Course Outline

IBS100 Discovering International Business

Course Coordinator:Suzi Jordan (sjordan@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

Managers operating in the international business environment have to make effective business decisions that take into account differences in the economic, cultural, political, legislative and institutional environment of foreign markets. This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the international business landscape and understand internationalisation strategies, modes of entry and the operational decisions facing managers of companies that operate beyond their domestic market.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – In-class workshop 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Seminar is a synchronous learning process designed to enable student participation, create students' sense of belonging with peers and staff, cohort building and interactive engagement with key concepts and practices with a course. 1hr Week 1 3 times
Information session – Assessment task information sessions conducted on Zoom the week in which each assessment task is due. These will be live and recorded. 1hr Week 1 3 times
Online
Online – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Seminar is a synchronous learning process designed to enable student participation, create students' sense of belonging with peers and staff, cohort building and interactive engagement with key concepts and practices with a course. 1hr Week 1 3 times
Information session – Assessment task information sessions conducted on Zoom the week in which each assessment task is due. These will be live and recorded. 1hr Week 1 3 times

Course Topics

Globalisation, cultural differences, international business strategy, foreign market entry mode, international production, outsourcing and logistics, theories of trade, political economy of trade, foreign exchange, the international monetary system, legal environments, economic business environments

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1 Apply selected international business theory to practical, real life international business situations and identify the drivers for globalisation. Empowered
PC3, PC3.1, PC5, PC6.2
2 Identify the forces that influence international business decisions. Knowledgeable
PC3, PC5, PC6.2
3 Analyse and apply strategies for foreign market participation. Sustainability-focussed
PC3, PC5, PC6.2
4 Apply basic written and oral communication techniques for professional business situations. Knowledgeable
Empowered
PC1, PC1.1, PC1.2, PC1.3

* Competencies by Professional Body

CODE COMPETENCY
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1 Communication
PC1.1 Written Communication
PC1.2 Oral Communication
PC1.3 Digital Literacy
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC3.1 Problem Solving
PC5 Cultural Awareness
PC6.2 Discipline Knowledge

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Not applicable

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The first assessment task is due in Week 4 to get early feedback on your progress. Additionally, tutorial activities in all weeks allow for formative feedback on course concepts.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral Individual 25%
5-minute presentation
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2 Portfolio Individual 25%
1500 words
Week 10 Online Submission
All 3 Report Individual 50%
2000 words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Oral Presentation
Goal:
To demonstrate understanding and application of international business fundamentals.
Product: Oral
Format:
Acting as top-level management for an international firm, you will give a 5-minute professional presentation on an issue that
you consider to be of great importance. The issue will be relevant to the topics covered in weeks 1-3. More information is provided on the course learning site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of international business theories to practical, real life situations
1
2
Identification of the forces that influence international business decisions
2
3
Analysis and application of strategies for foreign market participation
3
4
Use of appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication
4
5
Use of appropriate visual aids
4
6
Structure of the presentation
4
All - Assessment Task 2:Portfolio
Goal:
To demonstrate insight and understanding of international business concepts and environmental factors impacting decision
making to arrive at a suitable business strategy.
Product: Portfolio
Format:
During weeks 6 through 10, you will complete a range of activities related to the weekly topics. For each tutorial, you will
analyse a real-life business case and conclude with the most suitable strategy for the company. A detailed task description is provided on the course learning site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of international business theory to real-life business situations
1
2
Identification of the forces that influence international business decisions
2
3
Analysis and application of foreign market participation
3
All - Assessment Task 3:Report
Goal:
To demonstrate knowledge of international business issues and the ability to conduct
in-depth research and analysis of those issues.
Product: Report
Format:
You will investigate the suitability of a foreign country for international expansion. By following course concepts and conducting
extensive research, you will analyse the location and provide recommendations. A detailed description and rubric are provided on the course learning site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of international business theory to real life situations
1
2
Identification of the forces that influence international business decisions
2
3
Analysis and application of strategies for foreign market participation
3
4
Written communication (spelling, grammar, structure, formatting, design, etc.)
4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Charles W. L. Hill,Tomas M. Hult,Rumintha Wickramasekera,Kim S. Mackenzie,Cameron Gordon 2019 Global Business Today: Asia-Pacific Perspective 5th McGraw-Hill

Specific requirements

You are required to complete the required readings prior to coming to class.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.

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For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

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