1. Living-abroad Presentation (20%)
Present to the class in a prerecord video three most important skills/lessons you learned when you live, work, or study abroad
away from home. Why are these skills/lessons important? And how did you come to learn them? Reflection should be evidence-based, including specific examples from the living-abroad experience to illustrate points. Your will have 10 minutes for the presentation.
A video preparation guide will be provided on Moodle. You will provide a link to your video on the discussion forum in Moodle by July 13 (Monday of Week 7). You should then review the videos by other students and post questions/feedback on five videos on the discussion forum before class each week (i.e., a total of 15 comments). We will then have an online discussion during class time when you will share your experience with other students further and answer the questions/feedback posted on your video from Week 7 to Week 9.
- Awareness of the social and cultural factors of a new environment (5%);
- Self-reflection and life lessons of dealing with problems in life (10%)
- Effective online communication (5%)
2. Case Study Report (25%)
You will analyse Case 2 posted on moodle. You should perceive yourself
as a business consultant, who are asked to provide analysis and recommendations on the business of the company in the case. We will use Case 1 posted on moodle to illustrative the expectation and analysis of a case.
The aims of the case report are for you to 1) apply theoretical concepts to a company and 2) practice and improve your analytical skills. The final report should be about 1,500 – 2,000 words. You could also include a reference section and an appendix (excluded from the word limit). Submit your report online via turnitin before class time of Week 9.
- Presenting an analysis of key issues of the case, incorporating relevant international business concepts and theoretical frameworks (10%);
- Applying the knowledge to provide well-justified solutions to problems (10%).
- Effective written communication (5%).
3. Participation (25%)
3.1 Commentaries on Readings (9%)
Write a short commentary on the three readings assigned for Weeks 1-3. Each commentary will account
for 3%. For each commentary, briefly explain your understanding on the reading, how the reading relates to your work or life experience, and how would that affect your future work behaviour. The commentary should be relatively short, about one page. Submit the commentary online via turnitin and be ready for discussion during class.
- A good understanding of the reading (1.5%) and translating the reading into lessons learned (1.5%)
3.2 Quiz (6%)
The purpose of the quiz is to assess your understanding of the theoretical concepts discussed in the lectures. Multiple choice questions will be asked. The quiz will be on Week 4 and Week 8.
3.3 Class participation (10%)
Participation in a classroom provides an opportunity for you to develop oral communication skills, to present your ideas concisely and persuasively, and to respond effectively to the comments of others in an online environment. This will be very valuable to you in the future workplace. Please read all course material suggested, and prepared yourself professionally with questions and comments on every online meeting.
- The quality and frequency of contributions in class.
- The professionalism of your conduct (attendance, punctuality, readiness, and showing respect to all
4. Investment Pitch
4.1 Group Presentation (25%)
You will work as a team (with 4-5 students in a team) to identify a real business opportunity in an industry
and a foreign country of your choice. Your company MUST SELL the idea to the class —supposedly potential investors in your company. You will pitch to the investors, in a pre-recorded video, why they should be excited to support your plan to expand your business in the selected country. Every member of the team will have to take part in the pitch video. A video preparation guideline will be provided on Moodle. You will provide a link to your video on the discussion forum in Moodle by Aug 3 (Monday of Week 10).
1. Describe your business idea. Give reasons for your decision to go international;
2. Present a critical analysis of the investment opportunity of the chosen industry and country;
3. State your entry strategy, scale, and operational plan. Relevant issues include but are not limited to
business environment, culture, work ethics, local business partners, organisation chart with
headquarters, staffing policy, decision making and motivation systems, control, communications;
4. Analyse anticipated risks associated with your proposed plan, and develop well justified contingency plans that reflect critical thinking and problem solving;
5. Identify ethical concerns of the host country and the local community regarding your operation there. Discuss the plan you have in place to ensure a long-term cooperative relationship with the local community;
6. Effective communication. Students should be able to communicate clearly and concisely, present
professionally and able to response to questions.
4.2 Teamwork refection (5%)
You will evaluate your team members’ contribution and performance in the investment pitch with 5
points in a peer evaluation form. In the form, you will also briefly reflect on the difficulties and processes of virtual team.