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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MGMT 338: International Business

Course Description

Exploration of the challenges involved in multinational and international business.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing, MGMT 330

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Carpenter and Dunung. International Business: Opportunities and Challenges in a Flattening World. v. 2.0. Flat World.
    • ISBN-978-1-4533-7284-5 (MBS ISBN: 001727461)
      • Note: This is an eISBN for a Digital All Access Pass code from the publisher. After purchasing this code, the student must use the code at the following site to redeem the ebook: https://students.flatworldknowledge.com/course/2518817

        If the student so chooses, the publisher will deliver a print version on demand at an additional cost. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

All businesses today have an international component—regardless of the size..  International business covers the function areas of trade, finance, accounting, law, management, human resources, and marketing.

The course concentrates on relevant components of the international business curriculum. International business fundamentals included are: trade, tariffs, exchange rates, capital markets and regional economic integration.  The course covers alternative modes of market entry, including both direct and indirect export and import, the use of intermediaries, turnkey operations, and wholly owned subsidiaries.  Students explore the functions, problems and decision-making processes of multinational business organizations.

The course also explores the importance of culture, its impact on human behavior and how cultural differences impact international business. Additionally, special problems of multi-national corporations; recent problems of the international economic system; country-risk analysis; and the increasing use of counter trade are integrated into the course.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the theories of international trade, the international monetary system, and balance of payments.
  2. Explain cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political, and sociological differences among countries.
  3. Identify the strategies --modes of entry--of establishing a multinational corporation (MNC) abroad.
  4. Explain the differences between developed countries (DCs), newly industrialized countries (NICs), and less developed countries (LDCs).
  5. Explain the factors that influence organizational structures of MNCs.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
D 300-349 60-69%
F 0-299 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 56 11%
Quizzes (8) 330 66%
Research Paper (1) 100 20%
Research Paper Bibliography and Mechanics (1) 14 3%
Total 500 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion - Introductions -- Wednesday
Discussion 1 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 1 44 Sunday
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz --
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 2 44 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 3 44 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 4 22 Sunday
Research Paper 100
Research Paper Bibliography and Mechanics 14
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 5 44 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 6 44 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 7 44 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 7 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 8 44 Saturday
Total Points 500

Assignment Overview

Discussions

There are eight discussions worth 7 points each. You can participate in the Week 1 discussions as soon as the course opens Monday morning of Week 1. Starting in Week 2, all discussions open Saturday morning at 12:01 am. This gives you time to work on the weekend for the upcoming week.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT each week. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT each week. I strongly encourage you to post early so your classmates can read and benefit from your experiences/ideas. Late assignments are not accepted.


Research Paper

You will select a country not already selected by a classmate. For Part I of the paper, you will gather a number of questions on your chosen country, and for each piece of information you will need to cite the sources used and include a bibliography. The questions are listed in the Content area of the course.

For Part II of the paper, you will answer four questions about your country of choice. For each question you will write a minimum of a two paragraph analysis in narrative form. These questions, along with more detailed instructions for the Research Paper are available in the Content area of the course.

The Research Paper is due in the appropriate Dropbox, Sunday by 11:59 p.m. of Week 4.

Note: You must complete the Plagiarism Quiz with a minimum score of 90% before you will be able to view the Dropbox folder to submit this assignment.


Research Paper Bibliography and Mechanics

Each item for Part I needs to include a citation and a complete bibliography is required.  This part of the assignment is worth 4 points. Criteria include credibility and date of the resources along with proper citation and bibliography format.

Part II of the paper is written with headings in narrative form. The writing analysis is worth 10 points.  The writing analysis will include: proper use of thesis statements, paragraph and sentence structure.  Proper utilization of grammar, including punctuation, spelling, subject, and verb usage will be analyzed.  In order to earn all 10 points, the paper should be error free.


Quizzes

Each week you will have a multiple-choice quiz covering the chapters for that week. The quizzes are only available from Thursday until  Sunday 11:59 pm CT of the assigned week. You will have 1.5 minutes per question to complete the quiz.  There is only one attempt permitted for each quiz.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction to International Business
Readings
Chapters 1-2
Discussion - Introductions

This area is our virtual classroom for the next 8 weeks. Please include the following: geographic location, profession, degree, hobbies, and any other information that will help us get to know you.

Your post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 1

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 1
The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 1 and 2. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz
Must be completed to submit your Research Paper.
Week 2: Culture and Ethics; World Economies and Markets
Readings
Chapters 3-4
Discussion 2

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 2

The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 3 and 4. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.

Week 3: International Trade; Currency Exchange
Readings
Chapters 5-6
Discussion 3

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 3

The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 5 and 6. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.

Week 4: Foreign Exchange and the Foreign Exchange Market
Readings
Chapter 7
Discussion 4

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 4
The 22 multiple-choice quiz covers chapter 7. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 33 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.
Research Paper

You will select a country not already selected by a classmate. For Part I of the paper, you will gather a number of questions on your chosen country, and for each piece of information you will need to cite the sources used and include a bibliography. The questions are listed in the Content area of the course.

For Part II of the paper, you will answer four questions about your country of choice. For each question you will write a minimum of a two paragraph analysis in narrative form. These questions, along with more detailed instructions for the Research Paper are available in the Content area of the course.

The Research Paper is due in the appropriate Dropbox, Sunday by 11:59 p.m. of Week 4.

Research Paper Bibliography and Mechanics

Each item for Part I needs to include a citation and a complete bibliography is required.  This part of the assignment is worth 4 points. Criteria include credibility and date of the resources along with proper citation and bibliography format.

Part II of the paper is written with headings in narrative form. The writing analysis is worth 10 points.  The writing analysis will include: proper use of thesis statements, paragraph and sentence structure.  Proper utilization of grammar, including punctuation, spelling, subject, and verb usage will be analyzed.  In order to earn all 10 points, the paper should be error free.

Week 5: Regional Differences, International Expansion, and Importing/Exporting
Readings
Chapters 8-9
Discussion 5

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 5

The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 8 and 9. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.

Week 6: Strategy and International Business; Global Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
Readings
Chapters 10-11
Discussion 6

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 6

The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 10 and 11. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Culture and Ethics; World Economies and Markets
Readings
Chapters 12-13
Discussion 7

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 7

The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 12 and 13. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Sunday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.

Week 8: Global Marketing, Distribution, Supply-Chain Management; Accounting and Finance
Readings
Chapters 14-15
Discussion 8

You must select a question from the list provided. Please make sure that you select a question that has not been picked. You may only pick a duplicate question once all questions in the list are selected. In the subject line of your post, please include the chapter and number of the question you are answering. If a brand, product or industry example is part of your answer, please include the name in the subject line as well. A brand, product, or industry may be used only one time for each question.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to your classmates with at least three substantive responses on three different days by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Quiz 8

The 44 multiple-choice quiz covers chapters 14 and 15. The quiz is only available from Thursday until Saturday. 11:59 pm CT. You will have 66 minutes to complete the quiz.  There is only 1 attempt for the quiz.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late assignments or quizzes will be accepted without prior approval from the instructor.  It is at the discretion of the instructor to accept late assignments or quizzes.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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