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MN10569: Introduction to the international business environment

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Group Work (CW 80%)
  • Individual Essay (CW 20%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take MN20208 OR take MN30085
Learning Outcomes: By the end students should have an appreciation of the business and economic impact of differences in socio-political, legal and cultural systems upon international business decisions and the ethical challenges these differences may raise.

Aims: To provide students with an introduction to the international business environment and imbue students with an appreciation for the complexity of the international socio-political, legal environment businesses have to operate in when operating across national borders and the ethical implications involved.

Skills: Intellectual skills: analytical skills, evaluation, presentation of a balanced argument with supporting evidence.
Transferable/ Key skills: independent research, presentation skills project writing, bibliography compiling, ability to appreciate multiple perspectives on issues.
Both are facilitated and assessed.

Content: General discussion of the facilitators and impact of Globalization, Understanding national differences in terms of the PESTLE (political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental) framework. Differences in culture and the role of ethics in International Business.

Programme availability:

MN10569 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 1)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 1)


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