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BUSI 528: International Business

Course Description

International Business is designed to examine and analyze the importance of international trade as it applies to the business sector. Analysis of import, export, trade deficit, balance of trade and balance of payment will be explored. The course will give students an understanding of how the cultural, social, political, and economic environment in different countries can affect the international competitive environment and the implications for business strategy.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Hill, Charles. Global Business Today. 9th. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2016.
    • ISBN-978-0-07-811291-1

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

We will focus on how differences in culture across and within countries impact International Business. First, we will examine the most influential theoretical ideas in international economics and their validity in today’s world. Once we are familiar with these theories we will look at the political reality of international trade and how free trade is frequently impacted by political rather than economic reasons. We will also be looking at foreign direct investment (FDI), the global monetary system, and exporting and importing.


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 Objectives

  • Review international trade theory.
  • Examine the influence of the following environments on international business: culture, economics, political, legal, technological, and natural.
  • Examine the different forms of economic integration.
  • Develop critical thinking and analytic skills through case analysis.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Define international business and explain how it differs from domestic business.
  • Identify and explain the different forms of economic integration and describe how each affects international business.
  • Identify the important worldwide trade organizations.
  • Describe the primary patterns used by businesses for international expansion.
  • Explain and analyze the influence of the following environments on international business: culture, economics, political, legal, technological, and natural.
  • Analyze current issues in international business.
  • Analyze major international considerations of product, pricing, promotion, branding, and distribution.
  • Critique case studies in international business.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
F 0-349 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 32 6%
Quizzes 315 63%
Dropbox Assignments 153 31%
Total 500 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 4 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 1 56 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Country Selection - Monday
Discussion 2 4 Wednesday/Friday
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz - Sunday
Dropbox 1: Business Customs Paper 51
Quiz 2 37
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 4 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 3 37 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 4 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 4 37 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 4 Wednesday/Friday
Dropbox 2: International Monetary System 51 Sunday
Quiz 5 37
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 4 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 6 37 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 4 Wednesday/Friday
Dropbox 3: Case Study - Corporate Irresponsibility? 51 Sunday
Quiz 7 37
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 4 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 8 37 Saturday
Total Points 500

Assignment Overview

General Assignment Guidelines

In general, the rule of thumb for college classes is two hours of preparation for every hour of class work. When offered as a land-based course, this course includes 40 in-class sessions of 50 minutes. Because this class is taught online, students should expect to spend approximately ten to fifteen hours per week on this course. Failure to do so will usually result in poor performance due to inadequate preparation.

  • Detailed directions for all assignments are available in the Content area of the course. If you have questions about an assignment, please post your question/problem under the General Discussions topic. If you have questions about quizzes or points being taken off, these need to be emailed to your instructor for clarification. Discussion assignments from Week 2 forward open at 12:00 a.m. Saturday of the week before they are due on Friday.
  • For Discussions, make sure to use the message box for your posts. If you compose your messages in Word, don't submit it as an attachment. Instead, copy and paste the content of your document into the message box. Some additional formatting may be necessary. Please contact the CC Help Desk if assistance is needed. Help Desk personnel are available evenings and weekends.
  • Assignments must be submitted to the Dropbox in Word or rich text format.

All assignments are to include the question that was asked, followed immediately by the answer. Example:

Question: Define international business. Provide specific support through online research, such as sites you discover and those listed on the reference page.

Answer: International Business is..................

Question: What are the positive and negative impacts of marketing on our society? Answer:

Positive impacts of international business on our society are......................

Negative impacts of international business on our society are.....................

When submitting a Dropbox assignment you must format your paper in a business manner, not a literary manner. This should include the appropriate headings and sections. If this is a question then include the question as a heading. If this is an overall descriptive (e.g., overall description of business etiquette, business attire, business meetings, etc.), the description’s topic should be your heading for that section.

When citing your research in all assignments, including discussion postings, you should be citing parenthetically as well as in a work cited or bibliography page.

Points will be deducted if your answer is not directly below the question or if your assignment is not formatted as indicated above.

It is expected that students will not submit an assignment that is an exact copy of work previously submitted in another course at any institution. Submitting the same assignment for a new course (or the same course an additional time) violates the assumption that every assignment advances a student's learning and growth. You may obtain instructor pre-approval to submit recycled work with significant additions, enhancements, and refinement to match the concepts and requirements of the assignment in the new course.  Submitting an exact copy of work or any portion of work previously submitted in another course may adversely affect one’s grade and/or be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

 

Students who receive 2 C’s or an F in MBA coursework are automatically dismissed from the MBA Program.


Readings

Please complete each week’s reading assignments prior to embarking on other assignments; strive to show your comprehension of the reading in Discussions and Dropbox work.

Country Selection

By close of day on Monday of Week 2, you will be asked to select a country from the list provided in the Content area (under Week 2). The countries listed represent different political, economic, legal, and social environments the international business person will deal with when going global. They are divided into five categories and only three countries from each category may be selected.

Please post your country selection in the subject line of the corresponding topic in the Discussions area. For the remainder of the course, you will gather and use information related to this country to complete select discussion and written assignments. You must choose a country that has not already been chosen. Once you have posted your selection, you may not change your country for the remainder of the session. If you are an international student, you may not choose your home country. If your spouse is from another country, you may not select that country. (Observation indicates that travel in a country does not necessarily help when completing the assignments, and it has often been found to be detrimental.)


Discussions

Participation in Discussion topics must take place within the week it is posted. To receive full credit, you are expected to respond to each discussion topic with an in-depth answer. Late discussion responses receive no credit. Each student is expected to respond to Discussion threads with an in-depth answer and must respond to two other learners prior to the deadline posted in each Discussion thread, to receive full credit for each conference thread. In addition, you must respond on two different days. You will not receive full credit if all of your postings are made on the same day. For each week, your answer to the Discussion topic/question must be posted by midnight Wednesday and all responses to your classmates’ postings must be posted by midnight Friday.

You should read all of the Discussion posts and responses. The instructor may ask a question or two on the quizzes based on information learned in the Discussions.

Reserving a question: Reservations can be made by putting the Chapter number with the question number in the subject line. The student should complete the assignment by clicking on the edit button and removing “reserved” from the subject line. Identical and/or “copy-cat information” will receive a 0. The concept is that each student will select a question and complete the assignment to indicate to the instructor understanding of the text readings and concepts for that week. Once all questions have been selected, the process begins again. The number of students per question is based on class size.

A single posting to the weekly discussion will meet the “minimum” requirement and keep you from earning zero for the week. Points for the weekly discussion are earned from substantial participation with substantive comments that show evidence of your understanding of the reading assignment from the textbook or from other sources of information relevant to the discussion topic. A substantive post conveys a specific and well-developed thought, idea, or comment whether the post is authored in response to the discussion topic or a post made by another student or the instructor. Postings such as, “good idea,” or, “I agree with you,” are good to support your fellow students, but are insufficient to earn points toward your grade for the weekly discussion. Please review the rubric for Discussion Postings, which is provided in the Content area.

Please read to the “Formatting Assignments” topic in the Content area, and post your discussion answers and responses accordingly. Do not post your answers or responses as attachments. Discussion postings submitted as attachments will receive zero credit.


Dropbox Assignments

You will have three Dropbox Assignments, or writing assignments which will involve critical analysis of the theories and concepts in the text readings for either the current, or previous, week. Assignments for submission to the Dropbox should evidence correct spelling, sentence and paragraph structure and follow the rules of good grammar to earn maximum points. Points will be deducted for misspellings, incomplete sentences, poor sentence/paragraph structure, or improper grammar. Please read the “Formatting Assignments” topic in the Content area and follow the guidelines listed. Additionally, please review the rubric for Dropbox Assignments, which is provided in the course Content area. 

It is expected that students will not submit an assignment that is an exact copy of work previously submitted in another course at any institution. Submitting the same assignment for a new course (or the same course an additional time) violates the assumption that every assignment advances a student's learning and growth. You may obtain instructor pre-approval to submit recycled work with significant additions, enhancements, and refinement to match the concepts and requirements of the assignment in the new course.  Submitting an exact copy of work or any portion of work previously submitted in another course may adversely affect one’s grade and/or be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.


Quizzes

You will complete a total of eight (8) quizzes that consist of 37 or 56 multiple-choice questions each. Each quiz will cover the chapters that have been discussed during the week. You will have 56 or 84 minutes to complete each quiz. You do not need a proctor.

Questions will require a higher level of application, not just the definition of terms. Students should know the material thoroughly. Although you will have the use of the text, you will have very little time to use it. Quizzes are designed to be taken closed-book, you should prepare accordingly.

  • Review the Assignment Expectations for Quizzes, posted in the Overview & Expectations topic within the Start Here section of the Content area, prior to taking the first quiz.
  • Use the Key Terms on the Review Cards provided at the end of your text to guide your studying.
  • Read the "Learning Goals" at the beginning of each chapter. The goals summarize the key points in the course and provide a guide for studying the information for quiz questions.
  • Read the textbook chapters twice. The first time scan the chapter topics reading for major points. The second time, focus on “the details” for each concept. Make sure you understand and can apply each concept included on the list of Review Terms. Reading is “not” the same as studying. Reference the Guides to Successful Studying in the Content Area.
  • Make use of the online study tools at the Publisher’s Companion Site. Information for accessing the companion website is provided in your textbook.


Course Outline

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

Week 1: Globalization, National Differences in Political, Economic, Legal Systems and Economic Development
Readings
Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion.
Discussion 1

NOTE: For this, and all future discussions, all students must respond to discussion questions the week they are assigned. You must also respond to two other learners’ comments on two different days in order to receive the total possible points. No credit will be given for posts made after the deadline; full credit will not be given if you do not engage others in discussion. In order to receive credit for responses, they should be thoughtful and insightful; i.e., more information than “I agree,” “that’s great,” etc. This goes for Discussion assignments throughout the course.

Discussion Topics

  • Introduce yourself to your classmates in the course and give us information about yourself.
  • Answer one critical discussion question located in the Content area of the course by Wednesday with responses due Friday.
Quiz 1
Complete Quiz 1, which covers Chapters 1, 2 and 3, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 1 opens Thursday and consists of 56 MC questions. You will have 84 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
Week 2: Differences in Culture and Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability
Readings
Read Chapters 4 and 5. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion and Dropbox Assignment.
Country Selection
Using the list of countries located in the Content area under the Week 2 module, select one country that will become “your country” and post your selection in the Discussions. Include your selected country in the subject line of your posting so that your classmates can easily see which countries have already been selected. Please post your selected country by midnight Monday.
Discussion 2

Hofstede’s Four Dimensions of Culture

  • Specific details for Discussion 2 are in the Content area of the course. Please answer the questions asked by Wednesday, with responses due Friday
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz
Please review the Plagiarism Tutorial located in the Content area and complete the Plagiarism Quiz located in the Quizzes area. You will not be able to submit your Business Customs Paper (Dropbox Assignment 1) until you have reviewed this tutorial and completed this quiz.
Dropbox 1: Business Customs Paper

Research the business customs associated with your selected country and prepare a 3-page report. Topics to be included: business meetings, time, business attire, etiquette and behavior, workweek, normal business hours, vacations, holidays observed, decision making styles, women in business, gift giving, handshakes, business cards. Additional, relevant topics may also be included. A minimum of 6 resources is required for the bibliography. Citations need to be used “when necessary”; this means that information not common knowledge is to be cited. Only APA or MLA format is acceptable. Business style writing is to be used including the use of headings and subheadings. Guidelines for the paper will be located in the Content area of the course. Submit your completed paper to the corresponding folder in the Dropbox area by midnight Sunday.

Template for the assignment is in the Content area.

Prior to submitting the Business Customs Paper, you will need to complete the Plagiarism Tutorial located in the Content area of the course and the Plagiarism Quiz, located in the Quizzes area of the course. Only then, will the Dropbox appear for the Business Customs Paper. 

It is expected that students will not submit an assignment that is an exact copy of work previously submitted in another course at any institution. Submitting the same assignment for a new course (or the same course an additional time) violates the assumption that every assignment advances a student's learning and growth. You may obtain instructor pre-approval to submit recycled work with significant additions, enhancements, and refinement to match the concepts and requirements of the assignment in the new course.  Submitting an exact copy of work or any portion of work previously submitted in another course may adversely affect one’s grade and/or be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

 

Quiz 2
Complete Quiz 2, which covers Chapters 4-5, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 2 opens Thursday and consists of 56 MC questions. You will have 37 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
Week 3: International Trade Theory and Global Policy and International Trade
Readings
Read Chapters 6 and 7. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion.
Discussion 3

Outsourcing

  • Read the article “Should We Save Jobs?” by Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University. The article can be found at http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/05/jobs.html Answer one critical discussion question located in the Content area of the course by Wednesday with responses due Friday
Quiz 3
Complete Quiz 3, which covers Chapters 6-7, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 3 opens Thursday and consists of 37 MC questions. You will have 56 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
Week 4: Foreign Direct Investment and Regional Economic Integration
Readings
Chapters 8 and 9. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion.
Discussion 4

Discussion Topic

  • This week’s discussion will cover foreign direct investment and/or regional economic integration. Answer one critical discussion question located in the Content area of the course by Wednesday with responses due Friday.
Quiz 4
Complete Quiz 4, which covers Chapters 8-9, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 4 opens Thursday and consists of 37 MC questions. You will have 56 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
Week 5: Foreign Exchange and the International Monetary System
Readings
Chapters 10-11. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion and Dropbox Assignment.
Discussion 5

Discussion Topic

  • This week’s discussion will cover foreign exchange and/or the international monetary system. Answer one critical discussion question located in the Content area of the course by Wednesday with responses due Friday.
Dropbox 2: International Monetary System

In their normal commercial activities, international businesses often deal with currencies other than those of their home countries. Write a 3-4 page (single-spaced) summary explaining the following.

  • Short history of the international monetary system, making sure to include the “most” important points.
  • Function of the international monetary system?
  • Current purposes of the IMF
  • Current purposes of the World Bank
  • When and why did the fixed rate exchange system fail?
  • Can international businesses operate more easily in a fixed exchange rate system or in a flexible exchange rate system?

Headings and subheadings are to be used in the paper. You must cite all sources referenced. A minimum of 4 sources, other than the textbook, are required. Submit your assignment through the Dropbox by midnight Sunday.

Template for the assignment is in the Content area. 

It is expected that students will not submit an assignment that is an exact copy of work previously submitted in another course at any institution. Submitting the same assignment for a new course (or the same course an additional time) violates the assumption that every assignment advances a student's learning and growth. You may obtain instructor pre-approval to submit recycled work with significant additions, enhancements, and refinement to match the concepts and requirements of the assignment in the new course.  Submitting an exact copy of work or any portion of work previously submitted in another course may adversely affect one’s grade and/or be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

 

Quiz 5
Complete Quiz 5, which covers Chapters 10-11, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 5 opens Thursday and consists of 37 MC questions. You will have 56 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
Week 6: International Business Strategy/Entering Foreign Markets
Readings
Read Chapters 12 and 13. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion.
Discussion 6

Entering Foreign Markets

  • Specific details for Discussion 6 are in the Content area of the course. Please answer the questions asked by Wednesday, with responses due Friday
Quiz 6
Complete Quiz 6, which covers Chapters 12-13, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 6 opens Thursday and consists of 37 MC questions. You will have 56 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
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: Exporting, Importing, Countertrade and Global Human Resource Management
Readings
Read Chapters 14 and 17. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion and Dropbox Assignment.
Discussion 7

Discussion Topic

  • Information in the Content Section for this week’s discussion.
Dropbox 3: Case Study - Corporate Irresponsibility?

Fashion’s Hidden Cost in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

  • Read the information on the Bangladesh case study in the Content area under Week 7. Answer the questions. Sources must be documented and a bibliography, with a minimum of 6 resources other than the textbook, should be included. Submit your completed assignment to the corresponding folder in the Dropbox area by midnight Sunday.

Template for assignment is in Content area. 

It is expected that students will not submit an assignment that is an exact copy of work previously submitted in another course at any institution. Submitting the same assignment for a new course (or the same course an additional time) violates the assumption that every assignment advances a student's learning and growth. You may obtain instructor pre-approval to submit recycled work with significant additions, enhancements, and refinement to match the concepts and requirements of the assignment in the new course.  Submitting an exact copy of work or any portion of work previously submitted in another course may adversely affect one’s grade and/or be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

 

Quiz 7
Complete Quiz 7, which covers Chapters 14 and 17, by midnight Sunday. Quiz 7 opens Thursday and consists of 37 MC questions. You will have 56 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.
Week 8: Global Production, Supply Chain Management Global Marketing, and R & D.
Readings
Chapters 15 and 16. Incorporate information from your chapter readings into your Discussion.
Discussion 8

Global Marketing

  • Answer one critical discussion question located in the Content area of the course by Wednesday with responses due Friday.
Quiz 8
Complete Quiz 8, which covers Chapters 15-16, by midnight Saturday. Quiz 8 opens Thursday and consists of 37 MC questions. You will have 56 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the exam.


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 discussion posts will be accepted.

No late assignments or quizzes will be accepted unless the instructor receives notification of extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student prior to the due date. Each student has the responsibility of contacting the teacher if they are unable to complete an assignment by the due date. Late assignments, when accepted, will be graded on a time available basis!

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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