Sample Syllabus One

Sample Syllabus One

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Sample Syllabus One

This syllabus assumes students will work on an individual project. The textbook order is followed. Four quizzes during the semester with a final exam. Exams are built using the test bank focusing on definitions, applications and concepts. Critical thinking and integration are evaluated in the writing project.

See Instructors Manual for specific class exercises and lecture outlines.

Week / Textbook Reading / Graded Assignments / Milestones and Key Events
1 / Chap. One: Globalization / Video: Conversation: World Without Borders
2 / Chap. Two: National Differences in Political Economy
3 / Chap. Three: Differences in Culture / On-line Concept Exercise option: The Hofstede Study
4 / Chap. Four: Ethics in International Business / Quiz: Chap. 1-3
5 / Chap. Five: International Trade Theory / Journal Project, Part One due / On-line Concept Exercise option: Absolute and Comparative Advantage
6 / Chap. Six: The Political Economy of International Trade / Quiz Chapters 4-5 / Video: No Tariffs (steel tariffs ended)
7 / Chap. Seven: Foreign Direct Investment / On-line Concept Exercise option: Foreign Direct Investment
8 / Chap. Eight: Regional Economic Integration / Video: U.S. Farmers respond to CAFTA
9[1] / Chap. Nine: The Foreign Exchange Market / Quiz Chap. 6-8 / Videos: China: Changing the Yuan/Dollar
10 / Chap. Ten: The International Monetary System / Journal Project, Part Two due / Video: Tough Job: A Look at the IMF
11 / Chap. Eleven: The Strategy of International Business / Quiz Chap. 9-10 / Video: From Belief to Reality: The Living J&J Credo
12 / Chap. Twelve: Entering Foreign Markets and Chap. Thirteen: Exporting, Importing and Countertrade / Videos: Exporting Products to the World: Cretors and Co.
On-line Concept Exercise option: Import/Export Financing
13[2] / Chap. Fourteen: Global Production, Outsourcing and Logistics
14 / Chap. Fifteen: Global Marketing and R&D / Video: BP’s Global Brand
15 / Chap. Sixteen: Global Human Resource Management / Journal Project, Part Three due / Video: Cirque du Soleil
Final Exam

Sample Syllabus One

Project

Students select a product imported into the US, the company that makes it and the country of origin. This choice will be used throughout the semester. Each week the student writes a one- to three-page reflection on the topic of the week using the product, company or country. Students may always pre-empt the journal format to examine a current event that is relevant to the topic of the week. The journals are submitted three times to reduce the reading load, ensure the students are on track and provide evaluation feedback throughout the semester. Caution: Students will tend to focus on a product report rather than reflect on the topic at hand; this defeats the purpose of the journal.

Alternative Project and Exercises

Please see the Interactive Exercises Concept Exercises for an on-line, in-depth based approach. The individual modules can be assigned to match the syllabus, though the order is similar to the presented syllabus.

Instructor Notes:

The Instructors Manual provides sample outlines, exercises and activities for each chapter in addition to support material for the questions and cases. These materials highlight areas that can cause students problems. Some activities require preparation, so the chapters should be reviewed at least one session ahead of the scheduled lecture or presentation.

iGlobe ( offers a video library with more current clips. Two new clips are added each month with accompanying support materials.

Please see the Video Reference Guide and Video Discussion Guide for hints on making these videos more meaningful for the students.

Pre-Tests and Post-Tests are also available. One key use is to help focus the presentations and lectures by highlighting areas of students’ strengths and weaknesses. The second key use is to document what students are learning.

Sample Syllabus Two

This alternative syllabus assumes students will work on a group project determining if a manufacturer is to invest in a foreign country. Topics related to the choice are “front-loaded.” Student make presentations to the class in the final week along with a formal written report. Two exams are given during the semester with a comprehensive final exam. Exams are a combination of objective questions from the test bank and integrative short answer essay questions.

See Instructors Manual for specific class exercises and lecture outlines.

Week / Textbook reading / Graded assignments / Supplemental material suggestions
1 / Chap. One: Globalization / Video: Conversation: World Without Borders
2 / Chap. Two: National Differences in Political Economy
3 / Chap. Three: Differences in Culture / On-line Concept Exercise option: The Hofstede Study
4[3] / Chap. Six: The Political Economy of International Trade / Video: No Tariffs (steel tariffs ended)
5 / Chap. Seven: Foreign Direct Investment / Exam One
6 / Chap. Eleven: The Strategy of International Business / Video: From Belief to Reality: The Living J&J Credo
7 / Chap. Twelve: Entering Foreign Markets and Chap. Thirteen: Exporting, Importing and Countertrade / Interim written report due / Videos: Exporting Products to the World: Cretors and Co.
On-line Concept Exercise option: Import/Export Financing
8[4] / Chap. Fourteen: Global Production, Outsourcing and Logistics
9 / Chap. Fifteen: Global Marketing and R&D / Video: BP’s Global Brand
10 / Chap. Sixteen: Global Human Resource Management / Exam Two / Video: Cirque du Soleil
11 / Chap. Four: Ethics in International Business
12 / Chap. Nine: The Foreign Exchange Market and Chap. Ten: The International Monetary System / Videos: Tough Job: A Look at the IMF and China: Changing the Yuan/Dollar
On-line Concept Exercise options: Balance of Payments, Purchasing Power Parity, and Historical Exchange Rates.
13 / Chap. Five: International Trade Theory / On-line Concept Exercise option: Absolute and Comparative Advantage
14 / Chap. Eight: Regional Economic Integration / Video: U.S. Farmers respond to CAFTA
Presentations
Final Exam

Sample Syllabus Two

Project for introductory level students

This is a group project. Students select a manufactured product and recommend whether the company should create or acquire a new firm in the country of choice. Using a real product and a real firm makes it easier to get verifiable information. Students consider legal, political, cultural, social and economic variables. They must also examine corporate strategy and marketing options. An interim report requiring wide-ranging data collection is submitted in the middle of the course. Students use this as a basis for analysis; the instructor uses this to ensure the students are on track. Students present their recommendations in a written report and a class presentation. Peer evaluation is an essential part of the grade since the written report and much of the class presentation are group grades.

Students may find “Business Around the World” on the McGraw Hill website an effective research tool.

Project for more advanced students

Please see the Interactive Exercises Global Business Plan Project for an on-line based approach. The individual modules can be assigned to match the syllabus, though the order is similar to the presented syllabus.

Instructor Notes:

The Instructors Manual provides sample outlines, exercises and activities for each chapter in addition to support material for the questions and cases. These materials highlight areas that can cause students problems. Some activities require preparation, so the chapters should be reviewed at least one session ahead of the scheduled lecture or presentation.

Please see the Video Reference Guide and Video Discussion Guide for hints on making these videos more meaningful for the students.

iGlobe ( offers a video library with more current clips. Two new clips are added each month with accompanying support materials.

Pre-Tests and Post-Tests are also available. One key use is to help focus the presentations and lectures by highlighting areas of students’ strengths and weaknesses. The second key use is to document what students are learning.

[1] Combine with Week Ten if necessary. There are several On-line Concept Exercises available: Balance of Payments, Purchasing Power Parity, and Historical Exchange Rates.

[2] Combine with Week Fifteen if necessary.

[3] Combine with Week Five if necessary.

[4] Combine with Week Nine if necessary.