Module Catalogue 2016/17

BUS1010 : Global Business Environment II

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laurence Vigneau
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Students taking this module will need to do some additional reading from Semester 1 (BUS1002) texts in order to understand the background framework for the topics. This will increase their workload but this is not thought to be unreasonable.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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

–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 ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/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/surgery13:003:00N/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 Examination902A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS1002Global Business Environment2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text:

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.