INTBUS 1000OUA - International Business Environment

OUA - Trimester 3 - 2022

This course explores the international business environment in which organisations operate. The course examines the structure and features of the international markets, how organisations engage with these markets, and how they respond to its complexities. Students are introduced to useful theoretical and analytical frameworks that are crucial to understanding the opportunities and risks derived from the political, economic, social, technological and institutional environment of countries. The course also reviews aspects of global institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which set global rules that profoundly affect business strategy and human welfare. Through this course, students are introduced to fundamental skills and competencies for further development towards an international business profession.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 1000OUA
    Course International Business Environment
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s OUA
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible INTBUS 1000, INTBUS 2500
    Restrictions Available only to University of Adelaide Open Universities Australia students
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff
    Refer to MyUni for details of the Course Coordinator and/or Tutor/s.
    Course Timetable

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

    Fully online course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Understand and apply appropriate frameworks to analyse the international business environment;
    2. Recognise and use relevant analytical tools to address issues of importance to international business practice;
    3. Critically evaluate relevant international business literature;
    4. Determine how the international business environment influences business practice.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Gaspar, J. E., Arreola-Risa, A., Bierman, L., Hise, R. T., Kolari, J. W., & Smith, L. M. (2015). Introduction to Global Business: Understanding the International Environment and Global Business Functions (2nd ed.). Cengage Learning: Melbourne, VIC. (ISBN 978-1-305-50118-8).

    Note: Purchasing a textbook is not mandatory and is entirely the students’ decision. However, having access to a textbook is believed to be helpful for learning and strongly recommended.

    For those who would like to buy a textbook, use this code (RADELAIDE10) on will give a 10% discount.

    You have access to numerous resources in the library including scholarly journals and alternative contemporary texts on international business. You are encouraged to read widely and critically with a focus on recent work (less than 5 years old) in periodicals, refereed academic journals and books.

    The Communication Skills Guide and The University of Adelaide Writing Centre are helpful resources for your academic writing and observance of the protocols and conventions of the Harvard referencing style.
    Online Learning
    Resources for this course are available from the relevant MyUni site.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    100% online. 

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

    Further details available from the relevent MyUni site. 
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details available from the relevant MyUni site.
  • 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
    To be advised.
    Assessment Detail
    To be advised.
    You are required to submit a digital version of your assignments through the MyUni assignments portal as a PDF. Direct emails to the course co-ordinator or instructor/ tutor will NEITHER be accepted NOR count as being “in the system”. No hardcopy is required. Please note that assignments will be passed through the “Turnitin” plagiarism checking software.

    Helpful guides for academic writing and observance of the Harvard referencing style conventions and protocols are provided on The University of Adelaide Writing Centre web page (see Writing Centre) and in The Communication Skills Guide.  A copy of the guide can be downloaded from  This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and making oral presentations, etc.

    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present and the source of the actual words you use, helping to avoid the problem of plagiarism. The Harvard system is widely used in Business Schools and use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide. Further assistance with referencing and writing is available from The University of Adelaide Writing Centre and the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors (or contact the u/g Hub in the first instance).

    You should consistently and appropriately reference your assignments using the Harvard referencing system. You should try to cite peer-reviewed academic journals and specialist books in the area. Your submission should look like something that you would be proud to present in a professional environment (i.e. presented in a professional manner) and be free of grammatical and spelling errors.

    Late Submission
    To maintain a fair and equitable system for all students, you are required to submit your work by the due date. Extensions are generally only given for medical or compassionate reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the tutor before the due date and should be accompanied by documentary evidence from a social service professional (e.g. doctor, counsellor, psychologist) confirming the circumstances that require an extension. The tutor will then assess the application, seek advice from the course coordinator if necessary, and make a decision on whether an extension is granted. You should start early on assignments so that foreseeable pressures like work or assessment for other courses does not delay you completing assignments for this course on time. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a mark reduction for each day that it is late. Assignments that are submitted late will be penalised at 5% of the potential grade per day.

    Return of Assignments
    Markers aim to mark and return assignments to students within two weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students will be able to access their marked assignments from their MyUni web site.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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