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IBUS1101: Global Business

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.


Academic unit International Business
Unit code IBUS1101
Unit name Global Business
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Connie Chan,
Administrative staff Shumaila Jawaid:
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final exam
Analytical questions of topics covered in the semester
40% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Small continuous assessment Quizzes
MCQ via Canvas
20% Multiple weeks 15 mins each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment group assignment Written analysis
Reflection of group project findings
10% Week 10
Due date: 01 May 2023 at 23:59
800 to 1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO2 LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
20% Week 10 15 mins, 20 slides, Q&A, peer comments
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO1 LO2
Participation Discussion and debate
10% Weekly Prework and engagement in activities
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO4 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Tutorial participation: Attendance, active participation, engagement and reflection on learning are essential to pass. Students are expected to do prework and readings assigned to benefit from class discussions and exercises. Grading is based on the quality of the student’s responses and consistent contribution in the semester. 

  • Group Presentation:  The tutor will assign students to groups (comprising an average of 4 members each) in Weeks 3 to 4. Following the guidelines provided, each group will research and analyse a firm’s internationalisation plan. A group representative will submit the required documents by the due date. Group members are expected to present their project, address questions in class, and provide feedback on other groups’ work.

  • Group written analysis: The same members as the group presentation will submit a writeup, integrating your analysis, understanding and reflection of the lessons learned from the group project.    

  • Small continuous quizzes: MCQ are assigned in selected weeks. Each test comprises questions on topics and course contents of the preceding weeks. The test must be completed during the available times and within the time limit specified.  

  • Final exam: Students are required to provide short to medium length answers to questions on international business management issues by drawing on their learning in the whole semester. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. Students are encouraged to seek guidance and feedback from teachers throughout the semester. 


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


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. 


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.


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.


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. 


0 - 49

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

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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:

in accordance with business school policy

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to International Business Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Challenges of globalisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 03 Global Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Role of Culture Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Country risks: political & economic systems Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Entry Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 International Trade Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Foreign Direct Investment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 FDI from emerging economies Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Strategies of MNEs Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Structure, functions and operations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Current issues Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 13 Review and Conclusion Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance of all live non-clashable timetabled classes (lectures and tutorials) is required. Students who do not attend at least 80% of classes will struggle to perform at an average level due to missed content and guidance. Participation in interactive classes is encouraged as it enriches learning and leads to better outcomes. 

All lectures are recorded and will be uploaded on Canvas if available. Please note that the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that every lecture will be recorded and shared online.

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

Essential textbook: 

Hill, C.  (2022) Global Business Today, 12th Edition McGraw Hill 

Alternative reference:

Cavusgil, S.T. et al (2020) International business : the new realities, Pearson 

More weekly readings from the library will be assigned and can be accessed via Canvas reading list.

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 challenges that impact firms in different cross-border environments
  • LO2. Identify and analyse different strategies MNEs employ to exploit international business opportunities and develop competitive advantage
  • LO3. Apply relevant IB concepts and theories, and appreciate the variety of approaches to address international business issues.
  • LO4. Work effectively in diverse settings to develop ideas and accomplish team project
  • LO5. Source, interpret, and use relevant data in research and analysis
  • LO6. Communicate reflection on readings, research findings and ideas effectively and professionally in verbal and written modes

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
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