Course Title: International Business Design Project 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Business Design Project 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr James Scambary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7283

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 9

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced pre-requisites:

  • 037088 - OMGT2123 - International Business - Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 1
  • 037089 - OMGT2124 - International Business - Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 2
  • 037090 - OMGT2125 - International Business - Work Experience in Industry (WEI) 1
  • 037091 - OMGT2126 - International Business - Work Experience in Industry (WEI) 2

048031 - BUSM4367 - International Business Design Project 1 should normally be taken in the semester following your work placement.

Course Description

The purpose of International Business Design Project 1 is to equip you with the conceptual tools and analytic skills that can be applied in the real world to analyse international business  environments and design effective investment and operational strategies. Multinational corporations  now need to take account of more than just markets, states, institutions and standard economic indicators like GDP in their investment decision-making and business operations. The significance of non-market forces such as informal social, economic and political networks to business is, for example, now widely accepted. Emerging economies such as Brazil pose a range of challenges in terms of nascent or weak regulation, governance structures and political instability. Transitional economies such as China or Vietnam present additional challenges related to the impact of vestiges of state control on foreign investment and competition. This course will familiarise you with and guide you through the key concepts, resources and frameworks commonly utilised by international business to analyse risks and opportunities and international agencies such as the World Bank to enhance investment environments, with a focus on emerging economies.

This course provides you with a capstone experience which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program and also extend your experience in your internship.  

This course also provides the foundation for the second and final component of this course, International Design Project 2. Building on the skills and analytical tools you have acquired in this course, you will then apply them to a specific company case study to produce an investment analysis of an emerging international market and design a risk and compliance management strategy.  


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Apply design thinking principles and techniques to explore and critically review a contemporary business issue or opportunity.
  2. Produce a project proposal to address a business issue or opportunity.
  3. Collaboratively review, assess and endorse a project proposal and proposed solutions.
  4. Communicate or pitch a project proposal to key stakeholders to gain support for adoption and implementation.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT /Canvas. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 4

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.