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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

International Business
BUSI-604

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to prepare managers to compete successfully in the global economy. The rapidly changing economic, political, technological and cultural environments will be studied as a foundation for understanding how to compete in differing environments, utilizing the resources available to the enterprise in managing the various functional areas of business.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Global interdependence among nations of the world is a reality. Trade barriers between nations have fallen, and trade blocs are rapidly forming as world leaders realize that there is more to be gained by collaborating with each other than by remaining economically isolated. Multinational corporations are adopting a major role in this accelerating regional and global economic integration. The management of a company having international operations differs in many important ways from that of a company whose operations are confined to one nation. A major emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate how management activities in a global enterprise differ from those in a purely domestic firm.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize the concept of globalization as it applies to contemporary businesses.
  2. Justify the importance of culture to managers within the international business setting.
  3. Critique the major aspects regarding the political, cultural, and economic environments of international trade.
  4. Assess the various theories of international trade and investment.
  5. Analyze the relationship between global financial markets and monetary systems.
  6. Integrate biblical principles within the field of international business.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Satterlee, B. (2018). Cross border commerce (3rd ed.). Raleigh, NC: Synergistics International Inc. ISBN: 9781934748176.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 discussion board forums over the duration of this course. Each discussion board will consist of 3 parts. In Part 1, the student will reserve a key term to write the thread; in Part 2, the student will review a minimum of 5 recent scholarly articles, choose 1, and write a thread of a minimum of 800 words using the template outlined in the instructions document; and in Part 3, the student will reply to a minimum of 3 other classmates’ threads.

Worldview Assessment

This assessment is designed as a tool to assess the student’s understanding of a worldview and more specifically a Christian worldview. This assessment is open-book/open-notes, contains 5 multiple-choice and 1 essay question, and does not have a time limit.

Global Business Cultural Analysis

The student will write an academic-oriented research-based paper that has a minimum of 24 pages academic content, in current APA format, and focuses on analyzing the cultural perspectives of doing business in another nation. The paper must include a minimum of 24 valid and reliable academic and/or professional references (i.e., not blogs, Wikipedia, newspapers, etc.).

Tests (2)

The student will complete 2 tests over the duration of this course. Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks prior to the test. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 75 items, and have a 75-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 total)

400

Worldview Assessment

20

Global Business Cultural Analysis

280

Tests (2 total))

300

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 604

Textbook: Satterlee, Cross Border Commerce (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Satterlee: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 – Part 1

10

0

**

2

Satterlee: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

DB Forum 1 – Parts 2–3

100

3

Satterlee: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 – Part 1

Worldview Assessment

**

20

4

Satterlee: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 – Parts 2–3

Test 1

100

150

5

Satterlee: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 – Part 1

**

6

Satterlee: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 – Parts 2–3

100

7

Satterlee: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 4 – Part 1

**

8

Satterlee: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 4 – Parts 2–3

Global Business Cultural Analysis

Test 2

100

280

150

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Module/sWeeks 1-7 begin on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and end Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Module/Week 8 begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Friday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET).