Course Title: Business Globalisation: A Study Abroad

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Globalisation: A Study Abroad

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business Info Technology


Course Coordinator: Paul R. Cerotti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Students will gain practical knowledge and understanding of the professional practice and the total management process associated with the western globalisation of business. How does one prepare for the globalisation juggernaut? that will affect the new models, the new businessperson and the new corporation will be analysed in this subject. Students will be encouraged to ask very pertinent and sometimes controversial questions regarding the globalisation of business and international trade etc.

Within this context attention will be given to skills development in the areas of the global businessperson for the 21st century. There will be a strong focus on the corporations and careers of the future with a specific country study.

In 2004, the study abroad component will focus on China., whereby students will study investigate and analyse the journey from Ancient China, to Colonisation, to Communism to Economic Powerhouse and most probably the next Superpower.

This course introduces a range of issues related to the general topic of business globalisation. Advances in transportation, technology and communication have dramatically increased the level of global interaction. As a result many issues pertaining to technology, culture, politics, economics, ethics, human resource management and the environment are analysed from a broader global perspective rather than the narrower regional or national perspectives to which we have become accustomed.

International site visits and exposure to international practitioners in the all areas of business contribute significantly to the teaching and learning experience of the student.

The knowledge and skills developed throughout the course are relevant to all industries and sectors. They are essential in the development, application and evaluation of business globalisation.

The course will be particularly useful for students who have identified key business globalisation concepts while they have been studying or working. It will also provide students with valuable business skills and to see the relevance of the application of these theories, concepts, knowledge and skills to any discipline of study.

It is believed that all students undertaking the course will benefit from the opportunity to work in multi- and cross-disciplinary teams and from exposure to the ideas, knowledge and skills of their peers from other faculties, other programs and year-levels.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Specific learning objectives for the course include:

*Apply a critical appreciation of the relationship between global business and local business as well as the management of time, cost, quality, and change management, within the organisational context of governance, cultural and ethical issues.

*Utilise the knowledge of the issues involved in global business with the various standards and management practices commonly adopted by organizations undertaking global business practices around the world. This will be achieved through case study analysis, prescribed readings and reflective analysis of the issues at play.
*the ability to undertake and critically evaluate business globalisation practice in a global setting

*Work effectively within a team setting as a global business specialist with professional and project management skills (analytical and problem solving skills, communication skills and leadership) Decision making and problem solving in the classroom in relation to real life case studies and industry scenarios presented by industry guest speakers.
*Manage effective relationships while working in a team environment.
Interdependence of business partnerships and alliances with suppliers, distributors, customers both locally and globally
Concepts relating to changes in organisations and its implications for business globalisation
*Utilising the underlying principles of managing in a global environment which incorporates: the importance of continuing to research, develop and commercialise creativity, innovation and achievement for the sustainable growth of business in an international context.
*Recognise the need for, and the ability to develop and implement internationally socially aware, responsible businesses that focus on the triple bottom line and sustainability
*Ability to utilise skills in making an effective verbal presentation in a business setting


*Ability to create global cross cultural awareness and solutions for business
*Ability to explain the importance of understanding cultural diversity in the operation of businesses
*To be able to work effectively in small teams which requires responsive and responsible practice
*To demonstrate the use of statistical data to inform decision making and planning
*An ability to analyse reports to evaluate international business trends in order to forecast future global business scenarios
*Ability to analyse market situations and applying appropriate research methodologies
*Ability to develop an awareness of social and environmental responsibility for the global community
*Applying a variety of analytical tools to solve international business problems

Overview of Learning Activities

The teaching and learning activities of this course are characterised by:

*linking the process of business globalisation to the content and context of the disciplines of the students’ academic programs;
*inter-disciplinary co-operation and cross-professional understanding through working in teams and the involvement of industry specialists in lectures and workshops and international site visits to government, non government and global organisation;
*building teams which may be cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross year-levels;
*the development of research and investigation to explore a culture of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and achievement in a local and global setting
*both oral and written communication skills in developing and producing the assessment tasks;
*providing feedback to peers and individually evidenced reflective practice

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include:
Text and reference books, articles, magazines, websites as well as access to a network of industry specialists.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is made up of individual work and classroom attendance and participation in all of the study abroad activities. The individual task is a research paper/business report.