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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
Intensive February, 2022
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Zhan Wu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
In-semester test (Take-home short release) Type D in-semester exam mid-term exam
open-book 1 hour during session 8 class
20% Week 03
Due date: 02 Feb 2022 at 10:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Consulting project presentation
group presentation
30% Week 04
Due date: 11 Feb 2022 at 16:00
30 mins including Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Open-book take-home 2 hours
50% Week 05
Due date: 14 Feb 2022 at 10:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D in-semester exam = Type D in-semester exam ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?


  • Group presentation: Each group will present a consulting project of an international entry strategy and defend it by answering the questions. 
  • In-semester test: There will be a one-hour open book exam during session 8 class.
  • Final exam: A written exam (open book) will be held on the date mentioned in timetable.

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:

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 Session 1: introduction and overview Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Session 2: globalization and global perspective Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Session 3: the importance of strategy Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 02 Session 4: industry-based view Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Session 5: strategic group and competitor analysis Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Session 6: core competence and resource-based view Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 03 Session 7: dynamic capabilities and extension Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Session 8: mid-term exam in class Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Session 9: institution, culture and ethics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Session 10: pre-entry strategy and entry strategy I Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO7
Session 11: entry-strategy II Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Session 12: wrap up and discussion Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Session 13: group presentation Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

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

All required and optional readings will be posted 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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