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IBUS5003: Global Business

This unit provides a foundation of the key concepts and practices of international business. Students gain knowledge on the factors that impact international managerial strategy. Through discussions of authoritative literature, case studies, and current issues, students learn to assess the opportunities and challenges of operating in a global environment. The unit emphasizes the development of analytical skills and competency of working in diverse teams and the global context.


Academic unit International Business
Unit code IBUS5003
Unit name Global Business
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Nimer Uraidi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Individual case analysis
Case study analysis to provide recommendations
30% Formal exam period 2.5+ hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
Oral presentation
10% Multiple weeks 15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Participation In-class participation
15% Ongoing Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Small test Mid-semester quiz
15% Week 07 26 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group project
30% Week 12
Due date: 29 May 2020 at 17:00

Closing date: 14 Jun 2020
3500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
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  • In-class participation: We will engage in different types of learning activities during the tutorials: discussion of academic papers and case study analyses. We seek to develop students’ skills in analysing problems and developing and communicating potential solutions. To this end, you are required to participate actively in discussions in your tutorials via the Zoom sessions and online discussion forum. Students are expected to participate in class discussion of academic papers and real life cases during tutorials using conceptual frameworks and relevant content covered in this unit to guide/support their analysis. Your class participation will be assessed by your tutor, and students who consistently make valuable comments may earn the highest grades. We will value quality over quantity in this respect. Because of the importance of the discussion of readings and cases and the fact that your participation in both is evaluated, attendance at tutorials is a must.
  • Group report: Students, in groups, will be required to provide a strategic analysis of a business with an international orientation. The group will investigate the internationalisation of the organisation across international borders, analysing their entry and growth in a developed market, and an emerging market. Then, the group will recommend a further expansion strategy to complement or improve the current growth strategies of the organisation. The group will submit a report elucidating their internationalisation strategies and making the recommendation for further growth.
  • Group presentation: The presentation should be based on the ‘Group report’. The presentations will take place in weeks 12 and 13. Adjustments will be made to individual marks for the group project and presentation based on peer assessments, tutors and unit of study coordinator evaluation of the contribution. Your group needs to present the group project in the tutorial sessions
  • Individual case analysis​:  The case-study will assess students’ familiarity with, and capacity to apply, key concepts from the unit to analyse a situation face by an organisation then to make appropriate recommendations.
  • Mid-semester quiz: A short 30 questions MCQ quiz will be provided to students to examine their understanding of the content of lectures and weekly readings covered during weeks 1-6. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on 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


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:

Individual case analysis: no late submission is accepted.

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 honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Globalisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 International trade Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Culture, and the political environment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Foreign Direct Investment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Government intervention and influence on trade, FDI, and firms Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Internationalisation of the firm Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Group project workshop Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Target country analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Factors affecting entry of firms Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Various functions of the firm Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Emerging markets and emerging market firms Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Contemporary issues in International Business Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Semester Recap Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

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.
  • Attendance: Please note that the Business School has general attendance rules in place: If you are unable to attend a tutorial because of illness or misadventure, you must apply for Special Consideration with the Business School.

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

Cavusgil, Knight, and Riesenberger (2019). International Business: The New Realities, 5th Edition. Pearson. 

Readings for this unit can be accessed from the Library eReserve available on 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. apply theoretical concepts of international business to issues faced by global companies
  • LO2. identify opportunities and challenges for multinational companies
  • LO3. design market entry strategies during the internationalisation process
  • LO4. demonstrate an appreciation of the differences in institutions and cultures across various countries
  • LO5. identify drivers of international investments
  • LO6. apply to real world companies the benefits and problems of internationalisation
  • LO7. design global strategies for companies from developed and developing economies.

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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More information can be found on Canvas.


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