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IBUS1101: Global Business

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit provides the foundational knowledge in international business. The focus is on understanding the strategy of firms in the context of increasing globalization of markets and production. Students gain knowledge about multinational enterprises from the developed and developing economies, theories and frameworks explaining foreign direct investment and trade and country and firm level factors that impact global strategy.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Noman Shaheer, noman.shaheer@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO1 LO5 LO2
Assignment Case Video Presentations
2-minute presentation on case solution before each tutorial with a case
10% Multiple weeks 2-minute presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO1
Participation Case Discussion and debates
Participation
15% Ongoing Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO2 LO6 LO5 LO1
Assignment group assignment International Business Plan Report
Business plan write-up
20% Week 13 3000-word report
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment International Business Plan Presentation
Business Plan Presentation
15% Week 13 15 minute presentation and 10 minute Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO3 LO5 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

Please refer to Canvas

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 

Distinction

75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Credit

65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Pass

50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Any work submitted after due date will not be marked. Students should apply for special consideration where circumstances outside of their control have affected them. Late work by students with an approved SC will be marked without penalty

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to International Business Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Distance and frictions Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 03 National Cultures Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Free and fair Trade Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Political and legal risks Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 The need for global strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Global Strategy Formulation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Multinational Corporations: Why they exist? Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Entering foreign markets Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Organising multinational corporations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 The transnational challenge Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Leading a global career Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3
Week 13 Review Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify key differences across borders that impact firms crossing cultural, national, and political borders
  • LO2. Understand different strategies multinational firms can employ to exploit opportunities outside home countries and address international business challenges
  • LO3. Define and apply key theories and concepts in international business. Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of approaches to address international business issues.
  • LO4. Work effectively in multicultural groups to exchange and develop ideas, demonstrating ability to influence people from different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • LO5. Source, interpret, and use relevant data and research from a range of academic sources and media outlets. Communicate findings and ideas effectively and professionally using a range of oral and written communication modes in global business contexts.
  • LO6. Communicate research findings and ideas effectively and professionally using a range of oral and written communication modes in global business contexts.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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