INTBUS 7505 - Research Project in International Business (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2017

This course which is a special project in International Business provides graduate students with the opportunity to undertake a supervised structured reading and research project on an approved topic. Special projects will be undertaken depending on the availability of appropriate staff expertise. Special projects may also be organised by the International Business Discipline to include the opportunity to travel individually through the Study Abroad Program or Internship Program to another country and conduct various case studies of individual business. As well as being of interest to those intending to work internationally, the course is appropriate for students intending to work in big business as well as smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. The broad projects themes may include, but a re no tlimited to, understanding why business may choose to internationalise their activities; what selection criteria might be used to evaluate various overseas market locations; and what entry mode choices are likely to best suit the business given its age, size, nature of its business offering and organisational structure. The project topic must be approved by the International Business discipline leader.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 7505
    Course Research Project in International Business (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 36 hours per trimester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites INTBUS 7500, COMMERCE 7039
    Restrictions Available to MInternationalBusiness students only, who present a credit average across their studies.
    Assessment Individual case presentation; Individual case analysis; Individual research project report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dirk Boehe

    Academic in charge:
    A/Prof. Dr. Dirk Boehe
    Business School, University of Adelaide
    Course Website:
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 provide critical insights into business literature and research methodologies
    2 express personal opinions and participate in group discussion
    3 chair a research seminar
    4 research, identify, evaluate and analyse relevant business literature, and collect, analyse and interpret empirical data
    5 write a mini critique on business literature
    6 write a conference manuscript
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    CLO 1, CLO 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    CLO 1, CLO 2
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    CLO 3
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Participation in seminars, weekly supervision of the research project by the student's supervisor, self-study and individual data collection.  

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Very high workload (312hours = 6 units course). Course should be taken only by students with a very strong interest and motivation to develop a research career. This course prepares such students to enrol in a research degree (e.g., Master or Doctor of Philosophy) after graduation as Masters of International Business (MIB).
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    This course should only be taken by those students who have already passed Business Research Methods (COMMERCE 7039), International Business Strategy (INTBUS 7506) and Global Business Analysis (INTBUS 7501). Before enrolment, student needs to contact his/her future supervisor and get written consent for the individual research project supervision. 
    Course should be taken only by students with a very strong interest and motivation to develop a research career. This course prepares such students to enrol in a research degree (e.g., Master or Doctor of Philosophy) after graduation as Masters of International Business (MIB).
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    *Weekly One-on-One Meetings with Student-Supervisor (Discussion)

    Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Summary Research Report End of Semester 50% 1,4,5,6
    Seminar Presentation Agreed date 20% 1,2,3,4
    Assignment 1: Mini Literature Review Week 8 20% 1,4,5,6
    Assignment 2: Extended Literature Review Week 13 15% 1,4,5,6
    Assignment 3: Conference Paper  Week 15 5% 1,4,5,6

    Assessment Detail
    In Weeks 10 to 12, students will be responsible for finalising their Research Report Presentation to the Seminar Series and will chair the seminar. The more clustered around a topic the better (a sub-topic of your research project). Students are assessed on how well they identify their research project problem as well as how well they discuss their preliminary findings.
    Students are required to write a mini critique/ literature review on the knowledge obtained from up to 10 articles specific to their own International Business Research Project topic to date. There is no set length for this mini literature review (recommended 15 to 20 pages double-spacing, excluding references), and students can use headings and subheadings to assist the structure and flow of the arguments. The students should provide their own critical review and insights on what they have learned from these specific papers, by commenting on the nature of literature as well as research methodologies undertaken.
    The review will be by the Course Coordinator, using the assessment criteria in Appendix B. A successful completion of this assignment will contribute to the writing up of the International Business conference paper required for the next assignment. 
    When critiquing the articles, you may consider the following issues:
    • The research purposes
    • The research gaps are being identified
    • How the central research questions were formulated
    • The theoretical foundations
    • The scope, nature, and quality of the literature reviewed
    • The research methods employed and their appropriateness to the research question
    • The research results. Are they reliable and valid? Why? Why not?
    • The development and presentation of a conceptual model
    • Their main strengths and weaknesses of the article
    • Ideas from the studies that might be used to frame or guide an honours dissertation
    All written work has to be submitted through turnitin. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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