Academic quality assurance is basic to all executive certificate courses at the MCI, and students are accordingly expected to provide formal proof of their abilities. In line with the modern didactic approach pursued at the MCI, however, the mere repetition of knowledge is kept to a minimum; the focus is on empowering students to address professional problems with the open mind needed to develop responsible solutions and the consistency required to ensure implementation of the agreed measures.
The various course modules are accordingly combined with practical project work relating to problems or tasks deriving from the student’s own professional environment or field of responsibility. Project work is evaluated and returned with critical feedback from the teacher involved and is a main component of the continuous assessment process.
In the second half of their executive certificate courses, students work on a final paper in which they can either draw on their various project papers to create a higher-level presentation or address a completely new subject.
Students who have received a positive grade for their project work and a positive pre-evaluation of their final paper can then take the final oral exam, in which they are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the contents of the various seminar modules and to present and defend their final paper.
Students who have successfully completed their executive certificate course are awarded a certificate by Management Center Innsbruck and a final report signed by the scientific or course director.