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MN20603: International market development and trade

[Page last updated: 23 October 2023]

Academic Year: 2023/24
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)
  • Examination (EX 70% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10569
While taking this module you must take MN20604
In taking this module you cannot take MN20208 OR take MN30085
Learning Outcomes: Students should have a theoretical understanding of the motivations for and implications of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) at both country and firm levels.
Appreciate the process involved with trading activity and how firms may execute FDI.
Be able to rationalise why and how certain aspects of the value chain may be located in overseas markets and the balance of considerations that need to be taken into account when doing so.

Aims: To provide students with an understanding of international trade and market development and their implications on both nations and companies.

Skills: Intellectual skills: analytical skills, evaluation, presentation of a balanced argument with supporting evidence. (F, A)
Professional Practical skills: active listening, considered quality questioning and responses (F).
Transferable/ Key skills: independent research, ability to appreciate multiple perspectives on issues, managing teams (F, A).

Content: Theories of international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). The political economy of trade and FDI, implications of regional economic integration on trade and investment activity. Entry mode choice, international business operations.

Course availability:

MN20603 is Compulsory on the following courses:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 2)

MN20603 is Optional on the following courses:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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