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IBUS5003: Global Business

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code IBUS5003
Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Vikas Kumar,
Tutor(s) Ali Zaheer,
Connie Chan,
Sanjeev Dheer,
Jessica Yustantio,
Olivia Huang,
Yoona Choi,
Michael Fernando,
Gilsoo Lee,
Muhammad Alam,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Weekly MCQ
30% Multiple weeks 15 min / week for 10 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
30% Week 10
Due date: 12 Oct 2022 at 17:00

Closing date: 12 Oct 2022
20 mins and 15 Slides (max)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case Study
40% Week 13
Due date: 07 Nov 2022 at 11:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary


Weekly MCQ: There will be a short online multiple-choice quiz that you will have to take starting Week 3. There will be 10 such online quizzes. Each one of them will check your understanding of the previous weeks content, including the assigned readings and materials on Canvas. 

Group presentation and report: You will work on a project in groups of 5-6 for which you will create a recorded presentation due in Week 10. Details of the project will be given to you in due course.

Case Study Analysis: A case will be given to you in Week 13 which you will have to analyze and write a report based on questions provided. Further details will be provided to you in due 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

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:

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

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 Globalization Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 02 Strategic Challenges in Globalization Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Global Strategy Framework Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 04 Strategic Role of Culture Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Entry Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Factors affecting entry strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 07 International Trade Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Foreign Direct Investment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 FDI from Emerging Markets Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5 LO7
Week 10 Internationalization Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Global Outsourcing and Offshoring Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Global Marketing and R&D Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 13 Review and Wrap-up Lecture and tutorial (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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The basic structure and format of remains the same. Contents and reference materials have been updated to reflect more current issues.

More information can be found on Canvas.

Work, health and safety

Maintain social distance for face-to-face classes. 


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