Global Trade Operations - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This Unit is designed to develop an understanding of developments global trade operations and the ways in which businesses position themselves to optimally harness opportunities and succeed within a globalised competitive environment. It introduces both operational and strategic aspects of global trade operations through analysing current trade procedures, practices, and policies related to the exchange of goods or services along international borders.

In this Unit you will learn about the fundamental principles, theories and systems of global trade operations. Following carefully selected topics and objective-driven assessment tasks, you will be introduced to the globalised competitive business environment, the politics of global trade and the regulatory environment.

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

  1. Analyse and apply key concepts, models and theories in the context of global trade operations
  2. Apply exporting and importing processes, documentation and international trade terms in global trade operations
  3. Evaluate the function of global trade corridors, freight hubs and commodity supply chains
  4. Critically evaluate and present rational analyses and problem-oriented policy discussions on aspects of global supply chains in diverse professional contexts
  5. Work effectively individually and collaboratively to communicate ideas and strategies to solve problems in international trade.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction - Globalisation and International Trade
2Classical Theories of International Trade
3Contemporary Theories of International Trade
4Global Trade Corridors and Networks
5International Trade Hubs and Port Logistics
6Political Economy of International Trade - Tarrifs, Import Quotas, Antidumping
7Exporting and Importing Documentation and Financing
8International Trade Terms
9Regional Economic Integration
10Global Production and Outsourcing
11The Strategy of International trade
12Revision and Examination Tips

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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