Syllabus (excerpt)

BUSN 2100 (International Business) On-line
Course syllabus

Course title:                      International Business
Course number                 BUSN 2100
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Course Description

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS is a global perspective on why international business is more uncertain, more complex, and different from domestic business. It includes common business terminology necessary to understand and explain how and why firms enter international market; their growth strategies, management issues, marketing strategies, and impact on world trade. The course also covers economic and monetary issues, and basic import/export practices.


Participation/attendance Guidelines

Attendance and participation are a critical part in forming a dynamic learning experience, in school as well as on the job. As a result, you are expected to participate in activities and discussions. You are expected to log on to the virtual classroom at least four out of seven days each week. Your attendance is measure by recording the date of each entry you make to the system. The system entry can take the form of a response to an assignment or a constructive comment on another's work.

Students may fail to pass after two weeks of non-participation (interpreted as an absence). Only discussion questions and comments to each other in the Discussion Board can be counted for this purpose.



Course Overview

This is an ACCELERATED ON-LINE COURSE. There are only eight lessons. Students should be able to set aside approximately EIGHT HOURS PER WEEK to satisfactorily complete this course. Two of the eight lessons will probably require an hour or two more; some lessons may require less.

My purpose in this course is to give you an overall view of international business. I hope it will teach you some of the intellectual tools that will let you enter and eventually succeed in a career there. Even if your goal in life is to run a small shop in your hometown, you might well buy some of your stock from foreign manufacturers. If you want to be a success, chances are you will be selling to foreign buyers as well. The future is international and global, and this course will help you understand, exploit, and succeed there.

Please let me know of any concerns or special needs-my personal intention is to help you reach your goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. Don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail or telephone.

If you want to succeed in this course, or in this school, or in your career, you will need to learn the leadership skills to implement change. The personal characteristics for this role include courage, patience, diplomacy, integrity, and risk taking. Change can be scary, and often doesn't bring out the best in people.

The effective change agent leads by example-by respecting other, listening, demonstrating open mindedness, and reconciling disagreements. You will be asked to lead, contribute to, record, and comment on the input of other students, the prof, and the text. Consider carefully what you write, and if you feel strongly express it respectfully or confidentially, as you would in a face-to-face situation. That skill will be crucial to your success.


Each chapter starts with learning goals that outline the chapter outcomes. Key terms appear in bold type, the definitions appear in the margins as well as in the end-of-the-text glossary. Summaries for the learning goals appear at the end of each chapter. All these teaching tools are geared toward helping you learn the class content.

Look upon your text as your "best friend" for the next eight weeks.


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