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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 2, 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 Connie C.S. Chan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
Four short essays, approximately 250 words per answer.
40% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
In-semester test (Open book) Type C in-semester exam Progress Assessment
Multiple choice questions
20% Week 06
Due date: 02 Oct 2020 at 18:00
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
Oral presentation
10% Week 10
Due date: 02 Nov 2020 at 17:00
10 minute presentation by team members
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group research project
Written Report
20% Week 12
Due date: 02 Nov 2020 at 17:00
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Participation (In-class and Canvas)
10% Weekly Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
Type C in-semester exam = Type C in-semester exam ?
  • In-class participation: Students are assessed on their class and Canvas discussions. Active involvement, the quality of contribution, and support for peers, are important criteria. Students are expected to prepare by reading and reflecting on the course contents. At the end of Week 12, each student will be awarded a grade which is the average of all the weekly participation marks. You may request for feedback throughout the course. The final grade for class participation is non-negotiable.
  • In-semester Progress Assessment:  MCQ quiz is designed to test the student’s understanding of the content of lectures, tutorial discussions and weekly readings covered during weeks 1-6. 
  • Group report: In this part of the group project, team members jointly research and write a professional international business report of new market entry for a chosen company, industry and location. In Week 7, the group representative will present a 100 word summary equivalent to a 5 minute progress review in class. The teacher will provide feedback and guidance. The criteria and detailed guidelines will be posted on Canvas.
  • Group presentation: Based on your written research, students must prepare 10 slides to be presented in class from Weeks 10 to 11 in a 10 minute verbal presentation involving all the team members. All groups must submit materials for presentation by the due date regardless of your actual presentation schedule.   
  • Final Exam: This is a closed book +Review exam comprising four essay questions which must be completed and submitted within 90 minutes (including reading and set up time). All notes, readings and electronic devices are not allowed during the exam. Students are assessed on their understanding and application of all the contents, readings and discussions covered in the course.   

Further details 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.

For more information see

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:

Late submission of the group assignments are not permitted under any conditions.

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 Introduction: Globalisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 02 Internationalisation of the firm Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Cultural Environment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 04 Country Risks Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 05 International trade Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Government policies and intervention Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Target Industry and Location: Opportunity Assessment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 FDI, Collaboration & Contracts Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5 LO7
Week 10 Global Operations & Organisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Emerging markets and emerging market firms Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Governance, Current Issues & Conclusion Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lecture recordings: All lectures and Q&A during the semester 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. We cannot gurantee the quality and completeness of the proceedings that are captured. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in all the 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

Essential textbook

Daniels, LH.,  Radebaugh, L & Sullivan, DP (2018) International Business: Environment & Operations, 16th edition, Pearson.

Alternative textbook 

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

Readings for this unit can be accessed from the Library eReserve 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. apply learning of institutions and cultural context to business and managerial decisions
  • LO5. identify drivers of international investments
  • LO6. apply to real world companies the benefits and problems of internationalisation
  • LO7. assess global strategies of firms from developed and developing countries

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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