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Unit information: International Business in 2021/22

Unit name International Business
Unit code EFIMM0151
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2D (weeks 19 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Pavlisa
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Pathway unit for MSc Management (International Business)

International Business (IB) seeks to illuminate students understanding of the contemporary IB issues and challenges posed to managers and organization operating across national borders. The unit will be highly interactive and will cover issues such as the role of multinationals, business risks and foreign entry strategies. The team-work element of this unit provides students the opportunity to learn from others. The units will also provide opportunity for students to develop their analytical and transferable skills. By the end of the unit, students would have developed the skills to critically evaluate issues and challenges facing organisations operating across national borders.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will have:

  1. The capacity to contribute to the review and development of international business strategy
  2. The skills to evaluate critically functional activities of international business organisations
  3. Knowledge of management in multinational enterprises
  4. Demonstrated understanding of international business risks and cross-cultural management issues applied to case studies
  5. Acquired analytical and transferable skills through written and oral presentations

Teaching Information

Contact hours 45 hours (indicatively 30 hours lectures; 15 hours tutorials)

Assessment Information

  1. Case studies – Group presentations, discussions and debates (formative) — ILO 1, 2 and 5
  2. Group written assignment (4,000 word essay) – 40% (summative) — ILO 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  3. Individual assignment (3000 word essay) – 60% (summative) – ILO 2, 3, 4 and 5

The group assignment will allow the students to demonstrate in-depth analytical and investigative skills as they collectively review and make reflective propositions about corporate strategies. They would be able to show a critical understanding of a focused set of management and functional activities in view of existing theories and scholarship. Working towards their assignment, the students would receive formative feedback on the development of their transferable skills by way of engaging in case study discussions, short presentations or debates, and on the development of their knowledge of the subject matter of the unit. Students will work in groups of 3-4 people. A group mark will be awarded, unless all group members agree in a differently weighted distribution (which they can do at the time of submission).

The individual assignment will allow students to demonstrate analytical skills and critical understanding of a contemporary IB issue.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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