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MN20208: Foundations for international business

[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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Exam (EX 70% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10574 OR take MN10311 OR take MN10669 OR take MN10569
In taking this module you cannot take MN30085
Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to:
* Articulate the business and economic impact of socio-political, legal and cultural differences;
* Understand the patterns of international trade underlying internationalised business activity and relate them to theoretical frameworks;
* Acknowledge some of the impacts trade activity has on both host and home nations;
* Appreciate the range of motivations for such activity and various modes of conducting them.

Aims: To provide students with an introductory course in international business 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. To educate future managers and policymakers about the implications of working in a multinational environment and the interdependency between business activities and economic activities in nations.

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

Content: The course will: cover theories of trade, political, economic, legal, cultural and ethical considerations when operating across borders, the organisational strategy and structure and modes of foreign-market entry and global production and outsourcing.

Programme availability:

MN20208 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-ANB07 : BSc(Hons) Business with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 3)


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