International Business Environment - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study - 2500 words (40%) , Invigilated Exam - 3 hours (60%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,368.00
HECS 1,368.00
International 1,629.00

Business operates in a global marketplace. As a result, business professionals need to understand the international business environment and its impact upon their organisation's operations.

The unit examines the structure and features of the global marketplace, how organisations interact with that marketplace, and how they respond to its complexities.

1. Identify and discuss the structure and features of the global marketplace and its global institutions.

2. Explain how the global business environment affects the operations and strategies of international business.

3. Apply international business resources, theories and principles to analyse various means of international engagement and decision making in international business.

4.Evaluate the effectiveness of international business operations and strategies.

5. Communicate an analysis and evaluation of the relationship between the global business environment and international business.

  • Case Study — 2500 words (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hours (60%)
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.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to International Business
2Globalisation and Internationalization
3Participants in International Business
4Cultural Issues in International Business
5International Trade and Investment
6Political Environment
7Emerging Markets
8Global Strategic Structure
9International Entry Strategy
10Contemporary Research in International Business

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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