

Location: SAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 10, 1st floor

Credit points: 0.5 / course


Focus on Scientific Writing

17th and 18th October 2014

17th October: 14:00 - 17:00
18th October: 09:00 - 17:00
Paul-Gordan-Strasse 10


  • Writing for scientists
  • Writing an outline for a paper - a step-by-step approach
  • Principles of publishing
  • What factors will ensure successful publication of a paper?
  • Style and language
  • Making posters
  • Oral presentations

Lecturer: Dr. John Carpenter, Jane Fraser Association

Location: MAOT/SAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Strasse 10

Registration: Please writen an e-mail to


How to survive in a job interview

16th May 2014, 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. , plus one hour on 17th or 18th May

The two-day-course trains the student how to perform in a job interview

  • On the first day the usual structure of and requirements in a job interview are presented and recommendations are given how to perform successfully. In small role plays the theory is put into practice.
  • On the second or third day each student will attend a real 'live' simulation of a job interview.

On the first day the whole group works together. On the second/third day individual time slots for the students will be scheduled. Therefore time required for each single student is only the first day (16th May) and about one hour on the second or third day (17th or 18th June) and the maximum number of attendants is limited to sixteen. We ask for a registration by 7th April in order to know whether one or two days for the invidual interviews are needed.

Lecturer: Franka Strietzel, Dr. Jürgen Großmann

Location: SAOT / MAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 8/10

Registration: please write to


Time- & Self-Management

Saturday, 29th of March 2014

Do you sometimes wish there was one more day in the week in order to get everything done? And do you find yourself involved in too many topics and projects, leaving hardly any time for your own tasks and reflection?
Improving your time- and self-management means mastering and controlling your workload instead of being controlled by it.
The key to a more structured and organized workday is to become aware of your personal patterns, strenghts, and potentials and to set priorities.


  • Find your own way - which suits you
  • Gain valuable ideas to structure your workday more efficiently
  • Identify areas for improvement regarding your time-management and get concrete tips for their implementation
  • Define goals and set personal priorities



  • Defining goals in order to set priorities
  • Time-Management versus Self-Management: understanding the difference?
  • Analysis of your personal patterns regarding time- and self-management
  • Overview of different tools, techniques, and key concepts for optimizing time- and self-management
  • Different ways to handle correspondence such as mail and email more efficiently
  • next steps: transfer of results into your everyday work life


Markus Gebhardt, Challenge Learning

Location: Starting from SAOT, Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to



Saturday, 28th of June

With rapid change being the by-word of today's business environment more and more work is becoming project-based. Leading and managing projects is a critical skill set.
A project is a temporary and one-time endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service or frequently to solve a particular problem.
The frist challenge of project management is ensuring that a project is delivered on time and within budget. The second, more ambitious, challenge is to optimally allocate and integrate the various inouts needed to meet the pre-defined objectives.
An efficient project management makes the difference between success and failure in business.


  • Introduction: What is a Project? What does Project Management mean?
  • Gain an Overview of a Project Life Cycle and Organization plan
  • Understand more about project Management Standards practices
  • Working with Project Management Processes
  • Discover Project Management Knowledge Areas like Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource Management, Communication and Risk
  • Avoid clash "pitfalls"
  • This training provides you with the essential tools, techniques and skills for project management to turn your current and future projects into a personal and organizational success


Achieved results

  • understanding the meaning and the consequences of projects
  • identifying the scope, limitations and expectations linked to your project
  • breaking down projects into four crucial phases
  • mastering a variety of effective tools and techniques for each phase (milestone plan, cost&capacity plan, activity list & structure and further instruments)
  • identifying traps and success factors of communication in projects
  • knowing how to use leadership skills to gain agreement and support
  • managing your time by distinguishing between project, job and daily tasks
  • handling the complexity by efficient tools


Markus Gebhardt, Challenge Learning

Location: Starting from SAOT, Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to



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