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MIBS6005: International Business Project A

Intensive July, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

This unit aims to prepare students for global careers and to develop and improve their professional practice in cross-border and cross-cultural settings. It provides the opportunity to undertake advanced training in the areas of research methodology, professional communication in its many forms, teamwork, analytical skills, project management and consulting. The unit also involves preparatory work for the International Business Project B (MIBS6006). Project scoping, planning and analysis forms an important part of the activities and assessment for this unit. This allows students to apply their domain knowledge and professional skills to solving a real-life problem in international business.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
MIBS6001 and MIBS6002 and MIBS6003 and MIBS6004
IBUS6001 or IBUS6002
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jacqueline Mees-Buss,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Consulting Project Part A
Consulting Project
40% Week 02 various - see Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Participation Individual participation
10% Week 03 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Assignment Reflective learning journal
30% Week 03 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5
Assignment LinkedIn article
Opinion Piece
20% Week 03 700-1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Consulting Project Part A: Group assessment related to the consulting project part A consists of three parts: A project scoping document after the briefing session with the client (10%), a survey design due at the end of week 1(10%) and a preliminary report due in the week following  (20%).
  • Reflective learning journal: Students will reflect on what they have learnt from the real-life experiences they are confronted with in this course, in particular experiences that surprised, frustrated or confused them at first.
  • LinkedIn article: Students are to write an opinion piece for an educated audience about the focus country/counries. The article needs to display in-depth understanding of the political, social, economic and business environment and offer relevant insight to the business community interested in exploring business opportunities in this country.
  • Individual participation: The unit comprises intensive workshops, skills development and group work. Students' active participation and professionalism will be assessed on a daily basis.

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.

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.

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
Pre-semester Introduction day Lecture and tutorial (8 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 01 International Business Consulting Project stage 1 Clinical practice (40 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Team work: research and report writing Independent study (40 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Individual reflection and study Individual study (40 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Due to travel and mobility restrictions all coaching and supervision of the 2020 June/July projects will be conducted on-line. There will be large group-sessions each Monday, Wednesday and Friday (for a detailed schedule see Canvas) plus smaller team sessions on other days of the week. Students are expected to work full-time on their projects during the entire duration of the (double) unit (‘full-time’ means that other work activities should not take up more than 20 hours per week).

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.

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. demonstrate an integrated understanding of key concepts, techniques and trends in the field of international business practice, and the challenges and opportunities involved in applying this knowledge in the context of a real life business project
  • LO2. demonstrate autonomous and constructive critical thinking; the ability to question, assess and respond independently and creatively to assumptions, propositions and debates within the field of international business
  • LO3. apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills to identify and diagnose complex and unfamiliar problems. Use these findings to formulate strategically appropriate solutions for a client's business' international activities
  • LO4. act as a persuasive communicator; the ability to use a range of communications strategies, both oral and written, to effectively conduct market research and act as a business consultant
  • LO5. demonstrate capable team-membership in work-related contexts; the ability to work collaboratively to address complex and unfamiliar problems
  • LO6. propose ethical and social solutions to complex international business problems
  • LO7. conduct international market research with moral consideration towards all stakeholders.

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 unit has been re-designed for full on-line delivery. As a result we made some changes to the timings. We now start on the 22nd on June 2020; right after the S1 exam period.


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