Course Title: Globalization and Business IT

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Globalization and Business IT

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Singapore Inst of Management


620H Business IT and Logistics


Offsh 2 10


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Paul R. Cerotti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5785

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You must have the following knowledge and capabilities:

  • the ability to comprehend and communicate information in accurate, clear, concise and coherent English;
  • the ability to analyse a given question or problem and to be independent and self-directed learners;
  • an understanding of the nature of business, an appreciation of the role of trade in global business and the importance of new technologies in society, and basic statistical tools and techniques, which will allow you to best apply and use the arguments about globalisation to predict the impact of IT on global business.

Course Description

This course provides an appreciation of how information, IT and information systems through globalisation, relate in the total enterprise for business strategy and success in the global marketplace. This course uses business analysis and develops a problem solving approach to IT based solutions to global business issues and problems in a contemporary workplace situation. You will use research techniques, fundamental for business practice and strategy to uncover, explore and then resolve global impacts through IT on business practice in all international contexts. Research skills applicable to Business IT research form an integral part of the course. The integration of work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic business problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Successful completion of this course indicates that you have developed the following capabilities:

Globalisation and Business IT Skills
As a result of these learning outcomes you will develop capabilities in understanding, evaluating and applying:
• IT Governance and its role in global business and global companies
• IT Change - the change created by and directed by the adoption of IT and the skills required to manage that change effectively
• Managing ICT Resources – understanding the processes needed to create measurable impact and manage the ICT adoption and implementation processes.
• Business modelling for IT business scenarios – understanding how to model for business success and effectiveness when using ICT.
• Innovation – understanding the nature and impact of innovation and its diffusion and being able to measure its impact
• IT skills – know what skills are needed project by project and understand ways of managing the human resource requirements needed for effective project development
• The global IT industry – understand the extent of globalisation and the differential impact it has in different countries
• Research – be able to design, conduct and evaluate a business research project.

Research and analytical skills
You will learn basic research tools for business. You will be required to integrate work and life experiences in completing this course. This will require you to consolidate your research skills by identifying, organising and managing information, determine its importance to and impact on the given task, analyse and reason logically and interpret data and reports to made effective recommendations for business in a global context. You will also develop the capacity to reflect on your learning and understand the implications of your actions.

Problem solving and analytical skills
You will be able to consolidate the problem identification and solving skills you have developed throughout your program in the analysis of situations to identify problems, draw on your cross-disciplinary knowledge to reason logically and to develop plans for action. You will also need to understand the implications of your decisions and their impact on firm performance

Communication skills
Both written and verbal communication skills will be consolidated in this capstone course in both class activities and assessment tasks

Interpersonal Skills
Your ability to present, discuss and defend your views, together with effective listening will be consolidated in both a class and a team-work environment

Collaboration in an effective team environment
Your ability to effectively contribute to the success of ‘real world’ face to face and virtual teams using research data will consolidate your capacity to negotiate, be flexible in your thinking and understand group dynamics

Capacity to operate independently
A major contribution to your team performance will rely on you developing and then utilising self-management skills.

At the completion of this course you will:

  • Develop an understanding of basic research skills applicable to the resolution of global business issues and trends; 
  • Define and analyse the impact of globalisation on world business 
  • Write reports on the role of IT on the impact and diffusion of globalisation on business; 
  • Design a global business model to resolve a business problem arising from the impact of both IT and globalisation; 
  • Apply concepts of change and change management to global business and IT scenarios; 
  • Use research methods and analysis together with project management techniques to plan implementation of that the business solution; 
  • Design a research project to measure the impact of IT adoption in a global business; 
  • Design a research project to measure the effectiveness of IT adoption in a global business; 
  • Ensure the creation and implementation of communication channels to support the implementation of those business solution plans; 
  • Write and present reports for a global business, which explains the importance of IT to resolve change issues and noting the extent to which IT skills and competencies play a key role.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course may follow a seminar, lecture, and/or studio scheme of teaching where the lecturer and students collectively resolve global business problems based on research tools, knowledge about globalisation and IT and business practice to build and then report on resolutions to identified problems. You and your class will be provided with the opportunity to receive industry feedback on your learning activities or assessment tasks.
The learning activities may incorporate lecture, and/or seminar mode and/or studio teaching and learning with a formalised team structure and a self-directed, action-learning process. The studio will also enable students to work in a discussion/IT setting to mirror best practice in global companies. All projects will be reported verbally and in writing and will involve the use of IT technology solutions to reporting. You will also utilise appropriate technology to gather and analyse data and information.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course may consist of a combination of group work, report writing, oral presentations, virtual report writing and personal reflection. Both independent learning and collaborative group work are assessed. This breadth of assessment provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and the development of the capabilities detailed above.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.