Module Catalogue 2014/15

BUS1002 : Global Business Environment

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laurence Vigneau
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

This module provides a comprehensive survey of the complex and dynamic international environment in which organisations operate. Areas covered include:
•       locating globalisation and the internationalisation of business in a historical context
•       background to and reasons for today’s international regimes of global governance
•       overview of technological and social drivers of change in the global economy
•       development and regulation of global trade, investment and finance
•       changing role of the state within the global environment
•       trends in the internationalisation of business and in the evolving relationship between business and society
•       impact of emerging economies
•       introduction to relevance of business to major global societal challenges

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 topics provide a comprehensive overview of the background to and development of the Global Business Environment (GBE). Semester 2 topics then build on this to explore some current key trends in the GBE.

Semester 1 – Understanding the Global Business Environment
-       Introduction to the GBE
-       Origins and dimensions of the GBE
-       Technology and global business
-       Multilateral regulation and international trade
-       Multilateral regulation and financial liberalisation
-       MNCs and the internationalisation of corporations

Semester 2 – Current trends in the Global Business Environment      
-       States and regions
-       Impact of emerging economies
-       Responsibility and ethics for business in a global society
-       Populations and development
-       Business and the natural environment
-       Looking ahead – scenarios for the future

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:
•       Describe the history and main dimensions of globalisation
•       Explain the roles of the various institutions and regimes that seek to regulate the global environment in which international business operates
•       Describe the principal theories of trade, liberalisation and internationalisation used to understand today’s global business environment
•       Summarise relevant issues in the political economy of today’s evolving global economy and business environment

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:
•       Identify and analyse salient global and international issues and agendas which impact upon the business environment
•       Evaluate the various responses of business and other international agencies to these issues and to ongoing changes in the international business environment
•       Start to critically appraise differing perspectives on the environment in which international business operates

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Business Planning : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is an introductory survey class of a broad topic taught to a relatively large cohort (around 150 students). As such it is best suited to the standard lecture format, However, because this module frequently addresses issues that are being played out in the world around us, activities during class will at times require students to work in ad-hoc groups in class to develop responses to topical issues through discussion of, for example, current media articles.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Written Examination902A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS1003Global Business Environment I1N/A
BUS1010Global Business Environment II2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam based assessment provides a wide test of the intended learning outcomes.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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