Module Catalogue 2016/17

BUS1003 : Global Business Environment I

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laurence Vigneau
  • Other Staff: Dr Jingqi Zhu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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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

Topics provide a comprehensive overview of the background to and development of the Global Business Environment (GBE).
-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

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS1002Global Business Environment
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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS1002Global Business Environment1N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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